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Striking Mosaic Found In Greek Tomb Dates From 4th Century B.C.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:37pm

Dating from the last quarter of the 4th century B.C., the mosaic covers a space of nearly 15 feet by 10 feet. It features two horses, a man, and the god Hermes, in colorful detail.

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Wolverine's Death: Superheroes And The Cycle Of Eternal Return

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 1:00pm

Nerd-about-town Glen Weldon explains to a non-comics-reading guy exactly what is up with the impending death of Wolverine. (That's not a spoiler; the miniseries is actually called Death of Wolverine.)

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Neil Young's Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

Neil Young loves his cars so much he wrote a second memoir, Special Deluxe, devoted to them. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about music, the environment and, of course, automobiles.

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From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

The new film Field of Lost Shoes follows a group of VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market. The film is one in a long history of Civil War movies, many of which have been problematic.

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Book Offers A Get-Wit-Quick Workout

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:22am

NPR's Ari Shapiro gets schooled in the art of being interesting by Benjamin Errett, the author of the new book, Elements of Wit.

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The Feathery Saga Of A 'Sucker For Unwanted Birds'

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:07am

Michelle Raffin's new The Birds of Pandemonium is an impassioned but occasionally jumbled memoir of her adventures in the noisy, smelly, exhausting, rewarding world of rare bird conservation.

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TV Giant Norman Lear Shares Gems From 92 Years Of 'Experience'

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:09pm

Host Arun Rath asked TV giant Norman Lear where he got the confidence to spend three years fighting to get All In The Family on air. His answer: "Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"

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Extra-Permanent Ink: Preserving Your Tattoos After Death

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 4:14pm

Got a killer tat? There's no reason for it to die with you. Thanks to a Dutch tattoo artist, if you sign the right forms and pay the right price, a lab can preserve your body art after you die.

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The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 4:08pm

A follow-up to 2010 Emmy-winner Star Wars Uncut, the film is a pastiche of live action, stop-motion and animation that shows both the contributors' talents and their passion for the original.

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Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 3:58pm

The alleged last authentic motorcycle used in the 1969 film Easy Rider is going up for auction. The man who designed the bikes, Clifford Vaughs, says he has never gotten proper credit for his work.

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Hugs For Hecklers: Cameron Esposito On Life As A Lesbian Comedian

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 3:58pm

Esposito discusses her new album, Same Sex Symbol, and tells NPR's Arun Rath she feels concern for the people who heckle her about her sexuality: "I just wonder, what's up with your life? Are you OK?"

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A Slow Simmer Of Grief And Strength In 'Nora Webster'

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:03am

Colm Tóibín's new novel is set in his Irish home town in the early 1970s, and follows the titular Nora as she and her family struggle to cope with the loss of her beloved husband.

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'Schiaparelli': The Shocking, Shadowed Life Of A Fashion Icon

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:14am

A new biography by Meryle Secrest looks at the troubled life of designer Elsa Schiaparelli — renowned as the Queen of Fashion, a glamorous innovator whose career never recovered from World War II.

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For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:40pm

The American League Championship Series begins tonight. Writer Kate Tuttle says Roger Angell's 1988 collection of essays, Season Ticket, is the perfect accompaniment to the postseason.

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Porridge Aficionados Vie To Make Theirs The Breakfast Of Champions

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:27pm

Once derided as Scottish food better suited to horses than people, porridge these days is more cool than gruel. In the U.K., competitions have porridge lovers battling with their best recipes.

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In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:06pm

Director Damien Chazelle's second film centers on the agony of a drummer in a high-powered music school. The movie ties you into knots: The fear of failure is omnipresent. So is the jazz vibe.

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Inconsistent Memories Are Revisited In 'The Affair,' A Captivating New Drama

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:06pm

The Showtime show is about two people who betray their spouses and fall into a relationship. It's told from more than one perspective, and the actors are so likable, you forgive them their trespasses.

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'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:06pm

In Little Failure, the novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the U.S. when he was 7. For the first few years, he says, he would sit alone in the cafeteria, talking to himself in Russian.

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AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Is A Hit Show With Two Meanings

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:44am

As The Walking Dead returns for a fifth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some storylines offer extra meaning for fans who have read the graphic novels which inspired the show.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gone Girl' And What Pop Culture Can Teach

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:29am

On this week's show, we get around to a discussion (as unspoiled as practical) of the film adaptation of Gone Girl, and we talk about what we've learned from movies, books, and television.

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