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A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.

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Movies You Missed: 'It's A Wonderful Life'

Saturday, December 09, 2017

For the latest installment of our Movies You Missed series, two first-time viewers of It's a Wonderful Life admit wondering for a long time why it's regarded as a Christmas movie.

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In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death

Saturday, December 09, 2017

James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.

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Remembering John B. Anderson

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rep. John B. Anderson, Illinois congressman, died Sunday at the age of 95. The Midwest Republican disliked big government and supported the Equal Rights Amendment.

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How A Fake Restaurant Became London's Top Spot On TripAdvisor

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Vice U.K. writer Oobah Butler created a fake restaurant that became the hottest eatery in London on TripAdvisor. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about how he executed his prank.

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SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is directed by Tina Landau. Even in the face of a dangerous volcano, she says SpongeBob "really reminds us to experience each moment with joy."

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Merci, Johnny: Remembering Rocker Johnny Hallyday, Beloved By France

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Johnny Hallyday was one of France's favorite performers. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the rock and roller, who died this week at the age of 74.

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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Elizabeth Olsen On A 'Wind River' Oscar Campaign Without Weinstein

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The actress stars in the film once distributed by The Weinstein Company. "Everyday we're learning more about men in power and sexual assault," she says. "And those are what this film is about."

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Chris Matthews On The 'Raging Spirit' Of Bobby Kennedy

Saturday, December 02, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon talks with veteran political commentator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews about his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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A Spurned Housewife Turns Stand-Up Comic In 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Rachel Brosnahan claims not to be a comedian, but in a new Amazon series about a 1950s woman with a hidden talent, she certainly plays one on TV.

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A Selection Of Songs For The Extraordinary

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Michael Hearst, best known as co-founder of One Ring Zero, has a new album that tells the stories of extraordinary people.

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Trump Retweeted A Racist Group, But How Did He Find Its Videos?

Saturday, December 02, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon muses on President Trump's decision this week to share racist, ultranationalist videos with his Twitter followers.

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'Playboy' Founder Hugh Hefner, Champion Of Free Speech And 'Smut,' Dies At 91

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hefner's magazine was blamed for (or credited with) setting off a cultural revolution in America, but within a few years he was branded a male chauvinist.

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Chopin In The Shadows: The Supernatural Adventures Of Byron Janis

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The famous 89-year-old pianist has spent a lifetime perfecting Chopin. Along the way, the composer has reached out from the great beyond in a few startling ways.

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Democracy Advocate Executed In Syria

Saturday, August 05, 2017

It was reported this week that one of Syria's leading activists for democracy and free speech, Bassel Khartabil Sadafi, was executed by the Syrian government almost two years ago.

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Take A Pilgrimage To America's Sport Sanctuaries In 'The Arena'

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Rafi Kohan traveled all over the country to research stadiums for his new book. He learned the secrets of ground crews and ticket scalpers and explored the economics of tax-funded stadiums.

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'New People' Author Danzy Senna Loves The Troublesome Characters

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Author Danzy Senna's new novel follows a young, interracial couple — Khalil and Maria — whose seemingly charmed life falls apart after Maria becomes infatuated with a mysterious poet.

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A World Series Ring For Steven Bartman

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Steven Bartman is famous for interfering with a foul ball in a Chicago Cubs baseball game in 2003. This week, the Cubs gave Bartman a ring from their 2016 World Series win.

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In New Orleans, There's A Piece Of Music History Around Every Corner

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A group of NOLA music lovers has created "A Closer Walk," an interactive map of landmarks like the birthplace of jazz, a recording studio-turned-laundromat and the home of a legendary cornetist.

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