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James M. Cain

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A series starting tomorrow at Film Forum will show movies based on the work of four pulp novelists.  One of the four is James M. Cain. Sara Fishko considers Cain's sound and style.

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Begun The Christmas Tree War Has

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

When it comes to Christmas trees — like just about everything else — America is split.

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Morning Edition

WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In the 1940s, U.S. publishers printed paperbacks — everything from romances to Westerns — that were designed for battle. Molly Guptill Manning explores their history in When Books Went to War.

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6 Arrested For Looting Antiquities From Israel's 'Cave Of The Skulls'

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Israeli authorities released a photo of a 2000-year-old lice comb that was captured along with the men, who are accused of stealing objects from the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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All Things Considered

50 Years Of Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Fifty years ago this week, John Coltrane and his band stepped into the studio to lay down the tracks on what would become his most important statement: "A Love Supreme." NPR's Arun Rath takes a look back at the album.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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All Things Considered

Remembering Altamonte: The Rolling Stones Concert That Went Awry

Saturday, December 06, 2014

On this day back in 1969, the Rolling Stones held a free concert in Altamont, Calif., that quickly descended into a near-riot state. The Hell's Angels provided security and one concert-goer ended up dead.

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Remembering Rodney King, Southern Calif. Watches Ferguson, NY

Saturday, December 06, 2014

LA's Leimert Park neighborhood saw riots after the Rodney King verdict. Nearby in the Simi Valley, where many in law enforcement live, residents see the recent shootings from their own perspective.

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

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BackStory

"His Accidency"

Friday, December 05, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Overdevelopment of Historic Neighborhoods, Grilled Beaver Tail & Appreciating Art

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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Morning Edition

Richard III's DNA Indicates Family Infidelity

Friday, December 05, 2014

Researchers confirmed in 2013 that bones unearthed in a parking lot in England are the remains of King Richard III. More scandalously, DNA from the skeleton now raises questions of royal infidelity.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Political Gabfest Extra: Windy City Wander

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Two Gabfesters visit Chicago and make a beeline for the river.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Liberty & Justice For Some, Geo-Inequality, and Government Shutdown Fears

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Takeaway explores the Eric Garner grand jury decision, we examine the ways mapping is connected to inequality, and we have an update on politics in D.C.

All Things Considered

25 Years Ago, Malta Summit Marked Unofficial End Of Cold War

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Many say that the Malta Summit between U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev — which took place 25 years ago Wednesday — marked the end of the Cold War.

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The Takeaway

Good News, Lovers. The Divorce Rate Is Declining.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Most Americans have heard that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. But recent data suggest marriages are lasting longer, in part because of economic change.

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A Brief History Of Racial Protest In Sports

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

On Sunday, players from the St. Louis Rams ran onto the field with their arms raised in the "hands up, don't shoot" pose that's been used in protests of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's Executive Power & History

Monday, December 01, 2014

President Clinton issued an average of 45.5 executive orders per year in office. We look at how many President Obama has signed -- and how far they've gone.

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The Takeaway

The Truth About Electromagnetic Fields

Monday, December 01, 2014

Some studies in the late 80s showed a possible connection between cancer and living near power lines. Though subsequent researched showed no effect, it's tough to get people "unscared."

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Morning Edition

Santa's Black-Faced Helpers Are Under Fire In The Netherlands

Monday, December 01, 2014

Since the 19th century, Christmas in the Netherlands has always included Santa's helpers, known as Black Pete. He's a Christmas tradition to some and a racist stereotype to others.

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