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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:03am

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inwards and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:03am

Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit For Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.

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In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:29am

J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.

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Museum Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 4:02pm

Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces can be painful for children with autism. That often means missing out on museums. Some, like Seattle's Pacific Science Center, are addressing the problem.

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Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 4:02pm

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Funk Legend George Clinton On The British Parliament

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:08am

Clinton, the founding father of funk, is the creator of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. We'll ask him three questions about another kind of parliament — namely, the British parliament.

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Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:42am

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.

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Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me'

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:59am

Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:56am

Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver's Kohaku is still thriving today.

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Do You Have To Read 'Frog?' No, But You Might Want To

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:03am

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Mo Yan's Frog is not without issues, but still offers a thoughtful tale of a dark era in modern Chinese history, touched with humor and occasional magic.

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Sundance A Lab For Changing Models In Film, TV

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

Audie Cornish speaks with film reporter Steve Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times about the trends, breakouts and mood at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:35pm

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.

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'American Sniper' Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:13pm

American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.

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5 Surprises From President Obama's YouTube Interviews

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:49pm

The president didn't stray far from his talking points, but the questions were surprisingly candid anyway.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Broad City' And Required Reading

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:32am

On this week's show, the Comedy Central half-hour Broad City and the many hours we spent reading classics because we had to. (And sometimes wanted to.)

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Why Would You Share A Secret With A Stranger?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:29am

"Secrets...can be shocking, or silly, or soulful," says Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. He shares a few of the half-million secrets that strangers have sent him on postcards.

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What's Your Coming Out Story?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:29am

Equality advocate Ash Beckham offers a fresh story about empathy and openness — and it involves pancakes.

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'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:07pm

When the U.S. team beat the USSR during the 1980 Olympics, it was dubbed the "miracle on ice." Red Army profiles the Russian athletes and their place in the Soviet Union's propaganda machine.

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Some Glittery Favorites From The Miss Universe National Costume Show

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59pm

Every year at the Miss Universe pageant, things get a little bit amazing.

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Hostess Isn't The Mostest: Make Your Own Sno Balls At Home

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

When Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy, Jennifer Steinhauer started preparing for the snack food apocalypse. Among the foods she tackled was a pink treat she had no respect for — the Sno Ball.

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