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Remembering Two Lives: Which Are The 'Real' Children?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:03am

in Jo Walton's elegant, heartbreaking new novel, an elderly woman remembers two distinct lives and families, in parallel timelines splitting off from one crucial decision: to marry, or not to marry?

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Filmmaker Brings Light To Roma, Holocaust Victims Lost To History

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:12pm

Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells the story of Roma Holocaust victims in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.

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Young Poet, Big Prize: A Conversation With The Sophie Kerr Winner

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:27pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Alexander Stinton, the winner of the 2014 Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary award. Stinton is a graduate of Washington College.

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'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:01pm

Rudolph's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think they succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

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In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:01pm

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure from his regular writing style.

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Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:02am

Fox's latest reality dating show takes a page out of the genre's trashy, dumb past to suggest that it found 12 women who believe Prince Harry is on a reality dating show.

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Book News: Politician's Story Of Growing Up Poor Wins Ondaatje Prize

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 7:11am

Also: Freegan, crowdfunding are added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary; Joshua Ferris talks to The Paris Review about the difficulty of naming characters.

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A 'Great Day At Sea' For A Brit Aboard An American Carrier

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:03am

Geoff Dyer's entertainingly cranky new book chronicles the two weeks he spent as a writer-in-residence aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, amid the buzzing activity of an aircraft carrier on the job.

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'Third Plate' Encourages A More Inclusive Eating Pattern

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 5:55am

Renee Montagne talks to chef and author Dan Barber about new book The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

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The Winding Stories Of A Quintessential American Spy

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

Among his colleagues at the CIA, Robert Ames was considered the quintessential spy. Integral in the Oslo Peace Accords, the late secret agent is now the subject of Kai Bird's book, The Good Spy.

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Book Review: 'Abide'

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews the posthomously published poetry collection Abide, by Jake Adam York.

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Sandwich Monday: The White Castle Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:52pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the latest bewaffled breakfast item: the White Castle Waffle Breakfast Sandwich.

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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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