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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property's fate.

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Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.

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The 'Justified' Finale Brings An End To Another TV Western

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:18pm

FX's powerful modern-day Western 'Justified' airs its series finale tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says its end underscores the decline of a once-powerful TV genre.

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'Cold Silver' Drags Epic Fantasy Through The Mud, Wonderfully

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:15am

Alex Marshall — rumored to be the pseudonym of a big-name fantasy author — creates a memorable heroine in Cobalt Zosia, a retired general who's drawn back into blood and struggle against her will.

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'Gutshot' Is Gloriously Grand Guignol

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 6:03am

Amelia Gray's new story collection is brimming with gore, guts, madness and deviance. Reviewer Colin Dwyer says Gray is reclaiming a place in literature for our bloody, clumsy, inconvenient bodies.

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How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:14am

For all the unique "Asian-ness" of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop's gone global, Asian American artists are more at home than ever.

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Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 4:40pm

The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."

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Clear Fruit Brandies Pack An Orchard Into A Bottle

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 4:23pm

French-style eaux de vie have made a comeback in the U.S. thanks to the farm-to-table movement. Dozens of distilleries are now crafting dry, fragrant spirits from fruits that might have been wasted.

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Sandwich Monday: Breakfast In A Tin

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a British delicacy: All-Day Breakfast in a can. We may be using the word delicacy incorrectly.

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Alan Turing Notebook Sells For More Than $1 Million At Auction

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 1:32pm

The manuscript dates to 1942 when the mathematician and computer science pioneer worked to break the German Enigma code. It is filled with complex mathematical and computer science notations.

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How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:46pm

Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.

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The Hapless 'Veep' Staff Trips Itself Up As Selina Ascends

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:37am

HBO's terrific political satire returned Sunday night as a teleprompter created a disaster.

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Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:30am

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.

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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:50pm

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.

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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's once-controversial poem. A group of musicians and actors put on a show in Los Angeles this week in celebration of Ginsberg and his iconic poem.

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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.

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A Good-Old-Boy Thing: Remembering Actor James Best

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

Actor James Best died last week at age 88. He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with him in 2013.

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On Steel Horses They Ride — To Honor 19th-Century Cavalries

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

In the mid- and late 1800s, Buffalo Soldiers were all-black cavalries patrolling America's western frontier. Today, a motorcycle club that carries their name pays homage to the soldiers.

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Meditating On Maisie Dobbs, Our Favorite Intuitive Detective Psychologist

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:00am

This trip in the Time Machine, we're looking back at Jacqueline Winspear's well-loved Maisie Dobbs books. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says there are interesting times ahead for the nurse-turned-sleuth.

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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:27am

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.

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