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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:36pm

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:35pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Book News: Chinese Importer Talks About Why Clinton's Book Was Dropped

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:58am

Also: Raymond Chandler will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Joy Williams on writing.

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Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:16am

Crime fiction writer Peter Temple has created a resourceful Aussie investigator: Jack Irish can fight off bad guys with everything from a child's swing to a tin sheet turned fatal Frisbee.

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Book Review: 'The Expedition To The Boabab Tree'

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:17pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Expedition to the Boabab Tree. Originally written in Africaans by Wilma Stockenstrom, the short novel on slavery has been translated by Nobel-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:44pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Sandwich Monday: The Concrete

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Concrete. It's a frozen custard confection so thick, you can turn it upside down and it won't fall out of its cup.

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Book News: Irish Writer Dermot Healy Dies

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:50am

Also: marketing and gender stereotypes; notable books of the week.

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Finding Promising New Games In A World Of Dispiriting Sequels

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:24am

A survey of some of the games that previewed at this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo shows that even in a landscape of mostly boring franchised sequels, there are a few standouts.

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Behind Optimus Prime (And Eeyore), One Man's Signature Voice

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

Peter Cullen, whose oeuvre ranges from Sonny and Cher to Winnie the Pooh, voiced the heroic robot-truck in the 1980s Transformers cartoons. He returned to the role for the series of live-action films.

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In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

After a climate change disaster, a train must circle the globe for its passengers to stay alive. The science fiction fable was inspired by a French graphic novel and directed by a South Korean auteur.

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Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

Ahead of a new memoir, the rapper talks "real world" parenting, systemic racism, rhyming along to Mary J. Blige and being a celebrity in prison.

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Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

In 1994, star player Andres Escobar was killed just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Colombian-American journalist and novelist John Rojas about the crime.

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Colombia Advances In World Cup, A Decade After Infamous Murder

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

In 1994, star player Andres Escobar was killed just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Colombian-American journalist and novelist John Rojas about the crime.

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Pitcher RA Dickey: It's OK To Be Different In 'Knuckleball Ned'

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

Pitcher R.A. Dickey is a rare bird in major league baseball: a master of the knuckleball. Now he's also a children's author. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with him about his new book, Knuckleball Ned.

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The Missing Link

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

For each set of three words, find a word that can precede each one to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word in each set will name an animal.

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Author Plumbs The Human Psyche Through 'Animal Madness'

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

Laurel Braitman's new book was born out of a near-tragedy: her frantic dog almost leaped to its death from a third-story window. She talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about Animal Madness.

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Michel Faber's 'Crimson' Gave Teen A New Sense Of Possibility

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:03am

Author Carmen Maria Machado picked up The Crimson Petal and the White, a book about a prostitute in 19th-century London, because it looked illicit. It taught her about faith, sexuality and feminism.

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'Rogue Elephant' Asks: Is Democracy Right For India?

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:33am

Journalist Simon Denyer has been covering India's tumultuous political scene for most of the past decade. He tells NPR that Indian voters are tired of government corruption — but not of democracy.

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Sorry, Europe. 'Quebert Affair' Plot Thrills, But Prose Lacks Substance

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:05pm

The chilling murder mystery The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair may be a bestseller abroad, but critic Heller McAlpin tells those looking for literary depth not to get their hopes up.

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