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100 Years Later, What's The Legacy Of 'Birth Of A Nation'?

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 4:56pm

D.W. Griffith's film premiered in Los Angeles a century ago Sunday. In many ways, the movie — three hours of racist propaganda — was the beginning of Hollywood.

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Live-Blogging The Grammy Awards

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 4:18pm

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson get together for the seventh time to live blog the Grammy Awards.

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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 3:54pm

Reggie Love went from playing sports at Duke to working as Barack Obama's personal assistant. His new memoir, Power Forward, describes what he learned on the campaign trail and in the White House.

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Stories That Must Be Told In 'My Documents'

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 9:10am

Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra's new story collection shows off his exacting eye, comic timing and powers of description; critic Juan Vidal says the narratives flow like a glass of cool water.

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Two Is Company, Three Is A Crowd

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 7:01am

For each familiar two-word phrase, use the first three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the second word to start two other words that have opposite meanings of each other.

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Christian Grey Began His Fictional Career As A Vampire

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:34am

Fifty Shades of Grey started out as fan fiction for the young adult series, Twilight, and morphed into a racy tale about a kinky billionaire.

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Black And Female In Jim Crow Era, A Reporter In Kansas City's 'Vine'

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:34am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with LaShonda Katrice Barnett about her new novel, Jam! On the Vine. It follows a black journalist in Kansas City in the aftermath of the Civil War.

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What Do We Do 'In The Shadows?' Dishes, Mostly

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 4:48am

Jemaine Clement, famed Flight of the Conchords member, is now a vampire. He and co-star/director Taika Waititi play squabbling bloodsucker flatmates in the new mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

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Ornery Artist's Hand-Lettered Screeds Helped Him Keep The World At Bay

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 4:47am

Jesse Howard filled his property with signs that proclaimed his disappointment with the world. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis recently opened the first comprehensive survey of his work.

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From Touchdowns To Takeoff: Engineer-Athlete Soared To Space

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 5:48pm

When Leland Melvin pulled his hamstring during practice with the Dallas Cowboys, his NFL career was over. So he did the next logical thing: He joined NASA and became an astronaut.

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'War Rugs' Reflect Afghanistan's Long History With Conflict

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:49pm

Afghanistan has suffered through decades of war. The modern history of violence has seeped into the nation's ancient art of rug making — rugs now feature imagery of tanks, AK-47s and U.S. drones.

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We Went From Hunter-Gatherers To Space Explorers, But Are We Happier?

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:15pm

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari packs the history of humanity into 400 pages. "In some areas we've done amazingly well," the historian says. "In other areas we've done amazingly bad."

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Reforming Prisoners Through Poetry

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:03pm

For the last 40 years, poet Richard Shelton has been helping prisoners in Arizona reclaim their humanity. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Shelton about his work.

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Adnan Syed, Subject Of 'Serial' Podcast, Granted Appeal

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 12:48pm

Syed was convicted in 2000 of murdering his ex-girlfriend. In October, a series of podcasts produced by the makers of This American Life re-examined his case and raised questions about his guilt.

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Not My Job: Fashion Guru Simon Doonan Gets Quizzed On Microsoft Windows

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:12am

Doonan got his start designing the famous display windows at the Barneys clothing boutique in New York. So we'll ask him three questions about another sort of windows — Microsoft Windows.

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Gauguin Painting Reportedly Fetches Record $300 Million

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 9:10am

The oil-on-canvas entitled Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was produced in 1892 during the first of two trips to Polynesia by the French Post-Impressionist.

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For Black History Month, Letters To Reveal And Inspire

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 9:03am

February is Black History Month — but it's also a month to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. K. Tempest Bradford examines the overlap, and recommends some good historical letter collections.

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Family Flees To 'Schitt's Creek' — That's 'Schitt' With An H

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Eugene Levy and his son, Daniel Levy, star in Schitt's Creek on the CBC and Pop TV. The Levys talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the comedy, family dynamics and what it's like to work together.

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Grammys Show Producer Explains The Origin Of Onstage Mashups

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift are just a few of the musicians up for Grammy Awards. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the executive producer of the award show, Ken Ehrlich.

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An Expansive View Of Vietnam In 'She Weeps Each Time You're Born'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Poet and author Quan Barry — born in Vietnam but raised in America — says she wants her new novel to help get rid of some of the preconceptions Americans have about Vietnam as a quagmire.

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