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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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Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

July 20, 2014 - 7:03am

If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.

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An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

July 20, 2014 - 5:04am

Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.

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Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

July 19, 2014 - 9:22pm

On Saturday night, the Television Critics Association hands out its 30th annual round of awards, and the big winners are from cable TV, broadcast TV, and even new spaces entirely.

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To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee

July 19, 2014 - 5:05pm

Marja Mills spent more than a year living next door to reclusive author Harper Lee and her sister. She documents that time in The Mockingbird Next Door. But Lee says she never authorized the book.

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Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

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Author Finds The Human Side Of The IMF

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.

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Elaine Stritch: 'I'm Not Easy'

July 19, 2014 - 8:00am

The legendary actress Elaine Stritch died this week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers her career and an interview he had with her earlier this year.

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In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

July 19, 2014 - 7:08am

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

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A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars

July 19, 2014 - 7:03am

It's the book critic's eternal dilemma: how do you fit all that reading into your daily life? Juan Vidal has an unusual solution: he gets his reading done in bars, preferably dark bars at mid-day.

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With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

July 19, 2014 - 5:47am

Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy's characters.

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Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

July 18, 2014 - 8:34pm

Keller has done pretty well running a restaurant called The French Laundry, but how many clothes has he cleaned? We'll find out.

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