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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mom and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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'Boyhood,' Time And Tree Rings

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 7:48am

Richard Linklater's Boyhood, much discussed for its unconventional 12-year production schedule, stands out in fact not for its method, but for its purpose: to explain how kids are built.

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Book News: U.K. Leader, Authors Spar Over Ban On Sending Books To Prisons

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:36am

Also: the war diaries of Siegfried Sassoon have been digitized; notable books coming out this week.

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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:19am

As the son of a preacher, Kenrick "ICE" McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.

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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

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'Calvary' Brings Murder And Other Sins To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:22am

NPR's Arun Rath speaks to John Michael McDonagh, writer and director of the new Irish murder mystery, "Calvary."

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A New Show About Doctors Of Old

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to actor Clive Owen about his new TV series "The Knick." It's a medical drama set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

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Work All Day And Night In 'Great Glass Sea'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel "The Great Glass Sea," which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.

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'Oh Gad!' Presents A Compelling Slice Of Caribbean Life

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.

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Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.

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'Beautiful Blood' Slays Cliches, Not Dragons

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 6:00am

Lucius Shepard's posthumously published novel ties together a career's worth of stories about the town of Teocinte and the ancient, slumbering dragon Griaule who curls around it like a vast hill.

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Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 5:27am

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:55am

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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The Amazing Mr. 'Please, Please, Please' Himself: James Brown

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:11pm

With a new biopic in theaters this weekend, Ozy.com's Eugene S. Robinson revisits one of the greatest routines of the "Godfather of Soul."

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Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 11:03am

An outbreak of Ebola has hit Western Africa, killing hundreds. Writer Michael Schaub recommends The Plague by Albert Camus, a novel he hasn't been able to stop thinking about since the outbreak began.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Novelist Amy Tan On Tanning Techniques

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 9:58am

Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, and most recently, The Valley of Amazement. We'll ask her three questions about just how far people will go to achieve that golden bronze look.

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In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:29am

In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of a "grand and terrible" 19th century expedition into uncharted Arctic waters. Of the 33 men who set out, only 13 made it home after a truly harrowing voyage.

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