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After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:40am

Sarah Hepola's memoir Blackout is filled with stories that are both funny and tragic — about how she'd drink to excess, and then try to piece it all together the following day.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:39am

Sous-vide makes meat moist and flavorful, but can take up to 96 hours, not to mention a $500 machine. Chef Christina Tosi shares a technique she uses to cheat in her home kitchen: the "Bird in a Bag."

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 4:39am

Sous-vide makes meat moist and flavorful, but can take up to 96 hours, not to mention a $500 machine. Chef Christina Tosi shares a technique she uses to cheat in her home kitchen: the "Bird in a Bag."

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The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:29pm

He drove a garbage truck in LA and fibbed his way into Hollywood westerns. But Jonathan Goldsmith's big break was getting cast in Dos Equis beer commercials as "The Most Interesting Man in the World."

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From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:29pm

You'd think spying on the Russians would require some training, but Naveed Jamali had none. "Probably some Magnum P.I. episodes and a few movies here and there," he says. "That was about it."

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'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:29pm

Husband-wife team Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about their play based on the life and writings of legendary rock scribe Lester Bangs.

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Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 8:54am

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project."

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In 'Not A Game,' The Story Of A Star Player And A Hard Fall

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:03am

Sportswriter Kent Babb talks about his new book Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.

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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:34am

The show is a response to the notion that sitcoms have generally ceded political satire to fake news programs. It opens with a certifiably crazy general taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

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Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:03am

While our intern plugs away at tallying the 18,000 nominations that came in for the summer reader romance poll, we thought we'd introduce you to the expert panelists who'll help shape the final list.

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Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:50am

In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.

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After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 3:33pm

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But, amid the fickle endorsements and dustups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.

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The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 1:47pm

Despite the big stars, it's hard to make a straight-faced parody of something watched by people who often already think it's a joke.

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:26pm

Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:26pm

Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.

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Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 9:52am

Surprisingly, Pixar's latest goes without an element that almost every adventure movie for kids is sure to provide: a villain.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:23am

On this week's show, we explore Pixar's new exploratory movie about a girl's brain, and we talk about why pop culture often struggles to give parents rich, satisfying romantic lives.

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When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

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Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Poet Rives explores why "four-in-the-morning" has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.

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Can You Remember Your Life, One Second At A Time?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

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