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Not My Job: Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson Gets Quizzed On Weird Science

4 hours 23 min ago

For decades, Florence Henderson, who presided over the Brady Bunch, was America's perfect Mom. We'll ask Henderson three questions about the Ig Nobels — awarded for real, if ridiculous, research.

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'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

4 hours 43 min ago

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

6 hours 55 min ago

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

6 hours 56 min ago

Shakespeare's Hamlet has been turned into a Bollywood film, but this time, the story is set in Indian-controlled Kashmir. NPR's Scott Simon talks to screenwriter Basharat Peer.

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Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

6 hours 56 min ago

Conductor John Mauceri's latest album is filled with renditions of the most-chilling music from Alfred Hitchcock's films. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Rare Silent Film Discovered With An All-Black Cast

6 hours 56 min ago

A 1913 silent film starring a black ensemble cast will debut more than a century after it was made. The Museum of Modern Art has built an exhibit around the film called 100 Years in Post-Production.

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

8 hours 59 min 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

9 hours 6 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

9 hours 10 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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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

9 hours 11 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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