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Television 2015: Netflix Is A Video Store That Saved A Western

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:57am

People in television talk a lot about brands, but sometimes the way a content provider brands itself can actually affect what shows it can save.

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'Fortune Smiles' Can Be Brilliant, But It's Never Easy

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 6:03am

Adam Johnson's new story collection spans the globe from former East Germany to post-Katrina Louisiana. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is uneven but enlightening, and brilliant at its best.

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Cherokee Purple: The Story Behind One Of Our Favorite Tomatoes

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 6:27pm

Consumers have seed savers and amateur breeders to thank for discovering and sharing heirloom varieties of some vegetables and tomatoes like the Cherokee Purple.

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Lily Tomlin At 75: The Actress Discusses Great Roles, Old Cars And Coming Out

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:25pm

The star of the film Grandma and the Netflix series Grace and Frankie married her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, in 2013. Tomlin discusses her work and her decision to be open about her sexuality.

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Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:52pm

Best of Enemies chronicles the 1968 debates between conservative editor William F. Buckley and liberal novelist Gore Vidal. Critic John Powers weighs in on the legacy of their verbal crossfire.

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Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:23am

There are so many ways to watch TV now that people often feel liberated from old models. But even under some of the new systems for television, as at your better casinos, the house always wins.

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'Dark, Dark' Doings In A Slick Debut Thriller

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 9:03am

Ruth Ware's In A Dark, Dark Wood brings together a group of 20-something women in an isolated rural house for a bachelorette party — a perfect setting for buried secrets and terrible deeds.

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Social Satire, Spiked With Schadenfreude In 'Everybody Rise'

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 6:03am

Stephanie Clifford's debut novel, about the desperate social strivings of a young woman in Manhattan, has its roots in the tragic, old-money fascinations of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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Durand-Ruel: The Art Dealer Who Liked Impressionists Before They Were Cool

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:47am

Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel acquired some 5,000 Impressionist works long before others were buying them. Claude Monet said he and his artist friends "would have died of hunger" without him.

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Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:51pm

A new illustrated history explores beer's journey from the cradle of agriculture, to the rise and fall of Ancient Rome, to the modern-day craft beer heyday.

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Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:45pm

The musical and graphic novel Fun Home describe Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life."

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Television 2015: Full Drops And Single Shots

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:56am

Television used to arrive weekly in almost all cases, one episode at a time. Now, the timing is being rearranged, and so are the conversations around shows.

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The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:03am

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.

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In Life After Life, 'Incarnations' Spins A Sinuous Tale Of Soul Mates

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:39pm

In Susan Barker's novel, a few strange letters bloom into a saga of two souls' reincarnations. Barker says her characters' many lives gave her an instrument to explore China — both past and present.

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Television 2015: Is There Really Too Much TV?

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:47am

The number of scripted prime-time TV series is expected to pass the 400 mark in 2015. That's too much for at least one network executive, but the picture is more complex than that.

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Author Sets Out To Find Gold In 'Fever'

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 6:41am

Host Rachel Martin talks with British author Steve Boggan about his quest for California gold in his new book, Gold Fever.

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Farewell To The Legendary League Of The Pink Carnation

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 6:03am

This week, we're setting the NPR Books Time Machine for the Napoleonic Wars, and Lauren Willig's swashbuckling Pink Carnation series, about florally-themed spies battling it out across Europe.

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Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:36am

Through recipes and biographical vignettes, author Cara Nicoletti's new book brings literature to life. Nicoletti tells NPR's Rachel Martin that food has always been part of her reading.

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Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:35am

Through recipes and biographical vignettes, author Cara Nicoletti's new book brings literature to life. Nicoletti tells NPR's Rachel Martin that food has always been part of her reading.

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After Katrina, New Artists Found Inspiration In A Recovering City

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:32am

At New Orleans exhibits commemorating the 10th anniversary of the hurricane, NPR's Neda Ulaby found three artists who said they wouldn't have become artists if it hadn't been for the storm.

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