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'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

"They're very much in their own lives," says Semi Chellas, who is also the show's co-executive producer. The AMC period drama ends its seventh and final season on Sunday.

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A Puzzle That Takes You Around The Globe

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:03am

Every answer is the name of a country. For each word given, ignore the vowels. The consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country.

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Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:38pm

Chris Harrison's new book is an amusing romance novel — and a ripe excuse for us to ask some lingering questions about the reality show juggernaut that's made him famous.

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In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:38pm

It took Queen Latifah more than 20 years to bring the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. "Inhabiting her has inhabited me," she says.

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Not My Job: Tony Robbins Gets Quizzed On Laziness

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:10am

The life coach behind the Unleash the Power Within seminars has built his career around motivating people. We invited the go-getter to answer three questions about incredibly lazy people.

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In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

Bhi Bhiman had an all-American childhood, but his songs have an international character. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his childhood, his politics, and his new album, Rhythm and Reason.

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American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

Over the ABT's three-quarters of a century, the company has stuck to its mission of presenting classics like Swan Lake along with works of contemporary choreographers.

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Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

Harper Collins Audio is releasing a vinyl edition of Amy Poehler's book, Yes Please. The publisher thinks the combination of old media plus the popular Poehler will attract a young audience.

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Boston Pops Gives The Audience What It Wants

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the By Popular Demand program, in which the audience helps pick the music the Pops plays.

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The Gates Of Liavek Are Open Again In 'Points Of Departure'

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:03am

For years, readers wishing to see the shared world of Liavek had to go via crumbling paperbacks. Now, authors Patricia C. Wrede and Pamela Dean have reprinted their stories of the magical trade city.

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Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:43am

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic 800-page tale of a girl and a cat wants to be the stepping stone to a new understanding of the novel — but critic Jason Sheehan says it's undone by too many parentheses.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:48pm

On this week's show: Pitch Perfect 2 is just the beginning of our summer movie preview. Plus, books and music make an appearance as we talk about what's making us happy.

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Yo Aca-Adrian! Elizabeth Banks Says 'Rocky IV' Inspired The New 'Pitch Perfect'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

Banks makes her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2; she talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about breaking into directing, the true meaning of a cappella, and how the Barden Bellas are really Rocky.

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Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:04pm

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."

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Bistro In Vitro: A Virtual Playground To Ponder The Future Of Meat

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:56pm

Dutch artist Koert van Mensvoort has created a virtual restaurant to help us imagine a future when alluring beef, poultry and fish dishes can be concocted with in vitro techniques.

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How Do You Get Your Colleagues To Trust You?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

How do you create trust? Management theorist Simon Sinek says it starts with a leader who makes people feel safe.

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How Can Couples Rebuild Trust After An Affair?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

Affairs can completely rock a marriage. But psychotherapist Esther Perel says that while infidelity can shatter trust, it doesn't mean couples can't find a way to rebuild their relationships.

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How Can Trusting Strangers Fuel An Economy?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

The new currency of this economy is trust, says Rachel Botsman. Companies that rely on sharing invest in what Botsman calls "reputation capital."

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How Does Trust Happen In Music?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust between conductor and orchestra, which he describes as a "miracle."

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What's Driving The Motor City Forward Now?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:50am

Six months after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, Michel Martin heads there to hear from the artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs who are shaping the city's future.

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