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Book News: Tom Hanks Turns To The Typewriter For His Debut Collection

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:50am

The actor and director plans to write his first book of short stories, and he plans to make it about another collection — his personal trove of typewriters. Also: Jill Abramson details her startup.

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'The Heart Does Not Grow Back' Could Use An Imagination Transfusion

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 6:03am

Fred Venturini's debut has a fascinating concept: What happens when a small-town kid gets amazing healing powers? But critic Jason Heller says the book never manages to explore that question fully.

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'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:25am

The BBC has just released a new deluxe DVD box set with all three seasons of Sherlock, and star Benedict Cumberbatch says the show's last season was its most revealing yet.

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400 Years After Death, El Greco Receives Celebration He Sought

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:22am

The painter had mixed fortunes in life, but his works are receiving the royal treatment in Crete and Spain on the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:18am

Musician Carlos Santana shares his journey from a difficult childhood in Mexico to international stardom in the new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

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Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:11pm

In his new book, Cory Doctorow shows creators how to survive in the digital age. He says the problem with copyright law is tech platforms have more control over content than the people who make it.

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Aasif Mandvi On Life As A 'No Land's Man' And Impressing Jon Stewart

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:05pm

Mandvi, a Daily Show correspondent, was born in India, raised in England and moved to Florida as a teen. His new essay collection reflects on his acting career and his life as an immigrant.

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'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:31pm

As half of the wisecracking NPR radio show, Tom Magliozzi made us laugh at our car problems. He and his brother Ray also taught us how things work.

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HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' May Be The Best Depiction Of Marriage On TV

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:22pm

HBO's miniseries, starring Frances McDormand as a sharp-tongued wife, concludes tonight. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans calls it an unsparing, detailed look at the most quietly troubled marriage on TV.

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Sandwich Monday: The Baco

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a Baco — not the bacon bit, but the bao-taco hybrid from Saucy Porka in Chicago.

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The Luxury Of Solitude

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:52am

Road trips are a good time to remember that cultural mistrust of solitude can mask its profound benefits.

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Book News: To Make This E-Book Sweeter, Just Add Product Placement

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 8:42am

Makers of Sweet'N Low invested big bucks to appear in Find Me I'm Yours. But that's not the only noteworthy novel out this week: Denis Johnson, Ha Jin, Will Self and Richard Ford all have new books.

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'After' Fifty Shades, Could This Be The Next Big Online Hit?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:26am

After is an epic, erotic fan fiction loosely based on the British boy band One Direction. It's being republished by Simon & Schuster, which is hoping the story's online fans will buy it in book form.

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Amid Hunger And Cold, An Unforgettable Symphony Premiere

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:38pm

A year into the siege of Leningrad, a haggard group of musicians defiantly — and improbably — performed Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, which was dedicated to the suffering city.

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Betty White, The Golden Girl From The Golden Days Of Television

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:08pm

The Hot in Cleveland actress got her start over 60 years ago on a live TV show called Hollywood on Television. Now she's 92 years old, but she says that's no reason to quit show business.

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Why Corporate Executives Talk About 'Opening Their Kimonos'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:41pm

The phrase has become a term of art in business jargon, used anytime a company discloses insider information. How did this item of clothing achieve such currency in such an unexpected context?

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'Our Secret Life': Watching The Quirky Criterion Classics

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

J.M. Tyree and Michael McGriff spent a year watching the entire Criterion Collection of classic films. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to them about their new book, Our Secret Life in the Movies.

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'We Need To Talk': Sports News By Women, But Men Can Watch, Too

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

This fall, CBS launched the first sports talk show with all female commentators. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to panelist Amy Trask about the show, and the evolving role of women in sports journalism.

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Faber's 'Strange New Things' Is A Tribute To His Wife

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

Michel Faber talks about how he came to write his new novel, The Book of Strange New Things. It's the story of a husband and wife, separated by a huge distance. They're on different planets.

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Rebuilding A Broken Family 'In Plain Sight'

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:03am

Somali author Nuruddin Farah's new novel follows a glamorous photographer who takes in her brother's children after he dies in a terrorist bombing. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it complex yet uplifting.

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