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Three Protesters, One 'Square': Film Goes Inside Egypt's Revolution

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:00pm

As we approach the third anniversary of the demonstrations in Egypt, Fresh Air critic John Powers reviews a documentary that captures the story of Cairo's Tahrir Square. He says the film "is less a final reckoning than an exciting bulletin from the frontlines of an unfinished revolution."

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As A Latina, Sonia Sotomayor Says, 'You Have To Work Harder'

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:00pm

The Supreme Court justice tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "In every position that I've been in, there have been naysayers who don't believe I'm qualified or who don't believe I can do the work." She's committed herself to proving those people wrong.

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Gates' Immediately' Became Emotionally Attached To Troops

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:00pm

Steve Inskeep continues his conversation with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about his new memoir, Duty. Gates discusses his personal relationship with the armed forces and the intense emotional toll of being secretary of defense at a time when the nation is conducting two wars.

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'12 Years A Slave' Wins Golden Globe For Best Drama

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:18pm

Shut out all night at the Golden Globes, the historical drama 12 Years a Slave eked out the night's top honor, best film drama, while the con-artist caper American Hustle landed a leading three awards, including best film comedy.

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The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 5:15pm

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.

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Lessons On Blindness, 'For The Benefit Of Those Who See'

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 3:00pm

Braille Without Borders was the first school for the blind in Tibet, founded by a German woman who is blind herself, Sabriya Tenberken. On assignment profiling Tenberken, writer Rosemary Mahoney had to face her own fear of losing her sight and challenge long-standing misconceptions about blindness.

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Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans?

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 2:08pm

The organization has unveiled its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards, established to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Some nominees are white, others of South-Asian or Latino heritage. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if that changes the meaning of the ceremony.

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The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:17pm

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.

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A's On Either End

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 7:02am

Every answer is a word that begins and ends with the letter A. You'll be given an anagram of the letters between the A's. For example, given "ern," the answer would be, "arena."

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The 'Lone Survivor' Tells The Story Of A Tragic Navy Mission

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 7:00am

Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of a mission in Afghanistan in 2005, where along with three other SEALS he was tasked with killing a top Taliban commander. His story became the basis of his book Lone Survivor, which has now been turned into a movie. Luttrell talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his story.

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Months After Marriage, A Military Wife Becomes An 'Unremarried Widow'

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 4:26am

Artis Henderson was just 26 when her husband, Miles, died in Iraq. Marrying him meant leaving behind the life she had planned for herself — and his death redefined her life all over again. Henderson's debut memoir is called Unremarried Widow.

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Caped Crusader, Or Cruel Sadist? Miller Makes One Fan Wonder

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 4:21am

Author Kim Fu has always loved Batman — at least, one form of him. Her Batman was moral, principled, triumphant: never cheesy or brutish. But Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cast a guilty shadow over her love for the character, because Miller's bloodthirsty madman shares an awful lot with Fu's favorite version of her hero.

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American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer'

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

In her new book, The Trip To Echo Spring, Olivia Laing investigates the role of drinking in the lives of six great American writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Berryman, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver.

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Bringing 'Dead Authors' To Life For Book-Smart Comedy

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Every month, comedian Paul F. Tompkins plays the late science fiction author H.G. Wells in hosting different famed writers (played by some of comedy's hottest stars) for in-depth interviews about their work, their personal lives and their anger at critics.

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'Osage' Hits Close To Home For Writer Tracy Letts

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 11:08am

Playwright Tracy Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, a story of secrets and family dysfunction. Now it's been released as a film, for which Letts wrote the screenplay. The story and its characters came from his own experiences, Letts says.

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Political Consultant Mary Matalin Plays Not My Job

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 11:00am

Republican Mary Matalin has just co-authored a book with James Carville, her Democrat husband, called Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. We've invited her to answer three questions about the best media errors of 2013.

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Healing The Wounds Of Memory's 'Impossible Knife'

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 7:00am

Laurie Halse Anderson's latest young adult novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, follows 15-year-old Hayley and her dad, who suffers from PTSD after serving in Iraq. Anderson says the book draws on her own experience of growing up with a World War II veteran father who still struggles with his war memories.

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Finding Flight In 'The Invention of Wings'

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 6:00am

Sue Monk Kidd's new novel, The Invention of Wings, is a fictionalized account of the abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké, and the slave Hetty, given to Sarah on her 11th birthday. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says Wings is a "textured masterpiece, quietly yet powerfully poking our consciences and our consciousness."

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Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 4:33am

E.L. Doctorow's new novel goes inside the brain of a neuroscientist trying to outrun his memories of disaster and the daughter he gave up. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that Andrew's Brain was inspired by his own memories, and by a recurring idea of a little girl hiding her colored pencil drawings from adult eyes.

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As Zamata Joins 'SNL,' A Look At — And Beyond — The Prism Of Race

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 5:26pm

Saturday Night Live recently announced that they were hiring Sasheer Zamata, the first black woman to join the cast in six years. For our series This Week's Must Read, author Danielle Evans recommends a book that can give readers an idea of how Zamata might feel: Get Down, a short story collection by Asali Solomon.

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