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The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'

56 min 32 sec ago

Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.

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'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale

1 hour 3 min ago

Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

1 hour 7 min ago

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

October 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

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40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well

October 24, 2014 - 4:33pm

In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."

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Alienating Leading Men: The Force Behind 'Listen Up Philip' And 'Majeure'

October 24, 2014 - 4:11pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Listen Up Philip and Force Majeure — two movies, he says, with compelling lead men who are impossible to empathize with.

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TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation Shows Dangers Of Exploitative TV

October 24, 2014 - 4:08pm

TLC has canceled its unscripted show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo amid allegations that June Shannon, the mother of the show's young star, has been dating a convicted child molester.

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'Citizenfour': A Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary About Edward Snowden

October 24, 2014 - 3:10pm

Laura Poitras' new film isn't artfully shaped like her other documentaries. But she captures scenes as history is being made — and it will make you look both ways when you're on the street.

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Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

October 24, 2014 - 3:10pm

Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. To her second husband, she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful ... but I don't want to live together." Her book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.

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Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize

October 24, 2014 - 11:02am

Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.

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Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo

October 24, 2014 - 10:03am

Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.

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'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century

October 24, 2014 - 7:03am

Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.

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Message From Documentary 'Citizenfour': Be Afraid (Of Surveillance)

October 24, 2014 - 4:53am

Ken Turan reviews the documentary Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and his decision to leak information about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.

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A Tale Of Immigration Unleashed In 'Green Dragons' Film

October 24, 2014 - 4:53am

The film Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on the true story of a Chinese-American gang in New York City that helped traffic unauthorized immigrants from China in the 1980s and '90s.

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An Admiring And Unflinching Look At 'Mr. Dynamite'

October 24, 2014 - 4:53am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.

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'The Heart Machine' Finds Subtlety In The Perils Of Online Dating

October 24, 2014 - 2:03am

Zachary Wigon's debut feature explores what happens when a man suspects that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online, might be living in the same city.

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In 'Force Majeure,' Society Crumbles Under An Avalanche

October 24, 2014 - 2:03am

The wickedly funny Swedish black comedy follows a family after its patriarch makes a selfish, split-second decision in a time of crisis.

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'Life Of Riley,' Alain Resnais' Final Film, Bids A Sunny Adieu

October 24, 2014 - 2:03am

The film, set in a series of make-believe gardens, follows three couples after they receive devastating news about a mutual friend.

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'Citizenfour' Follows The Snowden Story Without (Much) Grandstanding

October 24, 2014 - 2:03am

Documentarian Laura Poitras found herself deep inside the story of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and his revelations about surveillance.

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You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening'

October 23, 2014 - 2:06pm

On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.

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