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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

5 hours 54 min ago

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

5 hours 54 min ago

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell

10 hours 34 sec ago

Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life.

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A Life Examined — And Examined, And Examined In 'Ongoingness'

13 hours 19 sec ago

Writer Sarah Manguso has been a compulsive diarist since childhood; her new memoir documents the ways motherhood has changed her writing. Critic Heller McAlpin says it's full of lovely observations.

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Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The Idea From A Woman

16 hours 27 min ago

The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.

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Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

March 2, 2015 - 5:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new twist on a classic. It's a corn dog that uses funnel cake in place of corn meal to encase a hot dog.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

March 2, 2015 - 1:17pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.

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Of Con Men And Dames: How Margot Robbie Gets Robbed In 'Focus'

March 2, 2015 - 1:00pm

Will Smith plays a con man in Focus, but unfortunately, the woman playing opposite him has depressingly little to do.

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'Beholder' Has An Eye For The Absurd, And A Smirk Beneath Its Beard

March 2, 2015 - 10:03am

Francis Falbo, sad sack hero of Know Your Beholder, hasn't shaved in weeks. His wife's left him, his mom's died, his band's fallen apart. Good thing his author, Adam Rapp, has kept his sense of humor.

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'Downton' Wraps Another Season Of Marriage And (Sigh) Muuuuuurder!

March 2, 2015 - 8:59am

The fifth season of Downton Abbey, like all of its seasons, certainly wasn't perfect and had way too much murder. On the whole, though: pretty good.

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'Downton' Wraps Another Season Of Marriage And (Sigh) Muuuuuurder!

March 2, 2015 - 8:59am

The fifth season of Downton Abbey, like all of its seasons, certainly wasn't perfect and had way too much murder. On the whole, though: pretty good.

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'The Sellout' Is A Scorchingly Funny Satire On 'Post-Racial' America

March 2, 2015 - 7:03am

Paul Beatty takes no prisoners in this tale of two men trying to save their dying town through provocative moves like reinstituting segregation. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a comic masterpiece.

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'The Sellout' Is A Scorchingly Funny Satire On 'Post-Racial' America

March 2, 2015 - 7:03am

Paul Beatty takes no prisoners in this tale of two men trying to save their dying town through provocative moves like reinstituting segregation. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a comic masterpiece.

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'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

March 1, 2015 - 8:37pm

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.

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A Most Vibrant Year For Cinematographer Bradford Young

March 1, 2015 - 6:05pm

The man behind the look of Selma and A Most Violent Year talks about depicting violence, participating in history and being a black cinematographer in Hollywood.

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For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'

March 1, 2015 - 5:19pm

In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.

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Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

March 1, 2015 - 5:19pm

One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."

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4 Out Of 5 Puzzlers Say These Things Are The Same

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given "time" and "night," you would say "item" and "thing."

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'The Last Man': An Odd Premise, Says Its Creator, But Oddly Relatable

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

A new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, features your average guy who becomes humanity's last hope. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.

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Play Depicts Scalia As Supreme Court's 'Originalist'

March 1, 2015 - 8:07am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is portrayed on stage in John Strand's new play, The Originalist. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Strand and the actor who plays Scalia, Edward Gero.

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