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Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:36pm

Chances are, it's hot out wherever you are. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about movies that will help you chill out on a summer day.

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The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:24pm

Absinthe was a favorite of artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Perhaps that explains why a complex ritual rose around drinking it, spawning some of the most beautiful alcohol paraphernalia around.

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Coffee Dates And Dropped Cue Cards: Ted Danson's Path To 'Cheers'

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

The actor says he got his big break because of a college crush. When she went on an audition, he tagged along, inadvertently starting a career in cologne ads, soap operas — and hit TV shows.

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'Dark Days': Retracing The Steps Of A Heavy Metal Tragedy

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

When a stage diver died after a Lamb of God concert in Prague, singer Randy Blythe was arrested for murder. In his memoir, Blythe unpacks the incident — and why he returned to Europe to stand trial.

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Forget The Wreckage: Museums' Katrina Shows Look At How City Has Moved On

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

As the 10th anniversary of the hurricane's landfall approaches, art museums across New Orleans focus on how the city sees itself today. In other words, no ruins and no people trapped on roofs.

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Prince Compares Record Contracts To Slavery In Rare Meeting With Media

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 9:11am

Music icon Prince is worried about the future of the music business for artists, and his top priority can be summed up in one word: Freedom.

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Video Shows Unauthorized Visitor One Night Before Museum Theft

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 6:29am

Investigators have just released old surveillance video of the Boston Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in 1990, just before it was robbed of $500 million in art. They're asking the public for help.

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Straight From Diablo Cody's Life: 'Ricki' And Difficult Families

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 6:29am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with actress Meryl Streep and writer Diablo Cody about their new film, Ricki and the Flash. Streep plays a mother who abandoned her family to become a rock star.

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Things Left Unspoken Haunt Hard-Hitting 'Dragonfish'

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 6:03am

There are a few confessional speeches in Vu Tran's noirish debut novel, but what people write is more important than what they say: Anguished notes, letters and secret diary all drive the action.

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The Basted Egg: A Foolproof Play On The Poach

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:27am

This week in Do Try This At Home, we learn a unusual technique for cooking eggs. It's a cross between poached and over easy that gives you a silky, yolky sauce for huevos rancheros.

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The Basted Egg: A Foolproof Play On The Poach

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:27am

This week in Do Try This At Home, we learn a unusual technique for cooking eggs. It's a cross between poached and over easy that gives you a silky, yolky sauce for huevos rancheros.

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Novel Highlights The Shocks Facing First-Generation College Students

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 4:20pm

Jennine Capó Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, was inspired by her experiences as the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first person in her family to attend college.

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History Hijacks Life In 'All That Followed'

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 9:03am

Set in Spain's Basque Country, Gabriel Urza's new novel chronicles three lives in the aftermath of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "unsparing and beautiful."

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Not My Job: Starlee Kine Gets Quizzed On Bugs Bunny

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 6:54am

Kine is the host and creator of the Mystery Show podcast. We attempt to mystify her with three questions about the beloved cartoon character who debuted 75 years ago this week.

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How A Candy Magnate Helped Bring A Holy Collection Home

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 6:46am

In 2008, the Brinton Museum was on life support. But an unlikely benefactor stepped in to save it, funding its revival as the home to a historic — and willingly given — collection of Crow artifacts.

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Life Through The Lens Of A Falling 'Fishbowl'

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 6:03am

Bradley Somer's new novel follows (literally) Ian the goldfish, who's catching glimpses of life and love in the apartments he passes as his bowl plummets from a 27th-floor balcony.

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Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 4:08am

Beverly Jenkins writes historical romances — about free black towns, lawmen and cowboys and Civil War vets. She says her mission is to illuminate the parts of black history you don't learn in school.

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Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 4:08am

Beverly Jenkins writes historical romances — about free black towns, lawmen and cowboys and Civil War vets. She says her mission is to illuminate the parts of black history you don't learn in school.

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'May Allah Bless France!' Tells The Story Of France's Hip-Hop Gatekeepers

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 3:06pm

Rapper Abd Al Malik, who grew up in the depressed suburbs of France, has turned his story into a soaring film memoir.

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Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 3:04pm

Can a computer program craft passable prose — something readers can't distinguish from human-authored stuff? How about poetry, or dance mixes? New contests pose those challenges.

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