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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:00am

While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

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Foodie Favorites, Part III: Dessert

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:00am

Start with a musical game that "Sounds Delicious," then find a challenge in "Crisp Game Arenas"— and identify dishes from anagrams. For a palate cleanser, enjoy a final round that is all about water.

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Foodie Favorites, Part II: Dinner

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:00am

Hear Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport dish about his dislike of the term "foodie" and play a game based on fast food Yelp! reviews. Plus, mash up foods and bands at the "Soft Rock Cafe."

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Foodie Favorites, Part I: Brunch

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:00am

Dig in as we revisit "Breakfast Cereal Haiku," a game that puts a poetic spin on your favorite childhood cereals, and "Natalie Portmantoast," in which we mash up celebrities with the names of foods.

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'Tell Me Two Things Good': A Happiness Experiment

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:50am

What happens when you ask Twitter for two good things? Good food, family, sunshine, music, and neonatal kitten rescue.

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Book News: Shaken, Stirred: Ian Fleming's Racy Love Letters To Be Sold

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:30am

Also: Meg Wolitzer on the origins of her inspiration; journalist and author Jonathan Schell has died.

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March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:00am

This week in paperback, Mark Mazzetti investigates changes in the CIA, Neil Irwin looks at the guardians of the global economy and Meg Wolitzer follows a group of gifted friends.

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At 81, Playwright Athol Fugard Looks Back On Aging And Apartheid

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:57am

"It is under the pressure of desperation that extraordinary things can happen in a human life," says the South African playwright. Fugard staged an interracial play in Johannesburg in 1961.

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In Karen Russell's World Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:37pm

Karen Russell has set her latest story in a terrible future where insomnia has become a national crisis. Sleep Donation is a digital download from a new publisher called Atavist Books.

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It Was The Best Of Sentences ...

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:35pm

Editors at The American Scholar magazine picked the 10 best sentences from fiction and nonfiction, with authors ranging from Toni Morrison to James Joyce.

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A 'Silent Killer' Returns: Live Chat With Filmmaker On Fighting TB

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 1:32pm

PBS traveled to the epicenter of a terrifying epidemic. We're chatting with the film's maker to learn how the world can stop drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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The Changing World Of Tech Requires A Woman's Eye

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:45am

Tell Me More wraps up its "Women in Tech" series looking at the new ideas women are bringing to tech, and how they're encouraging young girls to get into the field. What lessons have been learned?

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Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:45am

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.

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'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:00am

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:00am

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Book News: Tennessee Williams Tale Of Disappointed Love To Be Published

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 7:01am

Also: Canada's Alice Munro gets a silver coin; a quiz based on Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.

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The Secret To These Sauces Is Nuts

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:29pm

What do lemony aioli, red pepper sauce and herb gravy have in common? These versions owe their smooth, creamy consistency to nuts. Even if you're vegan or gluten-free, they've got you covered.

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'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

In his new memoir, sous chef Michael Gibney spends 24 hours on the line, capturing the rhythm of a New York restaurant kitchen — from quiet morning prep work to dinner hour in full swing.

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Repeat Offenders On The Great White Way

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:57pm

It's not all that common for Broadway actors to work with each other over and over again. But right now, two sets of stars are enjoying their third shows together — which can be good and bad.

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'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:00am

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

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