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Small Batch: 'The Bachelor' Farms Iowa For Fresh Meat

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:48pm

A short edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour takes a look — somehow both rueful and gleeful — at the opening episode of a new season of the silliest dating show we can't believe we watch.

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D.C. Author George Pelecanos Writes What He Knows In 'The Martini Shot'

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:36pm

In his new collection of short stories and a novella, Pelecanos explores crime, adoption and writing from an African-American point of view. He says he's "aware of the responsibility" to get it right.

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'Descent' Is A Twisty Thriller-Plus

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 6:03am

Tim Johnston's suspenseful novel follows a family that begins to come apart after their teenage daughter is abducted during a mountain vacation. Critic Alan Cheuse says his heart is still pounding.

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In Spain, A Kingly Ring With A Hidden Surprise Wraps Up The Holidays

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 3:40pm

The roscón is a ring-shaped, citrus-infused brioche ubiquitous on Spanish tables on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6. It comes with an ancient pedigree and a trinket inside that will bring luck to the finder.

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A Place That Can't Exist Again: Blondie's New York

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:46pm

Chris Stein's photos in Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk Rock document a city that is barely recognizable today.

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Sandwich Monday: The Pretzel Dog

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 1:56pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pretzel Dog from Auntie Anne's. It's a hot dog, wrapped in soft pretzel and meditations on life and death.

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'America's Bitter Pill' Makes Case For Why Health Care Law 'Won't Work'

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 1:04pm

Journalist Steven Brill's latest book critiques the Affordable Care Act, which he calls "unsustainable." In the next few years, "something is going to snap," he says. "We cannot pay for this."

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From Patton Oswalt, A Movie Memoir That's Best Outside The Theater

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 9:02am

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt recounts his movie addiction in the memoir Silver Screen Fiend, which finds its best stories away from the theater.

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Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 8:08am

One consequence of the thousands of breweries that have sprung up? Just about all the beer names you can imagine have been snapped up. That's making it harder for newcomers to name that brew.

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How 'Star Wars' Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 5:25pm

The actor and comedian reveals in his new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, that he used to have a film addiction. Watching the first Star Wars prequel led to a realization that helped him kick the habit.

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TV in 2015: Late-Night Shuffles, Big Goodbyes And More

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 1:00pm

The most important TV events coming in 2015 include new voices in late-night, big goodbyes, online platforms picking up old shows and, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says, more of everything.

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A Winter Puzzle To Brrring In The New Year

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 8:04am

Given a clue, each response is a two-word answer with the first word starting with B-R and the second word starting with R.

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What's A Pirate's Favorite Radio Station? N-P-Arrr

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 7:03am

Every answer is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you need to identify from its anagram.

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Humans On Display In 'Hall Of Small Mammels'

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Author Thomas Pierce has a new book of animal-centered short stories, Hall of Small Mammals. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his book, which toes a line between the bizarre and mundane.

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In 'God Loves Haiti,' Clutching Memories When The Earth Moves

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

In his debut novel, Haitian expat Dimitry Elias Legér uses the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as a backdrop to a love triangle. Leger tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he titled his new book God Loves Haiti.

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How A Skeptic Learned To Love Meditation

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Fancy feeling happy in 2015? Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC's Nightline, has written a book called 10% Happier. He shares with NPR's Rachel Martin the reasons that drove him to write a self-help book.

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'I Was So Grateful For My Body': Jennifer Aniston On Portraying Chronic Pain

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

In Cake, Aniston plays a haunted woman who is suffering from debilitating pain. While Aniston is not actively looking for dramatic roles, she says "comedy and drama go hand in hand."

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:57pm

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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Remembering An Iconic Cartoon Voice

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Voiceover artist Christine Cavanaugh died last month. She was the voice behind characters ranging from Babe the pig to Chuckie Finster of Rugrats.

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The Zig-Zagging History Of The Number Zero

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Amir Aczel about his quest to find the origins of our number system and his new book, Finding Zero.

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