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The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.

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'Osage' Hits Close To Home For Writer Tracy Letts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Playwright Tracy Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, a story of secrets and family dysfunction. Now it's been released as a film, for which Letts wrote the screenplay. The story and its characters came from his own experiences, Letts says.

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Healing The Wounds Of Memory's 'Impossible Knife'

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Laurie Halse Anderson's latest young adult novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, follows 15-year-old Hayley and her dad, who suffers from PTSD after serving in Iraq. Anderson says the book draws on her own experience of growing up with a World War II veteran father who still struggles with his war memories.

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Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

Saturday, January 11, 2014

E.L. Doctorow's new novel goes inside the brain of a neuroscientist trying to outrun his memories of disaster and the daughter he gave up. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that Andrew's Brain was inspired by his own memories, and by a recurring idea of a little girl hiding her colored-pencil drawings from adult eyes.

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Frolicking Fido, Cozy Cats: How Your Pets Are Chilling Out

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Some pets enjoyed playing outside in the snow, while others preferred curling up near the fireplace. We asked you for photos of how your pets are dealing with the weather — and you folks delivered.

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Basketball Coach Fights For His Dream Of A Division I Job

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Elwyn McRoy has been trying to land a job coaching Division I college basketball for more than a decade. He's skipped meals, slept in cars, and lived thousands of miles from his wife and kids for months at a time to achieve that goal. McRoy talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new, one-year coaching contract, and why he's still in the game.

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'On Such A Full Sea': A Fable From A Fractured Future

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Chang-Rae Lee is an award-winning author best known for his novels Native Speaker and The Surrendered. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lee about his latest book On Such a Full Sea, a futuristic dystopian novel set in a declining America that's been repopulated by Chinese immigrant workers.

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A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.

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Transgender Issues Follow Path Blazed By Gay Rights

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Some gay and lesbian activists say 2013 was "the gayest year ever," but as 2014 opens, another issue is gaining traction — transgender rights.

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Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The ability to identify musical notes by ear is usually thought to be something developed early in life. Now a Harvard study says a drug normally used as a mood stabilizer might allow adults with no musical experience to learn perfect pitch.

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Lovebirds + String + Watering Can + Dog = Rube Goldberg Magic

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades.

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From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NPR has been taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of 2013. These 13 reflect the highs and lows of the year, from deadly wildfires and the war in Syria, to football stadiums and same-sex marriage.

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To Save The Black Rhino, Hunting Club Bids On Killing One

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, but the Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off a permit to hunt one down. It says the controversial fundraiser is a conservation effort.

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Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Children in low-income families hear dramatically fewer words, which often sets them back in school and later life. The gap was officially documented in the 1990s, but has persisted. Now an entire city is trying to close the divide.

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Giorgio Moroder On Dance Music's Present And Future

Sunday, December 29, 2013

One of the most influential electronic producers in the world, Moroder spent 2013 back in the spotlight. Here, he discusses his work with Daft Punk and Donna Summer, the return of disco and the rise of the DJ.

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Quitting Wall Street To Tell A Prostitute's Story

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Disillusioned by corporate greed and his life as a Wall Street financier, Chris Arnade quit his job and devoted his time to photographing drug addicts and prostitutes in the South Bronx. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with him about his new mission among the street people he now counts as some of his best friends.

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'Havisham' Offers A Peek Behind That Decaying Wedding Veil

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Miss Havisham is one of Charles Dickens' most enduring characters. She appears in Great Expectations as an eccentric recluse, jilted at the altar years ago, who still wears her wedding gown and presides over a rotting feast. In his new novel, Ronald Frame imagines the kind of life that would have created such a woman.

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Giving Hoppin' John An Indian Twist, Just For Luck

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Black-eyed peas mixed with rice is the basis of a dish called Hoppin' John, which is thought to bring good luck in the New Year. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with chef Raghavan Iyer, author of 660 Curries, for advice on how to tweak the Hoppin' John recipe.

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Exclusive First Read: Chang-rae Lee's 'On Such A Full Sea'

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lee's upcoming novel is a dystopian tale, set in a future America where corporations have replaced a long-crumbled government, and Chinese immigrant workers have become a new laboring class, repopulating deserted cities.

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Bunji Garlin: 'Here To Stand My Ground' For Soca Music

Monday, December 23, 2013

Garlin has had a big year with his hit Caribbean anthem, "Differentology." The song recently won the 2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance. In a conversation with guest host Celeste Headlee, the popular Trinidadian artist discusses his unique style of music.

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