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Remembering Pat Dowell, Longtime Film Reporter For NPR

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dowell filed as a freelancer for the network for close to 30 years. She was interested in serious films — films that told stories worth hearing — and she was dedicated to telling them.

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All Things Considered

Teaching Students To Hear The Music In The Built World

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male-dominated field.

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Fresh Air

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Fresh Air

Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao And Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.

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'Tangerines': Enemies On Neutral Territory In A Time Of War

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The surprise Oscar nominee for Outstanding Foreign Film tries to speak to common humanity even in situations of high conflict, but it struggles to make its themes feel real.

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'One Of Us' Is A Difficult, Unforgettable Look At Tragedy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book retells the story of Norway's Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.

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Morning Edition

No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "We exist in the middle."

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Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Monday, April 20, 2015

Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there's a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.

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Fresh Air

'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Monday, April 20, 2015

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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George Takei And Company To Hollywood Gatekeepers: Fix Your Diversity Problem

Monday, April 20, 2015

A coalition of multi-ethnic Hollywood watchdogs is pushing talent agencies to add some color to their lineups.

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Like 'Dynasty' On Ice: The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their hallway dedicated to figure skaters in 1994? Because the story of their rivalry, Kerrigan's attack and the media frenzy is just so American.

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All Things Considered

Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.

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All Things Considered

A Mother Rises Through The Ranks In 'Monkey Kingdom'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Macaque monkeys born at the top of society live like royalty. The new film from Disneynature follows a monkey born at the bottom of the pile who struggles to makes a better life for her family.

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W Seeking W For Compound Word Dates

Sunday, April 19, 2015

For each word starting with "W," think of another word, also starting with "W," that can follow the first to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

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Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.

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'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.

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Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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All Things Considered

The Inauspicious Start To Susan Stamberg's Broadcasting Career

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Susan Stamberg is an NPR "founding mother" and the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program. But her radio debut was not so glamorous: A fake weather report on a local radio station.

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