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Searching For A Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:55pm

Journeys, near and far, into the past and even into near space, are the subject of the novels, memoirs and narrative histories that make up book critic Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

Hot Tip On Old Heist Could Be Worth $10 Million, Gardner Museum Says

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:55pm

It's been 27 years since thieves made off with more than a dozen works of art from Boston's Gardner Museum. But the museum's trustees hold out hope — and have doubled the bounty on the masterpieces.

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Highway To The Sequel Zone: Tom Cruise Says 'Top Gun 2' Is Happening

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:25pm

It's been 31 years since Top Gun. Cruise told an Australian TV show that a sequel will start filming "probably in the next year."

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It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 6:00am

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.

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The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:00am

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.

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The Saint Before The Spy: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Though most came to know him in the James Bond films, Roger Moore first displayed his brand of undercover suave in the TV series, The Saint. Moore died Tuesday at the age of 89.

'The Bachelorette' May Have A Black Star, But It's Still Set In A White World

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Some may see Rachel Lindsay's rise as progress; but diversity isn't about expecting black people to assimilate into a mostly white world.

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Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Within the Quota criticized the restrictive immigration laws passed by Congress after World War I. Now the Princeton University Ballet has brought the show back — with a few updates.

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'Times' Book Review Editor Shares Her Love Of Reading In 'My Life With Bob'

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:15pm

Pamela Paul of The New York Times talks about her own new book, which chronicles every book she's read since she was 17 years old. Even if a work isn't great, she refuses to brush it aside cavalierly.

'Smile Stealers' Recalls A Time When Dentists Routinely Reached For The Pliers

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:15pm

Medical historian Richard Barnett traces the history of dentistry in his new book. He says that prior to the 18th century, the profession was often practiced by charlatans with "big muscles."

He Called Himself 'One Lucky Bastard:' Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:36am

British actor Sir Roger Moore has died. He began his career as a model and small-time MGM studio player, but was best known for stepping into the role of James Bond in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Second Thoughts About A Second Marriage In 'Standard Deviation'

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:00am

Katherine Heiny's first novel for adults is a warmhearted and funny — if overly long — portrait of a man who begins to doubt his chaotic, talkative second wife after 12 years of marriage.

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Backing Musicians Do The Heavy Lifting On NBC's 'The Voice'

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

For our series, "Backstage Pass," NPR goes behind the scenes of the hit TV show, The Voice, where we meet the house band and veteran musicians who learn and perform new songs daily.

'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:29pm

A quarter of a century later, Showtime has revived the series some fans consider the most inventive of all time. Critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of Twin Peaks: The Return.

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Churchill, Orwell And The Fight Against Totalitarianism

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:29pm

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.

David Lynch's Trippy 'Twin Peaks' Revival Is A Love Letter To Hardcore Fans

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 9:23am

Lynch has assembled a rambling, surreal story that vaults from a spiritual limbo to towns all over the country. But as any Twin Peaks fan can tell you, the story really isn't the point.

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He's Leaving On A Jet Plane, Should You Follow Him?

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:19pm

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts consider whether to move to a new place for a relationship.

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In 'Margot Sanchez,' A Teen Grows Up And Learns To Love The Bronx

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:11am

Instead of going to the beach with her prep school friends, Margot is stuck working at her father's supermarket in the Bronx. Lilliam Rivera says her YA novel was inspired by her own Bronx childhood.

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Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:00am

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

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In 'A King's Obsession,' Anne Boleyn's True Love Is Power

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:00am

Alison Weir takes a fresh look at familiar territory in this retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Weir's version of Anne is fiercely smart and guilty only of craving power that was hers by right.

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