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Book News: Hitler As A Comedian? Comic Novel Tests Limits Of Humor

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:33am

New rules in the U.K. ban people from sending books to prisoners; the best books coming out this week.

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To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 4:00pm

For comic Mike Birbiglia, getting his parents to accept his career choice was the hardest part of getting started. Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman seemed to signal he wasn't so bad.

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With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 2:43pm

The approach made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for most people, according to psychiatrist Lance Dodes. In fact, he says, the steps can actually be harmful to the majority of addicts.

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Changing The World One Letter At A Time

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:00am

For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name.

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'Little, Big' Delights With A Little Magic And A Big, Strange Story

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 6:00am

John Crowley's sweeping, epic novel follows four generations of the Drinkwater family. Author Lauren Oliver says this imaginative book reminds her why she likes reading in the first place.

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'Parentology': Bribes, Behavior And The Science Of Raising Kids

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 4:23am

Irreverent dad and sociologist Dalton Conley says parenting books take the wrong approach. He wants to teach parents to make sense of available research in order to apply it to their own kids.

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Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Is 'Waiting For 2042'

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 5:13pm

The Indian-American performer says he's not obsessed with race, but he uses it frequently in his comedy because it's part of his lived experience and something he can't help but pay attention to.

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Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 1:44pm

The former president joins NPR to talk about his new book, the state of human trafficking and whether religion can be a conduit for lasting change around gender.

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Not My Job: We Ask Football And Old Spice Star Terry Crews About Cruises

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:00am

Before he was the star of a hilarious series of Old Spice commercials, Terry Crews played for the championship Western Michigan University Broncos in Kalamazoo, where we are taping the show this week.

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Bertrand Tavernier, Playing Geopolitics For Laughs

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:00am

Known for serious films such as The Clockmaker and 'Round Midnight, the French filmmaker has turned to comedy — with a serious undertone — in his latest film, The French Minister.

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When Scripture Hits The Screen, Filmmakers Say Their Prayers

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:00am

The biblical epic Noah has already encountered controversy; it's been banned in some countries and criticized in the U.S. NPR's Scott Simon asks why religious figures stir such passion.

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Extraordinary Ladies Battle Across Berlin In 'Roses'

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 6:00am

The new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book pits Captain Nemo's daughter against dark forces in a silent-film inspired Berlin. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Nemo: Roses of Berlin is uneven but fun.

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Doomed 'Dune' Was Generations Ahead Of Its Time

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:00am

Scott Simon spoke to Frank Pavich about Jodorowsky's Dune, his new documentary about filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed 1970s attempt to make an adaptation of the bestselling sci-fi novel.

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Spring May Not Be Outside, But It's On The Court

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 3:00pm

In honor of the NCAA tournament and the official start of spring, Lev Grossman recommends the timeless The Canterbury Tales, while Tim Lane looks to the sports bio, Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich.

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Addicted To Sex, But Not Really Having Much Fun

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:52am

The first volume of Lars von Trier's four-hour Nymphomaniac is in theaters this week. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's racy, sure — but oddly funny, too.

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Addicted To Sex, But Not Really Having Much Fun

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:52am

The first volume of Lars von Trier's four-hour Nymphomaniac is in theaters this week. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's racy, sure — but oddly funny, too.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Authenticity Business And A Colorful Quiz

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:27am

On this week's show, we use the presidential Between Two Ferns as a hook to discuss the importance of authenticity — and the selling of it. Plus, a devilish, super-challenging quiz.

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Book News: Khushwant Singh, Who Wrote Of India's Bloody Partition, Dies

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:20am

Also: Miss Manners on what to do if you are accused of a literary conspiracy; the shortlist for the Stella Prize is announced; the winner of the Diagram Prize for oddest title.

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A Meteoric Rise For Young 'Divergent' Author

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:00am

Veronica Roth, author of the best-selling young adult series "Divergent," signed a book deal while she was still in college. The book hit shelves when she was just 22. Now 25, Roth says she wasn't sure what to think when she heard "Divergent" would be turned into a film. But then Kate Winslet signed on.

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'Divergent': A Film About A Risk Taker That Plays It Safe

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:00am

Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Ken Turan reviews "Divergent," a sci-fi adventure about a world in which people are divided into groups representing a particular virtue — bravery, for example. It is based on the young adult novels by Veronica Roth.

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