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'Selma' Tells The Civil Rights Story Through Black Eyes

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 6:37am

Director Ava DuVernay's film stands out for its focus on black characters. This story originally aired Dec. 27 on All Things Considered. Warning: This audio contains language some may find offensive.

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The Enduring Life Of Lit Mags: We'll Always Have (The) Paris (Review)

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 6:03am

Magazines of all stripes are struggling to negotiate the digital age — but writer Juan Vidal finds hope for the future of reading in the pages of his favorite new literary magazines.

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Novel Gives Voice To Virginia Woolf's Overshadowed Sister

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 4:38am

In Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar imagines what Vanessa Bell wrote in her journal when she and Woolf were helping to form the Bloomsbury Group, a gathering of London artists and intellectuals.

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Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 4:34am

The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions.

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Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:45pm

Now in her late 60s, Martin says she's still "excited and enthusiastic" about her work and doesn't have any intention of retiring. She published a memoir in September called Lady Parts.

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For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.

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One Man's Trash, Another Man's Fashion Brand

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 9:10am

Spanish entrepreneur Javier Goyeneche is looking to transform the world of sustainable fashion, with clothes that are made out of 80 or 90 percent recycled materials — from tires to old fishing nets.

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Author Asks Why WWI Genocide Still Splits Turks And Armenians

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:43am

As a child, Armenian-American writer Meline Toumani was taught to see Turks as a bitter enemy. She wrote her new book, There Was and There Was Not, in an effort to understand that conflict.

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All The Writers You Love Probably Love Dorothy Dunnett

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:03am

Author Alaya Dawn Johnson describes the late historical novelist as the literary equivalent of the Velvet Underground: "Not many people bought the books, but everyone who did wrote a novel."

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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 5:32am

The mystery about the disappearance of a young Mormon woman was inspired by a real-life story. Author Mette Ivie Harrison talks about her own struggles with faith and stereotypes of Mormon mothers.

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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

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A Short List Of The Best 'Longform' Journalism Of 2014

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

Editors at Longform read hundreds of print and online journalism pieces each year. Co-founder Max Linsky talks to Audie Cornish about highlights from 2014, from literary stalwarts and upstarts alike.

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Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies'

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:55am

Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.

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Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 8:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Into The Woods' And How To Make A Franchise

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:03am

On this week's show, we invite film critic Bob Mondello for a chat about the new adaptation of Into The Woods, and we talk about why some films make for good franchises and others ... don't.

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.

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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 2:24am

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.

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