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What Are The Secrets of Centenarians?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:24am

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner studies the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live longer than anyone else on the planet.

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Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.

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In 'The Seeds Of Time,' One Man's Quest To Save Our Food Supply

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:33pm

Sandy McLeod's documentary is a portrait of Cary Fowler, an agriculturalist who is building a biological archive to maintain crop diversity.

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A Journey Of Self-Discovery In 'When Marnie Was There'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:03pm

The latest film from the beloved Studio Ghibli weaves a tale of a girl learning to face her past.

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'Aloft': A Haunting Family Drama Ripe With Magical Realism

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:03pm

Claudia Llosa's film features strong performances from Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy and a vivid sense of place.

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#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:40pm

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask: What's driving Detroit's future now?

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Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:07pm

Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.

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Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:05pm

Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the Late Show.

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Small Batch: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:11pm

Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller's cinematic return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland that boasts a weirdly thriving car culture.

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Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:53pm

Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you've got the right tiles.

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Rome's Cinematic 'Dream Factory' Ramps Up Production Once Again

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:36am

Blockbusters like Ben-Hur were filmed at Cinecittà, a 100-acre movie metropolis, during its heyday. After decades of hard times, a tax credit has sparked a revival of "Hollywood on the Tiber."

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The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:18am

Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.

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#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:03am

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask what's driving Detroit's future now?

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David Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Letterman led his last CBS Late Show Wednesday after 33 years in late night. The host left as he arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.

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'Filthy Lucre' Is A Modern Remix Of The Peacock Room's Wretched Excess

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:34am

Two Smithsonian institutions have given artist Darren Waterston their blessings as he reimagines James McNeill Whistler's lavish and legendary 19th century artwork as an utter ruin.

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Often The Butt Of Jokes, S.C.'s Giant Peach Is Ripe For Renovation

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:26pm

The South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned has gained national celebrity. But the peach's bright paint has soured over the years, so it's getting a makeover — to the chagrin of some.

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'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:05pm

The musical has some of the best-known songs in Broadway history, but it originally had other tunes that almost no one knows. Some of those songs were recently performed for the first time in decades.

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An Indian Master Returns To Cinemas, Restored

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:37pm

Filmmaker Satyajit Ray earned a lifetime achivement Oscar for his beloved Apu Trilogy of films, released between 1955 and 1959. Badly damaged by fire, the original negatives have now been restored.

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David Letterman Is Set For Final Curtain Wednesday Night

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:48pm

"What this means now," the talk show host told a hushed audience as he announced his departure in December, "is that Paul and I can be married."

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Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:51pm

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.

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