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

2 hours 42 min ago

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

4 hours 9 min ago

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'

4 hours 31 min ago

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Listen Up Philip and Force Majeure -- 2 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

4 hours 34 min ago

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

5 hours 31 min ago

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'

5 hours 31 min ago

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

9 hours 40 min ago

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

10 hours 39 min ago

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

13 hours 39 min ago

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)

15 hours 48 min ago

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

15 hours 49 min ago

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'

15 hours 49 min ago

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

18 hours 39 min ago

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

18 hours 39 min ago

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

18 hours 39 min ago

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

18 hours 39 min ago

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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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

October 23, 2014 - 1:22pm

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

October 23, 2014 - 10:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Accentuate The Positive

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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