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In Mystery Series' W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:15am

Writer Julia Keller, who grew up in the state, says she surprised herself when she set her novels there. But riverbanks, convenience stores and abandoned coal mines make for perfect crime scenes.

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Is It Time For Food To Get Its Own Major Museum?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:14pm

The U.S. has no major museum dedicated to food and drink, but a group of upstart foodies says they can change that. Their first exhibition will feature technology that revolutionized breakfast cereal.

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Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:16pm

As the veteran anchor steps away from ABC's flagship evening newscast, the network gives key duties to George Stephanopoulos — making the man who co-anchors its morning broadcast the face of ABC News.

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Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:35am

Five years after his death, a new book about the King of Pop written by two of his former security guards provides a new look at the famous — and sometimes infamous — musician's life.

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Book News: Deal To Buy Perseus May Boost Hachette's Hand In Amazon Fight

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 7:19am

Also: Lena Dunham on discovering Alice Munro; Yiddish linguistics.

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Space Chases And Explosions On A Galactic Scale In 'Cibola Burn'

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:03am

The fourth volume in James S.A. Corey's Expanse series jumps far beyond our puny solar system to paint an epic struggle between colonists on a distant planet — livened with well-drawn small details.

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'Star Wars' Museum Lands In Chicago

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:50pm

Filmmaker George Lucas has selected the Windy City to house his collection of art and movie memorabilia. San Francisco had also reportedly been in contention.

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'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:30pm

This story in the "Book Your Trip" series features NPR TV critic Eric Deggans on two books turned TV shows about civil rights: PBS's Freedom Summer and Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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Book Review: 'No Country'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:15pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Kalyan Ray's new novel, No Country. It's a family drama that crosses continents and time, from the U.S. to Ireland to India over 150 years.

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FX's 'Tyrant' Drowns An Opportunity For Nuance In Stereotypes

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:48pm

The new series debuting tonight — about the son of a Middle Eastern dictator returning home — misses the mark with a pro-U.S. attitude that turns characters into caricatures.

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Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:30am

Also: The Moscow Times pays a visit to a secret Soviet erotica collection; a poem by late Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska.

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'Hidden Sea': What Happens When Fantasyland Doesn't Want You?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:03am

In A.M. Dellamonica's new Child of a Hidden Sea, a marine scientist discovers her secret heritage in an alternate, watery version of Earth — a place which adamantly doesn't want to be discovered.

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Exclusive First Read: You CAN Phone Home Again In 'Landline'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:45am

Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Landline, the new novel from Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell. Love, heartache, sitcom success, and a magic phone — did we mention the magic phone?

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'I Tradizionali,' A Temporary, Culinary Wearable

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:39am

Two Italian designers have come up with an ingenious and playful reason to put away your cookbooks.

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The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:26am

The designer and his lover, Pierre Berge, had deliberately defined roles — Saint Laurent was the fragile artist and Berge was the ultimate manager. A new film tells their story.

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Strange And Beautiful Love Stories Light Up 'Paper Lantern'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:21pm

The stories in Stuart Dybek's latest collection concern themselves with strong feelings, and sometimes with crazed longings. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer finds them "a little alarming, a little wonderful."

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Sandwich Monday: Burger King's Extra Long Cheeseburger

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:35pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Burger King Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger. It's like a regular BBQ Cheeseburger, but longer.

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50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:12pm

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.

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Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 8:07am

Two heavily political documentaries that played at the recent AFI DOCS documentary festival in Washington underscored the challenges of making a film that challenges rather than comforts.

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Book News: Prominent Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami Dies

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:22am

Also: Spanish police break up a suspected book-counterfeiting ring; notable books of the week.

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