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Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

Film director Richard Linklater's latest movie, Boyhood, was shot over 12 years. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who's spent over a decade shooting the movie.

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'Angels' FInd Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to an interracial enclave in New Jersey.

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Tracking The World's Famous Most Unread Books

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Jordan Ellenberg about his part-serious, part-playful Hawking Index, which is an e-book-era mathematical measurement of how far readers get into books before giving up.

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History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:03am

There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.

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A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:35am

Robin Black's Life Drawing follows an artist couple working through the pain of a past betrayal. "It's ... a fascinating subject," Black says. "Who stays together and how do they manage it?"

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Not My Job: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 5:56pm

If you think downhill ski racing is dangerous, then you've never seen the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Races, in which competitors hurl their bodies down a steep hill, chasing a wheel of cheese.

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In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:37pm

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.

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After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:37pm

In the early 1960s, abstract artist Mark Rothko created five murals for a penthouse dining room at Harvard University. By the late '70s they were trashed — sun-faded and splattered with cocktails.

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Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:38pm

Richard Linklater's new film took 12 years to make and tracks the actual youth and adolescence of its lead actor. Critic Bob Mondello says Boyhood is a rich and resonant portrait of real life.

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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:28pm

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

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It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:52am

This summer, Kenya artists came to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Some of them make their living by turning trash into sculptures, jewelry and igloos.

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer Frederica Boswell shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.

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Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:41am

An eagle soars above a park in Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from high above. Those are two of the best images taken by aerial drones, according to an online contest.

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Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:52am

Also: Colin Barrett has won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Roxana Robinson on the painful fragility of her concentration.

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Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 6:03pm

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.

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Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way'

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:03pm

The street named after the late comedian, who was known for his blistering attacks on religion, ended up being a block longer than city officials intended.

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'Land Ho!' Takes An Agreeable Stroll Through Familiar And Unfamiliar Terrain

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:31pm

The light travel picture follows two friends through a series of adventures that aren't surprising, exactly, but that have significant simple pleasures to offer.

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In Explorations Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Finds Fault Lines Of Faith

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:13pm

Ayad Akhtar plumbs his past to grapple with what it means to be Muslim in America. While some accuse him of airing dirty laundry, Akhtar uses such questions not just for rupture — but renewal, too.

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