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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:19am

As the son of a preacher, Kenrick "ICE" McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.

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Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

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'Calvary' Brings Murder And Other Sins To The Big Screen

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:22am

NPR's Arun Rath speaks to John Michael McDonagh, writer and director of the new Irish murder mystery, "Calvary."

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A New Show About Doctors Of Old

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to actor Clive Owen about his new TV series "The Knick." It's a medical drama set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

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Work All Day And Night In 'Great Glass Sea'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel "The Great Glass Sea," which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.

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'Oh Gad!' Presents A Compelling Slice Of Caribbean Life

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.

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Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.

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'Beautiful Blood' Slays Cliches, Not Dragons

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 6:00am

Lucius Shepard's posthumously published novel ties together a career's worth of stories about the town of Teocinte and the ancient, slumbering dragon Griaule who curls around it like a vast hill.

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Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 5:27am

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:55am

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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