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In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 3:40pm

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.

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Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.

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Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.

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Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.

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Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.

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The Stories In 'Bright Shards' Glimmer With Empathetic Power

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:31am

The characters in Monica McFawn's short stories range from a gambling nanny to a butterfly-selling mathematician. Each story is full of carefully observed human detail and flashes of brilliance.

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Author Of 'Passages' Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:55pm

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.

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Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 9:14am

Since we specialize in asking people things they know nothing about, we've decided to ask Rick Steves three questions about the people out there in the world who have his name, but reversed.

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Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:34am

As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.

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Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:03am

For 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been a place for the hungry to feed themselves and learn new skills. Now a bustling social enterprise, it's inspired similar programs across the nation.

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Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:03am

A Little Lumpen Novelita is an intoxicating tale of a teenage girl who struggles to stay afloat. It cements Roberto Bolano's place as the most commanding Latin American writer of the last few decades.

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Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 4:11am

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.

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For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:26pm

Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns' "How to Like It" — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.

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Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:25pm

It's the start of the season and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 3:15pm

As The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography on how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.

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Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 3:09pm

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.

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A Detective's 'Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Gripping But Unsatisfying

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:43pm

In the '70s, novelist Lawrence Block created New York private investigator Matthew Scudder who chases extreme bad guys. Liam Neeson now plays the character the new grisly film directed by Scott Frank.

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Women Can't Make Sushi And Other Fishy Myths, Busted

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:05am

Sushi is supposed to be eaten at room temperature and right after it's made. So why are we buying out of the cold case at the supermarket? And where are all the women sushi chefs?

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How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:58am

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

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How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:58am

For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.

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