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Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:09pm

A growing number of food vendors are literally pedaling their wares. From baristas to veggie farmers, many say bikes are a cheaper, greener, more convenient way to launch their mobile food businesses.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Selma' And Dramatic License

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:37am

On this week's show, we look at Ava DuVernay's Selma, and then use some questions about that film to look at the issue of factual accuracy in historical dramas more generally.

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History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:08am

Lalo Alcaraz and Ilan Stavans' new book isn't just hilarious; it's also important. Like all good history books, it makes a point to say something important about the present and the future.

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Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:20pm

The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story behind the 2010 book was all made up.

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'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Lead Oscar Nominations

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:43pm

The Oscar nominations were announced Thursday. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led with nine nominations each, followed closely by The Imitation Game with eight.

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Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:53am

Several Miami-area chefs are leading tours for Americans to experience the tastes — and farm scene — of the communist island nation. They hope to foster cross-cultural dialogue through food and drink.

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The Consolations (and Controversies) Of Philosophy In 'The Just City'

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:03am

In Jo Walton's new novel, the goddess Athene assembles a history-spanning group of thinkers and sets them to creating Plato's famed Just City — but then she makes the mistake of inviting Socrates.

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At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:20am

It was a good day for complicated male leads and the movies that feature them and a rough day for just about everybody else at the Oscar nominations.

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'Binary Star' Is A Hard, Harrowing Look Into Inner Space

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:03am

Sarah Gerard's new novel follows a young woman suffering from an eating disorder, and her alcoholic boyfriend. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book balances real-world issues and emotional punch.

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Tweaks To Cadbury Creme Eggs Not Going Over Easy In The U.K.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:22am

Now is the time when Cadbury's colorfully wrapped chocolate eggs hit stores in Great Britain. But the company has changed the chocolate used in the treats, and that's left many Britons "shellshocked."

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Nancy Grace Says 'Gone Girl' Satire Was Flattering, Made Her Laugh Out Loud

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:11pm

Gone Girl fictionalizes the controversial cable news star. "I did not go into this to win a popularity contest," says Grace, host of a true crimes and current affairs show on HLN.

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This Year At The Razzies, An Award Actors Might Actually Want To Win

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

The 35th Annual Razzie nominations are out — that not-so-coveted prize for the worst of Hollywood. This year there is a new category, the Redeemer Award, for those stars who have tried so hard and come so far.

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Amazon Gains Ground With Online-Only Shows

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

With the announcement this week that Woody Allen will write and direct a new television series for Amazon, the online retailer is now poised to be a major force in television.

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In 'Broad City,' Two Women Make Comedy From The 'Muck' Of New York Living

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:08pm

The Comedy Central show is about single 20-somethings who sit around and make each other laugh. Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer poke fun at New Yorkers' "sick, masochistic romance" with the city.

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The Daily Texture Of Life Becomes Art In 'The First Bad Man'

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:03am

Miranda July's new novel The First Bad Man defies neat summaries; reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls July "a master of the intimate weirdnesses of human thought," who treats dusty mental corners with care.

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Fact And Fiction Blur In Frustratingly Opaque 'Swarm'

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:37am

Fantasy master Michael Moorcock makes himself a character in his new novel The Whispering Swarm, but reviewer Tasha Robinson says the story doesn't fully satisfy either as biography or fantasy.

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Book Review: 'Sympathy For The Devil' By Michael Mewshaw

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:16pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Sympathy for the Devil, Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal by Michael Mewshaw.

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'Girl On The Train' Is A Journey Into The Lives Of Familiar Strangers

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:16pm

In the new psychological thriller, Rachel Watson becomes obsessed with a "perfect couple" she sees each day during her commute. When the woman in the couple disappears, Rachel decides to get involved.

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Small Batch: The Golden Globes

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:03pm

With an extra day to consider, we look at the Golden Globes and what, if anything, we learned.

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How Do We Grow To Like The Foods We Once Hated?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:27pm

A psychologist says we have to be taught to like chili pepper and other foods we may initially dislike. The experience of eating it often somehow converts what's an aversion to a preference, he says.

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