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A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:01am

Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony (a type of flower). For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.

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At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:26am

Batman keeps avenging the death of his parents, but "it's not a vendetta, it's a crusade," says author Glen Weldon. "He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "

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Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:03am

NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

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A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:03am

Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

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Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Lifetime's general manager says the channel is trying to reflect "the true breadth" of America. It recently launched a reality show called BAPs — which stands for "Black American Prince or Princess."

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Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles — playing a haggard German intelligence agent in the film adaptation of the John le Carré spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 4:09pm

3M employee Art Fry had a problem: When he sang with his church choir, his paper bookmarks fell out of his hymnal. Thankfully for Fry, his coworker Spencer Silver had a new adhesive in the works.

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Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 9:15am

Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.

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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

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Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

At the Library of Congress' Mostly Lost workshop, viewers are encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might put a name to an unidentified film.

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We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:30am

The cosplay community has descended on the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They're the dedicated folks who create lovingly accurate costume reproductions of their favorite fictional characters.

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Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:09am

Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.

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Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:34am

The Santa Fe Indian Market returns to New Mexico in August for the 93rd time. But this time, there's competition — a new event showcasing Native American artists has set up shop down the street.

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Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:01pm

We've invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called "Fuggedaboutit!"

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In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:32pm

Allen doesn't rehearse, and he isn't a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn't direct. He says Allen was a "very involved and meticulous director" while making Magic in the Moonlight.

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:42pm

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:39pm

Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

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