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NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 17, 2013

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Interviews
11:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'Let's Explore': David Sedaris On His Public Private Life

David Sedaris' stories have appeared on This American Life and in The New Yorker, and have now filled seven essay collections -- most recently, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.
Hugh Hamrick Little, Brown and Co.

This interview was originally broadcast on April 24, 2013.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 17, 2013

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:07 pm

Memoirist Cheryl Strayed edited a collection of The Best American Essays 2013. It appears at No. 11.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 17, 2013

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:29 pm

At No. 14, a discredited artist uncovers a mystery in B.A. Shapiro's The Art Forger.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 17, 2013

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:54 pm

I Am Malala, debuting at No. 3, is the memoir of Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Movie Reviews
10:50 am
Fri October 18, 2013

At Home At Sea: Robert Redford, At His Best Alone

Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost as a solitary man struggling to make his yacht seaworthy again after it collides with a rogue shipping container adrift in the Indian Ocean.
Richard Foreman Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 2:38 pm

As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the setup feels so perfect: Redford is most in his element when he's alone.

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TED Radio Hour
8:38 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Haves And Have-Nots

"We really are living in a time of a disparity of fortune, which is greater than ever before." — Chrystia Freeland
Thinkstock

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 9:19 am

The solutions will come from more of a quest rather than a pre-packaged set of ideas. — Jacqueline Novogratz

Income inequality is at an all-time high between the haves and the have-nots. But does the poverty gap have to be so wide, and can it potentially be eliminated altogether? In this hour, TED speakers share some big ideas about inequality and new ways we might achieve prosperity for all.

Monkey See
8:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry And Somali Pirates

NPR

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:44 am

  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

This week, forced to make do without a vacationing Glen Weldon, we happily called upon our pal and periodic PCHH contributor Chris Klimek. We also happily called upon the reckless and ruthless display of emotion for a show about crying. You'll hear some of the songs, movie scenes, and more songs (seriously, it's pretty song-heavy) that get us every time, and perhaps you'll cry a little bit, too.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Book News: 'Fast And Furious' Whistle-Blower Will Be Allowed To Publish Account

Special Agent John Dodson will publish a book about the ATF's "Operation Fast and Furious." Above, the seal of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Evan F. Sisley AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:02 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Bedrock 66 Live
6:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Robbie Fulks - October 18, 2013

Credit David Landis

  Robbie Fulks/The Old Fashioneds

October 18, 2013, 8 p.m. 
Show#8 
Hoogland Center for the Arts

With his fourth performance at WUIS' Bedrock 66 Live, Robbie passes the Bottle Rockets for most appearances.  Face it, we love Robbie & Co.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

World War R: New Comic Pits Archie And Friends Against The Undead

Ready for your fair share of Halloween shakes and shivers, kiddies? Look no further than Afterlife with Archie, a new ongoing comic series that melds our eternal fascination with all things zombie apocalypse and one of the most enduring and successful comic icons of all time, Archie Andrews — and yes, it is actually scary.

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Television
4:40 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'Glee' To End Next Season

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:23 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Most of the time, Fox's hit show "Glee" offers a sunny vision of high school. It's a musical, after all.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

But last week's episode hit a somber note.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GLEE")

'GLEE' CAST MEMBERS: (Singing) 525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear...

MONTAGNE: The characters paid tribute to Finn Hudson, who was played by the late actor Corey Monteith. He died of a drug overdose in July.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'Fifth Estate' An 'Ambitious Film' About Julian Assange

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:23 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is a wanted man, holed up for over a year now at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

In that time, he's also been the subject of films. The documentary, "We Steal Secrets," came out last spring, and this weekend the drama "The Fifth Estate," opens.

Kenneth Turan has our review.

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Movies
2:23 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On

In Stephen King's novel and the film adaptations, Carrie (played by Sissy Spacek, left, in the 1976 version) is the one with the supernatural powers, but for NPR's Elizabeth Blair, Carrie's mother Margaret (Piper Laurie) was the truly scary character.
United Artists/The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:23 am

Just in time for Halloween comes a new movie version of Stephen King's horror novel Carrie. While the teenaged Carrie White is clearly at the center of the story, I think her mother is the more fascinating character.

Carrie — about a shy misfit whose coming of age collides with her mother's fearful religious fundamentalism and her schoolmates' pack-animal cruelty, with combustible results — scared the bejesus out of me when I was a teenager. Carrie turned out to be dangerous, sure. But it was her mother, Margaret White, who made my heart stop.

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Author Interviews
2:21 am
Fri October 18, 2013

'A Time To' Revisit Clanton, Miss., In John Grisham's Latest

John Grisham has more than 275 million books in print.
Bob Krasner

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:56 pm

In his new novel, Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to a character close to his heart: Jake Brigance. Grisham introduced Jake to readers in his first novel, A Time to Kill — an adaptation of which is opening soon on Broadway.

Grisham insists that he didn't plan for his first new Jake Brigance book to come out at the same time as the play. "You know it makes us look real smart," he says. "There is no way, if we had planned, that it would ever happen. It is completely coincidental."

