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'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Is As Good As The First

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:44pm

The new AMC show is about public defender Jimmy McGill, who adopts a sleazy new persona as Saul Goodman. The show has the same tight plots, rich characters and delicious twists as its parent series.

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Cooking 101: Stanford Adds Healthy Eating Skills To The Curriculum

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:19am

You can graduate college knowing how to build a rocket, but not how to fry an egg. With help from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Stanford is launching a cooking program that aims to change that.

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Neil Gaiman Is Back To Mess Up Your Dreams In 'Trigger Warning'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:10am

"Consider yourself warned," Gaiman says in his introduction. Many of these stories end badly for the people in them. But for the reader, Trigger Warning is a haunted, bloody, twisted pleasure.

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A Few Wise Moves Lift 'Prudence' From Melodrama To Something More

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:03am

David Treuer's story of death and discord on an Indian reservation could have blundered into melodrama. Instead, the book dodges this fate by retracing its steps, revealing new depths each time.

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ABC Tones Down Author's 'Fresh Off The Boat' For Sitcom Audience

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

ABC will break an important boundary in television Wednesday night with the debut of Fresh Off the Boat. It's the first network sitcom in two decades to star an Asian-American family.

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Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:38am

The American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has gathered the work of artists who paint, photograph and sculpt winged creatures — underscoring their endangered existence and exquisite beauty.

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55 Years After 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lee To Release New Novel

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

The publisher Harper is releasing a new book by Harper in July — Harper Lee that is. It's a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, though it was actually written first.

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Drift Away Into The Not-Quite-Dreamy Logic Of 'Get In Trouble'

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

Kelly Link says the stories in her new collection Get in Trouble employ "night time logic." It's not quite dream logic, she tells NPR — nonsensical, but it has "a kind of emotional truth to it."

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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:42pm

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.

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Harper Lee Plans To Publish A New Novel Featuring 'Mockingbird' Hero

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:50am

More than 50 years after the release of her classic — and only — novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee plans to publish a second. The newly unearthed book, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July.

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'Karen Memory' Builds Up A Good Head Of Steam

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:07am

Elizabeth Bear's new novel makes thoughtful use of steampunk elements in a lively tale of brothel inhabitants defending their house against a rival — and in the process uncovering a political plot.

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'Funny Girl' Is A Book Made For Binge-Watching

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:03am

Yes, you read that right. Nick Hornby's charming, light yet thoughtful tale of the creative team behind a fictional BBC sitcom in the 1960s takes the pejorative sting out of the word "heartwarming."

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'Adventures Of Beekle' Wins Caldecott; Newbery Goes To 'The Crossover'

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:19pm

The American Library Association awarded its top medals to Dan Santat's tale of an imaginary friend on a mission and Kwame Alexander's story of basketball-playing twins.

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The Super Bowl, Shark Attacks And Monday Morning Quarterbacks

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:07pm

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson of Pop Culture Happy Hour sit down for a chat about the game, the halftime show and the adorable, adorable puppy.

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Bradley Cooper: 'Sniper' Controversy Distracts From Film's Message About Vets

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:44pm

As the film's depiction of the Iraq War has come under scrutiny, Cooper, who portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, says the discussion is moving away from "the fact that 22 vets commit suicide each day."

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Oprah Winfrey And 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Team Up For A Series

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:33pm

One of the most powerful people in television is teaming up with a top-notch film (and TV) director to create a new series based on the novel Queen Sugar.

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Sandwich Monday: Meow Parlour

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:53pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we visit a cat cafe in New York. That's like a regular cafe, but with cats — and the people who love them.

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Watch The Super Bowl Or We'll Kick This Dog: The Saddest Ads Ever

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:43am

After years of nearly naked women and crazy animals, the Super Bowl ads had a new theme this year: your heart, and how to break it.

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Reclusive Author Takes Questions On Temporary Website

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:02am

Haruki Murakami is a best-selling author and constant candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature, but rarely gives interviews. "Mr. Murakami's Place" gives fans a chance to engage with the writer.

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Fast-Sprouting Acorn Challenges PBS' British TV Dominance

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:02am

The niche digital portal Acorn holds rights to some of the best-known British TV shows. David Folkenflik reports it's now streaming some of those shows on its own, in competition with PBS and the BBC.

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