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Fat Tuesday Nordic-Style Means Big, Sweet Buns

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Few of the rollicking traditions of Catholic Mardi Gras remain in heavily Lutheran Scandinavia. But the Nordic countries and their culinary outposts in the U.S. still celebrate with the yeasty treats.

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'Find Me' Gets Lost Along The Way

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reviewer Jason Heller says Laura Van Den Berg's first novel has a stellar setup — mysterious young woman, post-disease-apocalypse — but drifts listlessly, never quite living up to its premise.

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Black Slugs And 'Black Holes,' An Artful Portrait Of Depression

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jasmine Warga's debut young adult novel My Heart and Other Black Holes follows two teens who make a suicide pact, in a carefully layered character study that sometimes stumbles on the details.

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Morning Edition

Watch This: The Akils On Black Film And TV You Can't Miss

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The husband and wife team of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have created some of the most iconic African-American characters on television. This is their list of must-see shows and movies.

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Morning Edition

King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The British monarch ruled at a time of civil war — and was blamed for much of the bloodshed. In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer tells the story of the men who signed the king's death warrant.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'The Evening Chorus'

Monday, February 16, 2015

Alan Cheuse reviews The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphries.

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All Things Considered

Philip Levine Reads 'What Work Is'

Monday, February 16, 2015

Former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine died on Saturday at the age of 87. In Levine's memory, we air his reading of the poem "What Work Is."

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All Things Considered

One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of provocative and fantastical explorations of race. His latest, based on a 1859 melodrama, pokes fun at conventions while raising difficult questions.

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Ten Hearts For The Country — And Language — Of 'Ice Cream Star'

Monday, February 16, 2015

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Sandra Newman's debut novel may start some arguments — but readers would be better off just sitting down, opening the book and letting the beauty of her language sink in.

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Morning Edition

'Party Like A President' Recalls Mixology, Mischief Inside Oval Office

Monday, February 16, 2015

In his new book, author Brian Abrams chronicles the drinking habits and debauchery of former presidents.

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All Things Considered

Thrilled By Chills? Take A Look At The World's Coldest City

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In a remote region in Russia, six time zones away from Moscow, lies the coldest city on earth. Rich with natural resources, Yakutsk is home to 270,000 residents brave enough to face the extreme cold.

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All Things Considered

'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The off-Broadway production is the work of a Syrian playwright trying to sort out the fear and distrust that have torn his country apart. It's written for audiences who only know Syria from the news.

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All Things Considered

In His Latest Book, Neil Gaiman Offers Readers A 'Trigger Warning'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Trigger warnings caution readers to tread carefully and Neil Gaiman encourages those who pick up his latest collection of "short fictions and disturbances" to do the same.

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All Things Considered

Comedian Bill Burr Says Stand-Up In Asia In Its 'Lenny Bruce Years'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Burr — just back from a trip to India — about comedy abroad, and how difficult it is for an American to find material that will make the world laugh.

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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In his six-decade career, Levine found grace and beauty in the lives of working people, especially the people and places of his youth. He was a United States Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Fake Food George Washington Could've Sunk His Fake Teeth Into

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Herring with mustard sauce, ham hocks, hog jowls —Sandy Levins painstakingly recreates our founding father's meals for America's historic houses. Just don't try to eat them: They're sculpted replicas.

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'La La La' I Can't Hear You

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Every answer is a word or name of three or more syllables in which an interior syllable is an accented "la."

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How Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Reading List

Sunday, February 15, 2015

For Black History Month, historian Peniel E. Joseph recommends books that take an unsparing look at slavery and American capitalism, with a focus on the often overlooked work of Stokely Carmichael.

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Polish Filmmaker To Bring Her Political Eye To 'House Of Cards'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, whose films explore fascism and communist oppression, is guest-directing the new season of House of Cards. Host Indira Lakshaman asks Holland about the political undercurrents in her work.

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How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More than 14 million tourists visited the island nation last year. Many came for the food. It's all part of the Singapore government's master plan to make culinary enticements a key lure for tourists.

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