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Director Mike Nichols Remembered As A Comedian, Raconteur, Charmer

1 hour 36 min ago

Robert Siegel remembers director and film icon Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 83.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

2 hours 51 min ago

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

2 hours 52 min ago

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

3 hours 26 min ago

We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.

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Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

7 hours 1 min ago

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

7 hours 35 min ago

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

8 hours 49 min ago

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

8 hours 49 min ago

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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There's More To Asking Than Just Art

10 hours 58 min ago

Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

November 19, 2014 - 9:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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NBC The Latest To Distance Itself From Bill Cosby

November 19, 2014 - 4:24pm

There was more fallout for actor comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, following renewed allegations about sexual misconduct. NBC said it was cancelling plans for a comedy it was developing with Cosby.

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NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

November 19, 2014 - 3:07pm

A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move; TV Land will reportedly stop airing Cosby Show reruns.

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Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

November 19, 2014 - 2:33pm

Pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season, but does anyone think there's real pumpkin in the "science goo" in our lattes? Turns out flavor companies have come up with a simple chemical recipe for it.

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Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

November 19, 2014 - 1:45pm

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

November 19, 2014 - 1:45pm

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympic wrestlers on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

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'Grape Salad' Is Not Minnesotan, And Other Lessons In Cultural Mapmaking

November 19, 2014 - 11:16am

A New York Times project claims that Minnesota is best defined by heated-up grapes and sour cream. C'mon, now, guys — give us a break.

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Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

November 19, 2014 - 10:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

November 19, 2014 - 7:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

November 18, 2014 - 3:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

November 18, 2014 - 3:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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