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'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:48am

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

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In 'Fargo,' A Deaf Actor Gets His Chance To Be Wicked

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 5:05pm

An actor since childhood, Russell Harvard always wanted to play the bad guy. In the TV show Fargo, he plays a menacing hit man whose partner interprets for him — sometimes.

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'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:13pm

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he had been kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"

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Rick Springfield On Divorce, God And The Loch Ness Monster

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to singer and actor Rick Springfield about his debut novel, Magnificent Vibration, a fantastical story about a man with a 1-800 number to God.

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'Explorers' Search For The Source Of The World's Longest River

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Martin Dugard about his new book, The Explorers, which tells the harrowing story of two adventurers and their search for the source of the Nile.

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Maya Angelou, Foodie

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

When NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Maya Angelou last year, the activist, teacher and poet revealed another side of herself. Angelou said she was also a lover and maker of good food.

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Small Town Plots 'Grand Seduction' To Win Big-City Doctor's Heart

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:07am

Tickle Head, Newfoundland badly needs a factory — but first, they need a doctor. Cue the high jinks. Reviewer Joel Arnold says this dramedy has built-in appeal, but the characters feel too familiar.

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Small Town Plots 'Grand Seduction' To Win Big-City Doctor's Heart

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:07am

Tickle Head, Newfoundland badly needs a factory — but first, they need a doctor. Cue the high jinks. Reviewer Joel Arnold says this dramedy has built-in appeal, but the characters feel too familiar.

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The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:05am

The knish is a classic Jewish comfort food — a pillow of dough filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes. Author Laura Silver says that the New York knish is also filled with stories.

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The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:05am

The knish is a classic Jewish comfort food — a pillow of dough filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes. Author Laura Silver says that the New York knish is also filled with stories.

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How Dean Dillon Made It From Strumming To Stardom In Nashville

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 4:04pm

When country songwriter Dean Dillon was 7, he got his first guitar: a tiger-striped Stella. He played at the county fair and mobile-home lots before setting out to take his chances in Nashville, Tenn.

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What Is Courage?: 'Korengal' Breaks Down War In Afghanistan

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 4:04pm

The documentary follows up on Sebastian Junger's Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. Junger says, "I'm hoping as the soldiers understand their experience better through this film, civilians will as well."

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In Hollywood, 50 Is The New 80: What Happens When 'It Girls' Get Old

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 3:16pm

"Being a woman over 50 in Hollywood I could commit any crime with impunity, because I'm completely invisible," says actress Annabelle Gurwitch. Her new book is called I See You Made an Effort.

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Laura Bridgeman, A Pioneer 50 Years Before Helen Keller

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 6:40am

What is Visible imagines the life of Laura Bridgman, the first blind and deaf person to learn language, years before the more famous Helen Keller. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kimberly Elkins about her new novel.

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Working Out With Hefty Proustian Epics

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 6:40am

It's time to get in shape for the summer reading season. NPR's Scott Simon talks to writer Sally Franson to hear how readers can do a pre-beach workout while sitting still.

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Old Family Laundry Gets Unpacked In 'The Vacationers'

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 6:40am

With summer approaching, it's time to think about the season's great beach reads. Emma Straub has written a new novel, The Vacationers, that will get you in the mood. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the young author.

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Timothy Spall's New Role As Leading Man

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 6:40am

Spall just won best actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but he is still relatively unknown. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with reviewer Rajinder Dudrah about Spall's surprising career.

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Harry Potter And The Forbidden Books

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 6:03am

In author Jessica Khoury's hometown, there were 144 churches and one bar, and the Harry Potter books were a forbidden, corrupting temptation. But Khoury longed to read them — and eventually, she did.

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In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 4:22am

The 1960 documentary examined the plight of America's migrant farmworkers. It was praised as groundbreaking, but others called it an "exaggerated portrait" and even some migrants took issue with it.

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Not My Job: No Longer 'Clueless,' Alicia Silverstone Gets Quizzed On Parenting

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:18pm

If you were a teenager around 1995, prepare to feel old: Silverstone, who played peppy, pampered Cher Horowitz, is now a mother and has written a book about parenting called The Kind Mama.

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