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The First Men To Have The Whole World In Their Sights

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 7:09am

Christopher Potter's new history of space flight, The Earth Gazers, charts the road to the first photographs of Earth — and how it changes an astronaut to glimpse the entire planet at once.

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Twisty Thrills Propel 'The Burial Society'

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 6:00am

Nina Sadowsky's day job is high-level Hollywood producer, and it shows in the cinematic drive of her new thriller. But the book's nonstop action leaves little time for details of place and character.

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From Mormon Missionary To LGBTQ Advocate (And International Rock Star)

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 6:16pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, about his new documentary, Believer, which takes a critical look at the Mormon Church's policies toward its LGBTQ members.

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Empathetic 'Anatomy Of A Scandal' Does Justice To A Dark Subject

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 9:00am

Rape has become a standard feature in crime novels — sometimes treated with nuance, sometimes with voyeurism. Sarah Vaughan's Anatomy of a Scandal approaches it with unexpected attention and care.

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Tamora Pierce Writes One For The Boys (But Just One) In 'Tempests And Slaughter'

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:07am

The beloved fantasy author is known for her heroic female knights and mages — but she says she wants to be fair to the boys with her new book, the story of one of her most popular male characters.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Michael Rosbash On Barflies

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 6:10am

The biologist, whose groundbreaking research into circadian rhythms studied fruit flies, answers three questions about people who spend too many nights in bars.

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'This Is Not A Love Letter' Really Is A (Heartbreaking) Love Letter

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 6:00am

Kim Purcell's new novel is structured as a long, beautiful, despairing letter from a young woman to her missing boyfriend, written as she spurs her friends and neighbors into action to find him.

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How To Understand The Philosophy Of 'Groundhog Day' And Live Life By Its Message

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:29pm

The director Harold Ramis didn't intend for his movie Groundhog Day to be heralded by religious thinkers as an example of how to live life, but that's exactly what happened after it was released in 1993. Salon reporter Mary Elizabeth Williams tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that after fighting cancer, she has come to understand the movie's universal message.

Beguiling And Brutal, 'On Body And Soul' Centers On A Slaughterhouse Romance

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Two lonely people working at a slaughterhouse connect in Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film. Reviewer Justin Chang says On Body and Soul is a genteel crowd pleaser that could have been edgier.

How Did Salt And Pepper Become The Soulmates Of Western Cuisine?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:11pm

The two flavors are mainstays on nearly every Western dining table, but their dominance was far from inevitable. In fact, their dual reign resulted from a "weird accident of history."

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It's All In Your Head: The One-Way Intimacy Of Podcast Listening

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 5:01am

An attempt to come up with rules to explain the singular appeal of roundtable discussion podcasts by a guy who's on one — and who's listened to hundreds more.

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A Syrian Teen, Forced To Flee 'A Land Of Permanent Goodbyes'

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:03am

After her first book, journalist Atia Abawi was inspired to write a young adult novel about the Syrian refugee crisis. "It seems very dark, but it's a situation that happens all the time," she says.

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When A Still Life Isn't Entirely Still: '24 Frames'

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's final film is a series of 24 wordless images, each four-and-a-half minutes long, ever-so-slightly animated.

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Dreams End Up On The Slaughterhouse Floor In 'On Body And Soul'

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Up for an Oscar for best foreign-language film, Hungary's tale of two workers linked by shared dreams shifts between whimsy and visceral violence without making us care about either.

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Before The Invasion, A Crash Course In Sensitivity Training: 'Before We Vanish'

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

In director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's leisurely, genre-blending film, three advance scouts for an alien invasion go undercover to understand human concepts like work, self, family and love.

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'A Fantastic Woman' Is As Strong And Complicated As Its Star

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Daniela Vega stars as a trans woman who deals with the resentment of her dead lover's family. The film is nominated for best foreign language film at this year's Oscars.

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Hanging With '2 Dope Queens' As Popular Podcast Gets HBO Special

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:18pm

The popular podcast 2 Dope Queens started two years ago and now it's coming to TV in the form of four HBO comedy specials. The podcasts hosts, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, talk about where the show's power and chemistry come from.

Mueller's Reputation In Washington Is 'Stunningly Bipartisan,' Journalist Says

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:31pm

Author Garrett Graff discusses the special counsel in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation: "Bob Mueller is probably about as apolitical and nonpartisan a figure as you could find in Washington."

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From Sandwich Shops To Cotton Mills, Art That Honors The American Worker

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:37am

A Subway employee, a cleaning women and a 1908 child laborer are all part of a Portrait Gallery exhibition called "The Sweat Of Their Face."

(Image credit: Shauna Frischkorn/Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

National Book Awards Add Category Honoring Works In Translation

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:09pm

The new prize will consider both fiction and nonfiction translated into English and published in the U.S. It's the first addition to the National Book Foundation's annual slate in over two decades.

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