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Addiction Battled Ambition For Reporter Caught In D.C.'s Crack Epidemic

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:05am

In the early '90s, Ruben Castaneda was a crime reporter for The Washington Post, and an addict who bought crack on the very streets he wrote about. His new book is called S Street Rising.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:04am

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:14pm

First-time feature filmmaker Dave Green sets his movie apart from Steven Spielberg's classic with found footage, an African-American protagonist and a more central female co-conspirator.

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'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.

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Actor Don Cheadle On His Career's Longevity, The Key To Success

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51am

Actor Don Cheadle is known for his roles in film and television. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin asks Cheadle if he's hit a career peak and how he'll know when to call it quits.

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Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51am

StoryCorps, the team that brings you conversations between loved ones, is now highlighting voices of the LGBTQ community. 'OutLoud' brings a story about losing a partner while living in the closet.

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Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:41am

Just one week after the Google Glass eyewear went on sale in the U.K., fears of movie piracy have led an industry group to call for a ban on the device in theaters.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Negotiating Tactics In Hachette Fight

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:39am

Also: The bench in Amsterdam where the main characters sit in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is missing; a new poem by Joel Brouwer.

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An Exploration Of 'Friendship' That's Full Of <3

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:03am

Emily Gould's new novel follows Bev and Amy, best friends who love each other deeply but don't always get along. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn praises Gould's depiction of genuine female friendship.

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'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:41am

The show's creator, Derek Waters, is the first to admit that history can be pretty boring. But "if you can make someone laugh," he says, "you can secretly make them learn something."

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Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:25pm

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died at the age of 84. As seen in his films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman, Mazursky had a way of mixing comedy and drama that captured the 1960s and '70s.

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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:36pm

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:35pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Book News: Chinese Importer Talks About Why Clinton's Book Was Dropped

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:58am

Also: Raymond Chandler will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Joy Williams on writing.

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Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:16am

Crime fiction writer Peter Temple has created a resourceful Aussie investigator: Jack Irish can fight off bad guys with everything from a child's swing to a tin sheet turned fatal Frisbee.

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Book Review: 'The Expedition To The Boabab Tree'

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:17pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Expedition to the Boabab Tree. Originally written in Africaans by Wilma Stockenstrom, the short novel on slavery has been translated by Nobel-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:44pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Sandwich Monday: The Concrete

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Concrete. It's a frozen custard confection so thick, you can turn it upside down and it won't fall out of its cup.

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Book News: Irish Writer Dermot Healy Dies

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:50am

Also: marketing and gender stereotypes; notable books of the week.

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Finding Promising New Games In A World Of Dispiriting Sequels

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:24am

A survey of some of the games that previewed at this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo shows that even in a landscape of mostly boring franchised sequels, there are a few standouts.

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