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An Interview With A Regular Watch

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:50am

Our occasional series of in-depth interviews with inanimate objects continues as we talk to a regular watch about the threat of smart Watches.

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A Tale Of Two Captains On A Tragic Journey In 'Dead Wake'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:03am

Erik Larson's new book about the sinking of the liner Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 brings the past stingingly alive. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman calls Dead Wake "thrilling, dramatic and powerful."

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From The Gathering Of Juggalos To Farthest Australia In 'Timid Son'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:03am

Kent Russell (brother of Swamplandia! author Karen) makes a striking debut with a collection of essays that double as memoir. Critic Michael Schaub calls the book tough, tender and deeply original.

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A Tale Of Two Captains On A Tragic Journey In 'Dead Wake'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:03am

Erik Larson's new book about the sinking of the liner Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 brings the past stingingly alive. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman calls Dead Wake "thrilling, dramatic and powerful."

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From The Gathering Of Juggalos To Farthest Australia In 'Timid Son'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:03am

Kent Russell (brother of Swamplandia! author Karen) makes a striking debut with a collection of essays that double as memoir. Critic Michael Schaub calls the book tough, tender and deeply original.

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Architect Renzo Piano: The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:14am

In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.

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Architect Renzo Piano: The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:14am

In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.

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Forget Big Sky And Cowboys: 'Crow Fair' Is Set In An Unidealized Montana

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:24pm

"I think there's only one interesting story ... and that's struggle," says writer Thomas McGuane. Loners, outcasts and malcontents fill the pages of his new short story collection Crow Fair.

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Forget Big Sky And Cowboys: 'Crow Fair' Is Set In An Unidealized Montana

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:24pm

"I think there's only one interesting story ... and that's struggle," says writer Thomas McGuane. Loners, outcasts and malcontents fill the pages of his new short story collection Crow Fair.

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Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:32pm

Writer Philip Pullman says it's all part of the oral tradition: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories," he says. Audiobook technology has come a long way since the early days.

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'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:00pm

The new show's co-creator says it became a writer's room joke on Breaking Bad that if something didn't fit it would go on the Saul Goodman show, or what is now AMC's Better Call Saul.

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Vatican Says Ransom Sought For Missing Michelangelo Letters

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:08am

In a development reminiscent of a Dan Brown thriller, the Vatican confirmed a report that it has received a ransom demand for the return of two stolen letters written by the renaissance master Michelangelo. It's the first time the theft has been revealed. A spokesman said the Vatican refused to pay.

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Meet Joseph Duveen, The Savvy Art Dealer Who Sold European Masterpieces

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:53am

Duveen once observed: "Europe has a great deal of art, and America has a great deal of money." A new exhibit explores the relationship between Duveen and American mega-millionaire Norton Simon.

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Author Explores The Ripple Effects Of A Kidnapping In Mexico

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 5:27pm

In his collection Barefoot Dogs, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho offers varying perspectives on the kidnapping of a Mexican patriarch. He asks: "How do you reach closure when someone you love has disappeared?"

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Cyberpsychologist: Online, 'Every Contact Leaves A Trace'

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 3:57pm

Mary Aiken, who examines digital fingerprints to help solve crimes, is the real-life inspiration for the lead investigator on CSI: Cyber. She says she works where "humans and technology collide."

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Hollywood Producer Finds Unlikely Second Career: Prison Reform

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 3:57pm

Scott Budnick hit it big in Hollywood with the Hangover movies. Then, in 2013, he decided to leave it all behind.

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Broken Family Needs To Have A 'Man At The Helm'

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:08am

In Nina Stibbe's new novel, Man at the Helm, Lizzie, 9, wants to find a man for her newly divorced mother. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Stibbe about the freedom of writing in a child's voice.

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Seniors Speed-Date In 'Age Of Love'

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:08am

In his new documentary, The Age of Love, filmmaker Steven Loring profiled several people between 70 and 90 at a speed dating event in Rochester, N.Y.

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The Seratones Rock The Tiny Desk With A Jungle Beat

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:08am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to AJ Harvey and Adam Davis of the Louisiana rock band Seratones. The group had a entry to the recent NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, though they didn't win the final prize.

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City And Stating The Obvious

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:03am

Letters that start the name of a city are combined with letters that start the name of its state to spell a word. What are the city and state? For the word "latex," the answer would be Laredo, Texas.

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