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Growing Up Poor Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:38am

A mother talks to her daughter about how hard it was to make ends meet as a single mom in the '90s, through the good times and the bad.

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'Bob's Burgers' Serves Up Gently Savory Entertainment

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:33am

The winningly sweet, wacky (and now Emmy-winning) cartoon follows a family and their struggling seaside burger joint. Guest host Audie Cornish talks to creator and executive producer, Loren Bouchard.

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Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:52pm

Bolivar liberated six countries from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. A new film about his life features epic battles, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of Braveheart.

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Good-Hearted But Simplistic, 'The Good Lie' Fails To Satisfy

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

While the story of Sudanese refugees in America is well-meaning and earnestly executed, its failure to engage some of the most important challenges those refugees might really face is a fatal flaw.

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A Man, A Plane, A Rapture: 'Left Behind'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

Nicolas Cage heads up another try at adapting the incredibly popular rapture novels into films.

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In 'The Blue Room,' An Uncertain Path Through An Affair

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:03pm

Actor-director Mathieu Amalric's adaptation of a Belgian mystery novel features two lovers caught in a web of adultery and crime.

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Existential Sci-Fi And A Fabulist's War Era Self-Portrait

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:28pm

Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.

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Two Dead Writers Come Alive In New Collections

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:28pm

Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.

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The Overworked 'Bad Judge' Still Doesn't Work

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:03pm

They've done quite an overhaul on the Kate Walsh vehicle Bad Judge, but it's still not hanging together.

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The Cycling Desk: Work Out And Charge Your Phone During A Trip

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:39pm

Stationary bikes that power your gadgets as you pedal are this week's innovation pick. They've already appeared in railway stations and airports in Europe and may be for sale later this year.

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'A To Z': Not A Great Romantic Comedy Yet, But Give It A Letter Or Two

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:11pm

NBC's romantic comedy about a boy named Andrew and a girl named Zelda is too cute by a lot, but it's got the bones of a charming little piece of work.

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Fox's 'Gracepoint': An American Remake Best Viewed With Fresh Eyes

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:58am

Fox's new show Gracepoint is a remake of a British murder mystery, Broadchurch. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says those who saw the original might want to watch the new series with someone who hasn't.

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A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:03am

Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mutter's Marvels.

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Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 8:14am

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC's forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.

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Adam Sandler Signs Up With Netflix For 4 New Movies

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:45am

Adam Sandler and Netflix are doing four original movies together — perhaps because you can't build a network on prestigious, binge-watchable television series alone.

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Book News: National Book Foundation Fills Out Its '5 Under 35' List

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:21am

The list, which picks five promising writers under 35 years old, includes Phil Klay, an Iraq War veteran longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Also: An unpublished Bond story gets new life.

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'Lies' May Be Fiction, But Its Story Rings True

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:03am

Robin Talley's new young adult novel about the first group of kids to desegregate Southern schools combines hard truths about the civil rights struggle with a thrilling, head-over-heels love story.

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Charles Blow's Memoir Reveals Incidents Of Sexual Abuse And Violence

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:02am

In a new memoir, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow opens up about abuse he has suffered, and inflicted in his life. He tells Michel Martin why he told his story in Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

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David Fincher Talks 'Gone Girl,' Avoids Spoilers (Hooray!)

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:24am

The director, whose previous work includes Fight Club and The Social Network, talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about the challenges of taking Gillian Flynn's intimate drama from the page to the screen.

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Book News: Roxane Gay's Got A Brand-New Bag — The Butter

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:00am

The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she'll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.

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