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Longtime Puzzler To Certified Wordsmith, In One Fortunate Spin

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 3:59pm

Autumn Erhard, a sales representative in Orange County, Calif., landed her big break on her favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune. At 30, she became the second person to win $1 million.

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A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 2:06pm

Lotte turned 14 in October; that led her father, Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester, to make a new "time lapse edit" of the images he has collected since her birth.

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'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 8:24am

Taking apart Mad Men has become a popular hobby among many Sunday-night analysts. As it enters its seventh season, it seems more self-aware than ever.

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Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:33am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Judy Greer about the pitfalls of semi-celebrity, as depicted in her new memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From.

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Media Should Reflect A Profane Society, Critic Says

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:33am

Swear words are generally a no-go in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Jesse Scheidlower, president of the American Dialect Society, about why we need more obscenities in our daily lives.

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Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language'

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:33am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Francesca Marciano about her new book, The Other Language, a collection of stories about characters experiencing new cultures and taking on new identities.

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Lovers' Relationship Is Online Only In 'Hank And Asha'

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:33am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with husband and wife film-making duo James Duff and Julia Morrison about their new film, Hank and Asha.

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Book Of War Photos Is 'Testament' To Slain Journalist's Work

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:33am

Three years ago, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed in Libya. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Jonathan Klein, co-founder of Getty Images, about a new book of Hondros' searing photographs.

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What Will Be The Next 'Game Of Thrones?' We've Got Some Ideas

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:11am

Epic fantasy fans rejoice: Game of Thrones is back on TV. But the series won't last forever — so K. Tempest Bradford has a few suggestions for cable executives looking for their next big hit.

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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 3:45am

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 3:45am

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.

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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

Nonfiction shelves are full of memoirs by people who can't actually write. They're brought to you by authors who suppress their own ego to write in a famous voice — in exchange for a hefty check.

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A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.

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With A Wink And Nod To Fans, Movies Roll Post-Credit Scenes

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

After-credits scenes have a long history in the movies, from the original Ocean's 11 to the latest Captain America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Alex Suskind about this cinematic trope.

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Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 6:03am

Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.

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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:05am

From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.

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Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:59pm

This week saw celebrations for the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the reveal of the Zunzeo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.

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Not My Job: Filmmaker Errol Morris Gets Quizzed On Mickey Rooney

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:53pm

Morris — whose latest film, The Unknown Known, is about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — answers three questions about Rooney, who died Sunday at 93.

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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

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