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Having Thick Skin Is A 'Survival Technique,' Says Comic Jeff Ross

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:01pm

Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, NJ. He likens celebrity roasts to "a party where everybody goes and has a good time." Originally broadcast Sept. 13, 2016.

In Mexico City, A Technicolor Borough Serves Up Tasty Street Foods — On Water

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 6:00am

The ancient canals of Mexico City's Xochimilco borough are packed with colorful barges, centuries-old floating gardens, and boats selling an array of local street foods.

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'M*A*S*H' Actor William Christopher Dies At 84

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 1:50pm

The actor, who was best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the television sitcom M*A*S*H, died after a battle with lung cancer.

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In The Market For A New Year's Resolution? Let Us Sell You Some Ideas

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:35am

You've already tried exercising, drinking water or eating better. This year, resolve to make room for joy — not just self-improvement — with compliments, meditation or home cooking.

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From Bill Clinton To Trump, The Impersonator That Keeps On Giving

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Tim Watters made a career for himself impersonating Bill Clinton. That impersonation has become less relevant, but lucky for him, the 2016 election presented him with some new material: Donald Trump.

To Appeal To A Modern Palate, Native Chef Gives Tradition A Little Twist

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

More Native Americans are revisiting indigenous ingredients and methods of cooking. It's a natural calling for chefs, like Navajo Freddie Bitsoie, who have found themselves in a cultural tug of war.

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'Midnight Without A Moon' Fictionalizes Civil Rights Moment Through Eyes Of A Teen

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

One of the most tragic moments in civil rights history, the murder of Emmett Till, unfolds from the viewpoint of a young girl in Linda Williams Jackson's new YA novel. She talks to NPR's Ailsa Chang.

Carrie Fisher, The Novelist

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Carrie Fisher's well known for her acting and comedy. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Weekend Edition books editor Barrie Hardymon about why we should remember Fisher as not just a Hollywood star.

Bacon, Eggs, Cheese — And Spaghetti? The Italian Twist On A Hangover Cure

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 6:00am

This New Year's day, consider a bowl of pasta carbonara for a hangover fix. Made with spaghetti, eggs, cheese and pork, some say it's just as effective as bacon, egg and cheese on toast.

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Women Who Count: 3 Smart STEM Romances

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 6:00am

A new wave of romance novels features brainy heroines in science, technology, engineering and math — and the prejudices and obstacles they face on their way to a satisfying happy-ever-after.

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Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference'

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 4:08pm

The Grey's Anatomy co-star tells NPR's Michel Martin he's seen the effects of his actions in the public consciousness and discourse. He says he's inspired by black women and the black LGBTQ community.

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Reading The Game: 'The Last Of Us'

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 9:01am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2016

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 8:59am

It's time again for our annual collection, in no particular order, of 50 wonderful pop-culture things from 2016. Read them, watch them, or listen to them; we think something will delight you.

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'Lost Journalism' Revisits The Golden Age Of Ring Lardner

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

Ron Rapoport, himself the recipient of the Ring Lardner Award for sportswriting, has collected the legendary columnist's work in a new book. Lardner wrote about sport, but also his family and travels.

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Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise 'Understanding' On Stage

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

What happens when you put seven cops and seven civilians in a rehearsal room once a week for 10 weeks? The result is a free show called To Protect, Serve, and Understand at the Brooklyn Music School.

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Remembering Debbie Reynolds

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

In 2013 NPR's Scott Simon interviewed Debbie Reynolds. She shared a lesson she learned from Fred Astaire on the set of Singin' in the Rain — that even great artists have to work hard.

Simon & Schuster Will Publish Book By Breitbart Editor, Despite Criticism

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:32pm

Some Simon & Schuster authors are outraged over plans to publish the book by Milo Yiannopoulos, widely known for his attacks against actress Leslie Jones on Twitter.

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Remembering Elie Wiesel, In His Words

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:44pm

Elie Wiesel survived concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald to become a Nobel Laureate, activist and defender of human rights. He died this summer at age 87.

'Late Show' Host Says He Has Finally Found His Post-'Colbert Report' Voice

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:27pm

The comic initially avoided joking about politics on The Late Show for fear that he would fall into his Colbert Report persona. Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other, 2017 Edition

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 9:06am

Every year at this time, we revisit our resolutions and our predictions from 2016 and we make new ones for 2017. From creating more to who might win Oscars, we're working hard to figure out 2017.

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