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A Pig, A Frog And Two Producers: 'The Muppets' Talk About Returning To Prime Time

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 1:10pm

At the Television Critics Association press tour, the producers and stars of the new Muppet comedy talked about romance, fighting, and being owned by Disney.

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'Fifth Season' Embraces The Scale And Complexity Of Fantasy

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:03am

Yes, N.K. Jemison's newest epic is the kind of fantasy that has not one but two glossaries at the end — but reviewer Jason Heller says that just underscores her sumptuous detail and dimensionality.

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Complex, Generational Music In Lyrical 'Daughters'

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 6:03am

Women are the blood and backbone of Adrienne Celt's debut novel, and at the heart is Lulu, who's revisiting family stories and legends as she comes to terms with her daughter's birth and an old curse.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:59pm

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."

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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 1:38pm

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:03am

Historian Alex Kershaw's latest book focuses on an American doctor and his family who worked with the French Resistance from their apartment just down Avenue Foch from the Paris SS headquarters.

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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 4:57pm

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.

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Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 4:09pm

Comedian Jon Stewart was called to the White House on at least two occasions for private meetings with President Obama, according to Politico. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter Darren Samuelsohn.

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'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 4:09pm

The documentary Back On Board traces the highs and lows of the star diver's career, the turmoil he faced as a gay, HIV-positive athlete — and the identity crisis that he experienced after retirement.

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Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

On this week's Alt Latino, we spend time with an album from Colombian singer Totó la Momposina. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Felix Contreras about Tambolero.

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Caught In The Act: Joke-Stealing In The Age Of Twitter

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

When comics tell jokes about the news, they're bound to come up with similar punch lines. But comedy writer Larry Getlen says that, while joke theft does happen, it's still rare.

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A Good Joke Told Twice Is Not Necessarily Stolen

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

When comedians write jokes about the news, they're bound to come up with similar punch lines. Comedy writer Larry Getlen tells NPR's Rachel Martin that stealing jokes happens sometimes, but it's rare.

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'Best Of Enemies': When Televised Verbal Fireworks Were A Novelty

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

A new documentary chronicles the famed Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley debates and the beginnings of TV political punditry. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.

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In Utah, 'Book Of Mormon' Strikes A Chord

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

The Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, opened in Salt Lake City last week. The sendup of missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting a rousing reception.

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This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:03am

Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.

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Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 4:42am

Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.

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Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 4:23am

A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

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Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:21pm

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

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Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:15pm

The comedian and Late, Late Show band leader beatboxes, imitates and impersonates with amazing accuracy. It was a phone call from Conan O'Brien that put Watts' one-man show into the spotlight.

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A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:10pm

Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.

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