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WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

In the 1940s, U.S. publishers printed paperbacks — everything from romances to Westerns — that were designed for battle. Molly Guptill Manning explores their history in When Books Went to War.

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'Pelo Malo' Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:28am

A new Venezuelan film explores racism and homophobia through the experiences of 9-year-old Junior, who drive his mother up a wall in a quest to straighten his thick, curly "pelo malo," or "bad hair."

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Best Cookbooks Of 2014 Offer Tastes And Tales From Around The Globe

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:30am

2014 was a year for far-away cuisines to take up residence in U.S. kitchens — cookbook authors cast their nets for flavors from Paris, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and points in between.

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The Annie Of Tomorrow Has The Same Hard Knocks, But Different Hair

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:43pm

The famously redheaded orphan is played this time by African American actress Quvenzhané Wallis. "The original Annie had a red Afro," points out Indiana University scholar Terri Francis.

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'Sons Of Anarchy' Ends As A Macho Soap Opera Often Anchored By Women

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:09pm

FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy airs its final episode tonight, capping a seven-season run. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says cable's most macho series succeeded by finding strong roles for women.

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Book News: Random House Promises Changes To Lena Dunham Book

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:57am

In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham accuses a man she identifies as Barry of sexual assault. Yet 'Barry' is a pseudonym — and the ensuing confusion has prompted her publisher to clarify matters.

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(Not) Eaten Alive: A Snake Tale, Made For TV

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:22pm

The show aired to intense interest: More than 20 million people watched Discovery's YouTube trailer for the special, in which naturalist Paul Rosolie said, "We're going to get me inside of a snake."

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Inventor Ralph Baer, The 'Father Of Video Games,' Dies At 92

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:20pm

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

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Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:10pm

Strong Inside tells the story of the first black player in college basketball's Southeastern Conference. Wallace says the hard work of integration is "a gritty, dirty, ugly business."

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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:54pm

The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal welfare plan.

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Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Also known as the Polish Tea Room, the Café Edison is a favorite of regular New Yorkers and Broadway stars and crew. Now, Jeff Lunden reports it's being threatened with eviction by its landlord.

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Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Also known as the Polish Tea Room, the Café Edison is a favorite of regular New Yorkers and Broadway stars and crew. Now, Jeff Lunden reports it's being threatened with eviction by its landlord.

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Sandwich Monday: Doritos Loaded

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:59pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try 7-Eleven's latest creation, Doritos Loaded. They're a vaguely Doritos-shaped fried thing stuffed with cheese.

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Spanish Artist Francisco Goya On Display In Boston: An Extraordinary Exhibit

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:01pm

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of the largest exhibits of Goya's artwork ever seen in the U.S. His paintings, prints and drawings range in technique from exquisitely refined to raw.

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Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:00pm

"No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."

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Book News: Doris Lessing's Personal Library Returns Home — To Zimbabwe

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:48am

More than 3,000 books from the British Nobel laureate's collection have been donated to a library in Zimbabwe, where Lessing lived for 25 years. Also: J.K. Rowling promises 12 days of Harry Potter.

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A Surprisingly Effective Trailer For 'The Last Five Years'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:26am

The trailer for the upcoming film The Last Five Years shows lots of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan singing to each other, because ... that's the movie. It's good, though.

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Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 5:35pm

Katherine Paterson describes the inspiration behind her best-known children's book, as well as tales from her childhood in China and missionary work in Japan, in her new memoir, Stories of my Life.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For Meat-Loving Vegans

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:05am

Brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch plan to open the country's first vegan butcher shop. Their goal: To free vegans from enduring yet another tofurkey holiday.

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