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Poet Tishani Doshi Reads Her Summer Poem

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

In her poem, "Visiting My Parents in Summer," Tishani Doshi writes about returning to her childhood bedroom, where she experiences it being preserved just as she left it as a teenager.

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Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:26am

A new film about mobster Whitey Bulger is in the works, and its success may ride on one crucial detail: whether or not the actors can deliver a convincing "hihowahya?"

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Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 5:56pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:05pm

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:44pm

While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27.

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Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:40pm

An immigrant who mastered the art of the Dominican-style cake is baking up a business in her New York City neighborhood. And she is spreading Caribbean culture along with her frosting.

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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:00am

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks,' By David Mitchell

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decade-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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'Breaking Bad' Wins Its Final Emmy

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:23pm

Nearly a year after wrapping up, the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" and star Bryan Cranston have two more nice going-away presents.

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The Emmys: Past Winners Trump New Shows And 'Breaking Bad' Takes A Bow

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:15pm

The Emmy Awards are always good to past winners, but Monday's round of victories were about as conservative as it gets. Surprising, given the warm sendoff to a show about a drug dealer.

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The List Of Emmy Winners

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:09pm

The list of winners at Monday's 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Eric Deggans Live Tweets The Emmys

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:02pm

Follow real-time commentary on the Emmy awards with NPR's TV critic.

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Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange'

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:22pm

The film about a 40-year relationship is "prosaic and quotidian," says John Lithgow, "... and that's what's so amazing about it." Alfred Molina agrees: "It is the epic quality of the ordinary."

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Big Ideas To Life On Screen

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:06pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello offers an appreciation of British actor and director Richard Attenborough, whose films spanned six decades.

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5 Things To Watch For On Monday's Emmy Awards

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:33pm

We preview Monday's Emmys and five races to watch, including the battle for Outstanding Drama Series and an interesting clash of comedy actresses.

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From Carpet-Wetter To Film Icon: How Terry The Terrier Became Toto

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:12pm

Terry starred alongside Judy Garland in a career-defining role: Toto in The Wizard of Oz. But before that, she had to conquer an embarrassingly weak bladder.

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At The VMAs, Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Play With Personas

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:25pm

On this Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the MTV Video Music Awards, which culminated in some epic Beyonce.

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Sandwich Monday: The Do-Rite Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:12pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we go off menu at a doughnut and fried chicken shop, and get a fried-chicken-on-a-doughnut sandwich.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:24pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her family members helped inform her characters. Originally broadcast Aug. 4.

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