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Playlist: I Never Knew That!

December 16, 2014 - 3:13pm

TED Radio Hour stories that will stay with you long after you listen.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

December 16, 2014 - 2:04pm

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV Of 2014

December 16, 2014 - 12:53pm

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says, any Top 10 list says as much about the critic as the shows he is picking.

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Yes, 'Serial' Is True Crime — And That's OK

December 16, 2014 - 12:05pm

Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.

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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamón

December 16, 2014 - 3:22am

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian emigre is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

December 16, 2014 - 3:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson. (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson.)

December 15, 2014 - 4:50pm

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.

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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

December 15, 2014 - 4:46pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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How To Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

December 15, 2014 - 4:34pm

Given recent stories about violence against college women, what should parents say to college-age sons? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with author Rosalind Wiseman about guiding boys through adolescence.

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Sandwich Monday: The Hanukkah Miracle

December 15, 2014 - 4:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, guest eater Dan Pashman shares with us a creation that members of every faith can enjoy. It's a latke-doughnut sandwich called the Hanukkah Miracle.

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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

December 15, 2014 - 3:24pm

The 19th century painter wasn't always "very pleasant" and he was a "man of massive contradictions," Spall says. So Spall says he had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner.

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

December 15, 2014 - 3:00pm

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

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Watts Going On: The Gaudy Excess Of 'The Great Christmas Light Fight'

December 15, 2014 - 11:23am

If you've never seen hundreds of thousands of lights used to do things like animate wire-frame animals, you're going to love this bonkers piece of television.

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Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

December 15, 2014 - 10:48am

Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

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Your #NPRUglySweaters: The Joy Of Knitwear We Ought Not Wear

December 14, 2014 - 10:58pm

A bright, blinking, tinsel-covered, delightfully tacky peek inside of NPR listeners' closets — check out some of our favorite photos of your favorite Christmas attire.

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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

December 14, 2014 - 6:09pm

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.

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'#Blackmendream': Showcasing A Different Side Of Black Manhood

December 14, 2014 - 5:05pm

In Shikeith Cathey's short film, faceless strangers answer questions like "What makes you happy?" and "Do you cry?" The artist says, "These questions, as simple as they are ... they aren't discussed."

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Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

December 14, 2014 - 7:46am

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it's been making a comeback — updated for the 21st century.

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'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

December 14, 2014 - 7:46am

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.

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A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25

December 14, 2014 - 7:46am

With the holiday season, comes holiday movies, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

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