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Book Reviews
12:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

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Monkey See
9:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

'Let's Be Cops,' But Then What?

Duuuuuuude! Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson explore the whimsical fun of petty tyranny in Let's Be Cops.
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[This piece contains plot details from Let's Be Cops. It is not a movie about its plot details, but there you have it.]

The word is out on the buddy comedy Let's Be Cops, starring Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson – both enormously charming actors on Fox's New Girl. And what is the word? That the movie is not good, and the movie is rather atrociously timed, given that we are not in a place in the news cycle where people are enormously amused by stories about goofball police officers threatening people with nonfunctioning guns.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
8:46 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Playlist: Family Reunion

These stories will get you ready for your own family reunion this summer.
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We made playlists of TED Radio Hour stories that will keep you curious about big ideas throughout the summer.

It's time for a TED Radio Hour family reunion. This playlist will remind you of the special connections a family shares — through both the good and hard times.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
7:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Mistakes In Medicine: Dr. Brian Goldman Answers Your Questions

Dr. Brian Goldman speaking at TEDxToronto.
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Brian Goldman is an emergency room physician who has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto for more than 20 years. He's also a prominent medical journalist and the host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art. He says every doctor makes mistakes but medicine's culture of denial keeps doctors from talking about and learning from those mistakes.

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The Two-Way
5:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Movies
1:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Robert Rodriguez ventures into Hollywood for the premiere of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 8:09 am

Robert Rodriguez's newest film, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, is about to hit theaters — it's a 3-D crime thriller based on Frank Miller's graphic novel series, laden with booze, broads and bullets.

But Rodriguez has also made comedic spaghetti Westerns, vampire flicks and four Spy Kids movies, about a young brother-sister duo of super sleuths — all from his home base in Austin, Texas.

He has been in and out of Hollywood recently, though, putting the finishing touches on Sin City 2.

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Book Reviews
3:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 7:30 am

A father takes his three sons to a hypnotist's show. Called onto the stage, the father's cool self-possession and confidence seem to prevail, and he walks away, claiming no effect. They leave the show, he drops his sons off and drives away. We learn later that he has taken his passport and emptied the family bank account. The boys will not see him again until they are adults.

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Code Switch
2:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Author Junot Diaz says the publishing industry must have uncomfortable conversations about diversity. The alternative, he believes, is "utter, agonizing silence."
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Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:30 pm

Last spring, a group calling itself We Need Diverse Books launched a Twitter campaign to press for greater diversity in children's books. Writer Daniel José Older supports the campaign, but he doesn't think it goes far enough.

"We need diverse agents, we need editors, we need diverse book buyers, we need diverse illustrators, and we need diverse executives and CEOs at the top, too."

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Television
1:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Prepare For 'The Simpsons' Marathon With Interviews From The 'Fresh Air' Archives

Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history.
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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 12:10 pm

If you've ever been a fan of The Simpsons, here's your chance to see all 552 episodes of the show in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. They'll be shown back to back, in sequential order, over 12 days and nights on the FXX cable network beginning Thursday.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
9:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Playlist: Poolside Listens

Cool off by the pool with this playlist.
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We made playlists of TED Radio Hour stories that will keep you curious about big ideas throughout the summer.

Dive into your deepest emotions as you relax by the pool. In this playlist, TED speakers explore why we like what we like, why we love being in love, and how we know we're happy.

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Shots - Health News
7:23 am
Wed August 20, 2014

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Researchers asked 4-year-olds to draw a child. Here's a sample of their artwork.
Twins Early Development Study/King's College in London

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 10:07 am

At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.

The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.

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The Two-Way
5:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 12:12 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

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Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:52 am

Even for those of us who despise the heat and are well past school age, it's always kind of sad when summer vacation comes to a close. It feels like the end of an era, every year — goodbye to the swimming pools and water parks, the long days, the late evenings with friends. Those "back to school" sales are a kind of low-grade torment, even for those of us who kind of liked school.

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Sweetness And Light
1:33 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Between innings, racing sausages entertain Milwaukee Brewers fans.
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Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

Let's boldly confront the greatest mystery in all of sport: Why do hot dogs always taste better at the ballpark?

Baseball food has, of course, taken on a much greater variety since 1908, when "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" only celebrated peanuts and crackerjack. But it is another enduring mystery of sport why fans eat during a baseball game, while the preferred mode of cuisine for football is before the game, out in the parking lot — tailgating.

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This Week's Must Read
3:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:38 pm

It is early August. A black man is shot by a white policeman. And the effect on the community is of "a lit match in a tin of gasoline."

No, this is not Ferguson, Mo. This was Harlem in August 1943, a period that James Baldwin writes about in the essay that gives its title to his seminal collection, Notes of a Native Son.

The story begins with the death of Baldwin's father, a proud, severe preacher who viewed all white people with suspicion, even the kindly schoolteacher who encouraged his son's writings.

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Remembrances
2:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:38 pm

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Author Interviews
2:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:38 pm

There's a strange form of communication we're all familiar with, for better or for worse. It's all about us, but we rarely get to read it.

It's the letter of recommendation.

A new novel by Julie Schumacher is filled with these letters, and nothing but. It's appropriately called Dear Committee Members.

