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Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Evil figures prominently in favorite bedtime stories. But a new translation of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how un-sanitized and murderous these stories once were.

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Jacobson And Glazer Take 'Broad City' On The Road

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Real-life friends and comedians Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer star in Broad City, about two flawed women navigating New York City in their 20s. NPR's Rachel Martin caught up with them on tour.

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The King Of Housewives Dishes Pop Culture's Delightful Dirt

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Pop culture juggernaut Andy Cohen has written a new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries. He speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about why celebrity fascinates him and how he went from journalism to reality TV.

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Back To The Future — The Grim, Grimy, Chrome-Coated Future

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:03am

Richard Kadrey's first novel, the cyberpunk cult classic Metrophage, has been reissued. Critic Jason Sheehan calls this tale of dystopian L.A. "a time capsule from the chrome-and-neon literary past."

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'Operation Sea Lion' Is A Flawed But Fascinating Look At WWII

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:03am

Historian Leo McKinstry sheds new light on the British home front and the failure of Nazi invasion plans, but reviewer J.P. O'Malley says the book is marred by a jingoistic nostalgia for the Empire.

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Marvel's 'Black Panther' Isn't Just Another Black Superhero

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:44am

The recently announced feature, scheduled for November 2017, may be the first Afrofuturist film with a shot of blockbuster success.

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Family Film Offers Glimpse Of 'Three Minutes In Poland' Before Holocaust

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 3:37am

In 1938, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather went on vacation and filmed a few minutes of footage of his Polish hometown. Seventy years later, his grandson set out to find the people who appeared in that film.

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Soldiers, Spies, Cyberwarriors: '@War' In The Internet Age

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:04pm

"One if by land, two if by sea" wouldn't work these days — not when your adversary can knock out your power grid with an team of cyberforces. Today's armies have a new front to monitor.

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How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Down Syndrome and two major surgeries couldn't stop Hema Ramaswamy, who turned to classical Indian dance as a form of artistic and physical healing.

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Not My Job: Ron Perlman, Who Played The Beast, Gets Quizzed On Beauty

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 9:29am

Actor Ron Perlman, the Beast in the TV show Beauty and the Beast, has also appeared in several other movie roles where we couldn't really see his face. So why not quiz him on fashion models?

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Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.

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'Godfather' Mansion For Sale In Staten Island

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

The mansion featured in the The Godfather is on the market for nearly $3 million. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Joseph Profaci, the realtor who is selling the house.

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Cosbys Start A 'Conversation' With African-American Art

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Bill and Camille Cosby have loaned more than 60 pieces of art to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the Cosbys about their collection.

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

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Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:03am

Charles D'Ambrosio's new essay collection wanders through topics journalistic and personal; reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it delivers a primal pleasure of reading: the feeling of being understood.

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Roger Moore: The Man With The Golden Life

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:24am

Sir Roger Moore has played James Bond more than any other actor; his new memoir One Lucky Bastard chronicles a life spent working and laughing with stars — and learning how to kiss from Lana Turner.

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After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:38pm

This week Spain's northeast region voted in favor of independence. But the results weren't recognized by the Spanish government. The situation reminds poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips of a favorite book.

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'National Gallery' Offers A Lingering Look At Art

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:23pm

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary takes audiences behind-the-scenes at London's National Gallery and delves into the stories being told in paintings. Wiseman tells NPR's Robert Siegel what he learned and how he goes about filmmaking.

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Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:04pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two serious films based on real-life events — Foxcatcher, which stars comedian Steve Carrell, and Rosewater, directed by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:56pm

The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.

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