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Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?

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A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:08pm

Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at two very different films, both adapted from stage plays to screen by two very cinematic directors — Roman Polanski and Clint Eastwood.

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A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:45am

On this week's show, we chat about the ubiquitous buddy film and the matter of how culture makes first impressions on us.

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Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

The power of the placebo has been consistently proven in medicine. Magician Eric Mead extends that idea to magic, pulling off a gruesome trick that's so convincing, you'll cringe.

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Why Do We Believe In Unbelievable Things?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.

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Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

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Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

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Book News: Salman Rushdie Wins PEN/Pinter Prize For 'Unflinching' Gaze

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:41am

Also: an excerpt from Marilynne Robinson's next novel; the problem of translating Proust.

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In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:36am

Megan Abbott was riveted by stories of a bizarre illness that seemed to consume the town of Le Roy, N.Y., in 2012. Her new book uses pieces of that true story to explore the mysteries of adolescence.

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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:33am

Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.

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Hey Emmy Voters, Stop Ignoring 'Orphan Black' — And Other Suggestions

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Emmy nominations can be tough time for a TV critic — so much of the work of choosing winners is done in the nominating process, which ends today. Eric Deggans has a few suggestions for Emmy voters.

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Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:12pm

Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum full of movie memorabilia and fine art. But where? His hometown of San Francisco and Chicago, his "second home," are both vying for it.

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'The Last Sentence': A Man Making History, But Made By It As Well

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

A biographical portrait of the man who urged Sweden to heed the dangers posed by Hitler wisely resists the urge to divide us into gods and monsters.

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Justice Proves Elusive In The Sprawling 'Norte'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

Norte, the End of History examines the aftermath of a crime for which the wrong man is punished.

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You're A Little Flat, 'Boys'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

Director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys can be engaging and comic, but also often feels a little underdone.

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Writer, Wrong: A Complicated Road To Nowhere In 'Third Person'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:03pm

Paul Haggis revisits the multi-threaded structure he used in the Oscar-winning Crash, but he winds up creating a puzzle not much worth solving.

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Viewed In 'Third Person': A Puzzle With Some Tough-To-Find Pieces

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 3:12pm

A new film by Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis has drawn some scathing reviews. But he and actress Moran Atias defend the film as a puzzle — one story told with three sets of characters.

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