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What's It Like To Be A Dictator's Kid? 'They're All Marked,' Author Says

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 6:39am

In Children of Monsters, Jay Nordlinger looks at the lives of, among others, Romano Mussolini, Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi and one man who claimed to be Hitler's son.

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Remember 'Beakman's World'? The Wacky Scientist Is Still Big In Latin America

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 6:39am

The children's TV show ran for just five years in the U.S. in the 1990s. But it's still hugely popular in Latin America, and a stage version of the show attracts audiences in the thousands.

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Share 'The Social Sex' With One Of Your Bosom Buddies

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 6:03am

In ancient Greece, philosophers denied that women were capable of friendship. Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown trace the way those perceptions changed over the years in this engaging history.

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The Crisis Behind '99 Homes' — And How It Fueled The Film's Script

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 3:06pm

The new film 99 Homes follows a realtor and an evictee during the 2010 housing crisis in Florida. Writer and director Ramin Bahrani tells NPR's Kelly McEvers of his firsthand research for the movie.

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'99 Homes', A Morality Play Built On Foreclosures And Evictions

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:33pm

In Ramin Bahrani's new film, a man forces others out of their homes in an effort to save his own. Critic David Edelstein says 99 Homes shines a spotlight on a "poisonous financial ecosystem."

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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:33pm

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Originally broadcast March 14, 2014.

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'Ingredients': An Eye-Opening Look At The Additives In Our Food

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:09am

What does diacetyl look like? And what's it doing in our food? A new book seeks to demystify 75 common food additives with striking photos of these ingredients and details on their uses and history.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Toronto International Film Festival And Our Fall TV Pool

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 9:53am

This week, a big fall movie update from Toronto, plus our annual futile effort to predict the future of fall shows.

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'What We Salvage' Is A Difficult, Rewarding Punk Odyssey

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 6:03am

If you didn't grow up in the punk subcultures of the 1980s and '90s, you might have a little trouble with David Baillie's new novel — but stick with it; the book reveals a vicious grace and honesty.

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Movie Review: 'The Black Panthers' Documentary

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 5:42am

Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan talks with Renee Montagne about The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Stanley Nelson's new documentary about the party's rise in the 1960s.

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Move Over, Dora: 'Nina's World' Brings Another Bilingual Girl To TV

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:08am

Cable channel Sprout celebrates its 10th anniversary with the launch of its first fully owned, original animated show, "Nina's World." Starring Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin, it's about a 6-year-old Latina girl and the multicultural neighborhood she grows up in.

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Two Men, One Foot, One Film: 'Finders Keepers'

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 4:08pm

A new documentary follows the story of two men arguing over ownership of a foot long separated from its owner.

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Horror Tries To Have It Both Ways In 'Green Inferno'

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 4:03pm

Horror auteur Eli Roth tries to both tease political correctness and salute old exploitation films, but it's not always possible to thread the needle.

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After Prank Calls, Russian President Putin Actually Chats With Elton John

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 3:38pm

A week ago, two pranksters called Elton John and pretended to be Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, the real Putin phoned the singer and proposed that they meet.

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The Big Question Behind 'Stonewall' Backlash: Who Threw The First Brick?

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 3:38pm

In reality, no one knows who threw the brick that started the riots; but in a new film, it's a white teenager from Indiana. One activist says that "whitewashes" the history of Stonewall.

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Director Nancy Meyers Makes Peace With Millennials In 'The Intern'

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 3:38pm

Meyers' new comedy stars Anne Hathaway as a CEO and Robert De Niro as her intern — she tells NPR that while there's a big difference between generations, her movie's message is "Be less judgmental."

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A Visit To The World's First Boozy Taco Bell

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:21pm

The first-ever Taco Bell to serve alcohol has opened in Chicago. We go and try the drinks, like the Twisted Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze With Tequila.

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Comic Jim Gaffigan On Stand-Up, Faith And Opening For The Pope

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:12pm

On Saturday, Gaffigan will perform for an audience that may include Pope Francis. A practicing Catholic, the comic says faith is a central part of his humor.

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'Not On Fire' Is A Poignant, Perplexing Twist On Dystopia

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 6:03am

In Greg Hrbek's new novel, a family is faced with an unsettling possibility: Their memories don't match up, and their collective past includes a sister and daughter not all of them remember.

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It's All Relative

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 8:04pm

This final round quiz is a family affair! All of the answers feature a type of familial relation. Pretty easy, Papa Smurf!

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