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'Nothing More To Lose' Forges A Connection To Palestine

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 5:53am

Poet Najwan Darwish's first collection to appear in English muses on identity, history and heartbreak. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's passionate, yet "so matter-of-fact that it stops the breath."

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Sandwich Monday: The Poutine Burger

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 1:45pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a poutine burger from the Chicago restaurant Spritzburger. It's the best of Canada on top of the best of America.

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:59pm

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

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John Oliver Does His Best 'Daily Show' Impression For HBO

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:44pm

In Last Week Tonight, Oliver mirrors both the format and style of his ex-employer at Comedy Central — but without commercial breaks or censorship.

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New Film 'All About Ann' Looks At The Life Of A Texan Leader

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:31am

A new HBO film, All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State looks at one of the most formidable political figures of her time, and the last Democrat ever to serve as governor of Texas.

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Book News: Tilting At Windmills? Radar Used To Search For Cervantes' Remains

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 6:51am

Also: a medieval manuscript of the Canterbury Tales is now online; the German-Jewish novelist Stefanie Zweig has died; some notable books coming out this week.

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Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 2:32am

David Greene talks to British comedian Eddie Izzard about doing stand-up in foreign languages, running far too many marathons, and why he rarely performs in drag these days.

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Fair Or Not, Getting Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:21pm

Pediatric nutritionist Dr. Deb Kennedy, author of The Picky Eating Solution, talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about catering to kids who put up fights at the dinner table.

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'Walking With The Enemy': An Occupation Poorly Rendered

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 1:57pm

While the Nazi occupation of Hungary is a story rich with possibility for storytelling, the ham-handed melodrama Walking With The Enemy is considerably less than it deserves.

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Without Life-Saving Pact, This Doctor Would Have Been The Patient

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 11:41am

At 17, Dr. Sampson Davis committed a robbery that landed him in juvenile detention. While there, he realized that if he didn't turn his life around and focus on school, he would die in the streets.

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Artist Ralph Steadman: A Nice Man, For A Pictorial Assassin

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 8:28am

A documentary about the British artist, known for his illustrations of Hunter S. Thompson's work, asks how such a warm and generous man could make such scary drawings.

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Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 7:03am

From drone strikes to the songs of the ancient caravans, the type of poem called landay reflects Afghan life. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Eliza Griswold, translator of Afghan women's landays.

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Like So Many Magazines, Ladies Home Journal Cuts Back

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 7:03am

Ladies' Home Journal, famous for its "Can This Marriage Be Saved" column, will no longer be published monthly. Instead, the magazine will be sold quarterly and will only be available on newsstands.

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To Guess A Poker Hand, Look At How It's Held

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 7:03am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Slepian about how poker players communicate the value of their hands through non-verbal signals. (This story originally aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on April 14.)

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First In, Last Out

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 7:03am

For each word provided, give a word that can follow it to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first two letters of the provided word should be the last two letters of the answer.

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Wise Words From Robin Roberts' Mom: 'Honey, Everybody's Got Something'

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 7:03am

In her new memoir, Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts describes her "somethings" — being diagnosed with breast cancer and a rare blood disorder.

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Kim Harrison's 'Hollows': The Good, The Bad, And The Bad-ass

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 6:03am

Kim Harrison's Hollows series is drawing to a close after ten years of supernatural shenanigans. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the books are fun reading with a solid core of strong female characters.

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Put Up Your Dukes: Romance's Favorite Rank

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:44am

Ever wonder why two-thirds of all the romance novels ever published seem to involve dukes? Romance author Lorraine Heath says we can't resist their historical celebrity superpower.

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How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 4:19pm

After a decade of witnessing death and bloodshed in five different wars, Ron Capps developed post-traumatic stress disorder. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right, chronicles his battles.

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In 'Every Day Is For The Thief,' Cole Chronicles A City's Reality

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 4:19pm

In Teju Cole's newest, elliptical novel, an unnamed narrator visits his native country, alarmed at what has changed, and at what hasn't.

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