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Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

Friday, October 31, 2014

There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Fresh Air

Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

Friday, October 31, 2014

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Friday, October 31, 2014

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

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Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.

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Morning Edition

Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the "nocturnal underbelly" of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.

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The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

Friday, October 31, 2014

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.

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Morning Edition

In An Online, On-Demand Age, TV Reruns Are Redefined

Friday, October 31, 2014

FX's new digital platform, Simpsons World features all 25 years of episodes from The Simpsons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's also among several sites that are revitalizing the TV rerun.

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All Things Considered

'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.

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'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal: We're All Complicit In 'If It Bleeds, It Leads'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"There's something very primal about the slowing down at an accident scene," says Gyllenhaal. He plays a freelance cameraman, racing to get the grisliest footage, in the film Nightcrawler.

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Remembering All-Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

Thursday, October 30, 2014

For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.

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Fresh Air

Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Thursday, October 30, 2014

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.

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In 'Goodbye To Language,' Jean-Luc Godard Seeks New Ways To Make Pictures

Thursday, October 30, 2014

At 83, the Franco-Swiss auteur has made another complex visual poem, this time using 3D technology. The film bubbles with invention, thanks to jittery editing and a jumble of photographic styles.

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'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary examines the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The film recognizes an instinct toward simplistic polarization, but pushes gently against it.

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Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

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I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.

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Morning Edition

'Lastness': Award-Winning Poet Galway Kinnell Dies At 87

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Poet Galway Kinnell died Tuesday. His career spanned from the end of World War II to the present, earning him a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Home in Vermont, Kinnell died from leukemia.

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Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

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