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Streamy Awards For Online Video Make Bid For More Respectability

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 3:31pm

The Streamy Awards are the Oscars of online video. Even though highly produced web videos have major followings — with numbers, in some cases, that exceed television shows — this year, the awards are making a bid for more respectability. NPR spoke with the creators of the Streamies and offers a view of the evolving online video landscape.

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Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:10pm

Nadia Bolz-Weber is stand-up-comic who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is Accidental Saints.

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Lauren Groff, Ta-Nehisi Coates Lead Longlists For National Book Awards

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:39am

The novelist and journalist are just two of the 40 nominees, across four categories, for the renowned literary prize. The fiction longlist rolled out Thursday morning, capping a week of nominations.

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'Killing Kind' Is Pure Thriller With A Smart, Vicious Twist

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 6:03am

Chris Holm's new novel is about an hit man who only targets other hit men. Critic Jason Heller says the book's somewhat outlandish setup results in lean action and breakneck execution.

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Comedian's Sept. 11 Lie Revealed

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 4:24pm

Steve Rannazzisi admits he lied for years about being in the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked it in 2001. A fellow comic, whose firefighter dad died that day, accepts the apology.

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Neil Patrick Harris Reimagines Variety Show Format In 'Best Time Ever'

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:51pm

Song and dance man Neil Patrick Harris premiered his new show, Best Time Ever, Tuesday night on NBC. It's an attempt to bring back the variety show format.

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Neil Patrick Harris' 'Best Time Ever': A Variety Show In Need Of More Variety

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:18pm

NBC's new live weekly show mixes mini-quiz shows, game shows, production numbers, stunt competitions and pranks. Despite all this, critic David Bianculli says it hasn't yet reached its full potential.

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Author Discusses Francis, A Pope Seeking To Change 'The Tone Of The Church'

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:18pm

On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change.

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N.H. Public Library Resumes Support Of 'Tor' Internet Anonymizer

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:50am

Homeland Security had warned the library supporting Tor could allow criminals to move child pornography anonymously. The library voted to continue its support of Tor, saying any freedom brings risk.

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From Mexico Kidnappings To Eric Garner, Hererra Writes Poetry Of The Moment

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:23am

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's new book of poems melds the political with the personal. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher says it makes for deep yet accessible reading.

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In India, A Battle Brews Over A Museum Honoring A Revered Leader

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:58am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to update the Nehru Memorial Museum, honoring India's first prime minister, to include his own achievements. Critics say it's an effort to undermine Nehru's legacy.

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How Former Gang Member Richard Cabral Went From Prison To Prime Time

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:56am

Cabral is up for an Emmy on Sunday, but it wasn't long ago that he was facing a possible 35-year sentence for violent assault. He says a program called Homeboy Industries helped turn his life around.

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A Dreamy Marriage Turns To Rage In 'Fates And Furies'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:33pm

In her newest novel Lauren Groff uses a split narrative to tell the story of a long marriage. Critic Jason Sheehan says the device works thanks to Groff's stunning language.

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Go Ahead, Give Your Toddler A Kitchen Knife

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:31pm

Allowing a young child to use a knife in the kitchen may sound like a recipe for disaster. Yet researchers and educators say it can help foster independence and curiosity toward food.

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Appeals Court Rules Youtube Video Of Baby Dancing To Prince Was Fair Use

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:20pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the impact of this ruling. An appeals court ruled the music used in the video was an instance of fair use.

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The Dark Side Of Funny: Growing Up In George Carlin's Shadow

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:20pm

In A Carlin Home Companion, Kelly Carlin reflects on life with her famous comedian (and drug addicted) father. "This book has always felt like unfinished business," she says.

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Monty Python's John Cleese, Eric Idle Reunite In 'Together Again At Last'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:10pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to comedians John Cleese and Eric Idle of Monty Python about their new show, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time, which begins its U.S. tour in October.

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'Destiny: The Taken King' Combines 3 Different Video Game Genres

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:09pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Forbes gaming columnist Paul Tassi about Tuesday's release of The Taken King, a new installment of the hugely popular Destiny video game.

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CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler Is Stepping Down

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:16pm

Tassler has helmed the most-watched broadcast network's drama, comedy and late-night offerings since 2004. It's a surprising development at a network known for executive stability.

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Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is The Art of Memoir.

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