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Louis C.K. Reflects On 'Louie,' Loss, Love And Life

1 hour 20 min ago

C.K. won an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for an episode on his FX show Louie. In 2011, C.K. told Fresh Air about making his comedy special and his relationship with other comedians.

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Playlist: Time Out

4 hours 35 min ago

Take a moment to reflect on some big and beautiful ideas.

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Small Batch Edition: Undressing 'Project Runway'

4 hours 56 min ago

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to check in on the state of the Bravo-to-Lifetime reality show that dares to ask: Is it shiny enough for Heidi?

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

7 hours 24 min ago

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

8 hours 12 min ago

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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Poet Tishani Doshi Reads Her Summer Poem

10 hours 13 min ago

In her poem, "Visiting My Parents in Summer," Tishani Doshi writes about returning to her childhood bedroom, where she experiences it being preserved just as she left it as a teenager.

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Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

11 hours 49 min ago

A new film about mobster Whitey Bulger is in the works, and its success may ride on one crucial detail: whether or not the actors can deliver a convincing "hihowahya?"

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Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

August 26, 2014 - 6:56pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

August 26, 2014 - 5:05pm

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

August 26, 2014 - 1:44pm

While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27.

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Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

August 26, 2014 - 1:36pm

An immigrant who mastered the art of the Dominican-style cake is baking up a business in her New York City neighborhood. And she is spreading Caribbean culture along with her frosting.

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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

August 26, 2014 - 9:00am

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks' By David Mitchell

August 26, 2014 - 7:03am

David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decades-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

August 26, 2014 - 7:03am

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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'Breaking Bad' Wins Its Final Emmy Award

August 25, 2014 - 11:23pm

Nearly a year after wrapping up, the AMC drama Breaking Bad and its star Bryan Cranston have two more nice going-away presents: Emmys for best drama and actor in a drama.

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The Emmys: Past Winners Trump New Shows; 'Breaking Bad' Takes A Bow

August 25, 2014 - 11:15pm

The Emmy Awards are always good to past winners, but Monday's round of victories were about as conservative as it gets. Surprising, given the warm sendoff to a show about a drug dealer.

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The List Of Emmy Winners

August 25, 2014 - 11:09pm

The list of winners at Monday's 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Eric Deggans Live-Tweets The Emmys

August 25, 2014 - 7:02pm

Follow real-time commentary on the Emmy awards with NPR's TV critic.

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Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange'

August 25, 2014 - 4:22pm

The film about a 40-year relationship is "prosaic and quotidian," says John Lithgow, "and that's what's so amazing about it." Alfred Molina agrees: "It is the epic quality of the ordinary."

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

August 25, 2014 - 4:06pm

Attenborough engaged audiences in the struggle for apartheid in Cry Freedom, and spent 20 years and his own fortune to bring Gandhi's story to the screen. NPR's Bob Mondello has this remembrance.

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