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Stitch This: Three Not-At-All Cozy Books About Quilting

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 3:36am

If you think quilting's just about alphabet blocks and pastel florals, think again. Author Tracy Chevalier recommends three books that showcase kick-butt quilters and the darker side of stitchery.

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'Brutal Youth': Three High Schoolers Fight To Survive Bullying

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:03pm

Entertainment Weekly reporter Anthony Breznican calls his debut novel a mix between Fight Club and The Breakfast Club.

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Holographic Chocolates Look As Beautiful As They Taste

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 1:17pm

Scientists have given traditional Swiss chocolate-making a colorful twist by devising a method to imprint shiny holograms onto the sweet surfaces — sans harmful additives.

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World After The Tipping Point In 'Pills And Starships'

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 7:03am

Pills and Starships is a dystopian tale set in a world ravaged by climate change. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Lydia Millet about her new young-adult novel set in the future.

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Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 7:03am

Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR's Scott Simon why Cuba can't hold on to its ballerinas.

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How To Train Your Dragon Sounds

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 7:03am

The Oscar-winning sound designer for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Randy Thom, explains how he and his team created voices and special effects for the dragons, such as the "fire sabre."

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Author Reveals Imagined Pop Icons' Letters In 'Dear Luke'

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 7:03am

Dear Luke, We Need To Talk. Darth is a fictitious compilation of notes and letters by some of popular culture's beloved characters. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with its author, John Moe.

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Eric Cantor And A Defeat Of Biblical Proportions

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:27pm

As part of our series, This Week's Must Read, Poet David Lehman recommends a book for those still surprised by Eric Cantor's political upset.

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Not My Job: Author Mary Higgins Clark Gets Quizzed On Writer's Block

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:09pm

The suspense writer is known for being enormously prolific, so we've invited her to come play a game called "I got nothin'." Three questions about authors who aren't so lucky.

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Charles Wright: The Contemplative Poet Laureate

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:03pm

Charles Wright, said as the new poet laureate, "I'll probably stay here at home and think about things." Wright offers one path to a rich inner life, something America can always use more of.

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A Tip From Ben Stiller: On Set, A 'Chicken' Is Not What It Seems

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 3:46pm

To kick off the series "Trade Lingo," the actor decodes terms distinctive to filmmaking. He shares the meanings behind such cryptic phrases as "10-100" and "chicken in the gate."

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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 1:58pm

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.

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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 1:49pm

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

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It's A Summer Sequel Spectacular With 'Dragon' And 'Jump Street'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 1:01pm

There are 16 movie sequels coming out this summer. Critic Bob Mondello singles out two that handle sequel-hood in vastly different (but successful) ways: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street.

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The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:59am

The most popular global sporting event, the World Cup, kicked off this week in Brazil. But the Barbershop guys are fired up about games closer to home: the NBA finals.

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Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:59am

In remembrance of the life of actress and activist Ruby Dee, Tell Me More presents an encore broadcast of Michel Martin's 2007 interview with the legendary actress and activist.

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Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:58am

President George H.W. Bush turned 90 this week. A new CNN documentary 41 On 41 speaks to 41 of his closest family and colleagues. Michel Martin learns more from Executive Producer Mary Kate Cary.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 7:48am

On this week's show, we break down the non-smash-hit (but really good movie) Edge Of Tomorrow, then take a reader suggestion to talk about noble flops we have known and sometimes loved.

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Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 6:54am

The delightful series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is getting a third season, thank goodness.

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Book News: A Q&A With IMPAC Award Winner Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 6:48am

Also: Alix Ohlin writes about the Swedish author Tove Jansson; Charles Wright speaks with NPR's Melissa Block.

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