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Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

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A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.

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In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:00am

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.

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For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:59am

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.

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William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:20pm

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.

Sky Arts Pulls Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths" Featuring Joseph Fiennes

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:30pm

An episode of the Sky Arts show Urban Myths, featuring Joseph Fiennes playing the role of Michael Jackson, will no longer be broadcast.

Last Call: Send Us Your Commercials For 'Nicer Living' Project

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:30pm

It's the last call for our commercials for Nicer Living. It's an update of a project NPR's Susan Stamberg ran 45 years ago, where listeners wrote commercials for the little joys that make life better.

The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:21pm

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."

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Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.

The Ethics Of Judges' Table: A 'Top Chef' Quandary

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:58am

Ethics show up in the strangest places. Thursday night, Top Chef took a trip into a very gray area of competition.

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D-lightful

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

All answers in this final round consist of two words, both words starting with D.

Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora dishes on her TV show "My Kitchen Rules" and the strange ways she kept her edge on "Iron Chef America." Plus, she guesses odd dishes made up of rhyming foods like "steak cake."

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Bring Your "Ay" Game

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

If we said, "Get CLOSE TO THE GROUND to CHEER at a bullfight," you'd answer, "Low... ole," because the Pig Latin translation of the word "LOW" is "OW-LAY."

Dolly's Dollies

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

We took the Dolly Parton song "9-to-5" and rewrote it to be about careers that have been held by an official Barbie doll.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

This week's Mystery Guest, Matthew Ahn, used to hold a Guinness World Record, but as of 2017, that record has officially been nullified.

This, That Or The Other

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

In this week's installment of This, That, or the Other, contestants decide if the answer is a brand of whiskey, a U.S. Navy ship, or the name of a dog who won "Best in Show" at Westminster.

B.O.O.K. Cupid

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

We found the online dating profiles of some of fiction's biggest leading men and women; contestants must guess what book they're from.

In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:24am

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

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'Urban Myths' Episode With Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Gets Yanked

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:14am

The half-hour comedy had drawn criticism for months. But it was complaints from Jackson's family that finally led Sky TV to ax it.

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