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Reuniting With Lost Loved Ones In 'The Returned'

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:38am

Jason Mott's novel The Returned is about families reuniting when a loved one comes back from the dead. It's been turned into a new TV show called Resurrection, which premieres on ABC this weekend.

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Midseason TV: What To Watch And What To Skip

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:38am

Latino comedian George Lopez is back with the new TV show Saint George, which features an interracial family. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans talks about it and other new programs worth watching.

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A New Look At 'The Bright Continent'

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:37am

Nigerian-American journalist Dayo Olopade talks about finding optimism in Africa and her new book The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa.

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'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:00am

Ross Klavan's novel follows two radio sidekicks in midcentury New York: golden-voiced straight man Ted Fox, who has an eye for a good-looking dame, and funnyman Jerry Elkin, a veteran of World War II.

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The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:00am

In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."

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Book News: Sherwin B. Nuland, Author Of 'How We Die,' Dies At 83

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:12am

Also: Novelist Kamila Shamsie writes about the process of becoming a British citizen; Lena Dunham to write for Archie Comics; John le Carré on government surveillance.

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A Second Helping Of Retro Smooches In 'Young Romance 2'

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:00am

Fantagraphics is out with a new volume of romance comics by Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says they're "snicker-worthy" and "compulsively quotable."

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Salt Cod: The Prosciutto Of The Sea?

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:12pm

Why eat preserved cod when fresh is so readily available? The salt transforms it into savory, complex comfort food, and nearly every country bordering the Atlantic Ocean has a version of it.

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Our Supercomputer Overlord Is Now Running A Food Truck

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:19am

IBM's Watson, known for crushing the human competition on Jeopardy!, is now a sous-chef. It's spitting out novel ingredient combos for human chefs to cook, and hitting the road with sample dishes.

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Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:00am

Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.

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Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:00am

The poet describes his new book — about the death of his father and the birth of his son — as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.

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Oh, Donna: On Loving One Of Television's Great Women

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:14am

We set aside a moment to recognize the greatness of Donna Meagle, the most Mercedes-loving employee of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department.

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Book News: 'Goodnight Moon' Author's Lullabies See The Light After 60 Years

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 6:42am

Also: Ansel Elkins wins the Yale Younger Poets Prize; What Is a Cat? author Bill Adler dies; the possible secret life of W.H. Auden.

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A Psychological Game Of Casting For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 2:49am

Don't call this a "Wes Anderson film." No, with its mix of humor and darkness, the director's new movie is both familiar and quite different. Anderson and actor Ralph Fiennes talk about their process.

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Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 2:48am

The EU wants the U.S. to prohibit food makers here from using names with historical ties to Europe. That means cheeses like Parmesan and Brie sold in the U.S. may have to find new names.

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When War-Torn Rubble Met Royal Imagination, 'Paris Became Paris'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 2:47am

The French capital wasn't always beautiful. Author Joan DeJean details the city's transformation in the 17th century, as new bridges and boulevards turned desolate terrain into the City of Light.

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Teens Live 'A Dream,' Dancing With Pharrell At Oscars

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 5:33pm

Sunday night's Oscars marked the fourth time students from a Los Angeles high school have teamed up with the superstar musician.

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What Really Happened The Night Kitty Genovese Was Murdered?

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:00pm

Thirty-eight people witnessed Genovese's murder and didn't do a thing about it, according to news reports from 1964. Fifty years later, a new book tells a different story.

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Alain Resnais, Director And Master Of Disorientation, Dies At 91

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:00pm

Bob Mondello talks about the contributions of French filmmaker Alain Resnais, who died Saturday at the age of 91.

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Book Club: John Steinbeck's 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Part I

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 1:32pm

The I Will If You Will Book Club is reading Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic (some for the very first time!). Join as we discuss Chapters 1 through 10.

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