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'The Familiar Vol. 2' Is Better, Stronger ... Weirder

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic saga (this is part two of a projected 27) is, on the surface, the story of a girl and her cat. But the typographical trickery and sheer weirdness make it much, much more.

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The Madonna Of 115th Street Gets A Long-Awaited Makeover

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 5:18am

The Blessed Mother at New York City's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has presided over her flock since 1884, and she's just gotten a makeover, complete with a designer gown of gold-embroidered satin.

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The Madonna Of 115th Street Gets A Long-Awaited Makeover

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 5:18am

The Blessed Mother at New York City's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church has presided over her flock since 1884, and she's just gotten a makeover, complete with a designer gown of gold-embroidered satin.

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Why Latinos Heart Horror Films

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 4:37pm

Latino audiences can make or break horror films in the box office, but right now their presence behind the camera might be even more significant.

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At This Sandwich Shop, A Vietnamese Pop Star Serves Up Banh Mi

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 4:37pm

Lynda Trang Dai, known as the "Vietnamese Madonna," performs around the world. Back home in California, she's got a different starring role: she's the only one to whip up her sandwiches' secret sauce.

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Not My Job: CNN's Jake Tapper Answers Three Questions About Iowa

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 8:37am

The game is called "You know, we still exist in non-election years, too." Three questions about Iowa, where every four years the political press descends like a plague of locusts in sport coats.

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An Election's High Stakes: Sandra Bullock On 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 7:00am

The Oscar-winner's new movie is set during an intense presidential race ... in Bolivia. She tells NPR's Scott Simon about her role as a legendary political strategist in Our Brand Is Crisis.

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Three Horror Classics Rise From The Grave For Halloween

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 6:03am

If you like ghosts, ghouls and witches, you won't find them in The Case Against Satan, Perchance to Dream, and Songs of a Dead Dreamer — their horrors are more familiar and far more frightening.

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Join Ussss... Join Ussss.... For The New 'Evil Dead' Reboot

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 5:40am

Tonight, Starz debuts Ash vs Evil Dead, a horror comedy series that continues the story from the cult hit Evil Dead films. NPR's Eric Deggans talks to stars Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless.

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Dramatist David Hare Says, Like Many Writers, He's Driven By Doubt

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 2:05am

"My ability to see what's going on in a room or analyze what's going on inside a person comes from my own doubts about what's going on inside myself," he says. Hare's memoir is The Blue Touch Paper.

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Tainted Treats: Racism And The Rise Of Big Candy

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 5:06pm

Halloween's iconic candy corn first appeared in stores in the 1920s. The decade saw a boom in the retail candy business — and in advertising and production divided along racial lines.

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Do We Waste A Lot Of Pumpkins We Could Be Eating?

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Halloween pumpkins are nutritious and perfectly edible — if they haven't been carved and left outside for days. And yet we throw almost all of them away. Here's what happened when we cooked with one.

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FXX Celebrates Halloween With 'The Simpsons' Treehouse Of Horror Marathon

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 3:28pm

FXX cable network is airing a week-long marathon of every episode of The Simpsons annual Halloween show, "Treehouse of Horror." It will culminate in a full day marathon of all 25 "Treehouse of Horror" episodes.

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In 'Ghostly,' Phantoms Provide An Omniscient Point Of View

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with best selling author Audrey Niffenegger about her love of ghost stories and her new collection, Ghostly.

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Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:50pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's most recent book centers on a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's. Originally broadcast Nov. 12, 2014.

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The Kid's Book 'A Fine Dessert' Has Award Buzz — And Charges of Whitewashing Slavery

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 10:03am

In a long discussion on Twitter, one critic called the illustrations "candy coated images of slavery." The illustrator says these images have been taken out of context.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Back In Time To 'Empire' And Radio Voices

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 7:52am

We're taking a break this week while we pull off a live show, so we're replaying one of our favorite episodes — one that touches on Empire and the variety (or lack thereof) in public radio voices.

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'Our Brand Is Crisis' Stalls And Stumbles

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:21am

The political comedy Our Brand is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock as an American campaign strategist hired to work for a Bolivian presidential candidate. Critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

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So Good You'll Scream? A Cookbook From Horror Icon Vincent Price

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:21am

A Treasury of Great Recipes, by the famed horror film actor, was out of print for decades until this month. It turns out, Price was also a foodie with an "omnivorous appetite," his daughter tells us.

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Food Podcasts 1.0: These Radio Pioneers Had It Down 90 Years Ago

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 5:06pm

From the 1920s on, women broadcasters offered recipes, life hacks and insights for the farmer's wife. Like podcasts, their shows were often personal, off-the-cuff and right from the kitchen table.

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