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Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 6:58am

Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.

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How To Catch A Chess Cheater

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 6:58am

Ken Regan could be called a chess detective. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the computer scientist and chess master whose algorithm reveals whether players are cheating at the game.

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Two High-Born Hipsters Are 'Almost Royal'

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 6:58am

Almost Royal is a British comedy series that follows the lives of heirs to the throne. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the show's stars, Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, who play Georgie and Poppy Carlton.

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Magically Romantic Reads For A Short Solstice Night

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:29am

At Midsummer, some believe the veils between the worlds part and magic's hold on us grows stronger. For the solstice, reviewer Bobbi Dumas recommends five books with her favorite mix: love and magic.

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A Former Prisoner Out Of Step With Modern China In 'Night Heron'

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:27am

Former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' new novel follows the ironically named Peanut, a former political prisoner who finds himself adrift — and then in trouble — in post-Tiananmen China.

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Not My Job: We Quiz A Member Of The '7 Up' Series About The Number 8

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:05pm

Nick Hitchon, whose entire life has been chronicled in seven-year increments as part of the British "Up" series, is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin.

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Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?

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A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:08pm

Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at two very different films, both adapted from stage plays to screen by two very cinematic directors — Roman Polanski and Clint Eastwood.

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A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:45am

On this week's show, we chat about the ubiquitous buddy film and the matter of how culture makes first impressions on us.

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Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

The power of the placebo has been consistently proven in medicine. Magician Eric Mead extends that idea to magic, pulling off a gruesome trick that's so convincing, you'll cringe.

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Why Do We Believe In Unbelievable Things?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.

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Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

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Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

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Book News: Salman Rushdie Wins PEN/Pinter Prize For 'Unflinching' Gaze

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:41am

Also: an excerpt from Marilynne Robinson's next novel; the problem of translating Proust.

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In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:36am

Megan Abbott was riveted by stories of a bizarre illness that seemed to consume the town of Le Roy, N.Y., in 2012. Her new book uses pieces of that true story to explore the mysteries of adolescence.

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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:33am

Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.

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Hey Emmy Voters, Stop Ignoring 'Orphan Black' — And Other Suggestions

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Emmy nominations can be tough time for a TV critic — so much of the work of choosing winners is done in the nominating process, which ends today. Eric Deggans has a few suggestions for Emmy voters.

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