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College Professor's Life Is Upended In 'Small Blessings'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

The new novel Small Blessings follows the intertwined lives of academics and their family members in a small Southern college town. NPR's Scott Simon talks with auther Martha Woodruff.

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An Unlikely Psychologist-Patient Friendship Unfolds In 'The Story Hour'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

Thrity Umrigar's new novel is about two women with "a mystical connection." Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. Dr. Maggie Bose decides Lakshmi doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.

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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

Lowry's father didn't have Alzheimer's, but as he began to forget his past, the author says she began to imagine a book about eliminating painful memories. The Giver has just been adapted into a film.

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A Sea Of Ceramic Poppies Honors Britain's WWI Dead

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:48am

A hundred years after the start of World War I, 888,246 handmade red flowers are filling the moat at the Tower of London — one flower for each British or colonial life lost during the war.

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James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:32am

Reviewer Richard Torres calls Yamma Brown's new memoir of her father a valuable, warts-and-all portrait of a troubled icon — and the way the cycle of abuse can turn through famous families.

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Don Draper? Tywin Lannister? These Aren't Your Father's TV Dads

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:09pm

As part of All Things Considered's series on Men in America, NPR's Eric Deggans considers the way television fatherhood has changed over the past five decades, from Ward Cleaver to Walter White.

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Coogan And Brydon's New 'Trip' Is, Well, A Real Trip

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Critic Bob Mondello says The Trip To Italy will make you hungry for all the delicious Italian food its stars ignore in this celebrity-impression-stuffed romp along the gorgeous Amalfi coast.

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In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:09pm

Lauren Bacall died Tuesday in New York at the age of 89. In 1994, she talked with Fresh Air about her early career, working with Marilyn Monroe and her intense love affair with Humphrey Bogart.

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While Films And TV Shows Miss Latinos, A YouTube Outlet Grows

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:15pm

Since it was created in 2012, the MiTú network has been rapidly expanding to meet demand for Latino web content. Now, it's partnering with Televisa, a Spanish-language media company.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Rating The Ratings And Whither The Weather Movie

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 7:48am

On this week's show, we dive into the tricky land of MPAA film ratings and consider the weather and disaster movies we have known and tried not to know.

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False Equivalencies Mar This Bold 'Face'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:03am

Jess Row's provocative Your Face in Mine uses the rhetoric of transgender experience to imagine a world where race can be changed; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a grating meditation on white guilt.

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'Expendable' Indeed: The Best Of A Bad Bunch Is Still Pretty Bad

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:00am

The Expendables franchise, a series of movies built entirely around the aged nature of its stars, returns with its best entry yet — not that this means it's any good.

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Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:30am

The southern French town of Aix-en-Provence is known more for good living than for murder. But the town's languid beauty also makes it a perfect setting for Mary Lou Longworth's mystery series.

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'Frank' Talk: That's Michael Fassbender Inside That Big Head

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:03pm

The offbeat film Frank, from director Lenny Abrahamson, shows compassion for its characters unevenly, but represents an interesting attempt to balance surreal comedy and serious matters of the mind.

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'The Giver' Strikes Old And Ominous Notes About The Dark Side Of Serenity

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:03pm

The film adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel clearly owes a debt to many other stories for teens and adults, and it struggles to find anything new to say.

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How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

The drama is set in a New York hospital in 1900, when surgeons were developing new techniques. Series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and medical historian Stanley Burns talk about the show.

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British Comedians Take A Trip To Italy And Make Fun Of Each Other

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

In the sequel to The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon drive around Italy, instead of England, and engage in lively banter. The film isn't freighted with ambition, but it's extremely enjoyable.

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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:05am

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

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The Loneliest Number

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

The loneliest number is one, of course! Every answer in this final round contains the letters "O-N-E" in consecutive order. Who will prove to be our ONE and only champion?

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Scrabble City

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:16am

Scrabble doesn't allow proper nouns, but we're rebels who laugh at their rules! This game gives hints about cities along with their Scrabble point values. For 19 points, what's the capital of Arizona?

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