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Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:12pm

San Diego Comic-Con is the sweet spot for immersive marketing, a form of advertising involving elaborate experiences that let fans feel like they're inside their favorite games, movies and shows.

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50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:12pm

It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.

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Back To Walley World: The Griswolds Go On 'Vacation' Again

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:12pm

The movie's co-director says the goal wasn't to remake the National Lampoon film, but rather "to bring it to the next generation." Rusty, the son from the '80s classic, is now in the driver's seat.

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Not My Job: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Gets Quizzed On 'General Hospital'

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 10:20am

Sure, he knows hospitals, but does he know General Hospital? We ask Murthy three questions about the long-running soap opera which treated 5,000 percent more amnesia cases than the national average.

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From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 7:34am

Almost 60 million Americans have a permanent disability, but the fashion industry hasn't tapped into that market. Activists and designers are trying to change that, a signature and a stitch at a time.

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Iconic Literary Road Trips, Mapped In Time For Summer

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 6:47am

The website Atlas Obscura has mapped out a dozen famous road trips in American literature, from Mark Twain's stagecoach journey to F. Scott Fitzgerald's drive from Connecticut to Montgomery, Ala.

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An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 6:47am

An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.

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Finding The Humor In Desparation In 'Samba'

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 6:47am

In the new movie, Samba, Omar Sy plays a Senegalese immigrant living illegally in France. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Sy about his own background and his transition from comedy to drama.

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'Sandman Slim' Is Urban Fantasy With Brains, Guts And A Blackened Heart

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 6:03am

This trip in the NPR Books Time Machine, we're rewinding Richard Kadrey's hardboiled supernatural noir series about a half-angel, half-human man who fights crime and occasionally saves the world.

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In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:35am

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Brandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.

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Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:34am

Herbs like za'atar and sumac have long been stars of Lebanese cuisine. Now they're moving out of the kitchen and into beers and cocktails, infusing them with a patriotic taste.

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Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:34am

Herbs like za'atar and sumac have long been stars of Lebanese cuisine. Now they're moving out of the kitchen and into beers and cocktails, infusing them with a patriotic taste.

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'A Gay Girl' Who Was Not What She Seemed

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 7:03pm

A new documentary looks at a blog ostensibly written by a Syrian woman that turned out to have an entirely different origin story.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:28pm

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Reporter and newscaster Sanders died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1964, she made broadcast history when she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E L. Doctorow

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.

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Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.

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A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Trainwreck' And 'Ant-Man'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 8:42am

This week brings two summer movies into our field of vision: an unconventional romantic comedy and a shrunken (in the good way) superhero adventure.

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A New York Hotel Room For Under $100. Yeah, There's A Catch.

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 4:21am

It's not really hotel. It's a van, parked on the East River. But it's cheap.

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