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GIs Helped Bring Freedom To Europe, And A Taste For Oregano To America

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 12:54pm

Now ubiquitous, oregano was a rarity in U.S. cuisine before World War II. But the GIs who encountered it in Sicily fell for the herb, especially in pizza, fueling a boom in Italian-American cuisine.

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Not My Job: Actor Steve Buscemi Gets Quizzed On Government Jobs

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 8:24am

Buscemi wasn't always a famous actor. He was once just a young man taking the civil service test. If things had gone differently, he could have had a career in any number of exciting government jobs.

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TV And Hollywood Pattern-Maker Sells A Three-Decades Cache

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:35am

Exciting and colorful Hollywood treasures turn up at the estate sale of a woman who made patterns for renowned costume designers Edith Head and Bob Mackie.

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Taking Mom Out For Brunch? It's A Feminist Tradition

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:33am

The right to dine out in public alone during the day was an early victory of the women's rights movement of the 1900s. And in post-war America, brunch became an exercise in women's lib for some.

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The Martians Are Coming! 'Broadcast Hysteria' Looks At The War Over 'Worlds'

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:03am

Orson Welles' radio hoax famously convinced America that Martians had landed in New Jersey, right? A. Brad Schwartz' new Broadcast Hysteria argues that panic may have been blown out of proportion.

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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:11am

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.

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Shake What Your Mama Didn't Give You: Shapewear Through The Ages

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:09am

From corsets and codpieces to shapewear and Spanx, people have tried to change their silhouettes for centuries. From The Seams, Jacki Lyden takes us on a sartorial tour of shapewear.

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ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:53pm

TV networks officially reveal fall schedules next week, but word has already spread on some new shows and cancellations. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says early trends include more diversity, big names.

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#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:52pm

Also in this week's #NPRReads, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's elementary school teacher recalls the Boston bomber, a profile of Ohio's governor, Judaism in South Dakota and putting a face on the refugee crisis.

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'Grace And Frankie' Looks At Life Unexpectedly Alone

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 1:21pm

The new Netflix series Grace And Frankie casts Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women whose husbands leave them — for each other.

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Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:35pm

The zombie movie Maggie examines an array of cultural anxieties such as plague, environmental catastrophe and big government. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more art flick than blockbuster.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:35pm

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.

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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:34pm

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books away to friends.

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The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:41am

More than a third of Americans play video games three or more hours a week. Part of the appeal is the richly developed characters in the games.

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Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:19pm

Over the last two years, more than 70,000 people around the world have gathered to dine and discuss their own deaths, and the end-of-life decisions that entails. We eavesdrop on one such gathering.

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'Saint Laurent,' A Radical Man Of Fashion

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:03pm

Bertrand Bonello's portrait of famed designer Yves Saint Laurent is cannily edited so that the film recalls the designer's impeccably cut styles.

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'The D Train' Rumbles On With Another Hunk/Schlub Comedy

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:03pm

James Marsden and Jack Black play two men whose lives have taken very different paths after high school.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Serious About Fatherhood And Zombies

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:03pm

In Maggie, the former governor plays a father trying to prevent his daughter from "turning" after she's caught up in an attack of the undead.

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From Cartoon Chubster To Handsome Hipster: McDonald's Revamps Hamburglar

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:36pm

Gone is the short, goofy burger thief of the 1970s and '80s. In his place, the chain has created a hunky masked man in skinny jeans and a fedora. An improvement? Tell us what you think.

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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievious Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:32pm

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.

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