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'Frontcountry' Wanders Through A Changing American West

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 9:09am

Photographer Lucas Foglia spent seven years jumping from town to town, from New Mexico to Montana. He creates a collage of life and landscape in his new book, Frontcountry.

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Stories Of Loss, Brightened By Luminous Language

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 5:59am

The nine tales in Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck deal with death, tragedy and darkness, but the collection shines due to the mesmerizing strangeness of its extraordinary images.

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From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 2:51am

If you've ever been to a national park gift shop, you may have seen reproductions of these prints for sale. Of more than 1,000 originals, only 40 are known to survive.

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Obscure Producer's Clear Impact On 'The Dirty Business' Of R&B

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 4:22pm

In his short life, 1960s producer-songwriter Bert Berns made an indelible mark. He made many hits, but a changing industry brought tension to the studio, as told in the new book, Here Comes the Night.

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World War II In A New 'Light': Empathy Found In Surprising Places

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 4:22pm

The award-winning author Anthony Doerr's newest novel approaches old history with two unfamiliar perspectives: a blind French girl and a German orphan. He says WWII history is as important as ever.

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Jeff Goldblum Plays A Jazz Show Almost Every Week. No, Really.

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 3:21pm

Known for his roles in The Big Chill and The Fly, the actor hosts a weekly show in Los Angeles with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Among the songs: the lyrics to Jurassic Park's theme music.

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What Makes R2-D2 The 'Most Beloved Robot In The Galaxy'

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:57am

R2-D2, the robot in Star Wars, is the subject of an article in Smithsonian Magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to the author, Clive Thompson, about how R2-D2 became such a beloved robot.

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Talking Stick In Hand, Tom Robbins Tells His Own Story

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:57am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the irrepressible novelist about his latest book — a memoir this time, called Tibetan Peach Pie -- and why he hates being labeled as a counter-culture writer.

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A Literal Truce Over The Misuse Of 'Literally'

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:57am

Can we talk about the word "literally." NPR's Rachel Martin talks with David Haglund of Slate. (This piece originally aired March 10, 2014, on Weekend Edition.)

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At Home In The Strange Latitudes Of 'Man With The Compound Eyes'

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:03am

Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi's new book, his first to receive an English translation, is a haunting tale of love, loss, millet wine and whales that walks a fine line between sci-fi and magical realism.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do When You're Still In My Profile Picture

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 3:58pm

For every couple who posts and shares loving photos on social media, there's the scary question of what happens after a breakup. Carlos Watson, co-founder of Ozy.com, talks about the concept of a social media prenup.

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'Bring Out The Gimp': The Man Behind The Mask In 'Pulp Fiction'

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 3:58pm

Pulp Fiction introduced a number of now-legendary characters, including a very mysterious one: the Gimp. Who played that disturbing part? When he got the role, he was working on kids' cartoons.

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The Bending Of Time And The Elasticity Of 'X-Men'

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 8:03am

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a time-travel movie, but not only because of its plot. It's also an experiment in how to continue a franchise without the potential complications of starting over.

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Eva Marie Saint: At 89, 'You Have More To Give'

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 6:47am

On The Waterfront turns 60 this year. It was the film that introduced Eva Marie Saint to the world. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the 89-year-old movie legend, who won an Oscar for her role.

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A Woman Of Action Finds Freedom In The Outback In 'Untold'

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 6:47am

The Untold is a fictionalized account of Jessie Hickman's life, a real-life outlaw on the run in the Australian outback. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Courtney Collins about her debut novel.

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Before She Was 'Girl, Interrupted' She Was A Girl From Cambridge

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 6:03am

Two decades after Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen is back with Cambridge, an unflinching, elegiac, quasi-autobiographical novel that takes us back to her childhood in the 1950s.

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'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:30am

Ryan Murphy — the producer behind Glee and American Horror Story — has adapted Larry Kramer's 1985 play into a movie for HBO. "So many young people don't know this part of our history," Murphy says.

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:28am

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:28am

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.

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A Look At India's New Leader, Through The Lens Of Literature

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 6:02pm

Narendra Modi is a Hindu nationalist and political outsider who won India's election in a landslide. To understand India's political history, author Akash Kapur recommends a book by V.S. Naipaul.

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