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Pizza As Autobiography In 'Slice Harvester'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 6:03am

Colin Atrophy Hagendorf decided to review a plain slice of pizza from every joint in Manhattan — a project that evolved into a two-fisted memoir of his own life and struggles with substance abuse.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: Fantastic Four

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:07pm

Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.

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Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:37pm

Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."

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Music Journalist Chronicles The 'Wild Obsessive Hunt' For Rare 78 RPM Records

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:42am

In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78s. "You can still find quite a few of them around at junk shops," she says.

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Donald Trump's Policy Positions Lack Specifics ... So Far

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:52am

The billionaire businessman and GOP presidential frontrunner wants to "Make America Great Again!" But much of how he plans to do that is still a mystery.

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Dense, Fantastical 'Prodigies' Rewards The Patient Reader

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:03am

Angélica Gorodischer's episodic, lyrical new novel follows (in a meandering sort of way) the magically-tinged lives of a motley cast of boarders in a house that once belonged to a famous German poet.

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'The Water Knife' Previews A Future Drought Scenario

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 8:06am

A new novel, The Water Knife, doesn't take the easy way out but, instead, asks questions about the mutations of human institutions under the pressure of global warming, says commentator Adam Frank.

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'Hominids' Is A Deeply Human Collection Of Speculative Fiction

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:03am

Nalo Hopkinson's new collection mixes up her Afro-Caribbean influences with classic literature and historical fantasy. Critic Jason Heller says her stories dazzle with a hard-won sense of hope.

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The Kindness Of Strangers Connects A Poet To Her Own Grief

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:55am

Poet Elizabeth Alexander's new book is a memoir of her life with her husband, who died three years ago. During her book tour, readers began giving her keepsakes that helped her work through her grief.

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'Sense8' Is Getting A Second Season — Now What?

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:09pm

The elaborate, idiosyncratic Netflix series, created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, has at least one more season to spin its world-spanning story. Where should it go next?

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Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:36pm

Chances are, it's hot out wherever you are. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about movies that will help you chill out on a summer day.

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The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:24pm

Absinthe was a favorite of artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Perhaps that explains why a complex ritual rose around drinking it, spawning some of the most beautiful alcohol paraphernalia around.

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Coffee Dates And Dropped Cue Cards: Ted Danson's Path To 'Cheers'

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

The actor says he got his big break because of a college crush. When she went on an audition, he tagged along, inadvertently starting a career in cologne ads, soap operas — and hit TV shows.

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'Dark Days': Retracing The Steps Of A Heavy Metal Tragedy

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

When a stage diver died after a Lamb of God concert in Prague, singer Randy Blythe was arrested for murder. In his memoir, Blythe unpacks the incident — and why he returned to Europe to stand trial.

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Forget The Wreckage: Museums' Katrina Shows Look At How City Has Moved On

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

As the 10th anniversary of the hurricane's landfall approaches, art museums across New Orleans focus on how the city sees itself today. In other words, no ruins and no people trapped on roofs.

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Prince Compares Record Contracts To Slavery In Rare Meeting With Media

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 9:11am

Music icon Prince is worried about the future of the music business for artists, and his top priority can be summed up in one word: Freedom.

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Video Shows Unauthorized Visitor One Night Before Museum Theft

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 6:29am

Investigators have just released old surveillance video of the Boston Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in 1990, just before it was robbed of $500 million in art. They're asking the public for help.

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Straight From Diablo Cody's Life: 'Ricki' And Difficult Families

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 6:29am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with actress Meryl Streep and writer Diablo Cody about their new film, Ricki and the Flash. Streep plays a mother who abandoned her family to become a rock star.

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Things Left Unspoken Haunt Hard-Hitting 'Dragonfish'

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 6:03am

There are a few confessional speeches in Vu Tran's noirish debut novel, but what people write is more important than what they say: Anguished notes, letters and secret diary all drive the action.

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The Basted Egg: A Foolproof Play On The Poach

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:27am

This week in Do Try This At Home, we learn a unusual technique for cooking eggs. It's a cross between poached and over easy that gives you a silky, yolky sauce for huevos rancheros.

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