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After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:34pm

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.

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Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:23pm

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.

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'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:03am

Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin calls says the book has both technical prowess and grace.

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'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:39am

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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New Technology Immerses Audiences At Sundance Film Festival

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:00pm

From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.

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It'd Be No 'Folly' To Remake This Musical Classic

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:51pm

Now that the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has made more than $100 million dollars at the box office in just three weeks, NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello has a modest musical proposal.

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Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:23pm

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14pm

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14pm

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women is littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Tom Toro was an directionless 20-something film school dropout. Then, after an inspired moment at a used book sale, he started submitting drawings to The New Yorker ... and collecting rejection slips.

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In 'Fatherland,' A Daughter Outlines Her Dad's Radicalization

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Falling in love with your handsome pen pal, moving overseas to marry him, then finding out he's part of a terrorist organization: That's the Bunjevac family story, told in a new graphic memoir.

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A Puzzle Full Of Air

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:00am

Every answer today is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. For example, given AR plus ROB, the answer would be "arbor."

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At Its Core, Warped Family Drama 'Mommy' Is 'A Story Of Love'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 7:00am

In his award-winning film, Xavier Dolan, 25, tackles the relationship between a single mom and her troubled son. He says, "I feel like I knew this kid. ... He's just the worst version of who I was."

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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:03am

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inwards and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:03am

Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit For Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.

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In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:29am

J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.

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Museum Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 4:02pm

Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces can be painful for children with autism. That often means missing out on museums. Some, like Seattle's Pacific Science Center, are addressing the problem.

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Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 4:02pm

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Funk Legend George Clinton On The British Parliament

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:08am

Clinton, the founding father of funk, is the creator of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. We'll ask him three questions about another kind of parliament — namely, the British parliament.

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Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:42am

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.

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