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Cameron Esposito And The Comedy Of Confidence

October 8, 2014 - 10:58am

In a new comedy album, Cameron Esposito covers strip clubs, her attraction to "women in crisis," her awkward youth, and her bone-deep comfort in her own skin.

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Book News: Bob Dylan's Lyrics Get Their Own Book — And It's Massive

October 8, 2014 - 7:20am

The 1,034-page collection sets out to annotate, illustrate and track the changes of Dylan's myriad songs. Also, after a decade on trial, Superman won't be reaching the Supreme Court.

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A Hairy, Sardonic Fable In 'The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil'

October 8, 2014 - 7:03am

Stephen Collins' debut graphic novel depicts a bland, comfortable, conformist world turned upside down by one man's sudden growth of a bristly, twisty, unstoppably anarchic beard.

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In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

October 8, 2014 - 3:14am

Marilynne Robinson's fourth novel is a prequel to 2004's Gilead: That book told the Rev. John Ames' family story and this book tells the story of his wife.

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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

October 7, 2014 - 5:12pm

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

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Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

October 7, 2014 - 4:24pm

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.

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'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

October 7, 2014 - 4:20pm

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.

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The Secret To Prize-Winning Porridge Is In the Spurtle

October 7, 2014 - 4:20pm

An Scottish man won the prestigious 21st Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships on Saturday. We learn from Dr. Izhar Khan about his secret to winning porridge.

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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

October 7, 2014 - 3:09pm

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

October 7, 2014 - 3:04pm

It's tempting to seek out the mac and cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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'The Flash' Winks At History And Keeps Its Superhero Tone Light

October 7, 2014 - 12:05pm

The CW's remake of The Flash has an affection view of super-history, resting comfortably among the many version of many heroes already born.

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The 'Sioux Chef' Is Putting Pre-Colonization Food Back On The Menu

October 7, 2014 - 11:39am

Sean Sherman plans to open a restaurant serving food inspired by what was eaten in the Great Plains prior to the arrival of European settlers. Discovering those ingredients has been half the battle.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'House Hunters International'

October 7, 2014 - 11:02am

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes sit down for a little chat about flats in Paris, bad jokes, and wanting to live abroad but still be at home.

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Book News: Agatha Christie And The Secret Of The Lost Lockbox Jewels

October 7, 2014 - 7:28am

Long hidden in a common trunk, Christie's family jewelry is now heading to auction. And the day's secrets don't end there: J.K. Rowling also stirred Twitter with a cryptic hint about her new book.

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'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire

October 7, 2014 - 7:03am

Ann Leckie's eagerly awaited sequel to last year's Ancillary Justice quickly wraps up dangling plot threads, and sends heroine Breq on a brand new adventure, this time at the helm of her own ship.

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The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

October 7, 2014 - 3:17am

Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.

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