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'Wallander' Author Henning Mankell On The Catastrophe Of Cancer

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:10pm

The famed Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery novels was diagnosed a year ago — "a catastrophe for me," he says; since then, he's talked more about the disease than the drama of forensics.

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London Project Aims To Increase Diversity Of Filmmakers

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:20pm

Deborah Sathe, head of talent development and production for Film London's Microwave project, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the project's efforts to recruit and mentor diverse filmmakers.

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'Blackhat': A Classic Detective Story For A Brave New World

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:20pm

Over his years as a director, Michael Mann has taken on many crime stories. In his new film, malware is a central villain and the hero battles an adversary who resides in the virtual world.

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New Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:20pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Lynda Blackmon Lowery about her memoir, Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.

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Iranian-American Filmmaker Is Blowing Up, Not Being Boxed In

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 1:03pm

Desiree Akhavan wrote, directed and stars in the new comedy Appropriate Behavior. It's informed by her life as a bisexual Brooklynite, but the film, like its maker, defies easy categorization.

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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:21am

While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.

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Not My Job: Dame Edna Everage Gets Quizzed On Farewell Tours

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 9:15am

Housewife and superstar Dame Edna Everage is the creation of Australian comedian Barry Humphries. Edna has just launched her U.S. farewell tour so she'll be playing a game called "I won't be back!"

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 9:13am

It's happened enough that it's a thing: A stellar actor is awarded for a not-so-stellar role. Many feel it happened again this week with the Oscar nominations.

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United Noshes: Dinner Party Aims To Eat Its Way Through Global Cuisine

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:38am

A couple is cooking its way through meals from all 193 members of the United Nations. The series of dinner parties for friends and strangers is also a fundraiser and way to foster global connections.

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A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

In a frank new memoir, soprano Deborah Voigt reveals her troubles with obesity, alcohol and bad relationships, along with her many triumphs in opera houses the world over.

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Resurrections, Do-Overs, And Second Lives: A 2015 Poetry Preview

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:03am

After the troubles of 2014, critic Craig Morgan Teicher offers up a full shelf of poetry for a brand new year — offering no solutions, but full of ambivalence and precision, balm and fire.

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Can A 'Whitney' Biopic Beat Watching Whitney Houston?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:26am

Angela Bassett directs the Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston airing Saturday, but the project lacks structure and especially subtlety.

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Can A 'Whitney' Biopic Beat Watching Whitney Houston?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:26am

Angela Bassett directs the Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston airing Saturday, but the project lacks structure and especially subtlety.

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'Thieves Of State' Reveals Tremendous Power Of Global Corruption

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:50pm

Audie Cornish talks to former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes about how corruption can create the fertile ground for religious extremism.

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Julianne Moore: Alzheimer's Makes Us Question 'Our Essential Selves'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:26pm

In Still Alice, Moore plays Alice Howland, a 50-year-old linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Moore says she spent months meeting with people affected by the disease.

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'Still Alice' Is A Triumph For Julianne Moore, But The Rest Of Film Is Thin

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

The movie is based on neuroscientist Lisa Genova's novel about a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. While Moore is fascinating, the rest of the characters are half-formed.

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Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

Despite being the daughter of a child psychologist and self-help author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has spent her life recoiling from the self-help industry. She talks about how the industry helped her.

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Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:09pm

A growing number of food vendors are literally pedaling their wares. From baristas to veggie farmers, many say bikes are a cheaper, greener, more convenient way to launch their mobile food businesses.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Selma' And Dramatic License

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:37am

On this week's show, we look at Ava DuVernay's Selma, and then use some questions about that film to look at the issue of factual accuracy in historical dramas more generally.

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History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:08am

Lalo Alcaraz and Ilan Stavans' new book isn't just hilarious; it's also important. Like all good history books, it makes a point to say something important about the present and the future.

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