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What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:22pm

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.

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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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More Physical Than Plausible, 'Starred Up' Sharply Portrays Confinement

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

The edgy drama from Glasgow-based director David Mackenzie takes a few convenient plot turns, but remains a violent and fiercely acted picture of life in prison.

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'The Notebook': A Grim Fable Of Cruelty In Wartime

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

What begins as a World War II weepie quickly morphs into a dark story of separation, brutality and parenting that's far from the current nurturing American model.

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In 'The Congress,' An Animated Future Where Movie Studios Are Villains

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

Israeli director Ari Folman creates a trippy, half-animated film that posits a world where movie studios eventually take over the world, allowing us to consume, literally, our entertainment.

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Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:26pm

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.

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Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:18pm

When the Colombian actress appeared in a widely-derided stunt at the Emmys, much of the attendant outrage centered on her very prominent image. Juan Vidal argues this lets Hollywood off the hook.

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Jon Hamm On The Evolution Of Don Draper On 'Mad Men'

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:47pm

Hamm has never won an Emmy despite 13 nominations, including two this year for Mad Men. In 2010, Hamm talked with Fresh Air about how Draper was "losing touch" with his life and the world around him.

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Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:47pm

Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. Falco was nominated for an Emmy for her role on Nurse Jackie, which is in its sixth season.

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Playlist: Listens For A Long Hike

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:03am

TED speakers explore big ideas while you explore the great outdoors.

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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:44am

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.

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Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The 'Strong Black Woman' In White Women

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:18pm

Lifetime's new makeover show layers racial politics on top of the uncomfortable dynamics of manipulating beauty and style choices, and comes up with something to offend just about everyone.

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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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