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Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:08pm

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.

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Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:49pm

The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

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Loneliness And Longing — And Woody Allen — In 'Fading Gigolo'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:09pm

Bob Mondello reviews the new Fading Gigolo, a surprisingly sweet dramedy in which John Turturro plays the gigolo, Woody Allen plays his pimp, and things don't go nearly as wrong as they could.

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Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:52pm

Every so often an arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and you realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the property of schlockmeisters, says critic David Edelstein.

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The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:48am

Eric Deggans previews the return of a science fiction show that's also a police procedural and a thriller.

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Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:58am

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

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So, 'Scandal' Writers, How Did You Write That Awful Wrist Thing?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:15am

The chatty Sundance show The Writers' Room sheds a little light on how some of TV's more popular shows are brought into being.

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Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:39am

Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.

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'During The Reign,' A Dissolving Family Retells Its History

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:03am

Joan Chase's 1983 debut During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is a careful, layered account of a troubled family in rural 1950s Ohio, narrated by a quasi-Greek chorus of daughters and cousins.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:14am

In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy, and reflects on hard-won political lessons.

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Tatiana Maslany On Looking Herself In The Eye

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:36am

Actress Tatiana Maslany talks with Morning Edition about the return of her BBC America series Orphan Black. On the show, she plays multiple roles, and advanced technology helps her pull it off.

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Is 'Heaven' Real, Or Just A Place On Earth?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:10pm

The film Heaven Is For Real tries hard to be about faith, but mostly winds up being about not bothering anybody. It's a shame, because it's a lost opportunity to say something interesting.

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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:21pm

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:51pm

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.

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A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:43pm

Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp.

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'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really 'Making The World Better'?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:11pm

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace — his 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job induced ennui.

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Big Stars Don't Always Guide TV Shows To Success

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:04pm

CBS is planning a one-hour season finale for Robin Williams' The Crazy Ones. It was one of three sitcoms built around big established stars this season, all three of which suffered in the ratings.

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The Rush Of A River, The Rise Of A Gondola

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:02pm

Two new documentaries, DamNation and Manakamana, examine the natural world in very different ways. One concerns itself with action, and one far more with contemplation.

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'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:49pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

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