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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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Revisiting The Melodrama Of 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Carey Mulligan plays the role once occupied by Julie Christie, but her very different take may be too controlled for its own good.

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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?

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Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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Fresh Air

Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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Fresh Air

3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.

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These Parents Make Lovely Lunch Bag Art. Not Everyone Is Pleased

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings re-created using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.

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'SuperMutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts With Nuts (And A Cherry)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut once famously described book critics as donning armor to battle a hot fudge sundae. Jillian Tamaki takes on Harry Potter in SuperMutant Magic Academy, but she's tossing marshmallows.

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All Things Considered

Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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All Things Considered

Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway's The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.

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Virtual Readings For Baltimore's Freddie Gray

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Here are some words from novelists, poets and rappers that folks are sharing on social media to make sense of what's going on in Baltimore.

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Researchers studying the Blue Zones, five regions around the world with lots of centenarians, have come up with this rule: "Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m."

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Fresh Air

Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: 'I Live In Service For My Kids'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.

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What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.

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