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Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer And Survivor

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:36pm

A Moroccan slave named Estebanico was one of only four men to survive a 1528 expedition to America from Spain. The Moor's Account, a fictional memoir by Laila Lalami, tells the story through his eyes.

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How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:24pm

Before he was Ivan Drago or He-Man, Lundgren was just another 6-foot 5-inch Swede with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering — who turned down a scholarship to MIT for show-biz.

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Toronto, Day 3: Reitman, Costner, Kendrick, Race, Gender And Euthanasia

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 7:03am

A very full Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival brought new films from major stars, an impressive musical, and a very bad film about racial politics.

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'I Am China' Asks: How Far Should An Artist Go?

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:03am

Xiaolu Guo's new novel follows the relationship of two artists, from post-Tiananmen China through years and continents as they wrestle with the responsibilities of an artist in an authoritarian state.

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'What If' There Were An Entire Book Devoted To Absurd Hypotheticals?

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 5:13am

In a new book, Randall Munroe — creator of the web comic xkcd and a former NASA roboticist — tackles pressing questions like What would happen if all of humanity jumped at once in Rhode Island?

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China Gets Its First Taste Of Fine Art Photography

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:38am

China's largest fair devoted to fine art photography opened in Shanghai this weekend. The first-time event includes more than 500 works from photographers around the world.

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China Gets Its First Taste Of Fine Art Photography

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:38am

China's largest fair devoted to fine art photography opened in Shanghai this weekend. The first-time event includes more than 500 works from photographers around the world.

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One Woman, Many Surprises: Pacifist Muslim, British Spy, WWII Hero

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 3:56pm

A new docudrama tells the story of Noor Inayat Khan — a pacifist Indian-American woman who worked as a radio operator during World War II and became essential to operations in Nazi-occupied Paris.

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No Tiara, No Problem: 'Rejected Princesses' Have Stories Worth Telling

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 3:56pm

A tank commander, a serial killer and a Mexican revolutionary wouldn't usually get to star in a Disney princess flick. But they do take the spotlight in a blog celebrating great women from history.

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Online Dating Stats Reveal A 'Dataclysm' Of Telling Trends

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 3:56pm

OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder knows a lot about his site's users. He explains how he uses mass data to explore behavior in his new book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking).

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The Full Escovedo: What You May Not Know About Sheila E.

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 3:56pm

If her Prince-assisted '80s hits are all you know of Sheila Escovedo, you're missing half the story. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the drummer, singer and bandleader and dives in to her early history.

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Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 1:44pm

Denim sales fell 6 percent over the past year. Blue jeans haven't hit the skids this hard since Marlon Brando and James Dean made them famous in the 1950s.

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Toronto, Day 2: Franco And Faulkner, Love, And A Steely Patricia Clarkson

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 7:25am

James Franco adapts The Sound And The Fury, a Chinese drama speaks richly to love and separation, and Patricia Clarkson defends her home from Tim Roth.

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Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:50am

The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including "And When I Die" and "Save the Country." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.

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Comedians Take A Dark Turn In 'Skeleton Twins'

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:50am

The Skeleton Twins is a new movie starring comedian Bill Hader as the estranged twin of Kristen Wiig. Hader talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his serious movie.

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A Judge Makes Critical Decisions In 'Children Act'

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:50am

Fiona Maye holds the power of life and death in her hands. She's a family court judge at the center of Ian McEwan's new novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks to McEwan about his book, The Children Act.

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Joan Rivers On Her Own Funeral: 'I Want Paparazzi/'

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:50am

A collection of memorable interviews with the comedy queen, Joan Rivers, who passed away this week at the age of 81.

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MOVIE- STARRED UP

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:50am

Starred Up is not your typical father-son movie story line. It's set in a prison for violent offenders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director and writer of the new hard-hitting British film.

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Two New Books Provide A Double Dose Of 'Sublime' Geekery

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:55am

Geeks rule — a fact celebrated in two new books: Vikram Chandra's Geek Sublime and xkcd creator Randall Munro's What If? Reviewer Jason Heller says both books share a bone-deep belief in science.

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Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:11pm

The Children Act by Ian McEwan is about a lawyer whose ruling decides the fate of a teenager in ways she can't imagine. It's written with McEwan's trademark gracefulness and control.

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