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The Architecture Behind The Quintessential Haunted House

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Mary Jo Bowling from Curbed on why Victorian architecture came to be associated with everything spooky and scary.

Toxic. Sour. Atomic. Why We Love To Hate Gross Candy

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:35pm

Candy is supposed to be sweet and delicious. So why are we tempted by candy that pretends to be made of hazardous chemicals, that threatens to nuke our tastebuds, or that dares us to be disgusted?

(Image credit: Photo illustration by /Josh Loock / NPR )

Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:04pm

The actor and the Mad Men creator each recently published a book: Hanks' Uncommon Type is a short story collection and Weiner's Heather, The Totality is a novella about two upper-class New Yorkers.

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John Hodgman Reflects On His Mother's Death And White Privilege

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:52pm

Hodgman says, "The biggest privilege of white privilege is the ability to turn off race and pretend that it is not an issue." His new book is called Vacationland.

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Orange Chicken, Panda Express' Gift To American Chinese Food, Turns 30

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:38pm

The concoction, crispy fried chicken tossed with a sweet and sour sauce, is an Americanized version of dishes found in China. But this top seller has developed its own authenticity over the years.

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Kevin Spacey Apologizes To Anthony Rapp Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 6:58am

"I'm beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not recall the encounter," Kevin Spacey said in response to allegations.

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Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:43am

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, some states are considering barring nondisclosure agreements in the settlement of claims.

In 'Long Way Down,' The Ghosts Of Gun Violence Chill A Plan For Revenge

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:51am

Jason Reynolds' new book follows a 15-year-old who must make a crucial decision after the murder of his brother, all in the time it takes for an elevator to travel 60 seconds to the ground floor.

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Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:29pm

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide.

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She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf grew up watching bootleg videos of Roseanne Barr and Jerry Seinfeld. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundamentalists.

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An American Comic In Canada

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:07am

During a recent visit to Vancouver, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with American comedian Erik Griffin about what performing stand-up has been like during the Trump administration.

Queen Victoria's Unlikely Bond With Indian Attendant Made Curry Classy

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:00am

The new film Victoria & Abdul sheds light on this extraordinary friendship, which had a spicy side effect: Curries, once a way to use up leftovers, began to simmer regularly in the royal kitchens.

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Tea And Memories With Vancouver Author Jen Sookfong Lee

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 6:03am

Lee's grandfather owned a barber shop — there's a tea shop there now — and was a pillar of Vancouver's Chinese-Canadian community. Over jasmine tea, Lee talks about her memories of her grandfather.

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After 'Choosing Donald Trump,' Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis?

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 6:00am

In his new book about the president and faith, author Stephen Mansfield argues evangelical witness has been hurt by the church's support for Trump.

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Previously Unseen Photos Of Michelle Obama Illuminate 'Chasing Light'

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 4:41pm

Official White House photographer Amanda Lucidon's new book collects scenes featuring the former first lady — "one of the most genuine and compassionate and thoughtful people" she'd ever met.

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'All Is Not Lost': These Experts Help Save Hurricane-Soaked Heirlooms

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 4:41pm

Hurricane victims can replace chairs, cars, even homes. But they can't replace family photos or VHS tapes of grandma. So the Smithsonian and FEMA have dispatched a "heritage task force" to Texas.

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Not My Job: Queen's Brian May Gets Quizzed About Dairy Queen

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 11:44am

The astrophysicist, 3D photography enthusiast and, yes, hall-of-fame rock star answers our questions about DQ — the ice cream and fast food franchise.

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'The King Is Always Above The People' In More Lands Than One

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:09am

Daniel Alarcón's new collection of short stories follows a young man living in a capital post-revolution and includes an Abraham Lincoln love story, set in modern-day Chicago.

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In 'Thank You For Your Service,' The Fight Begins After Iraq

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:09am

Based on a book by journalist David Finkel, the new film examines the challenges of three young men who return from military combat to their families and a crumbling VA.

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'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:00am

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy answers.

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