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'What She Ate' Reveals The Plates And Palates Of 6 Notable Women

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:49pm

Laura Shapiro has likened her method of biographical research to "standing in line at the supermarket and peering into the other carts." Critic Maureen Corrigan says her resulting book is fascinating.

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Raunchy But Sweet, 'Mrs. Fletcher' Is One For The Ages

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:00am

Tom Perrotta's new novel about a divorced mom and her college-aged son addresses some serious issues with dark humor. The result is uncompromisingly obscene, but still somehow good-natured.

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In 'Emma Reyes,' Life Through A Child's Clear Eyes

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 6:00am

As an adult, the Colombian painter Emma Reyes lived in Paris and befriended Frida Kahlo. But in a series of autobiographical letters, she describes a childhood of grinding misery and poverty.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Detroit'

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:00am

With its intense and unsettling depictions of police brutality in the summer of 1967, Detroit got under the panel's skin in different ways.

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TV Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Mr. Mercedes' Is An Engaging Cat-And-Mouse Thriller

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:38pm

The 10-part series, available on DirecTV's Audience network, centers on a killer who uses his car as a murder weapon. TV critic David Bianculli says Mr. Mercedes draws you in and doesn't let go.

How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:25pm

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles the contentious relationship between the creators of Corn Flakes.

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'The Bachelorette' Concludes Landmark Season As Rachel Lindsay Gives Final Rose

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:22pm

The season finale of ABC's The Bachelorette aired on Monday night. This season featured the first African-American star, Rachel Lindsay, and a multi-racial cast of suitors for her hand in marriage.

Haruo Nakajima, The Original Godzilla Actor, Dies

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm

Nakajima played the iconic giant reptile in a dozen films, donning the suit that he says weighed about 220 pounds and wreaking havoc on model cities and rival monsters. He was 88.

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Jeff Flake Has Taken On Trump And The GOP. But Will It Matter?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:09am

The GOP has "given into the politics of anger—the belief that riling up the base can make up for failed attempts to broaden the electorate," the senator says. "These are the spasms of a dying party."

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:34am

Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret artist.

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New Biography Of Lincoln's Secretary Of War Reveals A Resilient Man, Haunted By Grief

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:00am

NPR's Ron Elving reviews a massive new tome on the life of Edwin Stanton, certainly one of the most contentious and controversial figures in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet of rivals.

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Funk Band Behind 'Amen Break' Drum Riff Receives Long Overdue Notoriety

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

The Amen break is a drum riff that's been sampled in more than 2,000 songs by artists as diverse as N.W.A. and David Bowie. It was created some 50 years ago by a funk and soul band called The Winstons, and they've finally started getting some recognition.

'Wonder Woman' Continues Hot Streak In Mediocre Summer For Hollywood

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

Wonder Woman continues to make progress at the box office in a summer dotted with hits and misses. While most movies stay in theaters for two weeks, Wonder Woman is still playing in more than 1,000 theaters after 10 weeks.

Hang 20: Abbie Girl Takes Top Pooch In World Dog Surfing Championship

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:04pm

The dogs are scored by a group of three judges. "Number one is stay on the board and number two is looking happy," one judge explained.

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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:49pm

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 4: 'Enough With The Clever Plans'

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:30am

In the Game of Thrones episode "The Spoils of War," someone goes home, someone goes spelunking, and many many many someones go to an impromptu barbecue.

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Nursing Mom Makes The Breast Of It After Museum Tells Her To Cover Up

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 1:52pm

A visitor to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London says she was chided for public breastfeeding. As she pointed out on Twitter, the museum seemed fine with other bosoms — ones made of marble.

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A Podcast Reopens Old Wounds In 'Are You Sleeping'

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 9:00am

Kathleen Barber's debut novel is an on-trend mashup of murder, social media and Serial-style true-crime podcasting, but though well paced, it suffers from thin characters and a lack of context.

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'Happiness' Explores The Complex Push And Pull Of Human Relationships

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:00am

Heather Harpham's memoir centers on her baby daughter's struggle with a dangerous illness — but broadens out to include her family and her own fraught relationship with the baby's reluctant father.

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Poetry Of Failure Comes To Life At Chicago's 'Baudelaire In A Box'

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 5:42pm

This weekend in Chicago, a small theater troupe with a big resume will present all of the poems in Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" — sung by more than 50 performers from around the world.




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