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An Exploration Of 'Friendship' That's Full Of <3

July 2, 2014 - 7:03am

Emily Gould's new novel follows Bev and Amy, best friends who love each other deeply but don't always get along. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn praises Gould's depiction of genuine female friendship.

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'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist

July 2, 2014 - 3:41am

The show's creator, Derek Waters, is the first to admit that history can be pretty boring. But "if you can make someone laugh," he says, "you can secretly make them learn something."

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Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era

July 1, 2014 - 4:25pm

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died at the age of 84. As seen in his films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman, Mazursky had a way of mixing comedy and drama that captured the 1960s and '70s.

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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

July 1, 2014 - 3:36pm

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

July 1, 2014 - 1:35pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Book News: Chinese Importer Talks About Why Clinton's Book Was Dropped

July 1, 2014 - 7:58am

Also: Raymond Chandler will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Joy Williams on writing.

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Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne

July 1, 2014 - 3:16am

Crime fiction writer Peter Temple has created a resourceful Aussie investigator: Jack Irish can fight off bad guys with everything from a child's swing to a tin sheet turned fatal Frisbee.

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Book Review: 'The Expedition To The Boabab Tree'

June 30, 2014 - 4:17pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Expedition to the Boabab Tree. Originally written in Afrikaans by Wilma Stockenstrom, the short novel on slavery has been translated by Nobel-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

June 30, 2014 - 2:44pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Sandwich Monday: The Concrete

June 30, 2014 - 2:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Concrete. It's a frozen custard confection so thick, you can turn it upside down and it won't fall out of its cup.

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