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Director Says 'Omar' Is A Love Story, Not A War Story

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 7:00am

In Hany Abu-Assad's Oscar-nominated drama, the title character is a young Palestinian in love with an Israeli woman. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with the director and with Adam Bakri, the film's star.

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For This British Author, If It Bleeds, She Reads

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 6:00am

Who doesn't like to curl up with a good murder mystery? Author Louise Doughty recommends her favorite collection of such tales, and muses about why we're drawn to stories about homicides.

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Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Physicist Michio Kaku studies what were once only philosophical questions about the human mind. He delves into the brain and our understanding of its functions in his new book, The Future of the Mind.

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Look Out! Not My Job Guest Sen. Mark Warner Gets Quizzed On Warnings

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 11:00am

How much does Warner actually know about warnings? We've invited the democratic senator from Virginia to play a game called "Danger! Get Away! Ahhhhh!"

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'The Natural' of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

A new edition of Bernard Malamud's classic baseball story, The Natural, was just released. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about how the 1952 novel is more relevant than ever.

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Celebrating Winnie-The-Pooh's 90th With A Rare Recording (And Some Hunny)

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

A.A. Milne's beloved bear made his first appearance in a short poem titled "Teddy Bear" which was published in Punch magazine on Feb. 13, 1924. We'll listen back to a 1929 recording of Milne.

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Writer Mavis Gallant Portrayed 'Lost Souls' Of Post-WWII Europe

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

The New Yorker contributor moved to Paris during the reconstruction after World War II, and focused her short stories on often-overlooked European experiences. Gallant died Tuesday.

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Hollywood Goes To War In 'Five Came Back'

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

Mark Harris' new book takes a look at five American directors who made films for the War Department during World War II — and how those films changed both their work and American cinema.

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Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 7:00am

A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.

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Love And Whiskers In 'On Loving Women'

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 6:00am

Animator Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women is a graphic memoir of love and sexuality that collects stories from Obomsawin and her friends and lovers, in a quirky anthropomorphic animal style.

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A Cure For Sochi-Fatigue, Shaken, Not Stirred

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:00pm

In honor of the closing ceremonies in Sochi this weekend, author Lev Grossman recommends a classic read in the winter sports genre: Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:14pm

The new film from the acclaimed Japanese animator spans 30 years and centers on a young man who dreams of designing the perfect airplane in the early 1930s. (Recommended)

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What Sbarro's Woes Say About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:47am

The pizza chain is closing 155 stores. Sure, malls have been hit hard, but Sbarro's problems are bigger: These days, diners are more likely to opt for "fast casual" options like Chipotle.

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What Sbarro's Downfall Says About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:47am

The pizza chain is closing 155 stores. Sure, malls have been hit hard, but Sbarro's problems are bigger: These days, diners are more likely to opt for "fast casual" options like Chipotle.

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Who Killed The New 'RoboCop'?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:59am

Chris Klimek looks at what made the RoboCop remake such a disappointment, from its inability to be at all satirical to its need to overexplain absolutely everything.

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Are The Barbershop Guys Sorry They Are Not Idris Elba?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:58am

The Barbershop guys weigh in on their best Olympic moments so far. Plus, they tell us why they're a better catch than Hollywood hunk Idris Elba.

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From Buddhism to Baha'i: Black Faith Spreads Across All Religions

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:58am

Most African-Americans have historically embraced Christianity as their religion. But host Michel Martin hears stories that show the broad diversity of faith experiences for African-Americans.

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Book News: Year's Oddest Title? 'Pie-ography,' 'Working Class Cats' In Running

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 6:48am

Also: a Guardian reporter claims someone was monitoring his book on Edward Snowden as he wrote it; Claire Messud on the semi-colon; Jhumpa Lahiri on short story writer Mavis Gallant.

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Wise, Funny Poems, Saved From The Trash Bin In The Nick Of 'Time'

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 6:00am

Michael Benedikt was an exemplary poet, a dedicated editor and an agoraphobic recluse. His work was almost lost forever — until two poets rescued his archive and published a selection, Time is a Toy.

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Another Monster Mother, But Hey, She Means Well

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:31pm

The Romanian entry in the foreign-film Oscar category turns on a nouveau-riche mother who maneuvers ruthlessly to shield her no-account son from charges he kills a teen in a car crash.

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