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A Painful But Critical Reminder From 'The Normal Heart'

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:50am

Eric Deggans looks at HBO's The Normal Heart, which, alongside Dallas Buyers Club and the documentary How To Survive A Plague, serves as a reminder of a response that was late to begin.

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The Crisis In The 'Ivory Tower'

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:43am

A new documentary takes on the storied past and uncertain future of higher education.

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God, The Devil And 'Hannibal'

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:48am

While many expected little from NBC's show about Hannibal Lecter, the show has become something quite surprising: a nuanced exploration of divinity and love.

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Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?

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Is It Possible To Be Fearless?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine reveals how he has made a career out of fearlessly performing death-defying feats.

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Is There A Cure For Stage Fright?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Folk singer Joe Kowan talks about the visceral, body-hijacking experience he feels when he's performing in front of an audience, and how a song helped him cope with stage fright.

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What's The Difference Between Rational and Irrational Fears?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Through the story of the whale ship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker describes how our most vivid fears are often not the most realistic.

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How Do You Deal With Fear Versus Danger?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Astronaut and retired colonel Chris Hadfield discusses how to prepare your mind for the unexpected, and the worst.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 7:31am

On this week's show, we belly up to the latest in cinematic disasters. We also take a look at some things that improved over time and at what's making us happy this week — like our next live event.

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Impressionists With Benefits? The Painting Partnership Of Degas And Cassatt

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:57am

A new exhibit explores the intense relationship between French painter Edgar Degas and American painter Mary Cassatt. No one knows whether it was romantic, but there was certainly no lack of passion.

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Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:07pm

When you snap lots of photos, psychologists say you're subconsciously relying on the camera to remember the experience for you. And your memory, they say, may suffer because of it.

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Love Blooms In Midlife, But Halfheartedly

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

The good news is that there are multiple new films following the arrival of love for mature adults. The bad news is that they're not very satisfying.

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The 'Angriest' Robin Williams Sadly Becomes The Inspirational One

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

If The Angriest Man In Brooklyn actually kept Williams in his dark and angry persona, it would be one thing. But regrettably, it takes him in the direction of his less interesting, uplifting side.

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Dizzy From Time Travel, Overstuffed With Mutants

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

X-Men: Days Of Future Past brings in the old mutants, the young mutants, some new mutants and a whole lot of everything. Still, it's lively enough to capture something of the comics' spirit.

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A 'Cold' Thriller Of Fathers, Sons And Facial Hair

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

Cold In July, from talented genre director Jim Mickle, blends a tale of vengeance with a buddy film and a drama about fathers and sons.

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A 'Snow Queen" Full Of Death, Drugs And Aging

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:26pm

Alex Gilvarry reviews "The Snow Queen" by Michael Cunningham.

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In Cunningham's Latest, Powerful Language Makes Up For Weak Plot

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:26pm

Michael Cunningham's newest novel is named after a fairy tale. But this is no Disney fantasy. Instead The Snow Queen is a story of death, drugs and aging (not always gracefully).

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A Second Posthumous Collection From Rock Critic Ellen Willis

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:24pm

The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.

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Does Smuggling A Cow Into School Make You A Creative Genius?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:25pm

Before graduating, some seniors take time to pull off the perfect prank. But it's not just childish behavior. Journalist Annie Murphy Paul says pranks showcase creativity and attention to detail.

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