All the letters come from the desk of our curmudgeonly narrator, creative writing professor Jason T. Fitger — who's got no problem telling it like it is when it comes to his students' qualifications, or their job prospects in the current economy.

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Code Switch
2:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program.
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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 6:46 pm

For many writers, a contract with one of the major publishing houses is the Holy Grail — and getting accepted to a prestigious Master of Fine Arts program may bring aspiring writers one step closer. But these elite writing programs have a history steeped in whiteness, and writers of color don't always feel welcome.

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Shots - Health News
1:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:47 pm

As a young doctor working at a teaching hospital, Sandeep Jauhar was having trouble making ends meet. So, like other academic physicians, he took a job moonlighting at a private practice, the offices of a cardiologist. He noticed that the offices were quick to order expensive tests for their patients — even when they seemed unnecessary.

It was "made very clear from the beginning" that seeing patients alone was not financially rewarding for the business, he says.

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87

Simin Behbahani during an August 2007 news conference in Tehran.
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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:19 pm

NPR senior producer Davar Ardalan spoke with Simin Behbahani in June 2009 and has this remembrance:

One of Iran's most vocal and outspoken poets died this morning in Tehran at the age of 87. Known as the "Lioness of Iran," Simin Behbahani reportedly had been in a coma for more than two weeks.

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The Two-Way
5:11 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck

J.K. Rowling writes that Celestina Warbeck "is one of my favourite 'off-stage' characters in the whole [Harry Potter] series."
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue August 19, 2014

You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing

You've heard this story before. You may even have experienced it, or thought about it: A woman who apparently has it all — loving, financially successful spouse, posh home, wonderful, healthy kids, great job — still feels something is missing from her life. Could it be passion? Adventure? Risk? She throws herself at an old high school boyfriend. What's love got to do with it? Dismayingly little.

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All Tech Considered
3:33 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Did You Hear The One About The Stand-Up Comedian And The Podcast?

Comedian Al Madrigal co-founded All Things Comedy, a hybrid network and cooperative of more than 50 podcasts.
Mandee Johnson

Much has been written about the success of Marc Maron's WTF podcast. What you may not know is that his story isn't an aberration. In the past five years stand-up comedy has seen a global revival thanks to the Internet, and in particular, thanks to podcasts.

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Movies
1:37 am
Tue August 19, 2014

A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood.
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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:55 pm

The new film Winter in the Blood is based on a landmark of literature from the American West: a novel, published to critical acclaim in 1974, about a 30-something American Indian man living in Montana. It was written by Native American author James Welch, and adapted for the screen, for the first time, by two non-Native Americans — twins Alex and Andrew Smith.

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Book Reviews
3:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Haruki Murakami Paints A 'Colorless' Character In A Vividly Imagined World

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:28 pm

It's hard to think of another writer who is as popular, as strange, and as lionized as Haruki Murakami is. Usually writers get to be one of those, but not all of them. Yet over the course of his formidable international career, Murakami has written novels that have been ambiguous to one degree or another, which hasn't stopped readers from lining up at midnight when his books go on sale.

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The Salt
1:40 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

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Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 3:04 pm

It can be nice to relax with a glass of wine, a beer or a shot of whiskey. But one drink too many, and you may be paying the price.

To understand why drinking can make us feel so good and so bad, you have to know a little about science, says journalist Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze.

As Rogers notes, researchers have only just begun to explore the mystery of the hangover and share a common language around it.

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The Salt
1:18 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Roman-Style Burger

It may look like a stack of sandwiches. It is.
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Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 2:13 pm

During World War II, bun rationing meant that burger joints had to find replacements to hold their ground beef patties.

One of the more creative solutions — using grilled cheese sandwiches — lives on at M Burger in Chicago. It's called the Roman-Style Burger, and it's a secret menu item.

Peter: Why it is called Roman style? Is it because like Gaul, it is divided into three parts?

Miles: We came, we saw, we were conquered.

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Author Interviews
12:48 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

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Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 1:40 pm

When author Stephan Eirik Clark read Fast Food Nation in 2001, he didn't know it would inspire him to write a fictional account of the food industry.

"Flavorings were like gravity or electricity — something that was all around me but that I had never paid any attention to," Clark tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And as soon as I read that book and its chapter on food product design, I started to ask myself, 'How important are these to the foods?' I started to question if I was really eating food or just the idea of food."

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Television
9:12 am
Mon August 18, 2014

4 More Things NBC Must Do To Save 'Meet The Press'

Chuck Todd (left) and David Gregory appear together on NBC's Meet the Press in 2008.
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Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 4:45 pm

In keeping with its recent tradition of drawn-out, publicly humiliating anchor switches, NBC has finally admitted it is replacing Meet the Press host David Gregory with the network's political director, Chuck Todd, on Sept. 7.

The switch had been rumored for months, as it became increasingly obvious that the Gregory-led Meet the Press was sinking in the ratings and failing to set the news agenda in ways it did when the late Tim Russert was at the helm. Gregory took over the show in 2008 after Russert's sudden death.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
8:59 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Playlist: You Can Do It!

These stories will inspire you to achieve your goals.
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We made playlists of TED Radio Hour stories that will keep you curious about big ideas throughout the summer.

Need a little encouragement this summer? This playlist may inspire you to overcome your own obstacles with stories about conquering fears, getting past cultural boundaries and more.

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