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Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:33pm

Mike Myers' documentary Supermensch chronicles the work of Shep Gordon, who has "jump-started" the careers of superstar musicians and chefs. Now, it's Gordon's turn for a taste of celebrity.

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Sandwich Monday: Taco Bell's Quesarito

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:05pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the brand new creation from Taco Bell labs, the Quesarito. It's a quesadilla combined with a burrito.

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Laverne Cox Loves 'Trouble'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:12pm

Netflix's Orange is the New Black is back, and Laverne Cox returns to her role as transgender prisoner Sophia Burset. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" feature, she shares her favorite music.

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Are Asian Men 'Less Than' In America?

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:10pm

After Alex Tizon emigrated to the U.S., he grew up feeling that Asian men were considered 'less than' in America. He shares his experience in a new memoir, Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self.

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These 10 Summer Cookbooks Will Make The Good Life Even Better

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:38am

Summer is the time for indulgence, whether that means lingering in farmer's markets, or partaking in some usually forbidden pleasures — the fried, the icy sweet, the charred and meaty.

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2014 Tony Awards: Audra McDonald Nets A Record Sixth Win

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:02am

Audra McDonald walked off the stage as the most decorated actress in the event's history Sunday night. Other winners included Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston.

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Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:47am

Sunday night's Tony Awards got off to a jumping start, but from there, they seemed to hit a few rough patches.

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Book News: Maya Angelou Remembered As Having 'The Voice Of God'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 6:19am

Also: Edan Lepucki interviews her agent; Karl Ove Knausgaard on the downsides of success.

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'The Farm' Is A Terrifying Break From Reality — Or Is It?

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:33am

Tom Rob Smith's latest thriller is based on his own frightening real-life experience with his mother's mental illness. Smith says he hopes readers will take away something positive from his story.

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A Boy And His Jaguar Speak To Children Who Feel Misunderstood

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:24pm

Alan Rabinowitz grew up with a terrible stutter, but he felt comforted by the big cats at the zoo. Now an accomplished jaguar expert, Rabinowitz tells his touching boyhood story in a book for kids.

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Filing For Divorce From The World In 'Eyrie'

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:57am

Tim Winton is one of Australia's most decorated literary novelists. Rachel Martin speaks to Winton about his new novel, Eyrie, where good struggles with evil.

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Words Unlocked Frees Voices Of Young Offenders

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:57am

Aaron Martin's poem, "Meth," won this year's poetry contest for youths serving time in correctional facilities. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Martin and his teacher, Kim DeForest.

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Should Adults Be 'Embarrassed' To Read Young-Adult Books?

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:57am

Who should read YA? Journalist Ruth Graham thinks adults should be embarrassed to read young adult books. She speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the criticism she's received for writing that in Salon.com

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Confronting The Challenges Of Traveling With A Disability

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:57am

Planning a vacation can be daunting, especially for people with disabilities. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Carole Zoom, a disability activist who's traveled the world.

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Disney Translates 'Frozen' Into A More Formal Arabic

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:57am

Disney movies are typically dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, but the movie Frozen has been dubbed into Modern Standard Arabic. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Elias Muhanna of Brown University about why.

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'Obvious Child' Tells An Abortion Story With Rom-Com Heart

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:49am

The film follows a comic as she gets dumped, fired and pregnant from a one-night stand. Director Gillian Robespierre says despite the film's dark opening, she always knew it'd have a happy ending.

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Capturing A Dreamlike Moment In 'Time Present'

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:48am

Weekend Edition is asking authors to recommend some great reads; the conversations kick off with Clever Girl author Tessa Hadley, who touts Irish novelist Dierdre Madden's Time Present and Time Past.

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While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:22am

Sunday night's Tony Awards will honor actors and actresses, but not those who create their elaborate coiffures. That's because the best in the business know how to stay out of the spotlight.

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'Take This Man': Uncovering A Mother's Reinventions

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 5:44pm

When Brando Skyhorse was 3, he and his mother were abandoned by his Mexican father. So his mother created a new story line for the family, identifying herself and her young son as American Indian.

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'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 5:03pm

Buttling — the proper term for what butlers do — is a booming vocation, mostly in emerging economies. The popularity of the PBS drama series Downton Abbey is helping to revitalize the status symbol.

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