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Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:43am

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic 800-page tale of a girl and a cat wants to be the stepping stone to a new understanding of the novel — but critic Jason Sheehan says it's undone by too many parentheses.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:48pm

On this week's show: Pitch Perfect 2 is just the beginning of our summer movie preview. Plus, books and music make an appearance as we talk about what's making us happy.

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Yo Aca-Adrian! Elizabeth Banks Says 'Rocky IV' Inspired The New 'Pitch Perfect'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

Banks makes her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2; she talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about breaking into directing, the true meaning of a cappella, and how the Barden Bellas are really Rocky.

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Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:04pm

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."

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Bistro In Vitro: A Virtual Playground To Ponder The Future Of Meat

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:56pm

Dutch artist Koert van Mensvoort has created a virtual restaurant to help us imagine a future when alluring beef, poultry and fish dishes can be concocted with in vitro techniques.

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How Do You Get Your Colleagues To Trust You?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

How do you create trust? Management theorist Simon Sinek says it starts with a leader who makes people feel safe.

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How Can Couples Rebuild Trust After An Affair?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

Affairs can completely rock a marriage. But psychotherapist Esther Perel says that while infidelity can shatter trust, it doesn't mean couples can't find a way to rebuild their relationships.

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How Can Trusting Strangers Fuel An Economy?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

The new currency of this economy is trust, says Rachel Botsman. Companies that rely on sharing invest in what Botsman calls "reputation capital."

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How Does Trust Happen In Music?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust between conductor and orchestra, which he describes as a "miracle."

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What's Driving The Motor City Forward Now?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:50am

Six months after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, Michel Martin heads there to hear from the artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs who are shaping the city's future.

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The Women Pull No Punches In Fiery, Feminist 'Mad Max'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:49am

Mad Max: Fury Road reboots a testosterone-fueled franchise with some tough new female characters. Director George Miller says women were an organic element as he rethought the original movies.

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