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FX's 'Tyrant' Drowns An Opportunity For Nuance In Stereotypes

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:48pm

The new series debuting tonight — about the son of a Middle Eastern dictator returning home — misses the mark with a pro-U.S. attitude that turns characters into caricatures.

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Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:30am

Also: The Moscow Times pays a visit to a secret Soviet erotica collection; a poem by late Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska.

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'Hidden Sea': What Happens When Fantasyland Doesn't Want You?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:03am

In A.M. Dellamonica's new Child of a Hidden Sea, a marine scientist discovers her secret heritage in an alternate, watery version of Earth — a place which adamantly doesn't want to be discovered.

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Exclusive First Read: You CAN Phone Home Again In 'Landline'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:45am

Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Landline, the new novel from Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell. Love, heartache, sitcom success, and a magic phone — did we mention the magic phone?

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'I Tradizionali,' A Temporary, Culinary Wearable

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:39am

Two Italian designers have come up with an ingenious and playful reason to put away your cookbooks.

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The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:26am

The designer and his lover, Pierre Berge, had deliberately defined roles — Saint Laurent was the fragile artist and Berge was the ultimate manager. A new film tells their story.

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Strange And Beautiful Love Stories Light Up 'Paper Lantern'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:21pm

The stories in Stuart Dybek's latest collection concern themselves with strong feelings, and sometimes with crazed longings. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer finds them "a little alarming, a little wonderful."

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Sandwich Monday: Burger King's Extra Long Cheeseburger

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:35pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Burger King Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger. It's like a regular BBQ Cheeseburger, but longer.

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50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:12pm

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.

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Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 8:07am

Two heavily political documentaries that played at the recent AFI DOCS documentary festival in Washington underscored the challenges of making a film that challenges rather than comforts.

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Book News: Prominent Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami Dies

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:22am

Also: Spanish police break up a suspected book-counterfeiting ring; notable books of the week.

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:26am

NPR's go-to books guru shares some "under the radar" reads. Several of her recommendations — including fiction, fantasy and nonfiction — will make you reconsider your definition of a map.

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Saving Lives And Surviving Paperwork Inside The LA County ER

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 4:09pm

Trauma victims and the uninsured alike pour through the doors of LA County Hospital. Filmmaker-physician Ryan McGarry's new documentary, Code Black, takes viewers inside the busy emergency room.

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With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:33pm

When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.

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Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra'

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

Ari Goldman created the Late Starters Orchestra for people who wanted to do just that. He and other adult musicians play in a strictly enforced egalitarian and non-judgmental environment.

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'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good?

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

For our latest installment of the occasional feature, Weekend Reads, novelist Alexander Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin about Maggie Shipstead's book, Astonish Me.

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Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

Several new TV shows this year revolve around the idea of a deadly virus that grips the world, destroying much of the population. A look at why the enthusiasm for these shows is so infectious.

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In Blocks And Bricks, A Minimalist Returns To The Gallery

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

Carl Andre helped shape modern sculpture in the mid-1960s, but his career was jolted when he was tried and acquitted of murder. Now he's the subject of his first major retrospective in 35 years.

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'They Came Together' Is A Terrible Rom-Com On Purpose

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:58am

The film lampoons every trope in the romantic comedy textbook. Man-to-man real talk on the basketball court? Check. Sad heart-to-heart with a bartender? There's that too, but not how you'd expect.

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'Silk' Luxuriates In The Bittersweet Pain Of Love And Longing

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:58am

Author Ru Freeman first turned to Alessandro Baricco's tale of a French silkworm merchant and his impossible love because it made her homesickness palpable. On second reading, it cured it.

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