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Longest Thou To Go On Summer Pilgrimage? Chaucer Hath Advice

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:03am

Our favorite medieval advice columnist returns, dispensing knowledge on everything from avoiding sunburn to glamping to road trip etiquette. And "slushy icye thinges," the best of all summer treats.

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The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 5:13pm

The new show, which focuses on a vigilante programmer, has gotten some rave reviews from real-life hackers. But the show's creator, Sam Esmail, says he wasn't inspired by any individuals in the news.

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Remembering James Salter, A 'Writer's Writer' Who Died Friday

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:09pm

The acclaimed U.S. author died in New York at age 90. A master of his craft, Salter never received the mainstream success he deserved. His novels include A Sport and a Pastime and All That Is.

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Beyond The 'Sometimes Sentimental' Story Of Filipino Migrants

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:09pm

Mia Alvar's new short story collection spans the globe — from Manila to New York to Manama, Bahrain — to offer a more complicated narrative of Filipino exiles, emigres and wanderers.

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A Mental Block May Help Solve This Puzzle

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:55am

Today's puzzle is called "Monkey Business." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase starting with "M" and "B" — as in "monkey business."

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A Boy And A Brutal Slaughter In 'Caminar'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:55am

In our Weekend Reads series, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Meg Medina about Skila Brown's novel, Caminar. The story is inspired by the Guatemalan civil war.

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Words Made Flesh: Literature And The Language Of Prayer

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:03am

No American writer has been able to pin down the intersection of faith, prayer and art like Flannery O'Connor. Critic Juan Vidal reflects on her Prayer Journal, and the faith that words can live.

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After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:40am

Sarah Hepola's memoir Blackout is filled with stories that are both funny and tragic — about how she'd drink to excess, and then try to piece it all together the following day.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:39am

Sous-vide makes meat moist and flavorful, but can take up to 96 hours, not to mention a $500 machine. Chef Christina Tosi shares a technique she uses to cheat in her home kitchen: the "Bird in a Bag."

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:39am

Sous-vide makes meat moist and flavorful, but can take up to 96 hours, not to mention a $500 machine. Chef Christina Tosi shares a technique she uses to cheat in her home kitchen: the "Bird in a Bag."

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The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:29pm

He drove a garbage truck in LA and fibbed his way into Hollywood westerns. But Jonathan Goldsmith's big break was getting cast in Dos Equis beer commercials as "The Most Interesting Man in the World."

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From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:29pm

You'd think spying on the Russians would require some training, but Naveed Jamali had none. "Probably some Magnum P.I. episodes and a few movies here and there," he says. "That was about it."

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'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:29pm

Husband-wife team Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about their play based on the life and writings of legendary rock scribe Lester Bangs.

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Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 8:54am

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project."

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In 'Not A Game,' The Story Of A Star Player And A Hard Fall

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:03am

Sportswriter Kent Babb talks about his new book Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.

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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:34am

The show is a response to the notion that sitcoms have generally ceded political satire to fake news programs. It opens with a certifiably crazy general taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

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Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:03am

While our intern plugs away at tallying the 18,000 nominations that came in for the summer reader romance poll, we thought we'd introduce you to the expert panelists who'll help shape the final list.

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Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:50am

In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.

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After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 3:33pm

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But, amid the fickle endorsements and dustups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.

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The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 1:47pm

Despite the big stars, it's hard to make a straight-faced parody of something watched by people who often already think it's a joke.

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