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'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:03pm

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.

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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:37pm

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:23pm

April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.

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Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:01pm

Russia banned chocolate made by the leading Ukrainian presidential candidate at a time when political tensions are high between the countries. And we wanted to know: Is the chocolate any good?

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Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:29am

Ken Jeong has played Señor Chang on the TV show Community, and Mr. Chow in the film The Hangover. But he was previously known by patients as Dr. Jeong. He talks about getting his big break in acting.

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Creating An Ecosystem In 140 Characters

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:20am

Tell Me More continues its national poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributor and poet Holly Bass shares her Twitter poem.

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Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:38am

Also: Walter Isaacson is writing a book about the Internet age; one of Harvard's best-known examples of anthropodermic bibliopegy – binding books with human skin – is actually bound in animal skin.

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In 'Paradise,' Finding Understanding In The Ruins Of Horror

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:03am

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel follows a fractious group of attendees at an Auschwitz memorial conference as they bear witness to one of history's greatest atrocities.

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Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:42am

Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he's directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.

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Mickey Rooney, All-American Boy For More Than 90 Years, Dies

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:03pm

Bob Mondello offers an appreciation of the career of Mickey Rooney, who died at 93.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:42pm

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:43am

Also: Tracy Chevalier will write a novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello; the best books coming out this week.

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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:30pm

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."

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#CancelColbert: A Silly Twitter Tempest With A Worthy End

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

#CancelColbert may be a simplistic overreaction to an out-of-context tweet, but the hashtag activist who started it may have a valid point. Asians are too often stoic about bias.

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#CancelColbert Let Asian-Americans Call Out The Real Ding-Dongs

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

The fuss over #CancelColbert could be chalked up to an out-of-context tweet, but Asian-Americans are seriously tired of being the butt of jokes.

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Global Grannies Don't Sweat Travel Headaches

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

They call themselves the Global Grannies, a group of women who travel together, started by three ladies in Montana. On this week's Wingin' It!, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the Global Grannies.

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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:33am

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.

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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 7:26am

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.

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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:03am

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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