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Sundance Festival Celebrates 30 Years Of Independence

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 7:00am

The Sundance Film Festival is celebrating its 30th year this week. NPR's Lynn Neary commemorates the anniversary with Eric Kohn, the chief film critic for Indiewire, an independent film news site.

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'Lunch' Gets Boxed Out: India's Oscar Pick Controversy

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 7:00am

India's Film Federation chose a movie called The Good Road as the country's best foreign language film submission to this year's Oscars — but it didn't make the Academy's short list, and many say another film, festival favorite The Lunchbox, should have been chosen. Film critic Aseem Chhabra tells Lynn Neary that the federation is quite secretive, and no one really understands its process.

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One Last Tale Of The City In 'Anna Madrigal'

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 4:32am

Armistead Maupin's famous series Tales of the City winds down with one last story about Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane. Maupin tells NPR the series originally grew out of his attempts to write a nonfiction piece about the heterosexual pickup scene at his local Safeway.

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A Strange Composition: Classical Music Meets Bioterror In 'Orfeo'

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:25pm

Richard Powers' new novel tells the story of an avant-garde classical composer who finds himself dabbling in DNA. He "gets obsessed with finding music inside of living things," Powers explains, and, as a fugitive, ends up leading officials on a low-speed chase.

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For Cheating Husbands, A Little Dose Of Revenge

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:00pm

On Tuesday, France's president held an uncomfortable news conference, beginning with a question about his personal life. Rumor has it he's been cheating on the French first lady with a younger actress. In light of this affair, author Sarah Wendell recommends revisiting an old classic: The First Wives Club.

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Rachel Joyce's 'Perfect' A Flawed, But Hopeful Novel

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Rachel Joyce's new novel offers two parallel narratives: the 1972 story of Byron, an anxious schoolboy, and the present-day account of Jim, a supermarket worker who has spent most of his life in institutional care. But critic Ellah Allfrey says that the novel is made up of two distinct and unequal parts.

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You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:37pm

Someone wants to sell you a bouquet of flowers inspired by the least romantic thing on TV.

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Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:32pm

The latest sign that artificially sweetened, no-calorie drinks may not be helping in the battle of the bulge? Heavier-set people who choose diet beverages are making up the calorie gap at meal and snack times, researchers report.

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Did Author Amiri Baraka 'Remix' Who He Was?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:00am

Author Amiri Baraka sparked a lot of controversy with his writings — and those controversies were reignited with his recent passing. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and professor Mark Anthony Neal about Baraka's divisive career, and where he belongs in the larger context of American literature.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:24am

On this week's show, we chat about the Golden Globes, both as a ceremony and as a marker of quality (...maybe). We identify some of our cultural anti-blind-spots, and run down what's making us happy this week.

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Wordless News: Trademarking The Cronut

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 8:53am

Every day this week, illustrator Maria Fabrizio will be creating an illustration inspired by a story she hears on Morning Edition. Today, she drew a pictured about a croissant-doughnut hybrid finally making it official.

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Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 7:20am

The omnibus spending bill approved by the Senate Thursday night contains language banning funding for USDA inspections of slaughterhouses for horses. That effectively stops plans to restart the slaughter of horses in the U.S. to export their meat abroad.

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Book News: Hilary Mantel's New Book Reportedly Will Star Margaret Thatcher

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:15am

Also: Two unpublished novels from Stella Gibbons; a new study find that "print remains the foundation of Americans' reading habits"; Elias Muhanna on the torching of a library in Lebanon.

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You Might Need To Be A Scientist To Understand 'Andrew's Brain'

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:00am

E.L. Doctorow's new novel Andrew's Brain takes the reader deep into the mind of a cognitive scientist who's struggling with both scientific questions and personal tragedy. Critic Heller McAlpin says the book, which takes the form of Andrew's monologue to a doctor, is "a real head-scratcher."

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Can Ordinary People Become Leaders?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Seth Godin says the Internet has revived the idea of tribes based on shared values and gives ordinary people the power to lead.

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Have You Changed Someone's Life Without Realizing It?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Drew Dudley calls on us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.

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Can Grandmothers Change The World?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Bunker Roy shares stories from a school in India that equips rural women for leadership by training them to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors.

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How Do We Cultivate Women Leaders?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead.

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How Do Leaders Deal With Failure?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines.

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Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

What began as little more than a glorified metronome has worked its way into bedroom studios and state-of-the-art recording facilities alike. A new book chronicles the history and influence of the drum machine in all its wood- and plastic-paneled glory.

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