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Louis C.K. Reflects On 'Louie,' Loss, Love And Life

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:55pm

C.K. won an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for an episode on his FX show Louie. In 2011, C.K. told Fresh Air about making his comedy special and his relationship with other comedians.

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Playlist: Time Out

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:39am

Take a moment to reflect on some big and beautiful ideas.

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Small Batch Edition: Undressing 'Project Runway'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:19am

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to check in on the state of the Bravo-to-Lifetime reality show that dares to ask: Is it shiny enough for Heidi?

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:03am

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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Poet Tishani Doshi Reads Her Summer Poem

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

In her poem, "Visiting My Parents in Summer," Tishani Doshi writes about returning to her childhood bedroom, where she experiences it being preserved just as she left it as a teenager.

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Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:26am

A new film about mobster Whitey Bulger is in the works, and its success may ride on one crucial detail: whether or not the actors can deliver a convincing "hihowahya?"

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Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 5:56pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:05pm

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:44pm

While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27.

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Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:40pm

An immigrant who mastered the art of the Dominican-style cake is baking up a business in her New York City neighborhood. And she is spreading Caribbean culture along with her frosting.

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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:00am

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks,' By David Mitchell

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decade-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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'Breaking Bad' Wins Its Final Emmy

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:23pm

Nearly a year after wrapping up, the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" and star Bryan Cranston have two more nice going-away presents.

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The Emmys: Past Winners Trump New Shows And 'Breaking Bad' Takes A Bow

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:15pm

The Emmy Awards are always good to past winners, but Monday's round of victories were about as conservative as it gets. Surprising, given the warm sendoff to a show about a drug dealer.

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The List Of Emmy Winners

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:09pm

The list of winners at Monday's 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Eric Deggans Live Tweets The Emmys

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:02pm

Follow real-time commentary on the Emmy awards with NPR's TV critic.

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Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange'

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:22pm

The film about a 40-year relationship is "prosaic and quotidian," says John Lithgow, "... and that's what's so amazing about it." Alfred Molina agrees: "It is the epic quality of the ordinary."

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Big Ideas To Life On Screen

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:06pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello offers an appreciation of British actor and director Richard Attenborough, whose films spanned six decades.

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