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An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

3M employee Art Fry had a problem: When he sang with his church choir, his paper bookmarks fell out of his hymnal. Thankfully for Fry, his coworker Spencer Silver had a new adhesive in the works.

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Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:15am

Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.

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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

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Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

At the Library of Congress' Mostly Lost workshop, viewers are encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might put a name to an unidentified film.

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We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:30am

The cosplay community has descended on the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They're the dedicated folks who create lovingly accurate costume reproductions of their favorite fictional characters.

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Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:09am

Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.

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Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:34am

The Santa Fe Indian Market returns to New Mexico in August for the 93rd time. But this time, there's competition — a new event showcasing Native American artists has set up shop down the street.

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Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:01pm

We've invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called "Fuggedaboutit!"

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In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:32pm

Allen doesn't rehearse, and he isn't a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn't direct. He says Allen was a "very involved and meticulous director" while making Magic in the Moonlight.

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:42pm

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:39pm

Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:13pm

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.

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'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:06am

Luc Besson's Lucy isn't a smart movie, but you have to respect — sort of — the high energy and commitment it puts into being ridiculous.

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Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:09am

Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.

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It's Time For Comic-Con!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Revisiting An 'Endless Summer'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:04pm

While corny and dated and even offensive in places, the seminal surfing film Endless Summer, now getting a 50th anniversary rerelease, remains a rich visual exploration of the freedom of a wave.

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