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Too Much 'Word,' Not Enough 'Nerd' In This Scrabble Story

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:15am

Professional Scrabble fan John D. Williams' new memoir is chock full of interesting tidbits (like lists of important words with Q, X and J) but gets bogged down in tedious biographical detail.

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'Modern Romance:' Love In The Age Of Demography

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:03am

Aziz Ansari did a lot of demographic research — yes, you read that right — for his new book, and the result is an uneasy but occasionally entertaining hybrid of hard data and too-sparse comedy.

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'3 ½ Minutes' Chronicles Florida Murder Over Loud Rap Music

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:04am

A new documentary revisits Florida's loud music murder case. Michael Dunn, a white man, shot 10 bullets into a car with four unarmed young black men during an argument at a Jacksonville gas station.

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In 1846, 'The Jolly Flatboatmen' Did A Different Sort Of River Dance

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:43am

The painting by George Caleb Bingham became popular for its depiction of the 19th-century American experience. Now, it's the star of a new show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Amazon's 'Catastrophe' Isn't One — Unlike Some TV Rom-Coms

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:20pm

Amazon on Friday debuts Catastrophe, a comedy about an American man and Irish woman united by an unexpected pregnancy. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a wonderful, fresh vision of romance on TV.

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