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Jason Bateman, Taking A Turn As The Big Bad

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:38pm

In his directorial debut, Bad Words, the Arrested Development star plays an adult who competes in a kids' spelling bee. He talked to NPR's Audie Cornish about what it's like to play the heavy.

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'Veronica Mars' And The Bad Caterpillar Theory

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:35pm

The new Veronica Mars movie is unsatisfying in part because it continues a juvenile approach to a love story that's no longer about adolescence.

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Lions, Lambs, Whatever: 10 Movies To Help You Weather The Week

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:31pm

March giveth and it taketh away, depending on which coast you call home. Sunny California is suffering a drought. On the East Coast, more snow. Here are some big-screen stories to help pass the time.

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Sandwich Monday: The Subway Flatizza

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 1:05pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Subway's new flatbread pizza. To save time and humiliate anyone trying to order it, they're calling it a Flatizza.

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Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:20pm

In Dancing Fish And Ammonites, the British writer reflects on growing older. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about adjusting to her husband's death and losing the desire for new things.

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The Dark History Of Green Food On St. Patrick's Day

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:47am

Cupcakes, cookies and beer dyed green may mean party time in America, but on the Emerald Isle, they harken back to a desperate past. Still, Ireland has learned to embrace the kitsch for the tourists.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:00am

Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show more than 150 times, often as the substitute host. The comic died Saturday at 78. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1990.

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Book News: Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Travel Journals Will Be Published

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 6:18am

Also: A new story from J.K. Rowling; Nigella Lawson on why she became a cookbook writer; Walter Dean Myers reacts to a study's findings on the number of children's books about black people.

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Novel Reflects Desperate But Futile Search For Answers

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, author Jonathan Evison recommends the novel Songs for the Missing, by Stewart O'Nan, as a book with something to say about mysterious disappearances.

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'Le Week-End': A Story Of Feuding Couples On Screen And Off

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:00pm

The fourth film from writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell follows a married couple who vacillate between love and war. Kureishi says that tension resembles his relationship with Michell.

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Pumping Up A Star: The Leaky Suit That Blew Up A Career

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 3:00pm

June Ambrose is a celebrity stylist for big names like Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. Her big break came after a chance wardrobe malfunction during a shoot for Missy Elliott's first hit, "The Rain."

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Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 7:00am

A series of paired words will be provided. For each pair think of a third word that can follow the first one and precede the second to complete a familiar two-word phrase. Every answer stars with "W."

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'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 7:00am

From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy and beyond, hip-hop has long been a culture to which young urban Muslims around the world can relate.

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The Lively Linguistical Exuberance Of 'Being Blue'

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 6:38am

The NYRB Classics imprint has reissued William Gass's 1976 raucous philosophical inquiry into the color blue. Reviewer Juan Vidal says it's more an experience to be had than a book to be read.

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'Street Fighter II': Most Racist Nostalgic Video Game Ever?

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 6:00am

The influential classic arcade game is a reminder of how broadly stereotypical so many of the now-iconic characters were.

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A Circle Of Spies Hit The Road, Filling A 'Dossier' Of Mystery

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 4:14am

In his 1973 debut novel, The Miernik Dossier, former CIA agent Charles McCarry combines a classic Cold War thriller with a road trip. Olen Steinhauer says it's one of the best spy novels ever written.

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A Circle Of Spies Hit The Road, Filling A 'Dossier' Of Mystery

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 4:14am

In his 1973 debut novel, The Miernik Dossier, former CIA agent Charles McCarry combines a classic Cold War thriller with a road trip. Olen Steinhauer says it's one of the best spy novels ever written.

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Not My Job: Wing-Suit Explorer Joby Ogwyn Gets Quizzed On Wings (The Band)

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:00am

In May, the Discovery Channel will be broadcasting live as Joby Ogwyn climbs to the summit of Mount Everest, and then jumps off it, descending 10,000 feet in a wing suit.

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Why'd The Scientist Cross The Road? To Figure Out Why You're Laughing

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 7:00am

Scott Weems' book HA! explores the science of when we laugh and why. He describes the part of your brain that's active when you laugh, and the controversy over whether ducks are funnier than chickens.

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A Delicate Arson: 'The Blazing World' Consumes Its Readers

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:00am

Siri Hustvedt's latest uses fragmented documents to tell the story of an artist who chooses men to present her work. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls the book complex, harrowing, playful and engrossing.

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