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Do Critics of Violence and Sex In HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Miss The Point?

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:25pm

As HBO's Game of Thrones airs its fifth season finale Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans asks if some critics of the show's violence and sexuality should reconsider past criticisms.

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Ron Moody, Who Delighted Audiences As Fagin In 'Oliver!' Dies

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:33pm

Throughout his career, Moody played a variety of parts on stage and screen. But in the villainous Fagin, he found the role of a lifetime.

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What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:03pm

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's fitting that the Scripps National Spelling Bee is broadcast by ESPN. (And, by the way, a thamakau is a kind of canoe used in Fiji.)

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Joyce Carol Oates On Dinosaur-Killer Tweet: 'My Tweets Are Meant To Be Funny'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:18am

"So barbaric that this should still be allowed," Joyce Carol Oates wrote, in a tweet that was taken quite literally by many online readers.

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Joyce Carol Oates On Dinosaur-Killer Tweet: 'My Tweets Are Meant To Be Funny'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:18am

"So barbaric that this should still be allowed," Joyce Carol Oates wrote, in a tweet that was taken quite literally by many online readers.

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A Satisfying Steampunk Saga Winds Up In 'Clockwork Crown'

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:03am

Beth Cato's compact but potent two-book series follows a young healer in a crumbling fantasy empire who must navigate treacherous political waters while balancing questions of faith and technology.

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Christopher Lee, Star In 'Dracula,' 'Star Wars,' Dies

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 7:56am

Lee's career was varied and vast: He made his name as Dracula for decades, but then went on to play roles in Hollywood blockbusters like Lord of the Rings. Lee was 93 years old.

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'Mazie' Pays Homage To A Real-Life Saint Of The Streets

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:03am

Jami Attenberg's new novel is based on a real woman, Mazie Phillips Gordon, who took tickets at a grimy New York City movie house and cared for decades' worth of the down-and-outs who came her way.

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Tell Us About Your Favorite Romances — It's The NPR Books Summer Of Love!

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:03am

This year our famous summer reader poll is all about romance. Whether you like contemporary, historical, suspense or inspirational, we want to hear about your favorite Happily Ever Afters!

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At 96, Poet And Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:47am

The publisher of Allen Ginsberg's iconic poem "Howl" has three books coming out this year and is also working on a novel. Looking back, he says, "Everything was better than it is when you're old."

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Melted

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

In this final round, contestants must guess the correct movie titles upon hearing their opposite wording. For example: 'Melted' would be the opposite of the movie Frozen.

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Fields Of This

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

They Might Be Giants join Jonathan Coulton in ruining the Sting song 'Fields of Gold' by singing about other elements on the periodic table.

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Dial-A-Giant

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

The legendary alt-rock duo talks about keeping up with modern times and leads a game where all the answers are wrong.

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Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: Psychopath Edition

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

True or false — psychopaths are insusceptible to contagious yawning. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton get down to the scary truth.

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Egalitarian Nerds Maps

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

"Egalitarian Nerds Maps" is an anagram of the phrase "Presidential Anagrams." Our first president — "He's a Towering Gong," anagrammatically speaking.

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Hey, I'm Walkin' Here!

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

In this game, contestants summon their inner Ratso Rizzo as they answer questions while invoking his infamous line, "Hey, I'm walkin' here!"

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New U.S. Poet Laureate Hopes To Invite All Communities To Express Themselves

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:47pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Juan Felipe Herrera, the new U.S. poet laureate. He discusses his upbringing in California as the son of migrant workers.

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Book Review: 'The Black Snow,' Paul Lynch

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews Paul Lynch's second novel, The Black Snow.

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'Charlie's Country:' A Worn Landscape That's Both Sad And Majestic

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:16pm

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Charlie's Country. It's about an aboriginal hunter who yearns for a life in Australia, like the one his parents had.

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It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:16pm

The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black.

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