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'There Is No Good Card For This': What To Say When 'Condolences' Isn't Enough

Monday, February 13, 2017

Have you ever struggled with how to be there for a friend in pain? If so, you're not alone. Illustrator Emily McDowell says her new book is a "guide for how to show up ... after you've sent the card."

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What You Do When Your Small Pet Pig Grows Up

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What would you do if you wanted a small pet pig, but then it grew into a 650-pound pet pig? If you're Steve Jenkins, you name her Esther and build her an animal sanctuary.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Has 4 Musicals On Broadway — At The Same Time

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber hit a milestone this past week. He's the first since Rodgers and Hammerstein to have four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.

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'Next Door' Neighbors Gradually Learn To Get Along In Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yewande Omotoso's new novel follows two South African widows in their 80s: Hortensia is black, Marion is white and both are set in their ways.

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After Wowing Pharrell, Maggie Rogers Delivers Her Pop Thesis

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In 2016, a video of Pharrell Williams being floored by one of Rogers' demos went viral. She tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro how she arrived at a sound that marries acoustic folk to electronic production.

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DJ Betto Arcos Shares His Musical Finds From The Panama Jazz Festival

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The globetrotting world-music maven returns to weekends on All Things Considered with an armload of records.

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'Lincoln In The Bardo' Pictures An American Saint Of Sorrow

Saturday, February 11, 2017

George Saunders — acknowledged as a master of the short story — moves into novel form with Lincoln in the Bardo, a supernatural tale of President Lincoln grieving the death of his son Willie.

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After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The stroke left Christine Hyung-Oak Lee unable remember things for more than 15 minutes. As she slowly got better, she was surprised to find that grief and recovery were inextricably linked.

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Mike Ilitch, Little Caesars Founder, Detroit Tigers And Red Wings Owner, Dies

Friday, February 10, 2017

The lifelong Detroiter opened his first store with his wife, Marian, in the Detroit suburb of Garden City in 1959. Today its parent company says it's the world's largest carryout pizza chain.

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'The Refugees' Author Says We Should All Know What It Is To Be An Outsider

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen fled Vietnam with his family when he was 4 years old. His new short story collection explores the refugee experience — and draws from his own.

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To Get His First Oscar Nod, Justin Timberlake Had To Act Like A Troll

Friday, February 10, 2017

Timberlake says he always thought a song needed "misery and self-loathing" to be recognized by the Oscars — until his own theme for the animated movie Trolls was nominated for Best Original Song.

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A Romance That Began With A Mistake

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Dewanes' paths crossed when Claudia, a bank teller, accidentally gave Bill, a customer, too much money. It led to a first date, and an admission that an accident changed Bill for the better.

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Joyce Carol Oates' New Novel Begins With An Abortion Doctor's Murder

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

A Book of American Martyrs is told, in part, from the perspective of the murderer, a man who feels he's been called by God.

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In 'Universal Harvester,' Mountain Goats Lyricist Reaps A Creepy Crop

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

John Darnielle used some tricks of the horror trade to write his latest novel, which is set in 1990s Iowa and involves some cornfields. What's scary about cornfields? Mostly, the unknown.

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Going Crazy From Annoying Sounds Is An Actual Medical Condition

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Ew, noisy chewing! Ack, clickety pens! If those sounds drive you crazy, you're not alone, and it turns out it's an actual medical condition called misophonia.

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From Postwar Germany To Hollywood, A Soap Star Dishes On His Journey

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Actor Eric Braeden was born in Kiel, Germany, during World War II, and this year marks his 37th anniversary with The Young and the Restless. His new memoir is called I'll Be Damned.

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Wyclef Jean Talks Young Thug, Trap Music And The Joy Of Carnival

Sunday, February 05, 2017

While characteristically full of Caribbean themes, Jean's latest release makes room for some of the voices and sounds dominating hip-hop today.

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30 Years After 'A Different World,' 'The Quad' Brings HBCU Life Back To TV

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Actress Anika Noni Rose discusses her new show The Quad. The series follows success and scandal on the campus of a fictional historically black university.

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Reba McEntire's New Album Is A Dedication To Family And Faith

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The country veteran says her music career began not on stage or at church, but in a hotel lobby in Wyoming.

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Coming To Terms With Depression In 'This Close To Happy'

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Novelist and critic Daphne Merkin's new memoir This Close to Happy chronicles a life spent struggling with depression, from love-starved childhood to hard-won equilibrium: Not cured, but functional.

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