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In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:38pm

The winner of this year's architecture prize has designed museums, homes and concert halls. But he's best known for the temporary structures he's built for refugees and evacuees all over the world.

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A Homecoming, Minus The Nostalgia, In Cole's Unsparing 'Thief'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:00pm

Teju Cole writes of a young man's return to Nigeria in Every Day Is For The Thief. He says his narrator is "somebody who's been away a long time and doesn't want to pretty up the picture at all."

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Sandwich Monday: We Tackle The Army's 'Pork Rib' MRE

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 2:03pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Department of Defense's imitation McRib. It's an MRE, Pork Rib flavor. "This meal disgusts me more before 8 a.m. than most meals disgust me all day."

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Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Chapters 11-20

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:31pm

The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Join us in the comments to discuss what we've read so far.

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us 'Get It'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

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Spring Into #TMMPoetry

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:55am

April is almost here, and that means time for Tell Me More's annual celebration of National Poetry Month. Tweet your original poems of no more than 140 characters, using the hashtag #TMMPoetry.

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Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:01am

An international relations lecturer is using her students' love of food to teach them about global conflicts. It's a form of winning hearts and minds that's gaining traction among world governments.

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Ugh: 'Good Wife,' Bad Idea

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:54am

CBS's The Good Wife has been an exemplary piece of entertaining and satisfying television. Sunday night, it went into a ditch.

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Book News: Hitler As A Comedian? Comic Novel Tests Limits Of Humor

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:33am

New rules in the U.K. ban people from sending books to prisoners; the best books coming out this week.

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To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 4:00pm

For comic Mike Birbiglia, getting his parents to accept his career choice was the hardest part of getting started. Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman seemed to signal he wasn't so bad.

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With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 2:43pm

The approach made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for most people, according to psychiatrist Lance Dodes. In fact, he says, the steps can actually be harmful to the majority of addicts.

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Changing The World One Letter At A Time

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:00am

For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name.

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'Little, Big' Delights With A Little Magic And A Big, Strange Story

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 6:00am

John Crowley's sweeping, epic novel follows four generations of the Drinkwater family. Author Lauren Oliver says this imaginative book reminds her why she likes reading in the first place.

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'Parentology': Bribes, Behavior And The Science Of Raising Kids

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 4:23am

Irreverent dad and sociologist Dalton Conley says parenting books take the wrong approach. He wants to teach parents to make sense of available research in order to apply it to their own kids.

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Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Is 'Waiting For 2042'

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 5:13pm

The Indian-American performer says he's not obsessed with race, but he uses it frequently in his comedy because it's part of his lived experience and something he can't help but pay attention to.

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Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 1:44pm

The former president joins NPR to talk about his new book, the state of human trafficking and whether religion can be a conduit for lasting change around gender.

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Not My Job: We Ask Football And Old Spice Star Terry Crews About Cruises

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:00am

Before he was the star of a hilarious series of Old Spice commercials, Terry Crews played for the championship Western Michigan University Broncos in Kalamazoo, where we are taping the show this week.

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Bertrand Tavernier, Playing Geopolitics For Laughs

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:00am

Known for serious films such as The Clockmaker and 'Round Midnight, the French filmmaker has turned to comedy — with a serious undertone — in his latest film, The French Minister.

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When Scripture Hits The Screen, Filmmakers Say Their Prayers

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:00am

The biblical epic Noah has already encountered controversy; it's been banned in some countries and criticized in the U.S. NPR's Scott Simon asks why religious figures stir such passion.

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Extraordinary Ladies Battle Across Berlin In 'Roses'

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 6:00am

The new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book pits Captain Nemo's daughter against dark forces in a silent-film inspired Berlin. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Nemo: Roses of Berlin is uneven but fun.

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