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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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W Seeking W For Compound Word Dates

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:03am

For each word starting with "W," think of another word, also starting with "W," that can follow the first to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

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Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World'

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.

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'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:45am

Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.

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Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:21am

Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:20am

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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