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Swallowed By The Times And The Fate Of 'Great Powers'

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:52am

Tom Rachman has written a book for book lovers in The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. The best-selling novelist talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the difference between reading and literature.

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A Howling Cur Takes Over 'Mr. Dog Bites'

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:52am

The young adult novel, When Mr Dog Bites, is full of curse words and caused a stir when it was released in the U.K. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Brian Conaghan.

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No One Judges The Ride At Americade

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:52am

This week, bikers in the Northeast are flocking to Lake George, N.Y., for a rally called Americade. Some 50,000 visitors take to the streets in tattoos, leather jackets and revving engines.

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Remembering The Short Fiction Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:42am

Many readers know and love One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. But critic Juan Vidal suggests you not overlook Gabriel Garcia Marquez' dynamic, poetic short stories.

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New Faces Keep 'Orange Is The New Black' Humming In A New Season

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:40am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Orange Is The New Black returns after a very successful first season with a second season that continues to deepen the backstories of the inmates.

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Not My Job: Project Runway's Tim Gunn Gets Quizzed On Terrible Fashion

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 6:35pm

Since Gunn is always urging designers to "make it work," we've invited him to play a game called "You're never going to make that work."

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'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:41pm

Actress Laverne Cox has had huge success on Orange is the New Black. But breaking into acting as a tall trans woman of color wasn't a simple thing by any means.

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Like A Smitten Teenager, In Love With The Beautiful Game

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:13pm

The World Cup begins next week in Brazil. Before it gets going check out the work of an author who has spent decades writing about Latin America, and who has a particular affinity for soccer.

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Mike Myers Steps Behind The Camera With 'Supermensch'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 1:48pm

After playing Shrek, Austin Powers, and basement-dwelling Wayne Campbell, Myers follows up with a documentary about his agent, Shep Gordon — who also managed Wayne's beloved rock ghoul Alice Cooper.

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New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Has A Strong, Unsettling Start

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:02pm

Netflix's women-in-prison series, based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, returns Friday. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Kerman and series creator Jenji Kohan.

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Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:02pm

The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.

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NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:56am

A faulty air conditioning system spiked temperatures during the first game of the NBA finals, and the San Antonio Spurs took the win. The Barbershop guys talk sports, politics and pop culture.

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Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

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How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

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If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.

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How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:21am

On this week's show, we take a tour of Book Expo, the publishing industry's massive trade show. Then we take a listener suggestion and discuss how culture helps us manage and survive times of grief.

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Book News: Hachette Announces Layoffs Amid Amazon Dispute

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 6:40am

Also: Ruth Graham says adults should be "embarrassed" to read YA novels; a judge ends Harper Lee's lawsuit against hometown museum.

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Wait A Second ... Is That Hitchhiker John Waters?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:47am

The man behind Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco and chronicles the experience in a new book, Carsick. He says as a hitchhiker, "Your job is to talk. Or have sex."

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A Lively 'Tomorrow,' Lived Over And Over

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:45pm

The Tom Cruise time-bending action film Edge Of Tomorrow brings a fresh and often witty approach to a potentially creaky genre — even if the ending can't keep the momentum going.

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