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'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:03am

Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.

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The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:03am

Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.

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Tea Tuesdays: Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:24pm

The giant, metal, hot-water urns are at the center of Russian tea culture — and national identity. How that came to be may have as much to do with Russian literature as common usage.

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In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:52pm

At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.

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Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:03pm

The Bradford boasted sweet flesh so coveted, 19th-century growers turned to guns and poison to thwart thieves. The melon all but vanished by the 1920s. Now a descendant of its creator is reviving it.

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Fun, Fast-Moving 'Nimona' Is A Perpetual Surprise

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:03am

Noelle Stevenson's webcomic Nimona, about a shapeshifter who aspires to be an evil sidekick, is now out in book form. Reviewer Tasha Robinson praises the story's ebullience, complexity and intensity.

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'Sophie Stark' Finds It Hard To Learn How To Be Human

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:03am

Anna North's new novel is narrated by friends and family after the death of troubled filmmaker Sophie. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "a bold and graceful novel, executed with incredible artistry."

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How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:23am

With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.

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Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:22am

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book examines a dark chapter in American history: The Cherokee Trail of Tears, and the chief who used the tools of democracy to try to protect his people.

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LA County Museum Of Art Presents Last Sculpture By Chris Burden

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:15pm

The museum presented on Monday a new sculpture by artist Chris Burden, who died May 10. "Ode to Santos Dumont," is a kinetic airship inspired by the Brazilian aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont.

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Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:15pm

The Iranian-born visual artist has made her home country's turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work.

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Google Wins Copyright And Speech Case Over 'Innocence Of Muslims' Video

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:00pm

A federal appeals court has reversed an order that forced Google-owned YouTube to take down a trailer for a controversial anti-Muslim video last year.

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:05pm

The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.

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'Mad Men' Ends, Singing A Familiar Song

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:20am

The multiple-Emmy-winning drama series ended on Sunday night with a finale that saw change in some corners and a total lack of change in others.

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'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

AMC's Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.

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A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:04pm

Ethan and Joel Coen spent months searching for the right actress to play Mattie Ross in their 2010 film True Grit. Then, just weeks before filming, Hailee Steinfeld showed up — dressed in character.

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TV Thriller 'Wayward Pines' Offers Suspense — And An Ending

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:01pm

Chad Hodge, the creator of the 10-episode limited series, promises that it won't leave viewers hanging. "One thing that I really wanted to do with this show is not cheat you as a viewer," he says.

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South Carolina Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 8:00am

A company called Terressentia that uses a chemical process to age bourbon not in years — but in hours — is unsettling an industry that is long-soaked in history and tradition.

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'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

The world of The Gracekeepers has two types of people — those of the land and those of the sea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Kirsty Logan about her novel, set in a future enveloped by water.

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Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

The Oak Ridge Boys are still at it, with a new CD of hymns and gospels called Rock of Ages. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban about Bonsall's new book and their latest CD.

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