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DIY Lip Color That's Good Enough To Eat

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bite is a little shop in New York City where you can design your own lipstick. The lipstick is so natural, it's said to be good enough to eat. NPR's Jacki Lyden visits the "lip lab" and hears from Bite's manager, Melissa Colon, about how she picks the perfect color for her clients.

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Eternal Vanity: 'The Art Of The Dressing Table'

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ever since there have been puddles of water, human beings have gazed at their reflections. Our need to primp and preen, whether we live in the Bronze Age or the Space Age, is on display in a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York called Vanities: The Art of the Dressing Table.

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Neuwirth Returns To Broadway, With More 'Class' Than Ever

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Broadway veteran, who played the icy Lilith on TV's Cheers and Frasier, is back onstage in the musical Chicago for a third time — this time playing prison matron Mama Morton.

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Fresh Air

Middle-Aged And Divorced, 'Gloria' Takes On Life's Uncertainties

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gloria is a new film from Chile that centers on a late-middle-aged divorced woman whose life is full of ambiguity. She's played by Paulina Garcia, who won the top acting prize — the Silver Bear — at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, where the movie was a surprise hit. It opens this week in New York and Los Angeles, and wider next month.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Oscar Nominees And 'Looking'

Friday, January 24, 2014

On this week's show, we consider what the Oscar nominations left out and why it might have happened, and we chat about the think-piece-inspiring HBO show Looking.

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Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

Friday, January 24, 2014

For regular drinkers, the New Year's resolution tradition may involve what's known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month. But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits? A small but intriguing study suggests yes.

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After A Crisis, A Long, Laborious Quest For A New Normal

Friday, January 24, 2014

Struggling to hold her family together after her husband suffers a personality-altering stroke, a mother forms a friendship with the doctor documenting her husband's case. Run & Jump is the feature-length debut from Oscar-nominated short-film director Steph Green.

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Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It

Friday, January 24, 2014

Marc Hirsh argues that the Best New Artist award, the kids' table of the Grammys, ought to go the way of the dodo bird, for everyone's sake and everyone's sanity.

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Book News: Amazon Says It Hopes Polish, Czech Workers Won't Unionize

Friday, January 24, 2014

Also: Chang-rae Lee on his reading habits; how Jennifer Weiner helps the New York literary world stay relevant.

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60 Years Of Poems Mix Anger, Ambivalence And Authority

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Poetry Of Derek Walcott: 1948 - 2013 pulls from the Nobel laureate's large body of work. Fans might remember that the St. Lucian poet — who just turned 84 — published a Selected Works a few years ago. But the new book is more expansive and more enlightening, showing how Walcott's work has no parallel.

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Sun And Water, And A Dangerous Brand Of Desire

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Alain Guiraudie's French-language thriller Stranger By The Lake is an unnerving mix of Hitchcock's Rear Window and Friedkin's Cruising, blending sex and murder, fear and desire. (Recommended)

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'24 Exposures': A Would-Be Erotic Thriller, Without Focus

Thursday, January 23, 2014

24 Exposures, a thriller from the director of last year's more polished comedy Drinking Buddies, is a sex-driven whodunit more concerned with interpersonal relationships than with thrills or sexual chemistry.

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Moving Through Middle Age, With A Song In Her Heart

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sebastian Lelio's latest film, Gloria, is a celebration of its title character, an older single woman looking for life and love in a modernized Chile more focused on individual rights than on familial obligations. (Recommended)

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Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.

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Fresh Air

Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. When she met the man who would eventually become her second husband she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful, I'll see you every day ... but I don't want to get married and I don't want to live together." Her new book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand-new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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Thanks For The Fan Service, But What About The Story?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Kelly Lawler takes a look at two seasons that have kicked off with substantial fan service and attention to external narratives and asks: How much meta is too much?

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Book News: Maker Of 3-D Printed Guns Has A Book Deal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Also: Mary Miller on writing; Simon & Schuster acquires a book from the man behind the Twitter account @GSElevator; Mallory Ortberg imagines a "Choose Your Own P.G. Wodehouse Adventure."

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All The Varieties Of Love And Madness, On Display In 'Carthage'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Joyce Carol Oates' new Carthage explores the familiar but important territory of family anguish. Oates has written more than 40 novels — critic Alan Cheuse praises her prodigious imagination, and says her latest effort is a "roller coaster, demon-twister" of a ride.

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Does It Matter That Lena Dunham Was Photoshopped By 'Vogue'?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Writers at the online magazine Jezebel criticized the fashion glossy for retouching images of the Girls writer and star. Adweek's media reporter tells Here & Now that Vogue should get kudos for putting "such a real girl" on its cover.

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