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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:31am

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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When The Wedding Is Just The Beginning

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:03pm

The romantic drama Love Is Strange finds John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing newly married men whose lives are upended and whose spaces are disrupted.

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'The One I Love': A Marriage That's Not Quite What It Appears

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:03pm

The One I Love begins as an affecting story about marriage, but as it bogs down in too much explanation of its fantasy elements, it squanders good performances from Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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'Let's Be Cops,' But Then What?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:25am

A new comedy begins to experiment with power grabs as a way to soothe insecurities, but it's totally uninterested in the satire the material is begging to deliver.

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Playlist: Family Reunion

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:46am

These TED talks will remind you of the special connections a family shares.

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Mistakes In Medicine: Dr. Brian Goldman Answers Your Questions

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:29am

Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.

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Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:47am

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:34am

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.

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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:13pm

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

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Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:29pm

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.

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Playlist: Poolside Listens

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:54am

Dive into some deep ideas as you relax by the pool this summer.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:23am

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:51am

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:33am

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.

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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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