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Not My Job: Former CIA Officer Robert Baer Gets Quizzed On Bears

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:39am

Baer has written a series of books about the decades he spent in the CIA. His memoir See No Evil was the basis for the George Clooney movie Syriana.

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'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:15am

The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the challenges of portraying a genius. This story originally Nov. 8 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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Australian Cyberthriller 'Amnesia' Echoes Julian Assange Story

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Peter Carey's novel opens as a hacker's computer virus is unlocking prison cells around the world. He says, "Assange was the reason I started writing the book, but I didn't want to write about [him]."

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Skiing The Back Country Is Intoxicating, And Dangerous

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Two promising young skiers died in an avalanche in Austria this week. And two climbers are scaling El Capitan in Yosemite. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer.

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'The Galaxy Game' Is Rich And Strong As A Shot Of Rum

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:03am

Karen Lord's new The Galaxy Game picks up where her previous novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, left off — in a complicated galactic civilization trying to come to terms with a genocide.

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'West Of Sunset' Imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Years In Hollywood

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:57am

Author Stewart O'Nan says that in the late '30s, Fitzgerald was at the bottom of a bad spiral. But in Hollywood, "he finds himself again: He finds his love of writing, he finds his love of the world."

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Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:54am

Ninth-century satirist al-Jahiz remains a beloved figure in Islamic literature, but his modern-day counterparts — including comedian Bassem Youssef and cartoonist Ali Farzat — don't have it easy.

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'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 4:24pm

Chastain started her own theater company at age 10. As the first in her family to go to college, she says attending Juilliard was scary, but her grandmother helped her through it.

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C'mon, 'Glee': Bring It Home

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 2:27pm

They're starting the final run of episodes of Glee, and even though it's not what it once was, it would be great to see it end on a ... high note.

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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:37pm

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:41pm

Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.

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Vintage Beer? Aficionados Say Some Brews Taste Better With Age

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:15pm

Aging in the bottle isn't just for wine anymore: It can also bring out sweet, caramel tones in some high-alcohol, smoky or sour craft brews. Don't believe us? You, too, can try this at home.

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The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:14pm

The film about Martin Luther King's marches for voting rights is being accused of alleged historical inaccuracies. Critic David Edelstein says that's "not entirely" fair, and it's still a great movie.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other 2015

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 8:27am

We sit down with Kat Chow of Code Switch to talk about predictions and resolutions for 2014, and we grade our performance from last year.

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Finding Love ... And Aliens?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:51am

Humorist John Hodgman tells a story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way they all contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.

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Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:51am

Chef Dan Barber tackles a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. He chronicles his search for a fish that would please both diners and environmentalists.

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A Nun Inspired By Warhol: The Forgotten Pop Art Of Sister Corita Kent

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:09pm

Kent's work, which included the U.S. Postal Service's popular "love" stamp, had a lasting influence. But today her story seems to have fallen through the cracks of art history.

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And The Moral Of The Story Is ... Kids Don't Always Understand The Moral

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:30pm

"Research among U.S. populations of kids indicates that this ability to articulate a moral theme develops fairly slowly, emerging only around age 9 or 10," says researcher Seeta Pai.

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On His 80th Birthday, Shake It Like Elvis With A Milkshake

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:28pm

The legendary singer had equally outsized eating habits, including his famous affinity for peanut butter, bananas and bacon. Celebrity chef Sean Brock has created a drink in the King's honor.

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Why I Asked Tina Fey About 'Charlie Hebdo' At The TV Critics Press Tour

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:59pm

At the TV Critics Association's press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey's words on satire and freedom resonated.

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