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No Ants Were Harmed At These Picnics Of The Past

Thursday, July 03, 2014

There's something about eating outdoors that makes even a mundane meal feel special. In the spirit of the Fourth of July, we bring you nostalgic food ads and picnic scenes to inspire your feast.

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Book News: Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Also: Colum McCann was hospitalized following an attack at a Connecticut hotel; World Book Night suspends operations.

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A Primer On The 'Care And Management' Of Hope In Wartime

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Jacqueline Winspear โ€” author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries โ€” tackles the anniversary of World War I with a standalone novel following four intertwined, war-scarred lives, at home and in the trenches.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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All Things Considered

Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

First-time feature filmmaker Dave Green sets his movie apart from Steven Spielberg's classic with found footage, an African-American protagonist and a more central female co-conspirator.

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Fresh Air

'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.

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Actor Don Cheadle On His Career's Longevity, The Key To Success

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Actor Don Cheadle is known for his roles in film and television. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin asks Cheadle if he's hit a career peak and how he'll know when to call it quits.

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Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

StoryCorps, the team that brings you conversations between loved ones, is now highlighting voices of the LGBTQ community. OutLoud brings a story about losing a partner while living in the closet.

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Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Just one week after the Google Glass eyewear went on sale in the U.K., fears of movie piracy have led an industry group to call for a ban on the device in theaters.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Negotiating Tactics In Hachette Fight

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Also: The bench in Amsterdam where the main characters sit in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is missing; a new poem by Joel Brouwer.

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An Exploration Of 'Friendship' That's Full Of <3

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Emily Gould's new novel follows Bev and Amy, best friends who love each other deeply but don't always get along. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn praises Gould's depiction of genuine female friendship.

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Morning Edition

'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The show's creator, Derek Waters, is the first to admit that history can be pretty boring. But "if you can make someone laugh," he says, "you can secretly make them learn something."

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All Things Considered

Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died at the age of 84. As seen in his films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman, Mazursky had a way of mixing comedy and drama that captured the 1960s and '70s.

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Fresh Air

Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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Fresh Air

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Book News: Chinese Importer Talks About Why Clinton's Book Was Dropped

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Also: Raymond Chandler will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Joy Williams on writing.

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Morning Edition

Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Crime fiction writer Peter Temple has created a resourceful Aussie investigator: Jack Irish can fight off bad guys with everything from a child's swing to a tin sheet turned fatal Frisbee.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'The Expedition To The Boabab Tree'

Monday, June 30, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews The Expedition to the Boabab Tree. Originally written in Afrikaans by Wilma Stockenstrom, the short novel on slavery has been translated by Nobel-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.

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Fresh Air

Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Monday, June 30, 2014

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Sandwich Monday: The Concrete

Monday, June 30, 2014

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Concrete. It's a frozen custard confection so thick, you can turn it upside down and it won't fall out of its cup.

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