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In 'Lara,' The True Story Of Pasternak's Muse And Mistress

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 6:00am

What price love? In Lara, Anna Pasternak chronicles her famous great-uncle Boris's relationship with his mistress, Olga Ivinskaya — whose connection with the author landed her in the gulags.

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'La La Land' Scoops Up 14 Academy Awards Nominations

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 3:27pm

Academy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday with the musical, La La Land, receiving 14 nominations, tying a record.

For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, A Second Life On The Small Screen

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 1:50pm

A new TV series recounts the life of the late strongman — and suggests his rule laid the groundwork for the food shortages, hyperinflation and political polarization plaguing Venezuela today.

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'A Really Good Day' Recaps A Month-Long Adventure Of Microdosing LSD

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:33pm

Ayelet Waldman's new memoir describes her experiences with a variant of bipolar disorder, and her attempts to self-medicate with LSD. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "gutsy ... really good story."

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2017 Oscar Nominations: 'La La Land' Leads With 14, Including Best Picture

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:30am

Among the nine nominees for Oscar's best picture include La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, Fences and Lion. The 89th Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning.

Satirist Takes Berlin Holocaust Memorial Selfie-Takers To Task

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:12am

A Berlin-based Israeli satirist tweaks selfies taken at the memorial to elicit discomfort — and reflection. The memorial, he says, is "not just another backdrop for goofy selfies."

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Simon Tolkien Draws On His Famous Grandfather's Experiences In 'No Man's Land'

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 6:00am

Simon Tolkien's new novel was inspired by his grandfather J.R.R.'s time on the Somme — but in theme, tone and style, it owes more to Charles Dickens than to The Lord of the Rings.

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'Why Time Flies' Investigates How Humans Experience Time

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Alan Burdick about his book, Why Time Flies. It's an investigation of the sometimes contradictory ways we experience time.

75 People Arrested, Accused Of Trafficking Stolen Art And Archaeological Relics

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 2:29pm

Authorities say they recovered about 3,500 pieces of stolen art, most of it from countries at war. Spanish police announced the suspects were arrested across Europe.

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'America In Laos' Traces The Militarization Of The CIA

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:25pm

In the '60s, the CIA began a secret program that aimed to curb Communism by arming and training local fighters in Laos. Author Joshua Kurlantzick calls it "the largest covert operation in US history."

Reading The Game: 'Red Dead Redemption'

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 6:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with the epic Western Red Dead Redemption. It's the tale of a reformed gunslinger tasked with hunting down the members of his old gang.

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How A Work Of Art Makes It Onto The Wall Of The White House

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:01am

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy once said, "Everything in the White House must have a reason for being there." So we looked behind the scenes to learn how art is chosen for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

'Dolores' Focuses On Life Of Labor And Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 6:21pm

Dolores Huerta was one of the co-founders of the group that became the United Farm Workers. She's continuing her activism of more than 60 years and her life is the focus of a new documentary, Dolores.

'The Bear And The Nightingale' Is A Rich Winter's Tale

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 9:00am

Katherine Arden's new novel deftly weaves Russian fairy tales with tactile details to create a gorgeously wintry tale of magic, marred slightly by a clunky ending that's clearly setting up sequels.

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You've Got To 'Comb' Together To Solve This One

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 7:32am

In this week's puzzle, we'll give you a category. Every answer must start with each of the letters C-O-M-B-S.

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'Soviet Daughter': How A Great-Grandmother's Diary Became A Graphic Novel

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 7:25am

After her beloved great-grandmother's death, author Julia Alekseyeva discovered her memoirs, bursting with rich details of her life in the USSR enduring wars, pogroms, and purges.

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'Goodnight Moon' Author Margaret Wise Brown Was No Old Lady Whispering Hush

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 7:17am

Nevermind that she didn't like kids all that much — Brown wrote books they adored. One of her previously unpublished picture books has just come out, as has a new biography of this brave, bold author.

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A Couple Faces Collapse In Dark 'Futures'

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 6:00am

Anna Pitoniak's novel follows Evan and Julia, newly-minted Yale graduates trying — and finding it difficult — to make new lives for themselves in New York City on the eve of the crash of 2008.

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On 'SNL,' Aziz Ansari Aims To Quell Some American Angst That Shirtless Putin Can't

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 4:57am

In the first episode since Trump became the 45th president, host Aziz Ansari took on a serious and diplomatic tone, while the cast honored President Obama in a send-off tribute.

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Years Later, Divorce Leaves Doubt About Remarriage

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 1:55am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts consider how experience with divorce can make someone hesitant to remarry.

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