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Space Chases And Explosions On A Galactic Scale In 'Cibola Burn'

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:03am

The fourth volume in James S.A. Corey's Expanse series jumps far beyond our puny solar system to paint an epic struggle between colonists on a distant planet — livened with well-drawn small details.

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'Star Wars' Museum Lands In Chicago

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:50pm

Filmmaker George Lucas has selected the Windy City to house his collection of art and movie memorabilia. San Francisco had also reportedly been in contention.

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'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:30pm

This story in the "Book Your Trip" series features NPR TV critic Eric Deggans on two books turned TV shows about civil rights: PBS's Freedom Summer and Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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Book Review: 'No Country'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:15pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Kalyan Ray's new novel, No Country. It's a family drama that crosses continents and time, from the U.S. to Ireland to India over 150 years.

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FX's 'Tyrant' Drowns An Opportunity For Nuance In Stereotypes

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:48pm

The new series debuting tonight — about the son of a Middle Eastern dictator returning home — misses the mark with a pro-U.S. attitude that turns characters into caricatures.

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Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:30am

Also: The Moscow Times pays a visit to a secret Soviet erotica collection; a poem by late Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska.

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'Hidden Sea': What Happens When Fantasyland Doesn't Want You?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:03am

In A.M. Dellamonica's new Child of a Hidden Sea, a marine scientist discovers her secret heritage in an alternate, watery version of Earth — a place which adamantly doesn't want to be discovered.

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Exclusive First Read: You CAN Phone Home Again In 'Landline'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:45am

Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Landline, the new novel from Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell. Love, heartache, sitcom success, and a magic phone — did we mention the magic phone?

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'I Tradizionali,' A Temporary, Culinary Wearable

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:39am

Two Italian designers have come up with an ingenious and playful reason to put away your cookbooks.

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The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:26am

The designer and his lover, Pierre Berge, had deliberately defined roles — Saint Laurent was the fragile artist and Berge was the ultimate manager. A new film tells their story.

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Strange And Beautiful Love Stories Light Up 'Paper Lantern'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:21pm

The stories in Stuart Dybek's latest collection concern themselves with strong feelings, and sometimes with crazed longings. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer finds them "a little alarming, a little wonderful."

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Sandwich Monday: Burger King's Extra Long Cheeseburger

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:35pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Burger King Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger. It's like a regular BBQ Cheeseburger, but longer.

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50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:12pm

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.

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Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 8:07am

Two heavily political documentaries that played at the recent AFI DOCS documentary festival in Washington underscored the challenges of making a film that challenges rather than comforts.

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Book News: Prominent Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami Dies

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:22am

Also: Spanish police break up a suspected book-counterfeiting ring; notable books of the week.

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:26am

NPR's go-to books guru shares some "under the radar" reads. Several of her recommendations — including fiction, fantasy and nonfiction — will make you reconsider your definition of a map.

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Saving Lives And Surviving Paperwork Inside The LA County ER

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 4:09pm

Trauma victims and the uninsured alike pour through the doors of LA County Hospital. Filmmaker-physician Ryan McGarry's new documentary, Code Black, takes viewers inside the busy emergency room.

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With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:33pm

When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.

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Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra'

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

Ari Goldman created the Late Starters Orchestra for people who wanted to do just that. He and other adult musicians play in a strictly enforced egalitarian and non-judgmental environment.

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'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good?

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

For our latest installment of the occasional feature, Weekend Reads, novelist Alexander Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin about Maggie Shipstead's book, Astonish Me.

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