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Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 7:03am

In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.

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Star-Studded Broadway Show Opens, But 'It's Only A Play'

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

It's Only a Play is a comedy about a theater crew and critic joking together while awaiting reviews. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with co-stars F. Murray Abraham and Megan Mullally about the production.

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The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

If you're an artist with an idea for a metal masterpiece, you'd probably turn to Dick Politch to cast it. His foundry has done works for over 500 artists. We get a look at an exhibit of his creations.

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Art Project Opens Long-Closed Ellis Island Hospital

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

The dilapidated hospital on Ellis Island has been shuttered since 1954. But now it's opening to the public. The occasion? An art exhibition. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the head of Save Ellis Island.

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Behind The Sunglasses: The Lives Of Secret Service Agents

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:29pm

This week, following a series of security lapses, the Secret Service director resigned. For a look at the agency beyond the scandal, author Ben Dolnick recommends the novel Big If by Mark Costello.

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Who's Worth Your Trust In Fincher's Moody, Atmospheric 'Gone Girl'?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:49pm

NPR's Bob Mondello says David Fincher's screen adaptation of the marriage-in-trouble thriller Gone Girl offers all the twists and jolts of the original novel, but gets a little pulpy toward the end.

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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:35pm

Based on a screenplay by author Gillian Flynn, the movie is sensationally effective. It's made like a classic noir — evenly paced, with an elegance that in context is deeply perverse.

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'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:44am

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in season four when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.

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Please Don't Judge John Mulaney By 'Mulaney'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:28am

John Mulaney is an exceptional, intelligent stand-up comedian. His new show on Fox is unfortunately not a good way to encounter his work at all.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Denzel Washington And 'Gilligan's Island'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:23am

On this week's show, we talk about how The Equalizer fits into the arc of Denzel Washington's long and full career, and we consider absurdist sitcoms as Gilligan's Island turns 50.

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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:51am

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.

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What Does A Creative Brain Look Like?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

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How Do You Get Over Writer's Block?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

After a nasty bout of writer's block that stretched on for nearly a decade, Sting found inspiration by channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew from his childhood.

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Book News: Nicholas Sparks Is Accused Of Racism And Homophobia

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 6:19am

The allegations come in a lawsuit filed by the ex-headmaster at a school that the best-selling writer founded. Also: The Authors Guild reveals it's requested a Justice Department probe of Amazon.

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Growing Up Poor Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:38am

A mother talks to her daughter about how hard it was to make ends meet as a single mom in the '90s, through the good times and the bad.

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'Bob's Burgers' Serves Up Gently Savory Entertainment

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:33am

The winningly sweet, wacky (and now Emmy-winning) cartoon follows a family and their struggling seaside burger joint. Guest host Audie Cornish talks to creator and executive producer, Loren Bouchard.

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Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:52pm

Bolivar liberated six countries from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. A new film about his life features epic battles, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of Braveheart.

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Good-Hearted But Simplistic, 'The Good Lie' Fails To Satisfy

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

While the story of Sudanese refugees in America is well-meaning and earnestly executed, its failure to engage some of the most important challenges those refugees might really face is a fatal flaw.

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A Man, A Plane, A Rapture: 'Left Behind'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

Nicolas Cage heads up another try at adapting the incredibly popular rapture novels into films.

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