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Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

"The idea was not to tear him down, nor was it to put him on a pedestal," says director Brett Morgen. Instead, executive producer Frances Bean Cobain told Morgen to "make it honest."

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All Things Considered

Author Hopes Holocaust-Themed Picture Book Will Prompt Conversations

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Jane Yolen's latest is a children's book about a family trying to survive the Holocaust in France. "I consider Stone Angel a kind of starting place for parents to talk to their kids," she says.

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All Things Considered

An Ohio Couple Would Like To Forget 'A Gronking To Remember'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A lawsuit alleges that the popular erotica e-book — which centers on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — used an engagement photo on its cover without permission.

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All Things Considered

John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy.

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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

Saturday, May 02, 2015

She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Thirty years ago the Coca Cola company introduced New Coke, which is legendary as both the most disastrous, and most successful product launches of all time.

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'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The musical's heroine was inspired by an English-Indian governess who really did travel to the king of Siam's court. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, has received nine Tony nominations.

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Above The Fray: Mafate Offers A Roadless, Island Isolation

Saturday, May 02, 2015

On La Réunion, a remote Indian Ocean island, one community lives in a collapsed volcanic crater, reachable only by foot or helicopter. We bring you an audio postcard.

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Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Store shelves and libraries are packed with post-apocalyptic, dystopian novels right now. Critic Jason Heller has some suggestions to help you wade through the floods. And the fires. And the fallout.

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At 81, The Man Behind Big Bird Sees 'No Reason To Quit'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"It's an awfully good job," Caroll Spinney says, of the more than 40 years he has spent on Sesame Street. A new documentary tells the story of the octogenarian man playing a 6-year-old bird.

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Fresh Air

Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."

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'Far From The Madding Crowd': Counterprogramming Writ Victorian

Friday, May 01, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the new movie version of Thomas Hardy's Victorian romance, Far From The Madding Crowd.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Free Comic Book Day And Rabbit Holes

Friday, May 01, 2015

On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.

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Free Comic Book Day: A Guide To The Heroes, Musicians And Mutants

Friday, May 01, 2015

Glen Weldon reviews the 50 comics available at participating comics shops for 2015's Free Comic Book Day, coming May 2 — what to pick up free, skip, and buy while you're in the shop.

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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Friday, May 01, 2015

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Morning Edition

Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

Friday, May 01, 2015

The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy's modern, forward-thinking heroine.

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Bigger And Louder Than Ever, Can The Avengers Still Satisfy?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron continues the march of the Marvel Cinematic Universe toward more and more and more of everything. But that's not the same thing as making the movies better.

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In 'Marie's Story,' A Tale Of Teaching And Faith

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A new French film about a girl born blind and deaf speaks not only to the questions of how she learns, but of her encounters with faith and loss.

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