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Author James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Bookstores

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 4:00am

On Thursday, he announced the names of more than 55 booksellers who are getting some of that money — up to $15,000 each. He tells Renee Montagne about why he's driven to help independent bookstores.

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The System That Supplies Our Chickens Pits Farmer Against Farmer

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:40am

Almost all of our chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it comes to getting paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing – and too often, deep in debt.

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Washington's Corcoran Museum To Be Taken Over By National Gallery

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:43pm

The National Gallery of Art is named as a potential escape hatch for the oldest private art museum in Washington. The Corcoran Gallery has faced financial hurdles in recent years.

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'Hilarious' First Novel Asks 'Why Are You So Sad?'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:47pm

Critic Alex Gilvarry calls the book "a humorous insight into the human condition."

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:13pm

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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Book Review: 'Mad As Hell'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

NPR commentator Ted Koppel reviews Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angiest Man in Movies, by Dave Itzkoff.

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Here's What Happens When Thousands Play Pokemon Together

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:54pm

For the past week, a social experiment has been going on in the gaming community: a democratically played video game on community site Twitch. A site exec says the result is chaotic but inspiring.

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Music Star Stromae's Lyrics 'Show A Different Vision Of The World'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:40am

Stromae has become a music sensation in Europe with his catchy rhythms and lyrics evoking real-life struggles. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his work and personal story.

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For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:00am

Claude Lanzmann's documentary profiles a Viennese rabbi put to work in a Czech concentration camp. Although Benjamin Murmelstein was himself not a free man, he was despised by fellow Jewish prisoners.

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One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:00am

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has traveled around the globe to hear whispering arches and singing sand dunes. Closer to home, he can also explain why your singing sounds better in the shower.

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Once Exotic, Now Ubiquitous, Bananas Deserve A Bunch More Respect

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 8:26am

They're creamy, delicious, full of nutrients — and, as a crop, they have a complex history. But banana enthusiast Laura B. Weiss keeps it simple in her appreciation of America's No. 1 fruit, with sweet suggestions for breakfast and dessert.

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Book News: Mavis Gallant, Master Of The Short Story, Dies At 91

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 6:12am

Also: Haruki Murakami's next novel to be published in the U.S., Iain Banks' poetry; Rachel Kushner on gendered writing.

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Justice Scalia And Jon Stewart Concur Chicago Pizza Isn't Pizza

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:03pm

This weekend, the conservative justice weighed in from Chicago on a national pizza controversy. For months, Stewart and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel have been dueling over whether Chicago's deep-dish style constitutes pizza.

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Hard To Watch? Try Editing '12 Years A Slave'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:00pm

NPR's Neda Ulaby talks with the director and film editor about the "jigsaw puzzle" job of assembling the acclaimed fact-based drama about a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South.

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Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Five: Philomena

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:56pm

We scoured the Internet to uncover the pros and cons of all nine best picture nominations. Today, the divine Judi Dench steps forward in Philomena.

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New 'Tonight Show' Host Jimmy Fallon Walks A Fine Line

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:00pm

The SNL veteran and former Late Night host stepped up to the plate last night on The Tonight Show, where he's replacing long-time host Jay Leno. Thanks to a number of celebrity cameos and an earnest appeal to Leno's fan base, Fallon looks poised to bring The Tonight Show into a new age.

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Feb. 16-22: A Secret, A Controversy And A Catcher's Career

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:00pm

In softcover nonfiction, Michael Hainey searches for clues about his father's death, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon examines the heated response to his research and catcher Mike Piazza recounts his unlikely rise to the big leagues. In softcover fiction, D.A. Mishani tells of a detective who confronts an unexpectedly difficult case.

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With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:09pm

On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon paid homage to 60 years of Tonight Show history while claiming his own place in line. "I just want to do the best I can and take care of the show for a while," he said. "If you guys let me stick around long enough maybe I'll get the hang of it."

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Teens Rehearse For Adulthood In Wolitzer's 'Interestings'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:00am

Meg Wolitzer's novel is about lifelong friendship tinged with jealousy. It begins at a summer camp in 1974 and follows a group of friends through middle age. Wolitzer says her teen years were a rehearsal for her adult life and that today she is "different" but "in the same shell."

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Book News: J.K. Rowling's Second Crime Novel Coming Out In June

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:12am

Also: Wendy Doniger on having her book yanked in India; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what it means to be a feminist; a letter from Lewis Carroll.

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