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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

1 hour 1 min ago

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

2 hours 45 min ago

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions

3 hours 42 min ago

Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

5 hours 49 min ago

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

8 hours 17 min ago

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Oscar De La Renta Was About Making Women Look And Feel Their Best

8 hours 17 min ago

His designs weren't experimental, says fashion critic Robin Givhan, but their popularity proved that there's still a place in our culture for fashion rooted in beauty, propriety and decorum.

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From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

October 20, 2014 - 4:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

October 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson when he was quietly sitting in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to affect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

October 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton

October 20, 2014 - 10:30am

The Nobel laureate taught at Princeton University for 17 years. Now, her papers — some 180 linear feet of them — are returning to be housed in the school's library. Also: a roundup of new releases.

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There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure

October 20, 2014 - 4:23am

Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

October 20, 2014 - 4:23am

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

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Starring In 'Fury': The Horrors That People Are Capable Of In War

October 20, 2014 - 4:23am

The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

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Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

October 19, 2014 - 7:01pm

In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.

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From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis' 'Ridiculous, Ridiculous' Break

October 19, 2014 - 5:32pm

Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

October 19, 2014 - 5:24pm

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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Waterless Worlds The New Hot Dystopia

October 19, 2014 - 5:22pm

Following years worth of news stories about climate change and drought, books and movies are starting to capture those stories, too. Worlds without water are the settings for quite a few new projects.

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Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.

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Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Sir Ian McKellen made a special appearance at an English school. What special magical message did he impart? Do your homework!

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Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables

October 19, 2014 - 7:43am

Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."

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