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'State Of Affairs': Television From The Precise Middle Of The Barrel

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:27pm

The new spy/political drama starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard isn't good, but it isn't bad either. That's a problem in television's very competitive landscape.

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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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Book News: Mo'ne Davis Steps From The Pitcher's Mound Into Memoir

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:32am

The teen pitcher, who made history at the Little League World Series, will tell her story in a book to be released in March. Also: R.A. Montgomery, an innovator in interactive reading, dies at age 78.

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For One Essayist, 'The Unspeakable' Isn't Off-Limits

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 5:47pm

Meghan Daum's new collection looks at life in that awkward stage of adulthood that comes before you'd call yourself middle-aged. "Are we in the twilight of youth?" she asks. "That sounds not good."

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For One Artist, Colorblindness Opened Up A World Of Black And White

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

After his diagnosis, Peter Milton wasn't about to abandon art; but he did feel he had to abandon color. Today he says he finds black and white to be "fully more elegant than color."

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Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Evil figures prominently in favorite bedtime stories. But a new translation of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how un-sanitized and murderous these stories once were.

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Jacobson And Glazer Take 'Broad City' On The Road

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Real-life friends and comedians Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer star in Broad City, about two flawed women navigating New York City in their 20s. NPR's Rachel Martin caught up with them on tour.

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The King Of Housewives Dishes Pop Culture's Delightful Dirt

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:07am

Pop culture juggernaut Andy Cohen has written a new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries. He speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about why celebrity fascinates him and how he went from journalism to reality TV.

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Back To The Future — The Grim, Grimy, Chrome-Coated Future

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:03am

Richard Kadrey's first novel, the cyberpunk cult classic Metrophage, has been reissued. Critic Jason Sheehan calls this tale of dystopian L.A. "a time capsule from the chrome-and-neon literary past."

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'Operation Sea Lion' Is A Flawed But Fascinating Look At WWII

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:03am

Historian Leo McKinstry sheds new light on the British home front and the failure of Nazi invasion plans, but reviewer J.P. O'Malley says the book is marred by a jingoistic nostalgia for the Empire.

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Marvel's 'Black Panther' Isn't Just Another Black Superhero

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:44am

The recently announced feature, scheduled for November 2017, may be the first Afrofuturist film with a shot of blockbuster success.

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Family Film Offers Glimpse Of 'Three Minutes In Poland' Before Holocaust

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 3:37am

In 1938, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather went on vacation and filmed a few minutes of footage of his Polish hometown. Seventy years later, his grandson set out to find the people who appeared in that film.

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Soldiers, Spies, Cyberwarriors: '@War' In The Internet Age

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:04pm

"One if by land, two if by sea" wouldn't work these days — not when your adversary can knock out your power grid with an team of cyberforces. Today's armies have a new front to monitor.

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How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Down Syndrome and two major surgeries couldn't stop Hema Ramaswamy, who turned to classical Indian dance as a form of artistic and physical healing.

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Not My Job: Ron Perlman, Who Played The Beast, Gets Quizzed On Beauty

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 9:29am

Actor Ron Perlman, the Beast in the TV show Beauty and the Beast, has also appeared in several other movie roles where we couldn't really see his face. So why not quiz him on fashion models?

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Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.

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'Godfather' Mansion For Sale In Staten Island

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

The mansion featured in the The Godfather is on the market for nearly $3 million. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Joseph Profaci, the realtor who is selling the house.

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Cosbys Start A 'Conversation' With African-American Art

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Bill and Camille Cosby have loaned more than 60 pieces of art to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the Cosbys about their collection.

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

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