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'The Last Sentence': A Man Making History, But Made By It As Well

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

A biographical portrait of the man who urged Sweden to heed the dangers posed by Hitler wisely resists the urge to divide us into gods and monsters.

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Justice Proves Elusive In The Sprawling 'Norte'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

Norte, the End of History examines the aftermath of a crime for which the wrong man is punished.

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You're A Little Flat, 'Boys'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

Director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys can be engaging and comic, but also often feels a little underdone.

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Writer, Wrong: A Complicated Road To Nowhere In 'Third Person'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

Paul Haggis revisits the multi-threaded structure he used in the Oscar-winning Crash, but he winds up creating a puzzle not much worth solving.

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Viewed In 'Third Person': A Puzzle With Some Tough-To-Find Pieces

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 3:12pm

A new film by Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis has drawn some scathing reviews. But he and actress Moran Atias defend the film as a puzzle — one story told with three sets of characters.

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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:23pm

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for seven-and-a-half years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

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It's Not Tennessee Whiskey If It's Aged In Kentucky, State Says

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:18am

Tennessee recently began regulating whiskey carrying the state name, sparking a dispute between two liquor titans. A complaint over barrels stored in Kentucky added a new twist to the conflict.

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'We Could Be Those Role Models We Wish We Had': Living Openly With HIV

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:13am

William Brawner has been HIV-positive for most of his life. He kept his status a secret for years, even from friends and sexual partners. His life is the subject of a new documentary, "25 to Life."

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Two Flags, A Shelf Of Books, One Beautiful Game

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:08am

As Colombia's national team prepares to take the field again in the 2014 World Cup, critic (and proud Colombian-American) Juan Vidal muses on soccer, literature and national identity.

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Book News: Cache Of Unpublished Pablo Neruda Poems Found In Chile

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 8:15am

Also: Evie Wyld's gorgeous, grim novel All the Birds, Singing has won the Encore award; Clinton's Hard Choices sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week.

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A Thousand Stories, Brilliantly Collapsed In 'Bulletproof Vest'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 6:03am

Maria Venegas' emotionally raw, technically complex new memoir chronicles her troubled relationship with her father, a man whose life was dominated — and eventually ended — by violence.

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The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer.

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What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:26pm

According to Ethan Swan's blog 'NBA Tattoos,' 55 percent of basketball players in the league are tattooed. Swan shares what he's learned about the athletes from tracking their body ink.

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Book News: Author Of Sci-Fi Classic 'Flowers For Algernon' Dies

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 6:35am

Also: NPR Books launches a new series called "Book Your Trip"; David Levithan on why it's important for LGBTQ characters to be well represented in YA novels.

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Weiner Takes A Tumble With 'All Fall Down'

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:49am

Jennifer Weiner's latest tells the tale of a suburban mom whose outwardly-happy life is derailed by pills. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says the book is hampered by clumsy writing and cruel stereotypes.

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From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

The series uses simple language and fanciful adventures to introduce kids to literature, history and science. Author Mary Pope Osborne has visited some 1,800 schools, giving away her books to kids.

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In 'My Name Is Salt,' The Toil And Joy Of India's Salt Harvest

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:06pm

My Name Is Salt documents three generations of a family harvesting the essential seasoning in the blazing desert heat of Gujarat, India. But rather than decry their hard labor, the film honors it.

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Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:30pm

In the author's third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist obsessed with death. Joshua Ferris says he wanted to explore neo-atheism and the meaning of life through him.

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Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:04am

After years in prison, Adrian Thomas was found not guilty for the murder of his infant son. His story was told in Scenes of a Crime. In this encore broadcast, the film's co-director explains the case.

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Man Emerges From Picasso's Painting 'The Blue Room'

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:03am

The painting's surface depicts a scene in Pablo Picasso's studio in Paris, with a woman bathing between a window and a table. But the canvas holds a different scene underneath.

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