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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:31pm

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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'People' Names Sandra Bullock, 50, World's Most Beautiful Woman

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:57am

The actress is the oldest person to head the annual list. But as Clinton and Bush race for the White House, the news seems like deja vu — a vision from 1992.

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Gift Worth $400 Million To Art Institute Of Chicago Includes Works By Warhol

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:43am

The donation was confirmed after the museum agreed to display the 42 paintings, silk-screens and sculptures for the next 50 years.

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Toni Morrison's New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:03am

Toni Morrison has become a giant in the literary world, but reviewer Saeed Jones says that her latest novel can only stand with confidence when it has the idea of Toni Morrison as its spine.

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'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:03am

Molly Tanzer's grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse alternate-history Wild West full of talking animals and vampires.

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Remembering Pat Dowell, Longtime Film Reporter For NPR

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:52pm

Dowell filed as a freelance for the network for close to 30 years. She was interested in serious films — films that told stories worth hearing — and she was dedicated to telling them.

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Teaching Students To Hear The 'Music' In The Built World

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:16pm

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Now in her 70s, Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male dominated field.

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After 20 Years On 'The Job,' NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:25pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:11pm

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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Tea, Tao and Tourists: China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:54am

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.

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'Tangerines': Enemies On Neutral Territory In A Time Of War

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:07am

The surprise Oscar nominee for Outstanding Foreign Film tries to speak to common humanity even in situations of high conflict, but it struggles to make its themes feel real.

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'One Of Us' Is A Difficult, Unforgettable Look At Tragedy

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:43am

Journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book retells the story of Norway's Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.

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No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:51am

In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "... We exist in the middle."

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Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:32pm

Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there's a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:58pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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George Takei And Company To Hollywood Gatekeepers: Fix Your Diversity Problem

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:03pm

A coalition of multi-ethnic Hollywood watchdogs is pushing talent agencies to add some color to their lineups.

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Like 'Dynasty' On Ice: The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:34pm

Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their hallway dedicated to figure skaters in 1994? Because the story of their rivalry, Kerrigan's attack and the media frenzy is just so American.

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Unsettling Tales Of Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:18pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser explores the intersection of small-town familiar life and the bizarre and supernatural in his new short story collection Voices in the Night.

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Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:18pm

What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.

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A Mother Rises Through The Ranks In 'Monkey Kingdom'

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:18pm

Macaque monkeys born at the top of society live like royalty. The new film from Disneynature follows a monkey born at the bottom of the pile who struggles to makes a better life for her and her son.

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