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TV Wins At Golden Globes Hint At A TV Revolution

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:00am

Transparent, a show about a transgender man, won two Golden Globes which became the first wins for original programming by Amazon.

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Miranda July Balances Weirdness And Reality In Debut Novel

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:10pm

The director and artist says one of the challenges of writing The First Bad Man was shaping her main character's odd psyche. Then, she says, she realized, "I can always take it back if it's too much."

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Finding The Pieces To Form A New Nation

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 7:03am

For each familiar two-word phrase and name, take one or more letters from the start of the first word plus one or more letters from the start of the second word to name a country.

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Ellar Coltrane, Taking Notes On Life And Girls For 'Boyhood'

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:49am

NPR's Tamara Keith spoke with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who spent more than a decade shooting the movie. This story first aired on July 12 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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This Weekend, Visit San Francisco's Famed Forbidden City In 'China Dolls'

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:49am

In this installment of Weekend Reads, Jean Kwok recommends Lisa See's novel China Dolls, about the unlikely friendship formed by three young women on vaudeville's all-Asian "Chop Suey Circuit."

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How To Revive The Worn Out Cliche

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:49am

Are cliches always tired? Not necessarily! NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Orin Hargraves, author of It's Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Cliches.

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After Silence, An 'Outline' Of A Life In Fragments

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:49am

Rachel Cusk's new novel Outline reflects the fragmentation of her own life in the story of a writer coming to terms with her dissolving marriage while on a summer teaching trip to Greece.

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'Golden Son' Is Space Opera That Doesn't Forget The Opera

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:03am

Pierce Brown's followup to last year's Romans-in-space epic Red Rising is bigger, louder, and bloodier than its predecessor. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it isn't perfect — but it is hard to put down.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Makes Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Make Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:36am

DISH Networks will soon debut Sling TV, a new streaming service for some cable channels with no cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says such services are changing how we watch TV.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:36am

Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network's new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.

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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:26pm

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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'Holy Smokes!': Rare Baseball Card Collection Hits Home Run

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:07pm

It's a sports appraisal record for PBS' Antiques Roadshow: A collection of memorabilia from the 1870s was valued at $1 million. The owner had been expecting more like $5,000 or $10,000.

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Eyes Of The Courtroom: Sketching The Nation's Biggest Trials

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:07pm

You may not have heard of illustrator Mona Shafer Edwards, but you've probably seen her work: she's been drawing high-profile courtroom cases for years. She says behind every sketch, there's a story.

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Not My Job: Former CIA Officer Robert Baer Gets Quizzed On Bears

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:39am

Baer has written a series of books about the decades he spent in the CIA. His memoir See No Evil was the basis for the George Clooney movie Syriana.

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'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:15am

The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the challenges of portraying a genius. This story originally Nov. 8 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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Australian Cyberthriller 'Amnesia' Echoes Julian Assange Story

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Peter Carey's novel opens as a hacker's computer virus is unlocking prison cells around the world. He says, "Assange was the reason I started writing the book, but I didn't want to write about [him]."

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Skiing The Back Country Is Intoxicating, And Dangerous

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Two promising young skiers died in an avalanche in Austria this week. And two climbers are scaling El Capitan in Yosemite. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer.

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'The Galaxy Game' Is Rich And Strong As A Shot Of Rum

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:03am

Karen Lord's new The Galaxy Game picks up where her previous novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, left off — in a complicated galactic civilization trying to come to terms with a genocide.

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