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Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 3:34am

Evil stepmothers, witches and crones: When they aren't poisoning princesses, they're mangling mermaids or trying to eat children. One writer traces these villains' roots to a fear of female power.

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After 40 Years, Dungeons & Dragons Still Brings Players To The Table

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:58pm

Michael Witwer, who has written a book about game co-creator Gary Gygax, says D&D does something that online games don't: It brings players physically together to participate in group storytelling.

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SXSW Pulls Sessions On Gaming Culture After Threats Of Violence

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

SXSW — the music and interactive media conference that takes place in Austin, Texas, each year — has a controversy on its hands. The organization has cancelled two sessions about sexism in video gaming culture because of threats of violence. Now the Internet news company BuzzFeed is threatening to pull out unless SXSW reverses its decision.

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SXSW Pressured After Pulling Sessions On Gaming Culture

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

The organization canceled panels on harassment and Gamergate because of threats of violence. BuzzFeed and Vox say they will pull out of the conference unless SXSW reverses its decision.

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SXSW Pulls Sessions On Gaming Culture After Threats Of Violence

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

SXSW has cancelled two sessions about sexism in video gaming culture because of threats of violence. Now BuzzFeed is threatening to pull out unless SXSW reverses its decision.

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'Hemingway In Love' Chronicles Papa's Romantic Regrets

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

A.E. Hotchner wrote a memoir of his friend Ernest Hemingway in 1966, though he left out several stories to protect those still living. Now, at 95, he's publishing them.

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Gossip Girls: Tea Parties And The Sexist Slang They Inspired

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 1:29pm

Tea drinking has long been synonymous with female tittle-tattle. Though men drank as much tea and gossiped as avidly as women, it was the latter who got stuck with the bad rap.

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Watch: 'Hotline Bling' Reaches A New (Odd) Apex In Video Mashup

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:18pm

In the past week, a video for Drake's song "Hotline Bling" has inspired both memes and jokes. A new entry has its roots in a fictional Australian high school with a gung-ho drama teacher.

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'Modern Girl' Carrie Brownstein Describes Finding (And Hiding) Herself In Music

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:17pm

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.

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'The Witches' Shows Salem Is In Our Blood

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 6:03am

Stacy Schiff's masterful history of the Salem witch trials shines a light on a dark period in American history. Critic Jean Zimmerman says The Witches is engagingly thorough and thrillingly told.

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'Pitch By Pitch,' Bob Gibson Shares His Life In The Game

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

David Greene talks with pitcher Bob Gibson about Game 1 of the 1968 World Series, when he struck out a record-setting 17 batters. Gibson details the experience in his new memoir, Pitch by Pitch.

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Lauren Groff Used 'Fates And Furies' To Bring 'Feminine Rage' Into Light

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

Drawing from experiences living in the South and wanting to counter older portrayals, the author of Morning Edition's latest book club pick sought to craft "a strong woman who doesn't self-destruct."

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Spoiler Alert: Latest Death May Spoil 'Walking Dead' For Some Fans

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:03pm

The popular zombie show has always been willing to bump off any character at any time — but critic Eric Deggans says a recent death (if it really happened) will have to be handled carefully.

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'Natural World:' In Which We Make An Expotition To The Hundred Acre Wood

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh is a new book about Ashdown Forest, the place that inspired A.A. Milne to create his classic children's tales. NPR's Ari Shapiro visits with author Kathryn Aalto.

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CBS' 'Supergirl' Reinvents The Classic Comic For Modern Times

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

In its first superhero series of the 21st century, CBS is building Supergirl around characters traditionally seen as sidekicks. NPR offers a peek at the new show.

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Fans Offer Legos To Ai Weiwei After Company Refuses To Donate Its Toy Bricks

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The Internet has exploded in support of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei after Lego refused to donate its toy bricks for an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

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At 81, Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:42am

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Steinem's new memoir is My Life on the Road.

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Fans Flood Artist Ai Weiwei With Offers Of Legos

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:36am

The Chinese artist says the Danish company that makes the toy bricks has refused to sell a bulk order for an exhibition on free speech. Ai says Lego is bowing to pressure from Chinese authorities.

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A Witch's Brew Of Fear And Fantasy: America's Tiny Reign Of Terror

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

Pulitizer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff's last book was a best-seller about Cleopatra. Now, the Massachusetts native is out with a history of a subject closer to home: The 1692 Salem witch trials.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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