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Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:35pm

The comic tells Fresh Air that after Season 3, he "aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months." Then he got back to work. Louie is now in its fourth season.

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'Fed Up' Portrays Obese Kids As Victims In A Sugar-Coated World

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:08am

A new documentary argues that the food industry and government policies have pushed too much sugar on children and caused the childhood obesity epidemic. But the industry says society is to blame.

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New Sitcom 'Unapologetically Embraces' Asian-American Family Life

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:05am

Fresh Off the Boat will be one of the first network sitcoms in decades to feature an Asian-American cast. Critic Jeff Yang, whose son plays the lead, talks with host Michel Martin.

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TV Networks Double Down On Diversity This Fall

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:04am

Many new shows this fall feature diverse casts or a person of color in a leading role. But will people actually tune in? NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans weighs in.

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'New York Times' Upheaval: Is This A Barack Vs. Hillary Moment?

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:03am

The New York Times has fired Jill Abramson, making Dean Baquet the paper's first African-American executive editor. The move has sparked a debate about newsroom diversity and 'editing while female.'

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Gordon Willis, Cinematographer Who Gave Woody Allen Films Their Look, Dies

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 8:53am

He shot eight films with Woody Allen and was particularly known for his work on dark films of the 1970s, such as the Godfather series. Wills was dubbed the "Prince of Darkness" for his use of shadows.

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Book News: Novel Mocking Literary Prizes Wins Literary Prize

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 6:33am

Also: Jennifer Weiner on blurb inflation; the best books coming out this week.

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If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:22am

Grownups might not "get it," but subjects like bugs and poop can make history lessons a little more palatable for middle schoolers. Author Sarah Albee says she writes books for her inner 12 year old.

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A Big Break Realized Amidst Fluorescent Lights and Slurpee Machines

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:00pm

For Terry Boring, he found his big break while working a dead-end job at a convenience store in Pittsburgh.

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Revolution, Fatherhood And 'Five Years In The Middle East'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 3:41pm

From 2008 to 2013, Nathan Deuel and his family lived in the Middle East. His new memoir about his experience is titled Friday Was The Bomb.

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What's In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla's Iconic Sound

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 3:37pm

The roar in the 1954 original was the sound of a leather glove coated in pine-tar resin being dragged over a double bass guitar. Each film since has tweaked the recipe.

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Putting A Face Behind The 'Sting Of The Drone'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to former national coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Clarke. He's written a new thriller, Sting of the Drone, a fictional look at the U.S. drone program.

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New Initiative Aims To Encourage Diversity In Kids' Publishing

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

A nonprofit organization called First Book is planning to buy up and distribute thousands of childrens' books in order to convince publishers that a market exists for diverse characters and cultures.

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Novel Humanizes The 'Hyena Of The Gestapo'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is the latest novel by author Francine Prose. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Prose about her novel, set in Paris from the 1920s to the end of World War II.

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Cat Bite Takes A Dramatic Chunk Out Of These 'Desperate Characters'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:29am

The action in Paula Fox's harrowing 1970 novel is set in motion by an unfriendly alley cat — but it spirals out into a multilayered and pointedly accurate portrayal of the dissolution of a marriage.

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In 'Clash Of The Financial Pundits,' Clarity For The Investor?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:07pm

Millions of Americans get their financial advice from high-profile pundits on talk radio and cable television. The new book Clash of the Financial Pundits looks at how they affect our investments.

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Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:07pm

Eugene Robinson, deputy editor of the online magazine Ozy, tells Tess Vigeland how Amsterdam is shaping up the red light district and about a New Orleans homicide detective who is an artist by day.

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No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 3:17pm

Actor Terry Crews has an NFL physique that's perfect for action films, but it's his sense of humor that's won over fans. Crews' revealing new memoir is called Manhood.

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Barbara Walters: The Original Peggy Olson

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 8:10am

Like her Mad Men counterpart, the 84-year-old broadcasting legend got her start as a secretary for a Manhattan advertising agency. That's not the only parallel for Walters, who retired this week.

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Late Director Searched For Mysterious 'Sugar Man'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul died this week. He's remembered in this rebroadcast of a 2012 interview with NPR's Scott Simon.

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