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Stick To Your Day Job

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:53am

Sometimes a career switch is all you need, but some celebs might have been better off not branching out. Whose acting makes him "Master and Commander," but his singing is "Les Miserables"?

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Aww-Inspiring

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:53am

The internet is good for many things, but especially pictures of dogs in tiny hats. All answers in this game contain the sound "aw." Say them like you're looking at an adorable corgi puppy.

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Magic From The Margins In Long-Awaited 'Long Hidden'

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 6:00am

A new fantasy anthology collects stories from places and voices often overlooked by mainstream authors, from a Qing Dynasty courtesan in China to the Igbo rebels of Nigeria's 1929 "Women's War."

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Home Has Four Wheels: Photos Of People Who've Broken Down Walls

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:03am

People live out of their cars for all sorts of reasons. Photographer Andrew Waits set out to document their stories. He asked dozens of people across five states why they had left their houses behind.

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As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined 'Face Value'

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:56am

After World War II, portraiture fell out of fashion. But an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates some rebel artists who found new, clever and funny ways to portray the human figure.

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Maya Angelou Reads 'Still I Rise'

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Author and poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. In a recording, Angelou reads her poem "Still I Rise."

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The Life Of Poet Maya Angelou, From Poverty To Presidential Prizes

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86.

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Burton Calls On 'Star Trek' Fans To Bring 'Reading Rainbow' To The Next Generation

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2009, but the show's host, LeVar Burton, is raising money for an interactive website — and offering some pledge rewards that make NPR tote bags pale in comparison.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:43pm

In 1986, Angelou spoke to Terry Gross about Southern influences in her writing, her love of autobiography and how, as a traumatized young girl, poetry inspired her to start speaking again.

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Nikki Giovanni Honors Her Late Friend Maya Angelou

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:12am

Legendary poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. Poet Nikki Giovanni, who was a friend, remembers her life and work.

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#YesAllWomen Puts Spotlight On Misogyny

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:12am

As details emerge about a Santa Barbara college student who killed six people, Americans are raising questions on social media about misogyny, sex and entitlement. The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

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Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 8:41am

Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.

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'Gottland': A Short Book About Stalin's Long Shadow

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 6:03am

Polish journalist Mariusz Szczygieł's compilation of short vignettes about Czechoslovakia centers on Prague's infamous Stalin monument, a giant edifice that lingers despite its destruction in 1962.

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McMurtry Takes Aim At A Legend In 'Last Kind Words Saloon'

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 4:05pm

The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."

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'Mad Men' Pauses At The Half-Season With A Song And Dance

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:03am

Mad Men ended its half-season on Sunday night with Don Draper wondering, as always, whether he can find peace without lies.

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Book News: U.K. Plan To Cut American Lit From Tests Prompts Fierce Backlash

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 7:31am

A push to protect To Kill A Mockingbird. Also: Notable books coming out this week include a wildly original collection of poetry and a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thriller.

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Tom Robbins Takes A Bite Out Of Life In 'Peach Pie'

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 6:03am

Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life in a new memoir — and reviewer Jason Sheehan says your enjoyment may depend on how much you really want to hear about Robbins himself.

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'Delicious!' ... Isn't

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 6:00am

Legendary food writer Ruth Reichl stumbles on her first foray into fiction, with a novel about food, love and redemption that critic Heller McAlpin calls "as predictably sweet as packaged cakes."

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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:22am

After Stalin's death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This "thawing" took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.

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