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Go Fish!

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

A verbal version of the children's card game "Go Fish", but with groups of things other than fish. Have you got any Cavendish, Lady Fingers, or Rajahs? Go bananas!

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'Lovelace And Babbage' Is A Thrilling Adventure

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:03am

Sydney Padua's rollicking graphic novel about computing pioneers Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace transforms punch cards and little brass cogs into the stuff of legend, says critic Etelka Lehoczky.

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The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:25pm

Before the Khmer Rouge regime, a thriving pop and rock scene adapted Western music heard on U.S. military radio stations. The documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten took 10 years to make.

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Of Fruit Hats And 'Happy Tropics,' A Renaissance For Carmen Miranda

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:01pm

The Brazilian performer was a huge hit with American audiences who loved her outrageous costumes and beautiful voice. But she's been less appreciated in her homeland — until now.

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'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:49pm

Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."

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In Its Season Finale, 'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Still Wrestling With Authenticity

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:03pm

Its fiercest critic, Eddie Huang, whose memoir inspired the show, says his life isn't recognizable in it. What's "real" or not is up for debate.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:31pm

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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'People' Names Sandra Bullock, 50, World's Most Beautiful Woman

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:57am

The actress is the oldest person to head the annual list. But as Clinton and Bush race for the White House, the news seems like deja vu — a vision from 1992.

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Gift Worth $400 Million To Art Institute Of Chicago Includes Works By Warhol

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:43am

The donation was confirmed after the museum agreed to display the 42 paintings, silk-screens and sculptures for the next 50 years.

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Toni Morrison's New Novel Is Best Read With Her Backlist In Mind

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:03am

Toni Morrison has become a giant in the literary world, but reviewer Saeed Jones says that her latest novel can only stand with confidence when it has the idea of Toni Morrison as its spine.

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'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:03am

Molly Tanzer's grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse alternate-history Wild West full of talking animals and vampires.

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Remembering Pat Dowell, Longtime Film Reporter For NPR

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:52pm

Dowell filed as a freelance for the network for close to 30 years. She was interested in serious films — films that told stories worth hearing — and she was dedicated to telling them.

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Teaching Students To Hear The 'Music' In The Built World

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:16pm

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Now in her 70s, Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male dominated field.

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After 20 Years On 'The Job,' NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:25pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:11pm

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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Tea, Tao and Tourists: China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:54am

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.

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'Tangerines': Enemies On Neutral Territory In A Time Of War

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:07am

The surprise Oscar nominee for Outstanding Foreign Film tries to speak to common humanity even in situations of high conflict, but it struggles to make its themes feel real.

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'One Of Us' Is A Difficult, Unforgettable Look At Tragedy

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:43am

Journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book retells the story of Norway's Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.

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No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:51am

In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "... We exist in the middle."

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Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:32pm

Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there's a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.

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