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A New Card Game Asks, 'Who's Blacker?'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:56am

What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be blacker?

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Remembering Bill Walsh's Way With Words

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:08am

Language authority and Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh died Wednesday after a long career making other people's writing better.

'Swimmer Among the Stars' Infuses Relics With Resonance

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:00am

Kanishk Tharoor's collection of short stories explores the complicated relationship between language and technology. Tharoor's rich voice and immaculate craftsmanship both comfort and unnerve.

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In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 7:00am

The lightly seasoned meat and veggie pie, prevalent in the Upper Peninsula, is pure fuel. Popularized by Cornish miners in the 1800s, it's come to symbolize tenacity in the face of trying conditions.

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'Inexplicable Logic' Maps A Teen Boy's Complicated Mind

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 6:00am

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is as much a doorstopper as any young adult fantasy novel, but the world it builds is inside the head of teenaged Sal, who's struggling with difficult new emotions.

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Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: 'I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:37am

Menken scored The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas and many other Disney classics. He recently wrote three new songs for the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

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Movie Twins? Weirdly Similar Films That Came Out Within Months Of Each Other

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:05pm

Hollywood isn't a big town; everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Still, rival studios often face off, refusing to blink, in movie showdowns that didn't need to happen.

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'Get Out' Sprung From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:59am

As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."

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'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Says He Didn't Mean To Make You Cry

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:50pm

Fogelman says he was genuinely surprised to learn that his NBC family drama has a reputation for making audiences teary. "It was not the intent, nor something I expected," he says.

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In The Age Of Fake News And Alternative Facts, Al Gore Remains Optimistic

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with former Vice President Al Gore about the new edition of his book, The Assault On Reason.

A Blind Theatergoer's 'Hamilton' Lawsuit Aims Spotlight On Broadway Accessibility

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:28pm

The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.

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Why Pu'er, A Complex Tea, Draws Rapt Fans And Big Dollars

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:58pm

Grown in China's remote Yunnan Province, this legendary, fermented dark tea changes as it ages. Like a fine wine, pu'er is sipped, savored and collected by devotees.

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'The Vine That Ate The South' Blends Folk Tales With Southern History

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 6:00am

Rockabilly singer J.D. Wilkes hints at supernatural happenings in his novel about an unbelievable adventure through a kudzu-infested forest in western Kentucky.

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Author, Modern Love Essayist Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies At 51

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:18pm

Rosenthal won hearts with her children's book and memoirs — and broke them with her essay announcing her terminal illness, a Modern Love piece called "You May Want To Marry My Husband."

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Covert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:39pm

Hyphen-Labs is a group of women of color who are scientists, engineers, architects and designers addressing issues who have designed clothing that camouflages against facial recognition software.

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Refugees Are Turned Back And A Rembrandt Goes Missing In Suspenseful 'Heretics'

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:54pm

Leonardo Padura's new novel opens in 1939, when a ship carrying Jewish refugees is turned away from Cuba. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Heretics "spans and defies literary categories."

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'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:46pm

Technology is designed to be addictive, offering gratification that's similar to that of drug abuse or gambling. Author Adam Alter says a new frontier could soon provide another escape from reality.

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Matzo Makeover: Can The Bread Of Affliction Become A Snack Addiction?

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:26am

A pair of longtime pals are trying to cheer up the flavorless Passover staple by creating an artisanal matzo that (hopefully) jumps right into the market aisle with all of the other cool crackers.

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Cheech Marin On How His Famed Comic Collaboration Was Like Chicano Art

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:45am

Marin (who has been collecting Chicano art for years) writes about the art of Cheech and Chong's comedy in Cheech Is Not My Real Name ... But Don't Call Me Chong!

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How Lemonade Helped Paris Fend Off Plague And Other Surprising 'Food Fights'

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 6:00am

Tom Nealon's new book searches through patchy historical records to trace subjects like how chocolate helped lead to war in the Caribbean, or the role a grain fungus played in the Crusades.

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