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Book News: Each Page Of 'A Drinkable Book' Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:03am

A "Drinkable Book" can be used to treat drinking water. Also: a new book claims to know the identity of the Zodiac Killer; why all books about Africa use the same cover image.

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Campy, Sweet Love Letters, Straight From The Kitten Basket

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:58am

Christopher Isherwood was in his 40's when he met the teenaged Don Bachardy. They spent the next three decades making up a tender storybook world, expressed in a new collection of their love letters.

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Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:02am

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

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For Geithner, Financial Crisis Was Like Landing A Burning Plane

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:34pm

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received mixed reviews of his performance during the financial crisis. In his new book, he says he did what was required to "keep the lights on."

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Sandwich Monday: Domino's Specialty Chicken

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:10pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new dish from Domino's. It's essentially pizza with crust made out of chicken.

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The Forgotten Pictures Of A Rock Photography Pioneer

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:02pm

Jim Cummins was one of the few African-American photographers to navigate the world of superstar rock, photographing everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Sonny and Cher before switching to sports photography. Along the way, he forgot about more than 2,500 negatives. As Andrea Shea of WBUR reports, some of those photos have now been digitized and displayed in New York and online.

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Louis C.K. Takes On TV Hypocrisy, Aiming Scrutiny Back At Himself

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:02pm

When Louis C.K. rejects a woman because she's overweight, she schools him for being hypocritical. Louis C.K. wrote the script, but the character pours her heart out in a way television rarely allows.

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Four Lessons From The Networks' Report Cards

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:33pm

Eric Deggans looks at the network upfronts, the moment when networks look back on what worked and what didn't work on the most recent season and ahead to the next one.

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Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:06am

South Carolina Representative James Clyburn's new memoir Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black shares lessons learned on his way from the Jim Crow South to a top spot on Capitol Hill.

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Asian-Americans Are Successful, But No Thanks To Tiger Parenting

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:04am

Contrary to popular stereotypes, Asian-Americans don't achieve academic success just because it's just in their genes. These students perform well because of community resources and teacher support.

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The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 8:40am

A visit to one of the greatest art museums in the world, a piece of engaging theater, and a book about Hollywood raise nested questions about art, commerce and love.

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Book News: Author Of Invented Holocaust Memoir Ordered To Return $22.5 Million

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:24am

Misha Defonseca's book described her adoption by wolves and her killing of a Nazi soldier. Also: an excerpt from Hillary Clinton's memoir, and notable books coming out this week.

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Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving Tax Guys A Headache

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:06am

These days more and more foods are straddling the line between prepared and unprepared, taxable and non-taxable. And that has left policy makers with a strange conundrum.

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One Collector's Plan To Save Realistic Art Was Anything But Abstract

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:23am

In the 1950s Abstract Expressionism was wow-ing the art world and elbowing Realism out of galleries. Art lover Sara Roby set out to change that, and a new exhibit celebrates the impact she had.

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'Stand Up Planet' Follows Jokes To Serious Global Issues

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:05pm

The TV documentary takes Los Angeles-based comedian Hasan Minhaj to South Africa and India, in search of comics who are bringing light and laughter to some serious topics.

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For Artistic Criminal, Breaking Rules Is Key To 'Creativity'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:05pm

Performer Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, says the difference between the average criminal and an artistic one is that the former takes and the latter gives.

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'Insatiable': One Woman's Love Affair With The Porn Industry

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 1:12pm

Asa Akira had a normal, upper middle-class upbringing, so why did she become a porn star? It was the ultimate fantasy, she says. What others have called exploitative, Akira sees as empowering.

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Portraits Of Mothers (And The Children Who Love Them)

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:34am

Mother's Day unfolds with a stream of stunning, emotional and beautiful pictures on social media. Here are some of our favorites.

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The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis C.K.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:36am

The new series of Louie is underway, and the schlubby everyman portrayed by comic Louis C.K. is confronting the difficulties of raising two daughters — and the possibilities of dating while fat.

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Director Richard Ayoade Holds Up A Dark Looking Glass In 'The Double'

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

In The Double, a man finds that he's been replaced by his own doppleganger, whom everyone likes more than him. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the director, Richard Ayoade.

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