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New Biography Chronicles Shirley Jackson's 'Rather Haunted Life'

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Shirley Jackson is probably best known for the creepy short story "The Lottery." But a new biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, paints a much more complete picture of the writer.

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Get In The Christmas Spirit: A Popular Victorian Ghost Story

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Back in the 19th century, ghost stories were all the rage at Christmastime. NPR's Linda Wertheimer reads a spooky Victorian tale.

Beyond Latkes: 8 Nights Of Fried Delights From Around The World

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:40am

Jews commemorate Hanukkah by eating fried foods. For most American Jews, that means latkes — potato pancakes fried in oil. But other cultures toss different foods into pots of boiling oil.

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VIDEO: Wrap Up These Tamales For A Christmas Eve Feast

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition for many Latinos. But they're also labor intensive and daunting for the newbie. Never fear: Mexican chef Pati Jinich shows us how to master this holiday favorite.

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In Gritty Sao Paulo, Samba Reinvents Itself With An Introspective Sound

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

A hundred years after the first recorded samba, São Paulo is pioneering the genre's second act. The city's introspective anthems couldn't be more different than Rio's optimistic, breezy samba beat.

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You've Got Mail: Book Boxes Offer Novels And Novelty Items

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

It's OK if you haven't heard of book box subscriptions. These relatively new services, available in all kinds of genres, deliver curated selections of books and extras to subscribers every month.

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Actress Carrie Fisher Hospitalized After Entering Cardiac Arrest, Reports Say

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 5:37pm

Both the Los Angeles City Fire Department and United Airlines say a passenger aboard a flight from London was unresponsive. Multiple media reports claim it was the "Star Wars" actress.

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Encore: An Elf Questions Santa's Naughty Or Nice System

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

An elf, tasked with deciding which children are naughty or nice, begins to question Santa's system.

'Daniel Blake' Skewers The Red Tape Bureaucracy Of England's Health System

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

British director Ken Loach is both an award-winning filmmaker and a social activist. His latest film combines those impulses

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:48pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

New Orleans' Beloved Santa Makes The Twitterverse Believe In Christmas Magic

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:17pm

Joy to the ward! New Orleans' ageless Seventh Ward Santa Claus inspires a Twitter reunion of generations.

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Eat Ye Bread Sauce While Ye May: Brits Go Medieval On Christmas Day

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 9:00am

Made with breadcrumbs, milk, onion and spices, bread sauce is a key part of traditional English Christmas dinners. It's a culinary relic of Medieval times when bread soaked sauces were all the rage.

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Scorsese's 'Silence': A Clash of Cultures — And Creeds — In 16th Century Japan

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 8:28am

Two Portuguese priests travel to Japan to find their mentor in Martin Scorsese's fairly conventional historical drama, which our critic calls "the director's most punishing film since Raging Bull."

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Hanukkah Lights 2016

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 8:00am

Hear holiday stories from authors Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, Ellen Orleans and R.L. Maizes.

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Radio's Diane Rehm, A Mainstay Of Civil Discourse, Signs Off

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:42am

After more than three decades and thousands of episodes, Rehm is stepping away from the broadcast microphone. But her successful show, with millions of listeners, almost didn't get off the ground.

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A Holiday Tradition: David Sedaris Reads 'Santaland Diaries'

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:40am

Writer David Sedaris is back as Crumpet the department store elf who finds little joy in the holidays. He first read from his "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992.

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Gallery Owner Arrested For Trafficking Stolen Antiquities Worth Millions Of Dollars

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:40pm

Nancy Wiener was arrested for allegedly possessing and selling stolen artifacts through her New York City gallery. The court complaint describes an elaborate conspiracy carried out around the world.

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The 'Hidden Figures' Who Crunched The Numbers In The Space Race

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in this drama about the brilliant African-American women whose mathematical skills NASA eagerly exploited ... without publicly acknowledging.

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In Mike Mills' Rich, Brilliant Comedy, Three '20th Century Women' Raise A Teenager

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Our critic adores this small, sharply observed film starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig as boarding-house residents who shape the life of a young man (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 1979.

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Sex And Death, Shot Through A Colorful Lens: Almodovar's 'Julieta'

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Pedro Almodovar brings his lush visual exuberance to this adaptation of three Alice Munro stories marked by spare, interior struggles. The odd fusion results in a surprisingly quiet, somber film.

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