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Neil Patrick Harris Reimagines Variety Show Format In 'Best Time Ever'

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:51pm

Song and dance man Neil Patrick Harris premiered his new show, Best Time Ever, Tuesday night on NBC. It's an attempt to bring back the variety show format.

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Neil Patrick Harris' 'Best Time Ever': A Variety Show In Need Of More Variety

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:18pm

NBC's new live weekly show mixes mini-quiz shows, game shows, production numbers, stunt competitions and pranks. Despite all this, critic David Bianculli says it hasn't yet reached its full potential.

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Author Discusses Francis, A Pope Seeking To Change 'The Tone Of The Church'

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:18pm

On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change.

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N.H. Public Library Resumes Support Of 'Tor' Internet Anonymizer

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:50am

Homeland Security had warned the library supporting Tor could allow criminals to move child pornography anonymously. The library voted to continue its support of Tor, saying any freedom brings risk.

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From Mexico Kidnappings To Eric Garner, Hererra Writes Poetry Of The Moment

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:23am

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's new book of poems melds the political with the personal. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher says it makes for deep yet accessible reading.

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In India, A Battle Brews Over A Museum Honoring A Revered Leader

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:58am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to update the Nehru Memorial Museum, honoring India's first prime minister, to include his own achievements. Critics say it's an effort to undermine Nehru's legacy.

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How Former Gang Member Richard Cabral Went From Prison To Prime Time

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:56am

Cabral is up for an Emmy on Sunday, but it wasn't long ago that he was facing a possible 35-year sentence for violent assault. He says a program called Homeboy Industries helped turn his life around.

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A Dreamy Marriage Turns To Rage In 'Fates And Furies'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:33pm

In her newest novel Lauren Groff uses a split narrative to tell the story of a long marriage. Critic Jason Sheehan says the device works thanks to Groff's stunning language.

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Go Ahead, Give Your Toddler A Kitchen Knife

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:31pm

Allowing a young child to use a knife in the kitchen may sound like a recipe for disaster. Yet researchers and educators say it can help foster independence and curiosity toward food.

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Appeals Court Rules Youtube Video Of Baby Dancing To Prince Was Fair Use

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:20pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the impact of this ruling. An appeals court ruled the music used in the video was an instance of fair use.

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The Dark Side Of Funny: Growing Up In George Carlin's Shadow

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:20pm

In A Carlin Home Companion, Kelly Carlin reflects on life with her famous comedian (and drug addicted) father. "This book has always felt like unfinished business," she says.

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Monty Python's John Cleese, Eric Idle Reunite In 'Together Again At Last'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:10pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to comedians John Cleese and Eric Idle of Monty Python about their new show, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time, which begins its U.S. tour in October.

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'Destiny: The Taken King' Combines 3 Different Video Game Genres

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:09pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Forbes gaming columnist Paul Tassi about Tuesday's release of The Taken King, a new installment of the hugely popular Destiny video game.

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CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler Is Stepping Down

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:16pm

Tassler has helmed the most-watched broadcast network's drama, comedy and late-night offerings since 2004. It's a surprising development at a network known for executive stability.

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Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is The Art of Memoir.

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In Divided Nicaragua, National Dish Brings Rich And Poor Together

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:54am

Nicaragua's civil war and dictatorship exacerbated social problems and economic disparity. But the richest and the poorest eat vigorón, a hearty dish of yucca and pork, side by side.

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Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'Fates And Furies'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:55am

Author and screenwriter Richard Russo has selected our third book — a new novel by Lauren Groff. Fates and Furies chronicles a marriage over 24 years. Russo calls it "an incredibly ambitious work."

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Poet Laureate's Migrant Childhood Was Like 'Living In Literature Every Day'

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:05am

Juan Felipe Herrera is the child of Mexican migrant farm workers. He says, "I had a mother [who] sang and told stories and loved poetry, even though she only went to third grade."

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Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club Holds 1st Auditions For Female Performers

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 3:36pm

The first women auditioned for the Harvard musical theater group, Hasty Pudding, this weekend, which has never had a female member in the troop.

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Journalist Says The Drone Strike That Killed Awlaki 'Did Not Silence Him'

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 1:24pm

In Operation Troy, author Scott Shane details the life, death and influence of Anwar al-Awlaki. "His status as a martyr has given his message even greater authority," Shane says of the propagandist.

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