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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Denzel Washington And 'Gilligan's Island'

Friday, October 03, 2014

On this week's show, we talk about how The Equalizer fits into the arc of Denzel Washington's long and full career, and we consider absurdist sitcoms as Gilligan's Island turns 50.

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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

Friday, October 03, 2014

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do You Get Over Writer's Block?

Friday, October 03, 2014

After a nasty bout of writer's block that stretched on for nearly a decade, Sting found inspiration by channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew from his childhood.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does A Creative Brain Look Like?

Friday, October 03, 2014

What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

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TED Radio Hour

Where Does Creativity Come From?

Friday, October 03, 2014

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.

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Book News: Nicholas Sparks Is Accused Of Racism And Homophobia

Friday, October 03, 2014

The allegations come in a lawsuit filed by the ex-headmaster at a school that the best-selling writer founded. Also: The Authors Guild reveals it's requested a Justice Department probe of Amazon.

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Morning Edition

Growing Up Broke Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

Friday, October 03, 2014

A mother talks to her daughter about how hard it was to make ends meet as a single mom in the '90s, through the good times and the bad.

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Morning Edition

'Bob's Burgers' Serves Up Gently Savory Entertainment

Friday, October 03, 2014

The winningly sweet, wacky (and now Emmy-winning) cartoon follows a family and their struggling seaside burger joint. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard.

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All Things Considered

Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Bolivar liberated six countries from Spanish rule in the early 19th century. A new film about his life features epic battles, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of Braveheart.

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Good-Hearted But Simplistic, 'The Good Lie' Fails To Satisfy

Thursday, October 02, 2014

While the story of Sudanese refugees in America is well-meaning and earnestly executed, its failure to engage some of the most important challenges those refugees might really face is a fatal flaw.

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A Man, A Plane, A Rapture: 'Left Behind'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Nicolas Cage heads up another try at adapting the incredibly popular rapture novels into films.

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In 'The Blue Room,' An Uncertain Path Through An Affair

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Actor-director Mathieu Amalric's adaptation of a Belgian mystery novel features two lovers caught in a web of adultery and crime.

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All Things Considered

Two Dead Writers Come Alive In New Collections

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Italo Calvino's Into the War and Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.

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The Overworked 'Bad Judge' Still Doesn't Work

Thursday, October 02, 2014

They've done quite an overhaul on the Kate Walsh vehicle Bad Judge, but it's still not hanging together.

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The Cycling Desk: Work Out And Charge Your Phone During A Trip

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Stationary bikes that power your gadgets as you pedal are this week's innovation pick. They've already appeared in railway stations and airports in Europe and may be for sale later this year.

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'A To Z': Not A Great Romantic Comedy Yet, But Give It A Letter Or Two

Thursday, October 02, 2014

NBC's romantic comedy about a boy named Andrew and a girl named Zelda is too cute by a lot, but it's got the bones of a charming little piece of work.

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Fox's 'Gracepoint': An American Remake Best Viewed With Fresh Eyes

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fox's new show Gracepoint is a remake of a British murder mystery, Broadchurch. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says those who saw the original might want to watch the new series with someone who hasn't.

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A Poetic Look At A Medical Pioneer, 'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' Jolts The Heart

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mütter's Marvels.

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Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC's forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.

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Adam Sandler Signs Up With Netflix For 4 New Movies

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Adam Sandler and Netflix are doing four original movies together — perhaps because you can't build a network on prestigious, binge-watchable television series alone.

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