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Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:28pm

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:28pm

Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."

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'Top Five': A Good, Not Great, Day In New York With Chris Rock

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:12am

Chris Rock's new comedy is strong on industry satire, but gets a little watery with the romance.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling's Crime Novels To Step Onto The Small Screen

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:49am

The BBC has TV adaptations in the works for The Silkworm and The Cuckoo's Calling, both written under Rowling's pen name, Robert Galbraith. Also: BookCon steps up its focus on writers of color.

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The Great 'Parks And Rec' Clip War Of 2014

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:41am

When critics are anticipating the end of a show they've liked a lot, strange things happen.

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What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:06am

Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.

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How Can The Rule Of Law Bring "Justness" And Not Just Justice?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:06am

Sharing cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan, shows how a country's laws can bring both justice and "justness."

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From Sixth And I

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 7:44am

Our live show brings us to some consideration of the year that's just ending and some of the firsts that we are sometimes at pains to recall.

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Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.

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Memories Of An Ironworker On The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York landmark, we hear from Bob Walsh, a builder who worked on the structure, and writer Gay Talese, who chronicled its construction.

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Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:23pm

Close stars as a suburban matron in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 play. She tells NPR about the timelessness of Albee's play and getting a nosebleed in the middle of a recent matinee.

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In A Serious Season, The Loose Charms Of 'Little Feet'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:03pm

Filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell features his own children in a charming, uneven, energetic film about siblings on a journey to set a goldfish free.

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The 1970s, Ugly And Adrift In 'Inherent Vice'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:03pm

Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it's a bit too epic.

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Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:18pm

Scott Saul's new book Becoming Richard Pryor describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.

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Book News: Australian Prime Minister's 'Nasty' Move Sparks Lit-Prize Furor

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 9:13am

Tony Abbott reportedly overruled a panel judging the country's top fiction award, picking Richard Flanagan to share the prize. And one judge — famed poet Les Murray — isn't happy.

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Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.

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The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.

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More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 5:14pm

Light beer doesn't have to mean less flavor. A growing trend is offering another option. Session beers emphasize craft-beer taste with alcohol as low or lower than big-brand light beers.

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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:41pm

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:37pm

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.

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