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After Silence, An 'Outline' Of A Life In Fragments

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:49am

Rachel Cusk's new novel Outline reflects the fragmentation of her own life in the story of a writer coming to terms with her dissolving marriage while on a summer teaching trip to Greece.

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'Golden Son' Is Space Opera That Doesn't Forget The Opera

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:03am

Pierce Brown's followup to last year's Romans-in-space epic Red Rising is bigger, louder, and bloodier than its predecessor. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it isn't perfect — but it is hard to put down.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Makes Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Make Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:36am

DISH Networks will soon debut Sling TV, a new streaming service for some cable channels with no cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says such services are changing how we watch TV.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:36am

Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network's new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.

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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:26pm

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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'Holy Smokes!': Rare Baseball Card Collection Hits Home Run

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:07pm

It's a sports appraisal record for PBS' Antiques Roadshow: A collection of memorabilia from the 1870s was valued at $1 million. The owner had been expecting more like $5,000 or $10,000.

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Eyes Of The Courtroom: Sketching The Nation's Biggest Trials

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:07pm

You may not have heard of illustrator Mona Shafer Edwards, but you've probably seen her work: she's been drawing high-profile courtroom cases for years. She says behind every sketch, there's a story.

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Not My Job: Former CIA Officer Robert Baer Gets Quizzed On Bears

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:39am

Baer has written a series of books about the decades he spent in the CIA. His memoir See No Evil was the basis for the George Clooney movie Syriana.

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'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:15am

The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the challenges of portraying a genius. This story originally Nov. 8 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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Australian Cyberthriller 'Amnesia' Echoes Julian Assange Story

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Peter Carey's novel opens as a hacker's computer virus is unlocking prison cells around the world. He says, "Assange was the reason I started writing the book, but I didn't want to write about [him]."

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Skiing The Back Country Is Intoxicating, And Dangerous

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

Two promising young skiers died in an avalanche in Austria this week. And two climbers are scaling El Capitan in Yosemite. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer.

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'The Galaxy Game' Is Rich And Strong As A Shot Of Rum

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:03am

Karen Lord's new The Galaxy Game picks up where her previous novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, left off — in a complicated galactic civilization trying to come to terms with a genocide.

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'West Of Sunset' Imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Years In Hollywood

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:57am

Author Stewart O'Nan says that in the late '30s, Fitzgerald was at the bottom of a bad spiral. But in Hollywood, "he finds himself again: He finds his love of writing, he finds his love of the world."

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Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:54am

Ninth-century satirist al-Jahiz remains a beloved figure in Islamic literature, but his modern-day counterparts — including comedian Bassem Youssef and cartoonist Ali Farzat — don't have it easy.

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'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 4:24pm

Chastain started her own theater company at age 10. As the first in her family to go to college, she says attending Juilliard was scary, but her grandmother helped her through it.

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C'mon, 'Glee': Bring It Home

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 2:27pm

They're starting the final run of episodes of Glee, and even though it's not what it once was, it would be great to see it end on a ... high note.

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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:37pm

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:41pm

Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.

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