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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:18am

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:04am

Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.

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With Help From America's Test Kitchen, Why Buy When You Can DIY?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball about foods that are easier than you'd guess to make at home. Fresh Nutella or kale chips, anyone?

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'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn't half bad.

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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:24am

Host Michel Martin speaks with the directors of the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Both institutions are celebrating important anniversaries this year.

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Book News: Booker Prize, Now Open To U.S. Authors, Longlists 5 Americans

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:52am

Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.

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'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:03am

Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."

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Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Up until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films G, PG, R or X. But that same year some gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:33pm

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:22am

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

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What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:03am

In 1990 when the episode first aired, AIDS testing was still new, and myths and misinformation ran rampant. But Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia taught us that AIDS can happen to anyone.

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Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:29am

Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:03am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:00am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

Albert Paley's eye-catching gates, archways and sculptures frame transitions and elevate otherwise routine paths. An exhibit in Washington, D.C., is celebrating the work of the American metalsmith.

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Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:01pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Menage A Trois sandwich from Ike's Place in San Francisco. It features chicken with three sauces and three cheeses.

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This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:08pm

The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers' off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year's celebration.

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For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:53pm

A group of men in New York are challenging the stereotype that eating meat signifies manliness. Instead, they say that manhood can be proven by caring for the planet, not dominating it.

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