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Jann Wenner, 'Rolling Stone,' And The Decline Of Rock 'N' Roll

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:53pm

Joe Hagan's Sticky Fingers, compiled from unfettered access to Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, steadfastly avoids hagiography. It can't avoid a sad ending.

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A Trio Of Veterans Embark On A Road Trip Together In 'Last Flag Flying'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:49pm

Director Richard Linklater salutes the courage of our troops while casting a hard eye at the government machinery that sends them into battle. Justin Chang calls Last Flag Flying an elegiac comedy.

'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:23pm

In her new book, health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans.

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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

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Empathy And Detachment Mix In 'The King Is Always Above The People'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 6:00am

Daniel Alarcón's new story collection is an empathetic look at isolation, whether due to migration, loneliness or poverty. His mix of kindness and distance makes the stories land like a gut punch.

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'Full Frontal' Writer Ashley Nicole Black On Comedy's Cultural Divides

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:01am

Black was four years into a Ph.D. program when she decided to pursue a career in comedy. She's now a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

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'Guerrilla Tacos': Street Food With A High-End Pedigree

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:23am

Wes Avila is leading a new wave of LA chefs: children of immigrants, classically trained in French cuisine, who blur the lines between high and low. His acclaimed food truck now has a cookbook.

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Columnist Lindy West Sees 'Straight Line' From Trolls Who Targeted Her To Trump

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:30pm

The New York Times columnist knows what it's like to encounter a barrage of hate from Internet trolls. She says she heard many of their messages repeated by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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Fears Of A Black Market After Calif. Bans Some Commercial Breeding

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:35pm

Pet stores in California will only be able to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits rescued from shelters — but that doesn't mean the so-called "puppy mills" are going away.

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'Friends Divided' Digs Into The Bumpy Bonds Between 2 Presidents

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:00am

Gordon S. Wood's engaging new dual biography of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams aims to discover why Jefferson is so much more well-loved than his lifelong (though sometimes estranged) friend.

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'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:33pm

Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.

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The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:17pm

The protest movement Luther launched 500 years ago not only revamped how Europe worshiped but also how it drank. We'd call him the patron saint of beer except, well, he wouldn't like the "saint" part.

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Producers Guild Bans Harvey Weinstein For Life

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 6:53am

Citing Harvey Weinstein's "decades of reprehensible conduct," the Producers Guild of America rejected Harvey Weinstein from its ranks via unanimous decision.

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French Graphic Novel 'Satania' Breaks New Ground — Underground

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 6:00am

Halloween is a time for surprises, so it's a great time for Satania, by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët — it's a thoroughly surprising story about a young girl searching for her missing brother.

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'Feasting and Fasting': The Remarkable Life of Patience Gray

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 6:00am

A British food writer, Gray advocated slow food and foraging long before the rest of the food world. Her work had outsized influence on chefs from Alice Waters on. A new biography tells her story.

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'Hank And Jim' Highlights The Long Friendship Of 2 Hollywood Legends

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 4:01am

A new biography documents the lives and friendship of actors Henry Fonda and James Stewart.

The Architecture Behind The Quintessential Haunted House

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Mary Jo Bowling from Curbed on why Victorian architecture came to be associated with everything spooky and scary.

Toxic. Sour. Atomic. Why We Love To Hate Gross Candy

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:35pm

Candy is supposed to be sweet and delicious. So why are we tempted by candy that pretends to be made of hazardous chemicals, that threatens to nuke our tastebuds, or that dares us to be disgusted?

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Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:04pm

The actor and the Mad Men creator each recently published a book: Hanks' Uncommon Type is a short story collection and Weiner's Heather, The Totality is a novella about two upper-class New Yorkers.

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John Hodgman Reflects On His Mother's Death And White Privilege

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:52pm

Hodgman says, "The biggest privilege of white privilege is the ability to turn off race and pretend that it is not an issue." His new book is called Vacationland.

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