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For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

December 26, 2014 - 4:26pm

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

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A Short List Of The Best 'Longform' Journalism Of 2014

December 26, 2014 - 4:26pm

Editors at Longform read hundreds of print and online journalism pieces each year. Co-founder Max Linsky talks to Audie Cornish about highlights from 2014, from literary stalwarts and upstarts alike.

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Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies'

December 26, 2014 - 12:55pm

Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.

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Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

December 26, 2014 - 9:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

December 26, 2014 - 9:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Into The Woods' And How To Make A Franchise

December 26, 2014 - 8:03am

On this week's show, we invite film critic Bob Mondello for a chat about the new adaptation of Into The Woods, and we talk about why some films make for good franchises and others ... don't.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Into The Woods' And How To Make A Franchise

December 26, 2014 - 8:03am

On this week's show, we invite film critic Bob Mondello for a chat about the new adaptation of Into The Woods, and we talk about why some films make for good franchises and others ... don't.

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

December 25, 2014 - 4:16pm

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.

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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

December 25, 2014 - 4:16pm

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

December 25, 2014 - 4:16pm

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

December 25, 2014 - 4:16pm

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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A Punch Line In The U.S., Christmas Fruitcake Is Big In Calcutta

December 25, 2014 - 3:24am

Seen as indestructible in the West, fruitcakes are indispensable in the bustling Hindu city. Bakers of all faiths have the ovens running round the clock to feed Calcutta's appetite for the cakes.

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'Selma' Manages To Be Both Passion-Inspiring And Measured

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

Critic Bob Mondello reviews Selma, Ava DuVernay's film chronicling Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic voting-rights march in 1965. Mondello notes that recent protests make the film resonate today.

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The Perfect Family Book List

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.

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Independent Theater Owner In D.C. Gets Ready To Screen 'The Interview'

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

West End Cinema's Josh Levin, preparing to show The Interview, speaks with Audie Cornish about what sparked a decision to host the controversial film (Sony Pictures had canceled the release).

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'Crabs For Christmas': A Tuneful Baltimore Tradition (Really!)

December 24, 2014 - 4:25pm

More than 30 years ago, David DeBoy wrote a hit holiday song about a local delicacy. Its success led to other Baltimore-themed Christmas songs, then to albums and finally to a live show.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2014

December 24, 2014 - 4:02pm

Books, movies, television, things to read — we look back at 50 of the great things that entered our field of vision in 2014.

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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

December 24, 2014 - 12:28pm

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."

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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

December 24, 2014 - 11:11am

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.

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Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates

December 24, 2014 - 10:43am

North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

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