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At The VMAs, Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Play With Personas

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:25pm

On this Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the MTV Video Music Awards, which culminated in some epic Beyonce.

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Sandwich Monday: The Do-Rite Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:12pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we go off menu at a doughnut and fried chicken shop, and get a fried-chicken-on-a-doughnut sandwich.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:24pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her family members helped inform her characters. Originally broadcast Aug. 4.

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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:24pm

Meyers is hosting the Emmys Monday. In April, he told Fresh Air why he left Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon in February. Originally broadcast April 23.

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Playlist: Explore The Cosmos

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:49am

Transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away with these TED Radio Hour stories.

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California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:19am

It's still too early to tell just how much the magnitude-6.0 quake will cost the region, but it comes after a drought had already made things difficult for wineries.

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Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:39am

Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

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Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:29am

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

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Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:26am

In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

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Viewer Beware: Watching Reality TV Can Impact Real-Life Behavior

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:24pm

A new study finds that reality television shows like Jersey Shore and Real Housewives can make some viewers more aggressive in real life.

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In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 3:59pm

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.

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A Growing Backlash Against 'Amish Exploitation' In Pennsylvania

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 3:41pm

Locals in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — where the Amish community plays a big part in agriculture and tourism — are speaking out against reality TV shows like Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia.

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Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

Chief Inspector Gamache is back, in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.

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Feiffer Draws On 1930s Noir In 'Kill My Mother'

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. At age 85, he's written his first graphic novel, Kill My Mother.

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Elizabeth Moss Revels In Naive-But-Calculating Characters

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

The One I Love is a time-shifting-cosmic romantic comedy starring Elizabeth Moss. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Mad Men star about her new film and impressive career.

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The Emmys Grapple With New Formats And A Move To Monday

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

The Emmy Awards will be handed out on Monday night. NPR's Linda Wertheimer gets a preview of the shows and stars to watch.

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To Pitbull Fans Around The World, 'Dale' Is A Way Of Life

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 5:08pm

A word of encouragement or demand in Spanish meaning "go ahead" or "give it,"dale is the Cuban-American rapper's semi-official slogan, his perpetual hashtag, his "YOLO," if you will.

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Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:12pm

This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

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'Love Is Strange' — And Funny, Hard And Heart-Breaking

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:12pm

Love is Strange stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a couple whose marriage, after 39 years together, is the start of a very complicated story.

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Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of 'Bob's Burgers'

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 7:51am

The Fox animated show Bob's Burgers, which won the Emmy last weekend for Outstanding Animated Program, brings nuance and style to its female characters - particularly young Tina, who almost never was.

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