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Comedian Bill Burr Says Stand-Up In Asia In Its 'Lenny Bruce Years'

February 15, 2015 - 5:00pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Burr — just back from a trip to India — about comedy abroad, and how difficult it is for an American to find material that will make the world laugh.

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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

February 15, 2015 - 3:29pm

In his six-decade career, Levine found grace and beauty in the lives of working people, especially the people and places of his youth. He was a United States poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Fake Food George Washington Could've Sunk His Fake Teeth Into

February 15, 2015 - 8:03am

Herring with mustard sauce, ham hocks, hog jowls: Sandy Levins re-creates the Founding Father's meals for America's historic houses. Just don't try to eat them; they're sculpted replicas.

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'La La La' I Can't Hear You

February 15, 2015 - 7:46am

Every answer is a word or name of three or more syllables in which an interior syllable is an accented "la."

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How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

February 15, 2015 - 7:03am

For Black History Month, historian Peniel E. Joseph recommends books that take an unsparing look at slavery and American capitalism, with a focus on the often overlooked work of Stokely Carmichael.

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Polish Filmmaker To Bring Her Political Eye To 'House Of Cards'

February 15, 2015 - 7:03am

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, whose films explore fascism and communist oppression, is guest-directing the new season of House of Cards. Host Indira Lakshaman asks Holland about the political undercurrents in her work.

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'The Room' Offers An Escape From The Office — Or Does It?

February 15, 2015 - 7:03am

Swedish actor and playwright Jonas Karlsson ventures into fiction with The Room, a surreal tale of a dour bureaucrat who finds a tiny secret room at his workplace, a room which may or may not be real.

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In 'Still Alice,' Director Couple Tells A Story That Mirrors Their Own

February 15, 2015 - 7:03am

Just before Richard Glatzer and his husband, Wash Westmoreland, took the film on, Glatzer was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. By the time filming began, he was using an iPad to communicate.

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How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

February 15, 2015 - 7:03am

More than 14 million tourists visited the island nation last year. Many came for the food. It's all part of the Singapore government's master plan to make culinary enticements a key lure for tourists.

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At 'The Grand Budapest,' A Banquet Of Beards And Melange Of Mustaches

February 14, 2015 - 5:20pm

Nearly every male actor in The Grand Budapest Hotel has some kind of facial hair. In charge of each follicle — real or fake — was Oscar-nominated hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon.

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Filmmaker David Cross Says It's No Wonder We All Want Fame

February 14, 2015 - 4:54pm

The Arrested Development actor makes his directorial debut with the film Hits, which explores how easy it is to become famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

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'Strange Fruit' Shares Uncelebrated, Quintessentially American Stories

February 14, 2015 - 4:54pm

Have you heard of Bass Reeves? Richard Potter? Spottswood Rice? "Box" Brown? If not, illustrator-historian Joel Christian Gill says, you're missing out on some of the best stories in American history.

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Three Books To Light Your Fire For Valentine's Day

February 14, 2015 - 10:03am

If you've been comfortably paired up for years now, our romance guru Bobbi Dumas recommends three Valentine's Day reads that'll help give you the spark and thrill of first love all over again.

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Not My Job: Three Questions About Bass (The Fish) For Lance Bass (The Singer)

February 14, 2015 - 9:06am

This week we're recording our show in Orlando, Fla., birthplace of the massively popular boy band NSYNC.

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In Art For The Blind, Touching Exhibits Is Mandatory

February 14, 2015 - 7:23am

Museums are filled with signs that say "do not touch." But a current exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid wants you to do just the opposite. The exhibit is designed for blind people.

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The Other Chocolate Tries For Sweet Redemption

February 14, 2015 - 7:12am

Some say white chocolate has a bad reputation because of its history of poor quality ingredients. But aficionados say its mellow sweetness can bring out flavors that bitter dark chocolate smothers.

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Dangerous Freedoms And Fading Memories In 'Find Me'

February 14, 2015 - 7:12am

Imagine a future where an epidemic that erases memories (and eventually kills) takes over the country: That's the setting for the first novel from celebrated short story writer Laura Van Den Berg.

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For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

February 14, 2015 - 7:12am

Whether they find Valentine's Day "icky," or the "Christmas of love," stand-up comics Jim Gaffigan, Marina Franklin and Ted Alexandro all find plenty of funny material in romance — or the lack of it.

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Hugh Grant On Smart Romantic Comedies And Standing Up To The Tabloids

February 14, 2015 - 7:12am

In The Rewrite Grant plays a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college. Recently, Grant has been fighting against British tabloids using illegal hacking tactics.

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A Berkeley Student Comes Home In 'Braggsville,' With Consequences

February 14, 2015 - 7:12am

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.

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