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A New Shine On Old Problems: How Do You Clean Those Really Nasty Stains?

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 8:00am

In a spirited book of cleaning and housekeeping advice, Jolie Kerr solves cleaning problems big as cars and small as tweezers; ordinary as grime and embarrassing as stains can get.

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Book News: Byline Tally Shows There's Still Gender Bias In Book Reviewing

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:01am

Also: Ghostwriter says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange "simply couldn't bear" having his autobiography written; the best books coming out this week.

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Oh, Lady Edith

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:05pm

The fourth season of Downton Abbey continued to bring Lady Edith nothing but trouble. But underneath her various miseries is a hard lesson about denying people a reasonable set of options.

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'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin'

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 1:26pm

Leah Vincent grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. They cut her off when she was 16, after she was caught sending letters to a boy. Vincent shares her journey outside the faith in her memoir.

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A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:57am

Book fans can be picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. How does a new movie of Marc Helprin's Winter's Tale fare? (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Feb. 17.)

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Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 7:01am

Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name.

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In 'Kinder Than Solitude,' History Always Haunts

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 7:00am

Yiyun Li's latest novel is a coming of age novel set in the Tiananmen Square era in Beijing. Li spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about lonely youth and China's post-Tiananmen generation.

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Director Says 'Omar' Is A Love Story, Not A War Story

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 7:00am

In Hany Abu-Assad's Oscar-nominated drama, the title character is a young Palestinian in love with an Israeli woman. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with the director and with Adam Bakri, the film's star.

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For This British Author, If It Bleeds, She Reads

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 6:00am

Who doesn't like to curl up with a good murder mystery? Author Louise Doughty recommends her favorite collection of such tales, and muses about why we're drawn to stories about homicides.

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Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Physicist Michio Kaku studies what were once only philosophical questions about the human mind. He delves into the brain and our understanding of its functions in his new book, The Future of the Mind.

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Look Out! Not My Job Guest Sen. Mark Warner Gets Quizzed On Warnings

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 11:00am

How much does Warner actually know about warnings? We've invited the democratic senator from Virginia to play a game called "Danger! Get Away! Ahhhhh!"

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'The Natural' of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

A new edition of Bernard Malamud's classic baseball story, The Natural, was just released. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about how the 1952 novel is more relevant than ever.

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Celebrating Winnie-The-Pooh's 90th With A Rare Recording (And Some Hunny)

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

A.A. Milne's beloved bear made his first appearance in a short poem titled "Teddy Bear" which was published in Punch magazine on Feb. 13, 1924. We'll listen back to a 1929 recording of Milne.

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Writer Mavis Gallant Portrayed 'Lost Souls' Of Post-WWII Europe

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

The New Yorker contributor moved to Paris during the reconstruction after World War II, and focused her short stories on often-overlooked European experiences. Gallant died Tuesday.

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Hollywood Goes To War In 'Five Came Back'

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

Mark Harris' new book takes a look at five American directors who made films for the War Department during World War II — and how those films changed both their work and American cinema.

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Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.

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Love And Whiskers In 'On Loving Women'

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 6:00am

Animator Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women is a graphic memoir of love and sexuality that collects stories from Obomsawin and her friends and lovers, in a quirky anthropomorphic animal style.

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A Cure For Sochi-Fatigue, Shaken, Not Stirred

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:00pm

In honor of the closing ceremonies in Sochi this weekend, author Lev Grossman recommends a classic read in the winter sports genre: Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:14pm

The new film from the acclaimed Japanese animator spans 30 years and centers on a young man who dreams of designing the perfect airplane in the early 1930s. (Recommended)

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What Sbarro's Woes Say About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:47am

The pizza chain is closing 155 stores. Sure, malls have been hit hard, but Sbarro's problems are bigger: These days, diners are more likely to opt for "fast casual" options like Chipotle.

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