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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:39pm

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

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Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:13am

From Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy, two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:09am

The University of Texas at Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:46pm

Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.

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Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:37pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.

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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:55pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".

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Sandwich Monday: The Thanksgiving Hot Durkey

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we make our own holiday turkey — out of hot dogs.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:49pm

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:43pm

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:36pm

Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse Didi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.

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After Injury, Tony Little Told Himself: 'You Can Do It!'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:10pm

The muscle man with the ponytail was once on track to become Mr. America. But a car accident shattered Tony Little's hopes of competing. Just when he hit rock bottom, he got a life-changing idea.

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'Madagascar' Director Polishes His Penguin Voice

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:10pm

Tom McGrath, an executive producer of Penguins of Madagascar who also co-directed the first three films in the franchise, says he came to voice the part of the penguin Skipper kind of by accident.

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Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:39am

Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category.

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How John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:14am

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:14am

Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:03am

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

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Not My Job: We Ask 'Real Housewives' Producer Andy Cohen About House Flies

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 9:23am

Andy Cohen is host of Watch What Happens Live and also the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise. He'll play a game called "Bzzz ... bzzz ... bzzz."

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What We Learn When Find Silence

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

From NPR's Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.

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Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 6:03am

Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.

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