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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:36pm

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.

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In 'Night Moves,' Filmmaker Dredges The Tension That Lives In Quiet

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:08pm

Director Kelly Reichardt lets her films live in the spaces of words unsaid. Her latest movie, Night Moves, is no different different; it's sparse and deliberately paced. She speaks about her work.

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Book Review: 'The Director' and 'Night Heron'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:08pm

Alan Cheuse reviews two new spy novels: David Igantius' The Director and Adam Brookes' Night Heron.

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Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need To Lean In?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:22pm

A new study finds storms named after women are less fearsome, it turns out, than those named after men. You know what that means: Time to give advice to lady hurricanes about being better hurricanes.

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Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:11am

School is ending, so what can parents do to keep their kids reading this summer? Our parenting guests share book recommendations for young readers, with a focus on Latino writers and characters.

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'Wait To Worry' About Challenges

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:08am

When his cancer went into remission, columnist Steven Petrow was overwhelmed by the fear that it would return. But it taught him a philosophy that helped him cope: wait to worry.

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'Kingfisher' Girls Will Dance Their Way Into Your Heart

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 6:03am

Genevieve Valentine's new novel, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, uproots the classic fairy tale of the 12 dancing princesses and replants it in the speakeasies of Prohibition-era New York City.

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'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 2:28am

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.

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'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:59pm

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.

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Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:26pm

The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books.

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Sandwich Monday: Caffeinated Beef Jerky

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:36pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Perky Jerky. It's dried meat loaded with caffeine to fuel everything from athletic pursuits to midmorning breaks in the office.

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'Raisin In The Sun' Revival: A Uniquely American Story Is Back On Broadway

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:07pm

Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in the latest production of the play, which debuted in 1959. The revival's run is nearing its end — and Jackson says she's "in tears."

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'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:48am

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.

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'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:48am

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

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In 'Fargo,' A Deaf Actor Gets His Chance To Be Wicked

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 5:05pm

An actor since childhood, Russell Harvard always wanted to play the bad guy. In the TV show Fargo, he plays a menacing hit man whose partner interprets for him — sometimes.

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'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:13pm

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he had been kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"

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Rick Springfield On Divorce, God And The Loch Ness Monster

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to singer and actor Rick Springfield about his debut novel, Magnificent Vibration, a fantastical story about a man with a 1-800 number to God.

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'Explorers' Search For The Source Of The World's Longest River

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Martin Dugard about his new book, The Explorers, which tells the harrowing story of two adventurers and their search for the source of the Nile.

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Maya Angelou, Foodie

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

When NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Maya Angelou last year, the activist, teacher and poet revealed another side of herself. Angelou said she was also a lover and maker of good food.

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Small Town Plots 'Grand Seduction' To Win Big-City Doctor's Heart

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 4:07am

Tickle Head, Newfoundland badly needs a factory — but first, they need a doctor. Cue the high jinks. Reviewer Joel Arnold says this dramedy has built-in appeal, but the characters feel too familiar.

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