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Old Shells, New 'Turtles': Tinkering With The Insides Of A Famous Franchise

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 4:01pm

The new take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is competent enough, but it lacks some of the goofy fun that it had back when the sewers were responsible for making all the trouble.

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James Cameron Takes The 'Deepsea Challenge' At The Ocean's Bottom

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 4:00pm

James Cameron didn't direct Deepsea Challenge; he's the challenger. And while the film has a surprisingly anticlimactic climax, for explorers of the bottom of the sea, it may hit the spot.

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Book Review: 'A Colder War'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Charles Cumming hooks NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse with his latest spy novel, A Colder War.

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Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:52pm

The new Cinemax show stars Clive Owen as a rude doctor in a New York City hospital in 1900. It may take a few episodes, but you'll care about the characters and their inventions.

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When All Your Steaks Have Hot Sauce: A Case Against 'Nebraska' In Color

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:15am

A color version of a Best Picture nominee originally shown in black and white raises the question of how much choice audiences are really supposed to have when they approach a creator's vision.

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Playlist: Stories For The Open Road

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 9:34am

Pack up the car, hit the road, and turn up the TED Radio Hour. These stories will entertain you as you get away from it all.

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'Seeders' Imagines A Pulpy Planet Of The Plants

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 9:03am

Sadly, critic Jason Heller says that while A.J. Colucci's writing is brisk and crisp, this eco-horror tale of sentient plants on a mysterious island is a great concept let down by sloppy execution.

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Why I'll Never Read Another Parenting Book

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:00am

Mother Samantha Schoech has had enough of the endless, contradictory advice. Sure, there's probably some good wisdom out there, but she's decided she's much too susceptible to #parentaltrending.

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Book News: Google, Barnes & Noble Team Up To Take On Amazon

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:37am

Also: Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will complete Nora Ephron's unfinished screenplay for Lost in Austen; finalists for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year are announced.

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'The Kills' Sustains Suspense Across A Massive Structure

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:03am

Richard House's 1,048-page thriller is a series of interlocking novels-within-novels about a British contractor who flees Iraq after being framed for the loss of $53 million in development money.

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Sandra Beasley Reads Her Summer Poem 'Ukulele'

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

This month, we'll be hearing from poets about what summer evokes for them. Our first poet is Sandra Beasley, who reads her summer poem "Ukulele."

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Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:25am

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

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Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:23am

Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something."

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