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Is Privacy Protection 'More Awesome Than Money'?

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:46pm

Jim Dwyer's new book chronicles the life of Diaspora, a feisty, nonprofit social network dedicated to safeguarding personal privacy.

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Getting Your 'Shine On Is Becoming Increasingly Legal

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:13pm

Mention moonshine and you might think of an illegal backwoods still carefully hidden to evade authorities. But recently, legal distilleries have been popping up in a white lightning renaissance.

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At 86, Poet Donald Hall Writes On, But Leaves Verse Behind

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:13pm

The former U.S. poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays After Eighty, he considers his art, his beard and his experience growing old.

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Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:38am

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

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Not My Job: E Street Drummer Max Weinberg Gets Quizzed On New Jersey

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:14am

Peter Sagal has taken more than a few potshots at his home state over the years, so we'll quiz Weinberg — a proud son of Newark — about some of New Jersey's highlights.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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Broadway Musicals Return To Havana

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

A half-century after such shows were banned by the Castro government, rehearsals are underway for a Spanish-language production of the rock musical Rent.

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From Chic Manhattanite To 'Monk With A Camera'

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 6:47am

A new film tells the story of how Nicky Vreeland — a trained photographer and grandson of a fashion icon — used his camera to help rebuild the Tibetan Buddhist monastery he now leads.

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:28am

Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 5:03pm

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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Chris Rock On Standup, Sellouts And Defining Success

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:20pm

Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, the story of a marquee comedian who abandons his standup roots for blockbuster franchise glory.

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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:42pm

In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.

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A 'Wild' Trek Made A Bit Too Neatly

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:25pm

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail takes Reese Witherspoon into new territory but never quite achieves the fierceness to which it aspires.

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What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:03pm

As part of the 50 Great Teachers series, NPR Movie Critic Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood's taught us about teachers.

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Book News: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft Part Ways Over The Nook

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:04am

A two-year partnership in the bookseller's troubled e-reader has ended, as Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft's share. Also: Upset brews in India over the president's exclusive deal with Amazon.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Holiday Encores Edition

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:15am

This week, we have two past segments to revisit: a look at our favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture, and a listen to some seasonal music.

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'Dying Of The Light': A Disputed Production, A Disappointing Product

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:41am

The film, disavowed by its director and writer Paul Schrader after clashes with the studio, stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA officer who believes the agency has lost its moral direction.

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A Claustrophobic 'Pioneer' From A Land Suddenly Grown Rich

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:03pm

The Norwegian thriller follows divers deep beneath the sea, where powerful forces above drive those trapped together to question nearly every aspect of their experience.

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Sapiosexual Seeks Same: A New Lexicon Enters Online Dating Mainstream

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:58pm

OkCupid is adding a lot more options for gender and sexual orientation, including androgynous and genderqueer. And then there's sapiosexual, meaning someone who's attracted to smart people.

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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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