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In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.

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Morning Edition

Busy Chef Strives For Balanced Mix Of Home Life, Culinary Ambitions

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Restaurant owner and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio tries to find the right recipe for blending work, family duties and the pressures of being on the road.

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Fresh Air

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Monday, April 06, 2015

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

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Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

Monday, April 06, 2015

Two of our Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.

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Sandwich Monday: Pizza-Flavored Energy Paste

Monday, April 06, 2015

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new food for athletes: liquid pizza. It's Clif Bar's "energy food" made with tomatoes, carrots, quinoa, sunflower seed butter and sugar.

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Does Your Food Have A Bad Case Of The Blahs? Put An Egg On It!

Monday, April 06, 2015

If you're wondering what to do with all those eggs left over from Easter, we're here to help. Inspired by Portlandia and Beyonce, we'll show you ways you can put an egg on it.

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The Times Grow Messier As The Last Chapter Of 'Mad Men' Begins

Monday, April 06, 2015

The corseted '60s give way to the freer '70s, as Don Draper begins to fall to pieces in earnest.

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All Things Considered

Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."

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What's In A Word? Another Word

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase in which the first word has seven letters. Drop its first and last letters to get a five-letter word that is the second part of the phrase.

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The Dilemma With Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Dong's character in the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has raised eyebrows. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Kat Chow about whether his character pushes against stereotypes, or reinforces them.

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Candace Bergen On Marriage, Death And Murphy Brown's Demons

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In her latest memoir, Candice Bergen writes about coping with her husband's death. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Bergen about how that experience changed her relationship with her daughter.

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Making Sense Of Murder In 'Visiting Hours'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In college, Amy Butcher found herself on the periphery of a murder. The incident haunted her for years. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Butcher about her debut memoir, Visiting Hours.

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Exploring Songs In Native Languages From Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia

Sunday, April 05, 2015

When you think of Latin American music, you may think of songs in Spanish or Portuguese. This week, Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino brings NPR's Rachel Martin music sung in indigenous languages.

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Brattling After The Pacifire: 'That Should Be A Word'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Kinnovator, Fidgital, Bangst. This isn't gibberish. It's the language of Lizzie Skurnick. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Skurnick about her new book, That Should Be a Word.

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After One Very Bad Week, Tobias Jesso Jr. Finds His Voice

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. is having great success with his debut album, Goon. But he had to bottom out with a terrible week in Los Angeles. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to the musician.

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Drinking With 'Mad Men': Cocktail Culture And The Myth Of Don Draper

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The culture of retro cocktails that the show helped reignite is intriguing, considering how much of Mad Men is actually about excessive — even abusive — drinking.

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All Things Considered

Florida Teen, War Criminal: The Life Of An 'American Warlord'

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Johnny Dwyer's new book explores the life of Chuckie Taylor: the son of Liberia's former president, a leader in the Liberian Civil War and the only American ever convicted of torture committed abroad.

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All Things Considered

Salad Ties And Breadsticks: Star Chef Started At The Olive Garden

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Stephanie Izard is the chef behind Chicago's award-winning Girl and the Goat restaurant — and the first woman to win on Bravo's Top Chef. But her food career began in the land of unlimited salad.

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'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.

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Movies Explore The Intersection Of Religion And Violence

Saturday, April 04, 2015

There has been a spate of religious movies and documentaries from Killing Jesus to Going Clear. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral in Washington.

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