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'Godfather' Mansion For Sale In Staten Island

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

The mansion featured in the The Godfather is on the market for nearly $3 million. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Joseph Profaci, the realtor who is selling the house.

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Cosbys Start A 'Conversation' With African-American Art

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Bill and Camille Cosby have loaned more than 60 pieces of art to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the Cosbys about their collection.

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:48am

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

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Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 6:03am

Charles D'Ambrosio's new essay collection wanders through topics journalistic and personal; reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it delivers a primal pleasure of reading: the feeling of being understood.

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Roger Moore: The Man With The Golden Life

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:24am

Sir Roger Moore has played James Bond more than any other actor; his new memoir One Lucky Bastard chronicles a life spent working and laughing with stars — and learning how to kiss from Lana Turner.

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After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 4:38pm

This week Spain's northeast region voted in favor of independence. But the results weren't recognized by the Spanish government. The situation reminds poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips of a favorite book.

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'National Gallery' Offers A Lingering Look At Art

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:23pm

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary takes audiences behind-the-scenes at London's National Gallery and delves into the stories being told in paintings. Wiseman tells NPR's Robert Siegel what he learned and how he goes about filmmaking.

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Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:04pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two serious films based on real-life events — Foxcatcher, which stars comedian Steve Carrell, and Rosewater, directed by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:56pm

The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.

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'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:56pm

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.

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Book News: In Support Of Persecuted Colleagues, Writers Turn To Letters

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:29am

In the run-up to the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, authors have written open letters to several imperiled authors around the world. Also: A recap of the truce between Amazon and Hachette.

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Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:45am

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:45am

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

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How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:45am

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

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Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:45am

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

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What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:45am

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revived Properties And Cultural Dichotomies

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 8:25am

On this week's show, we wonder whether it's ever too late to revisit the past and we dive into some divides that cut deep.

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Director Gina Prince-Bythewood: It's Time To 'Obliterate The Term Black Film'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:29am

The creator of Love and Basketball has a new film out called Beyond the Lights. "For me it's just about putting people of color in every genre and making it become normal," she says.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:27am

The astrophysicist has been tweeting about the science behind the film. In an interview with NPR, Tyson goes beyond those tweets, into wormholes, relatively and even a few spoilers.

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How To Make A Faux Cheddar In One Hour

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:25pm

Once Claudia Lucero had mastered rapid cheese-making, she knew it was time to tackle cheddar. But cheddar takes months, even years, to age, so Lucero devised a pseudo version: the Smokey Cheater.

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