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A House That's Not A Home In 'Bright Lines'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 6:03am

Tanwi Nandini Islam's debut novel is an understated queer coming-of-age tale, set in a vividly-portrayed Brooklyn brownstone whose residents all ache for some kind of home they've never been to.

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The Anxious Art Of Japanese Painter (And 'Enemy Alien') Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:18am

After moving to the U.S. in 1906, Kuniyoshi became a prize-winning artist. But with World War II, things changed. "When he walked down the street," says one curator, "he looked like the enemy."

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A Comedian And An Angry Kid Find An Unexpected Connection On Twitter

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:15am

When you're yelling on the Internet, it's hard to remember that there's a real person on the receiving end. But comedian Chris Gethard recently connected with a kid who sent him a foul-mouthed tweet.

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Pack Your Bags

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition.

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On The Road

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.

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Stuck in the Backseat

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.

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Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:44am

Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.

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Gertrude Bell Was 'A Woman' Worth Knowing

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 9:03am

Explorer and activist Bell is best remembered today for helping create the modern state of Iraq. A smartly-edited new collection of her writings presents a fascinating (if not always smooth) portrait.

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Unfolding The History Of Napkin Art

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 6:03am

The simple napkin has a surprisingly complex history. The masterful table centerpieces of the Renaissance were rich in status and meaning.

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Pizza As Autobiography In 'Slice Harvester'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 6:03am

Colin Atrophy Hagendorf decided to review a plain slice of pizza from every joint in Manhattan — a project that evolved into a two-fisted memoir of his own life and struggles with substance abuse.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: Fantastic Four

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:07pm

Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.

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Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:37pm

Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."

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