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In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:24pm

Director David Cronenberg's debut novel is about two journalists chasing after sensational stories. This book is admirable in its unflinching gaze and beautiful in its depiction of a twisted reality.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'Twin Peaks' Returns

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:41am

Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon take a few minutes to discuss the resurrection of the David Lynch cult television series Twin Peaks.

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Cameron Esposito And The Comedy Of Confidence

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:58am

In a new comedy album, Cameron Esposito covers strip clubs, her attraction to "women in crisis," her awkward youth, and her bone-deep comfort in her own skin.

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Book News: Bob Dylan's Lyrics Get Their Own Book — And It's Massive

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:20am

The 1,034-page collection sets out to annotate, illustrate and track the changes of Dylan's myriad songs. Also, after a decade on trial, Superman won't be reaching the Supreme Court.

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A Hairy, Sardonic Fable In 'The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:03am

Stephen Collins' debut graphic novel depicts a bland, comfortable, conformist world turned upside down by one man's sudden growth of a bristly, twisty, unstoppably anarchic beard.

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In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:15am

Marilynne Robinson's fourth novel is a prequel to 2004's Gilead: That book told the Rev. John Ames' family story and this book tells the story of his wife.

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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:12pm

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

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Voters Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado, Oregon

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:24pm

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington.

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'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:20pm

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.

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The Secret To Prize-Winning Porridge Is In the Spurtle

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:20pm

An Scottish man won the prestigious 21st Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships on Saturday. We learn from Dr. Izhar Khan about his secret to winning porridge.

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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:09pm

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:04pm

It's tempting to seek out the mac-and-cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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'The Flash' Winks At History And Keeps Its Superhero Tone Light

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:05am

The CW's remake of The Flash has an affection view of super-history, resting comfortably among the many version of many heroes already born.

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The 'Sioux Chef' Is Putting Pre-Colonization Food Back On The Menu

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:39am

Sean Sherman plans to open a restaurant serving food inspired by what was eaten in the Great Plains prior to the arrival of European settlers. Discovering those ingredients has been half the battle.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'House Hunters International'

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:02am

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes sit down for a little chat about flats in Paris, bad jokes, and wanting to live abroad but still be at home.

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Book News: Agatha Christie And The Secret Of The Lost Lockbox Jewels

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:28am

Long hidden in a common trunk, Christie's family jewelry is now heading to auction. And the day's secrets don't end there: J.K. Rowling also stirred Twitter with a cryptic hint about her new book.

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'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:03am

Ann Leckie's eagerly-awaited sequel to last year's Ancillary Justice quickly wraps up dangling plot threads, and sends heroine Breq on a brand new adventure, this time at the helm of her own ship.

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The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:17am

Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.

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FDR Was A Great President — But Do We Really Want Another Great President?

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:26pm

In his new book, The End of Greatness, historian Aaron David Miller argues the nation might be better off without any more truly great presidents — or the national crises that produce them.

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'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:33pm

Brian Morton's novel features a 75-year-old woman — an icon of the Second Wave Women's Movement — who's a self-described "difficult woman." It's a witty, nuanced and ultimately moving novel.

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