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David Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Letterman led his last CBS Late Show Wednesday after 33 years in late night. The host left as he arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.

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'Filthy Lucre' Is A Modern Remix Of The Peacock Room's Wretched Excess

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:34am

Two Smithsonian institutions have given artist Darren Waterston their blessings as he reimagines James McNeill Whistler's lavish and legendary 19th century artwork as an utter ruin.

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Often The Butt Of Jokes, S.C.'s Giant Peach Is Ripe For Renovation

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:26pm

The South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned has gained national celebrity. But the peach's bright paint has soured over the years, so it's getting a makeover — to the chagrin of some.

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'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:05pm

The musical has some of the best-known songs in Broadway history, but it originally had other tunes that almost no one knows. Some of those songs were recently performed for the first time in decades.

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An Indian Master Returns To Cinemas, Restored

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:37pm

Filmmaker Satyajit Ray earned a lifetime achivement Oscar for his beloved Apu Trilogy of films, released between 1955 and 1959. Badly damaged by fire, the original negatives have now been restored.

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David Letterman Is Set For Final Curtain Wednesday Night

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:48pm

"What this means now," the talk show host told a hushed audience as he announced his departure in December, "is that Paul and I can be married."

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Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:51pm

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.

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'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:03am

Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.

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The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:03am

Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.

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Tea Tuesdays: Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:24pm

The giant, metal, hot-water urns are at the center of Russian tea culture — and national identity. How that came to be may have as much to do with Russian literature as common usage.

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In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:52pm

At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.

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Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:03pm

The Bradford boasted sweet flesh so coveted, 19th-century growers turned to guns and poison to thwart thieves. The melon all but vanished by the 1920s. Now a descendant of its creator is reviving it.

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Fun, Fast-Moving 'Nimona' Is A Perpetual Surprise

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:03am

Noelle Stevenson's webcomic Nimona, about a shapeshifter who aspires to be an evil sidekick, is now out in book form. Reviewer Tasha Robinson praises the story's ebullience, complexity and intensity.

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'Sophie Stark' Finds It Hard To Learn How To Be Human

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:03am

Anna North's new novel is narrated by friends and family after the death of troubled filmmaker Sophie. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "a bold and graceful novel, executed with incredible artistry."

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How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:23am

With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.

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Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:22am

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book examines a dark chapter in American history: The Cherokee Trail of Tears, and the chief who used the tools of democracy to try to protect his people.

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LA County Museum Of Art Presents Last Sculpture By Chris Burden

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:15pm

The museum presented on Monday a new sculpture by artist Chris Burden, who died May 10. "Ode to Santos Dumont," is a kinetic airship inspired by the Brazilian aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont.

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Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:15pm

The Iranian-born visual artist has made her home country's turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work.

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Google Wins Copyright And Speech Case Over 'Innocence Of Muslims' Video

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:00pm

A federal appeals court has reversed an order that forced Google-owned YouTube to take down a trailer for a controversial anti-Muslim video last year.

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:05pm

The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.

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