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Seed Librarians, Stone Carvers And Sheepherders Along The Hudson

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 7:00am

British graphic designer Nick Hudson bicycled 500 miles along the Hudson River valley, striking up conversations with local artists and craftspeople as he went. Those stories — from maple syrup producers, sculptors, boat restorers and more — have been collected in a new book, Conversations on the Hudson.

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From Muse To Outcast, A Woman Comes Of Age In 'Widow Basquiat'

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 6:00am

In her unconventional memoir, Jennifer Clement writes about the famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his relationship with Suzanne Mallouk — from Mallouk's perspective. Rebecca Walker says it's harrowing, beautiful and utterly riveting.

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People, Language And Controversy In The Headlines

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.

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Lessons On Addiction And Escaping The 'Death Grip From Satan'

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

In order to understand and to mourn the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon recommends reading The Night of the Gun by David Carr.

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In 'Poetry,' The Story Of An African-American Military Family

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

Many of Marilyn Nelson's most famous poetry collections are for children. Her latest work, How I Discovered Poetry, is a memoir about her own childhood, which was spent traveling around the country in the 1950s as the daughter of an Air Force pilot.

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Broken Age's Adventure Started Long Before Pressing Start

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 12:42pm

The new game Broken Age is an intentional throwback to the old-school adventure genre. But the story of how the game was made is just as interesting as the one it tells.

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Not My Job: An American Music Historian Gets Quizzed On K-Pop

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 11:00am

Peter Guralnick is the author of a number of books on American music, so we've invited him to play a game called "Heyyyyy, sexy ladies!" Three questions about K-pop — slickly produced songs and videos from Korea that are taking the world by storm.

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Jimmy Fallon Exits Stage (Just) Right

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 5:45am

Jimmy Fallon's farewell to 12:30 a.m. was, in the end, just right for him.

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Genre-Bending Novel Uses Body Swap As A Metaphor For Reading

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 5:06am

In Marcel Theroux's Strange Bodies, dead people inhabit new bodies and immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. Theroux tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I think that everyone who loves books has experienced the feeling of being taken over by another mind."

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Navigating Kitsch and Controversy At The Opening Ceremonies

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:07pm

The opening ceremonies in Sochi did little to dispel the controversies around the games, even as they served up some of the usual campy pleasures.

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A Reggae Romp For The Family, With Marley's Music At Heart

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:00pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Cedella Marley about her new off-Broadway musical, Three Little Birds. It's adapted from her children's book — which itself was inspired by the song written by her father, the late reggae superstar Bob Marley.

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In The Wake Of Tragedy, The Possibility of Understanding

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:00pm

Emily Bazelon recommends a memoir about facing the danger and squalor of addiction and eventually overcoming it, while Abigail Deutsche ponders the love story at the heart of Edward St. Aubyn's novel Bad News: The one between a man and his drugs.

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Wine Wisdom With A Wink: A Slacker's Guide To Selecting Vino

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:29pm

Bewildered in the wine aisle or staring at a wine menu? A cheeky infographic offers solid advice on getting the most bang for your buck, whether you're looking for wines to cook, date or get drunk with.

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Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:08am

Rapper DMX is talking about stepping into the boxing ring with George Zimmerman. But the Barbershop guys ask whether it would be better for both men to step out of the spotlight.

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A Typewriter In The Grass And The Beat Generation On The Edge

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:03am

Martha Woodroof remembers a trip to Lawrence, Kansas, where she found her way to a house, and a yard, and an abandoned typewriter.

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Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:00am

George Clooney's film tells the largely true story of a World War II squad of art experts assigned to protect European masterworks from Nazi theft and Allied bombardment. Critic David Edelstein says the film is engaging and earnest, but a little formulaic.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Watching Sports, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And Poisoned Wells

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 8:55am

On this week's show, we talk about sports, a great loss, and what happens when you find that your opinions are being influenced by others.

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Book News: It's The End Of The Story For Sony's E-Bookstore

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:26am

Also: Rachel Kushner on her reading habits; Dan Chiasson on Robert Frost; new awards from the Poetry Foundation.

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You'll Get Lost In The Haunted World Of 'Annihilation'

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:00am

Jeff VanderMeer's new Annihilation is the first volume in a planned trilogy about the exploration of the mysterious Area X — from which no expedition has returned unscathed. If they return at all. Reviewer Jason Sheehan calls Annihilation "strange, clever, off-putting, maddening ... and altogether fantastic."

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Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 2:27am

George Clooney anchors a thriller about a celebrated military unit that worked to recover and protect precious art and artifacts during the chaos at the end of World War II. NPR's Joel Rose reports on the mission — and some of the surviving members.

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