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The Language That Divides America: From Red And Blue To Percents

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Nobody knows what was in the president's cup when he saluted the Marines last month, but it became known as the "latte salute." Do people still use "red" and "blue" when discussing a cultural divide?
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A Mortician Talks Openly About Death, And Wants You To, Too

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

"You're never going to be completely comfortable with it," says mortician and author Caitlin Doughty. "But it's an important process." Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is her new memoir.
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One Final Offering From John Coltrane

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia that proved too much for some listeners.
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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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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'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

Monday, October 06, 2014

Brian Morton's novel features a 75-year-old woman — an icon of the Second Wave Women's Movement — who's a self-described "difficult woman." It's a witty, nuanced and ultimately moving novel.
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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

Monday, October 06, 2014

In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson explains that Pentagon officials wanted a system the Russians couldn't attack, and 1984 made the public wary of new technology's Big Brother potential.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Lena Dunham And Matt Bai

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Lena Dunham talks about sex, oversharing and her new essay collection Not That Kind of Girl; Matt Bai discusses his book All The Truth Is Out about Gary Hart's 1987 affair and political journalism.
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The Two Koreas Agree To Hold High-Level Talks This Autumn

Saturday, October 04, 2014

News of the plan comes as a delegation of North Korean officials venture south to Incheon for Saturday's closing ceremonies of the 2014 Asian Games.
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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

Friday, October 03, 2014

Based on a screenplay by author Gillian Flynn, the movie is sensationally effective. It's made like a classic noir — evenly paced, with an elegance that in context is deeply perverse.
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Bio Credits Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time

Friday, October 03, 2014

California parolee Charles Manson arrived in San Francisco in 1967, when the city was full of young seeking a guru. In Manson, Jeff Guinn says it was the perfect spot for him to enact his cult vision.
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'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Friday, October 03, 2014

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in Season 4 when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.
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As He Considers A Run For President, Rand Paul Tries to Rebrand Himself

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza says the Republican's earlier views on foreign policy and his opposition to the Civil Rights Act may dog him, as well as the extreme libertarianism of his father, Ron Paul.
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Blake Mills' Restless 'Heigh Ho' Is A Roundabout Journey

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mills' new album, his second, is notable for the diversity of its sound.
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Marty Stuart: Country Music's Historian Goes To Church

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

On a new album, Stuart features country on one side and gospel on the other. Mavis Staples joins him in "Uncloudy Day," a song he calls "one of the greatest songs in the American gospel songbook."
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'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.
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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jimi Hendrix Movie, 'Transparent' And Ron Perlman

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Director John Ridley and star Andre Benjamin discuss the film Jimi: All Is By My Side; David Bianculli reviews the new drama Transparent; Ron Perlman talks about his book Easy Street (The Hard Way).
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What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Friday, September 26, 2014

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.
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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

Friday, September 26, 2014

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.
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In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Comes Out As A Woman

Friday, September 26, 2014

The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.
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