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The 'Bridge' From Watergate To Reagan, Masterfully Drawn

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:03am

News becomes history so quickly — and history is the source of endless disagreements. Rick Perlstein's new history of '70s politics is a skillful analysis of a complex, divisive era in America.

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It's 2 A.M.: Do You Know Where Your Fifth-Grader Is?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:03am

If her name is Madeleine Altimari, she might just be smoking menthols on her way to the jazz club. And she's one of a number of characters worth rooting for in Marie-Helen Bertino's debut novel.

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It's 2 A.M.: Do You Know Where Your Fifth-Grader Is?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:03am

If her name is Madeleine Altimari, she might just be smoking menthols on her way to the jazz club. And she's one of a number of characters worth rooting for in Marie-Helen Bertino's debut novel.

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From 'Good Times' To 'Honey Boo Boo': Who Is Poor On TV?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:39am

What do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people? For our yearlong series exploring poverty, NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the television shows that place the poor center stage.

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From 'Good Times' To 'Honey Boo Boo': Who Is Poor On TV?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:39am

What do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people? For our yearlong series exploring poverty, NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the television shows that place the poor center stage.

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Break Out The Hanky: Tom's Got It Out For Your Tearducts

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 3:53pm

For our Men in America series, we asked men about the movies that make them cry. Reading through 5,000+ responses, we noticed a recurring theme — or should we say, a recurring man: Tom Hanks.

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Break Out The Hanky: Tom's Got It Out For Your Tearducts

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 3:53pm

For our Men in America series, we asked men about the movies that make them cry. Reading through 5,000+ responses, we noticed a recurring theme — or should we say, a recurring man: Tom Hanks.

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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Sandwich Monday: The Crazy Crab'z Sandwich

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:19pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we find the best possible meal at a baseball game. It's the Crazy Crab'z Sandwich at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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Sandwich Monday: The Crazy Crab'z Sandwich

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:19pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we find the best possible meal at a baseball game. It's the Crazy Crab'z Sandwich at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mom and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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'Boyhood,' Time And Tree Rings

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 7:48am

Richard Linklater's Boyhood, much discussed for its unconventional 12-year production schedule, stands out in fact not for its method, but for its purpose: to explain how kids are built.

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Book News: U.K. Leader, Authors Spar Over Ban On Sending Books To Prisons

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:36am

Also: the war diaries of Siegfried Sassoon have been digitized; notable books coming out this week.

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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:19am

As the son of a preacher, Kenrick "ICE" McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.

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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

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'Calvary' Brings Murder And Other Sins To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:22am

NPR's Arun Rath speaks to John Michael McDonagh, writer and director of the new Irish murder mystery, "Calvary."

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