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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

July 22, 2014 - 7:03am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

July 22, 2014 - 7:00am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time

July 22, 2014 - 4:44am

Albert Paley's eye-catching gates, archways and sculptures frame transitions and elevate otherwise routine paths. An exhibit in Washington, D.C., is celebrating the work of the American metalsmith.

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Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois

July 21, 2014 - 6:01pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Menage A Trois sandwich from Ike's Place in San Francisco. It features chicken with three sauces and three cheeses.

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This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest

July 21, 2014 - 5:08pm

The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers' off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year's celebration.

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For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet

July 21, 2014 - 4:53pm

A group of men in New York are challenging the stereotype that eating meat signifies manliness. Instead, they say that manhood can be proven by caring for the planet, not dominating it.

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

July 21, 2014 - 4:17pm

When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

July 21, 2014 - 3:20pm

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

July 21, 2014 - 7:42am

Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

July 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.

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Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

July 20, 2014 - 5:31pm

Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in hit TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86 years old.

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Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

July 20, 2014 - 5:31pm

The man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.

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Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

July 20, 2014 - 4:41pm

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

July 20, 2014 - 3:33pm

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

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At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

July 20, 2014 - 11:40am

The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream.

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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

July 20, 2014 - 10:48am

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

July 20, 2014 - 10:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

July 20, 2014 - 10:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

July 20, 2014 - 10:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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Take A Ride On The Plural Side

July 20, 2014 - 8:03am

Two clues will be given. The first answer will be a brand name that sounds like it's plural; change the first letter to spell a new word that answers the second clue.

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