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Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:31pm

The 71-year-old German filmmaker made daring movies in the 1970s that pushed viewers into unsettling mental spaces. The tremendous boxed set Herzog: The Collection highlights his authentic style.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From The Bell House

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:10am

At our very first New York live show, we talk about the things we loved this summer and the things we're looking forward to in the fall. And, of course, we get to what's making us happy this week.

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Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:25am

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

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A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:18am

Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor.

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Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:03am

Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:31am

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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When The Wedding Is Just The Beginning

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:03pm

The romantic drama Love Is Strange finds John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing newly married men whose lives are upended and whose spaces are disrupted.

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'The One I Love': A Marriage That's Not Quite What It Appears

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:03pm

The One I Love begins as an affecting story about marriage, but as it bogs down in too much explanation of its fantasy elements, it squanders good performances from Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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'Let's Be Cops,' But Then What?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:25am

A new comedy begins to experiment with power grabs as a way to soothe insecurities, but it's totally uninterested in the satire the material is begging to deliver.

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Playlist: Family Reunion

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:46am

These TED talks will remind you of the special connections a family shares.

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Mistakes In Medicine: Dr. Brian Goldman Answers Your Questions

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:29am

Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.

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Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:47am

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:34am

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.

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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:13pm

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

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Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:29pm

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

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Playlist: Poolside Listens

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:54am

Dive into some deep ideas as you relax by the pool this summer.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:23am

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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