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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:00pm

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.

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After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:00pm

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."

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Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:26pm

The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she's creating more confusion than clarity about food.

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The Best Piece Of Trivia You'll Learn This Week: Parachuting Beavers

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

After World War II, did Idaho really airlift beavers around the state? Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton debate the premise before revealing the truth.

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I Definitely Not Before E

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

Sometimes words like to break the rules. Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E" and "I" in that order, with complete disregard for the "I before E except after C" rule!

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A-Plus

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

In this game we'll give certain words an A! For instance, if you give a purple fruit an A, you get what confident word? "Aplomb." All the answers will start with "A" and involve terrible wordplay.

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We'll Always Be Royals

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

The most popular lord of the 21st century is a teenage girl from New Zealand who spells her name "L-o-r-d-e." We've rewritten her hit song "Royals" to be about famous royalty, both real and fictional.

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Present The Present

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

This game is about heteronyms, words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. If we said, "He knelt while playing the violin," you'd say "bow" and "bow."

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Whose Sound Is It Anyway?

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

Some sounds are so associated with a particular company, they're trademarked! So if you're a lion, you better roar in a different key than MGM's lion. Can you name the products tied to these sounds?

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Party Of Five

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

This game is about Bailey and Sarah's relationship problems. Just kidding! It's really about answers that contain the number five. What's a well-known slang term for shoplifting? Five-finger discount.

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Eliza Coupe: Legal Eagle

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

Coupe plays an attorney on the USA series Benched. But how much has she picked up about the language of the courtroom? All rise as we test her legal prowess.

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Eliza Coupe: Only Happy Endings

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:01am

The comedic actress deconstructs a New Hampshire accent and talks about what it takes to star in the sitcom Benched before imagining some happy ending versions of famously depressing movies.

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Hate The Idea Of 'Peter Pan Live?' NBC Is Counting On It

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:17am

NBC's Peter Pan Live! production seems to be utterly in earnest — but TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if the show will need a viewership boost from critics snarking on Twitter to really succeed.

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How Private Collectors Helped Make Miami An Art Destination

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:55pm

Every December, tens of thousands of visitors descend on Miami. But they aren't there for the beaches; they're there for Art Basel, a giant art fair that private collectors helped lure to the city.

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Hey, College Kids: You Really Can Minor In Craft Beer Studies

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:51pm

Paul Smith's College, in upstate New York, is among a handful of higher ed institutions offering coursework in craft beer. Be forewarned: The classes are heavier on the science than the partying.

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Book News: New Toni Morrison Novel Slated For An April Release

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:59am

The novel, Morrison's 11th, will be titled God Help the Child. J.K. Also: Rowling has plans for a new book of her own. And a book has been returned to a Washington state library — 65 years overdue.

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The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer introduce an interactive guide to the books NPR staff and critics loved this year.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014's Great Reads

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:03am

NPR staff and critics selected some 250 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to filter books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.

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A #SadTree Lot: Your Photos Of The Charlie Browniest Trees

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:23pm

To mark 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on American televisions, our readers are sharing photos and memories of Christmas trees that reflect the spirit of that TV classic.

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Fill 'Er Up: The Joys Of Good Gas Station Food

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:08pm

Forget dried-out doughnuts and creepy-looking hot dogs. In cities across the U.S., patrons can fill up on gourmet grub and top off their tanks in one stop.

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