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William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:59am

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.

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What's Last Comes First

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:59am

For each word given, name another that can follow it to complete a compound word or two-word phrase. The last and first letters of the first word must be the first and second letters of the second.

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Foraging In The Office Fridge: Petty Theft Or Public Service?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 5:18am

A splash of milk for your coffee might pass, but helping yourself to a whole sandwich? Like any controversial office issue, the ethical lines that cut through the fridge aren't so clear.

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Foraging In The Office Fridge: Petty Theft Or Public Service?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 5:18am

A splash of milk for your coffee might pass, but helping yourself to a whole sandwich? Like any controversial office issue, the ethical lines that cut through the fridge aren't so clear.

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Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 5:00pm

Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.

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'I'm Perd Hapley, And I Just Realized I'm Played By An Actual Newscaster'

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 4:31pm

Jay Jackson plays the hilariously odd newscaster on NBC's Parks and Recreation. But before he was a fake anchor, Jackson spent 22 years as a real TV reporter — and he became an actor by accident.

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Not My Job: Richard Price (aka Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 8:17am

For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.

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Opera About Frida Kahlo Has Symbolic Meaning For Detroit Comboser

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

The opera Frida is being staged in Detroit. It coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, lived in the city.

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400 Years Later, Spain May Have Found 'Don Quixote' Author's Grave

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Archaeologists in Madrid may have discovered the long-lost remains of Miguel de Cervantes. NPR's Scott Simon asks whether or not the bones are his, and if they'll attract tourists to the site.

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One Man, New TV Show: James Corden Takes Over At 'Late Late Night'

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Come Monday night, CBS's The Late Late Show will have a new host: James Corden. The British actor told NPR's Scott Simon he's hoping to breathe some fresh air into late night TV.

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'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."

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'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From'

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

"A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.

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Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.

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The Beloved, Bickering Bridgertons Turn 15 This Year

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:03am

As part of our Time Machine series coverage, NPR romance guru Bobbi Dumas introduces readers to the rosy-hued Regency of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family books, some of the most popular romances ever.

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In Move From Web To TV, 'Childrens Hospital' Could Set An Example

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:55pm

Childrens Hospital returns to Comedy Central's Adult Swim for its sixth season Friday. NPR's Eric Deggans spent a day on set and reports on how this niche comedy is swimming against the tide.

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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:36pm

For the first time, scientists have estimated the amount of antibiotics pigs, chickens and cows consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

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#NPRreads: From Supreme Court Justice To The Notorious R.B.G.

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:02pm

For your weekend, here are four recommendations: How Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an Internet meme, how The Great Wave went viral, a profile of Hugh Hewitt and why 4Chan's founder walked away.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:01pm

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.

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'Seymour': A Loving Portrait Of An Acclaimed Classical Pianist

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:01pm

Seymour: An Introduction is an inspiring new documentary by the actor Ethan Hawke. It's about Seymour Bernstein, who quit a successful concert career at the age of 50 to become a piano teacher.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Adapting Books

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 7:46am

On this week's show, we read a book — specifically Nick Hornby's Funny Girl. We broaden out from there to film adaptations of books, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.

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