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Barbara Walters: The Original Peggy Olson

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 8:10am

Like her Mad Men counterpart, the 84-year-old broadcasting legend got her start as a secretary for a Manhattan advertising agency. That's not the only parallel for Walters, who retired this week.

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Late Director Searched For Mysterious 'Sugar Man'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul died this week. He's remembered in this rebroadcast of a 2012 interview with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Mark Twain's Famous Outcasts Float Through Three Centuries

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Huck Finn and his friend Jim float down the Mississippi through the Jim Crow South and Hurricane Katrina in a new book called The Boy and his Winter. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Norman Lock.

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'Wynne's War,' A Modern Take On The Classic 'Mideastern'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Wynne's War is part western, part war novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Aaron Gwyn about the book that follows a U.S. Special Forces unit on horseback through Afghanistan.

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A Burrito With A Side Of Prose At Chipotle

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

The restaurant chain Chipotle is bringing literature to its cups and bags. Writers are penning stories that customers can read while they eat. Ever hear the tale of The Old Man and the Burrito?

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The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:38am

A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.

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The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:38am

A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th-century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.

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Not My Job: Political Adviser John Podesta Gets Quizzed On A Swedish King

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:19pm

In honor of judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell we've invited Podesta to answer three questions about a Carl who isn't a Kasell, but rather, has one — King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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A 'New York Times' Shake-up, But Not The One You're Thinking Of

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 4:41pm

The New York Times made news this week when it announced Jill Abramson's departure. For a deeper understanding of the paper's history, author Kevin Roose recommends Hard News by Seth Mnookin.

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Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:01pm

Walker's latest project is a series of sugar sculptures housed in a former sugar refinery. From far away the works look charming, but up close they tell the ugly story of the Caribbean slave trade.

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Introducing Roma Cuisine, The Little-Known 'Soul Food' Of Europe

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:46pm

There's a long history of prejudice against the Roma people in Europe. A non-profit in Slovenia is hoping to diffuse it by launching a restaurant serving the tastiest of the traditional Roma dishes.

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Introducing Roma Cuisine, The Little-Known 'Soul Food' Of Europe

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:46pm

There's a long history of prejudice against the Roma people in Europe. A non-profit in Slovenia is hoping to diffuse it by launching a restaurant serving the tastiest of the traditional Roma dishes.

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This Fall, TV Looks Much More Diverse: Now Don't Screw It Up

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:13pm

TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the more diverse landscape of fall TV and offers some suggestions on how diverse casts can add value without falling into the industry's most common bad habits.

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Wole Soyinka: I Just Want Those Monsters Exterminated

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:09am

The Nigerian Nobel laureate says the abduction of more than 250 girls by extremist group Boko Haram is a defining moment for his country.

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Is It Donald Sterling's Right To Fight For His Team?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:05am

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling will reportedly fight the NBA to keep his team. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that feud, and Solange and Jay-Z's elevator dust-up.

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'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:04am

In the Japanese original, he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb, but in later films he fought other giant monsters and even space aliens. The latest Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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First Novels: The Weird, Thrilling Trip Through A Very Narrow Door

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:23am

Martha Woodroof talks to first novelists including Chad Harbach (The Art Of Fielding) about how it feels to gut out the unlikely path that takes a book from idea to publication.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 7:58am

Our dear friend Barrie Hardymon returns to the show as we cover fairy tales and take a quiz on the distressing marketing of fall television.

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Book News: If Jesus Dictates A Book To You, Who Holds The Copyright?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:25am

Also: Jonathan Safran Foer joins forces with Chipotle; two new Flowers in the Attic novels will revisit the arsenic- and incest-laced world of the Dollanganger siblings.

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'I've Enjoyed Every Minute Of It': Carl Kasell On His 60 Years In Radio

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:35am

The veteran NPR newscaster got into the business young — as a teen he hosted a late-night, easy-listening music show in Goldsboro, N.C. He'll now be scorekeeper emeritus on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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