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J.K. Simmons Won't Throw A Chair At Your Head, But His Character Might

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:03pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with actor J.K. Simmons about his much buzzed about performance as a brutal music teacher in the new film Whiplash.

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Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:28pm

James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.

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A Hero's Journey Turns Dark In 'Clariel'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:41am

The long-awaited new novel in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series goes back in time to follow a powerful young woman on a difficult path. Fans will get a chill when Clariel's final destiny is revealed.

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'Marry Me' Throws Plenty Of Jokes (And Its Lead Actress) At The Wall

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:28am

NBC's new romantic comedy Marry Me may wind up joining a frustrating group of shows that struggle to survive on broadcast, where appealing to everyone is key.

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'Kill The Messenger' Incompletely Unravels A Complex Tale

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:04am

Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, Kill The Messenger spins a yarn of Washington intrigue, spy drama, and investigative journalism.

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Wait Wait ... Don't Show Me! Behind The Scenes Of The NPR News Quiz

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:39am

Thanks to the magic of radio, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! listeners aren't usually privy to what goes on behind the scenes at the NPR News Quiz. Watch at your own risk. It's not pretty.

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Book News: China Said To Blacklist Authors In Response To Hong Kong Unrest

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:29am

News reports say books by several writers have been banned by Chinese authorities, in apparent censorship orders now circulating online.

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Editor: New 'Cosmo' Woman Is 'Interested In Mascara And The Middle East'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

"Men are allowed to talk about sports relentlessly, and yet we still take them seriously," says Cosmo's Joanna Coles, so women should be able to talk about fashion and politics.

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In This 'Alphabet,' 'O' Is For Helpful Owl And 'C' Is For Escapist Cup

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:13pm

From a cup who dreams of a window seat to a problem-solving owl, Oliver Jeffers' new picture book, Once Upon an Alphabet, gives each letter its own story.

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In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:13pm

Study after study reveals that women remain underrepresented in film, both on screen and off. But film festivals can play a role in closing the gap.

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What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:03am

The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure."

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Friction Can Save Your Sandwich, And Other Tips For Better Bites

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:24am

Many sandwiches lack structural integrity due to "the sliced cucumber conundrum," says Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better. He has fixes for it and other kitchen woes — like sad-looking leftovers.

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'As You Wish': Take A Peek At The Making Of 'The Princess Bride'

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Actor Cary Elwes, best known for his dashing performance as the heroic farm boy Westley in The Princess Bride, has a new book out, full of memories from the cast of the cult classic.

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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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