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Playlist: Listens For A Long Hike

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:03am

TED speakers explore big ideas while you explore the great outdoors.

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:44am

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.

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Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The 'Strong Black Woman' In White Women

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:18pm

Lifetime's new makeover show layers racial politics on top of the uncomfortable dynamics of manipulating beauty and style choices, and comes up with something to offend just about everyone.

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Louis C.K. Reflects On 'Louie,' Loss, Love And Life

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:55pm

C.K. won an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for an episode on his FX show Louie. In 2011, C.K. told Fresh Air about making his comedy special and his relationship with other comedians.

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Playlist: Time Out

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:39am

Take a moment to reflect on some big and beautiful ideas.

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Small Batch Edition: Undressing 'Project Runway'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:19am

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to check in on the state of the Bravo-to-Lifetime reality show that dares to ask: Is it shiny enough for Heidi?

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:03am

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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Poet Tishani Doshi Reads Her Summer Poem

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

In her poem, "Visiting My Parents in Summer," Tishani Doshi writes about returning to her childhood bedroom, where she experiences it being preserved just as she left it as a teenager.

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Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:26am

A new film about mobster Whitey Bulger is in the works, and its success may ride on one crucial detail: whether or not the actors can deliver a convincing "hihowahya?"

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Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 5:56pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:05pm

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:44pm

While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27.

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Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:40pm

An immigrant who mastered the art of the Dominican-style cake is baking up a business in her New York City neighborhood. And she is spreading Caribbean culture along with her frosting.

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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:00am

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks,' By David Mitchell

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decade-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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