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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:13am

In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.

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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

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James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."

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James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm

British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.

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Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:42am

Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:03am

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:36am

What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.

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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:46pm

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:11pm

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld disputes such claims and says it treats whales with respect.

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Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bugs

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:27pm

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.

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Sandwich Monday: Burger King's YUMBO

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:55pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the YUMBO. It's a Burger King sandwich with ham and cheese recently pulled out of retirement.

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Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie? France Rallies To Defend Its Food's Honor

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:42pm

With fast food now a staple at home and Danish and Spanish chefs in the limelight, France's culinary supremacy is no longer a given. The government has mobilized to save French food traditions.

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'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang-Rape Case

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 4:19pm

Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Foleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.

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Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 7:51am

In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.

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Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:59am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.

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William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:59am

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.

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What's Last Comes First

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:59am

For each word given, name another that can follow it to complete a compound word or two-word phrase. The last and first letters of the first word must be the first and second letters of the second.

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