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Author Interviews
2:18 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Greenspan: 'I Probably Could Have Caught' Economic Crises

Alan Greenspan served as chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, the second-longest tenure as chairman in the Fed's history.
Courtesy of Alan Greenspan

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:23 am

Alan Greenspan was celebrated as a master of monetary policy during his long chairmanship of the Federal Reserve, from 1987 to 2006. But policies put in place during Greenspan's tenure have been blamed by some for the financial crisis that began shortly after he left, and the so-called Great Recession.

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The Salt
4:27 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Moms Petition Mars To Remove Artificial Dyes From M&M's

briser50 Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:25 am

If you tear open a packet of M&M's, what's the first thing you notice?

The colors: bright blue, vibrant orange, bold yellow. Kids love this visual stimulation.

But the sponsors of a new petition on Change.org — which is urging M&M-maker Mars to replace the artificial colorings used to create these distinctive hues — say these dyes can make some kids hyperactive.

"In this petition, I'm asking Mars to change to natural colorings," mom Renee Shutters told me by phone. "It's very doable."

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Book Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Anne Rice's New Werewolf Novel Paws Familiar Territory

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:54 pm

Alan Chese reviews The Wolves of Midwinter, the latest in Anne Rice's The Wolf Gift Chronicles.

Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

In 'All Is Lost,' Plenty To Be Found

Robert Redford plays the sole character in All Is Lost; a man who is stranded at sea, on a badly damaged boat — and completely on his own.
Daniel Daza Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 2:40 pm

Other than a single shouted expletive toward the end of All Is Lost, the only words we hear from its central character — a sailor adrift alone on the Indian Ocean — come right at the beginning, in a note of apology to unknown recipients for unspecified sins.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

WikiLeaks Gets A Hollywood Gloss In 'Fifth Estate'

Benedict Cumberbatch (left), sporting the white-blond mop of the real Julian Assange, and Daniel Bruhl, who plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, take on the story of WikiLeaks in The Fifth Estate.
Frank Connor DreamWorks II

The saga of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is too large a data dump for a two-hour drama. Yet director Bill Condon seeks to complicate as well as simplify in The Fifth Estate, an entertaining if inevitably unreliable current events romp.

The opening credits present a pocket history of textual communication, from cuneiform to the Internet. Condon, who took a similarly breathless approach with Kinsey, is announcing that his subject is nothing less than how the Web transformed communication.

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Author Interviews
12:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Billy Crystal Finds Fun In Growing Old (But Still Can't Find His Keys)

Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co.

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 2:48 pm

Billy Crystal isn't happy about turning 65, but at least he's finding a way to laugh about it. His new memoir — Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — is on the best-seller list, and he'll be back on Broadway in November.

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Television
12:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'Dancing On The Edge' Is Fun For Both The Eyes And The Ears

Set in London in the early 1930s, Dancing on the Edge is a five-part miniseries about a black jazz band trying to crack the dance halls and radio playlists. Made for BBC-2, the episodes will air starting Saturday night on the Starz cable network.
Starz

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:52 pm

One of my most enjoyable parts of being a critic is steering people toward something so good, but so relatively obscure, that they might never have checked it out unless they'd been nudged in that direction. My personal best example of that, ever, was the imported BBC miniseries The Singing Detective, by Dennis Potter, about 25 years ago.

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Code Switch
11:39 am
Thu October 17, 2013

A Photographer Turns Her Lens On Men Who Catcall

"Untitled."
Courtesy of Hannah Price

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:20 pm

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The Salt
11:21 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Pucker Up, America: Beers Are Going Sour

Hold Your Horses: The main flavor of a sour beer is tartness, like a strawberry or lemon. But many sours also have a "funky" taste that some say smells like a horse blanket or a barnyard.
Morgan Walker NPR

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 9:57 am

Move over, bitter IPAs and chocolaty stouts. There's a new kid on the craft brewing block, and it's going to knock your salivary glands into action.

It's called "sour beer." When you take a sip, it's like biting into a Granny Smith apple that's soaked in a French red wine: crisp, refreshing and a bit odd.

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Movies
11:11 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Tough Love And Lessons From 'American Promise' Film

The black male achievement gap has always been a hot-button topic. But a new film - 13 years in the making - attempts to address that issue by chronicling the experiences of two black boys as they navigate a prestigious private school. Host Michel Martin speaks with filmmakers and parents, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, and their son Idris Brewster, about the film American Promise.

Monkey See
10:53 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Katy Perry And The New Rules Of Pop

Katy Perry performs on Saturday Night Live.
Dana Edelson NBC

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 6:56 am

Stagecraft does not come naturally to Katy Perry. She does very well by candy-colored fever-dream videos; shooting whipped cream from her cupcake boobs, throwing cartoonishly out-of-control neon-'80s ragers and becoming a B-movie jungle queen all fall quite comfortably within her skill set.

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9:56 am
Thu October 17, 2013

A True Fulks Hero

Lead in text: 
Friday (10/18) the WUIS Bedrock 66 Live concert series presents Robbie Fulks with local guests The Old Fashioneds. Illinois Times Tom Irwin previewed the show in the latest issue. Don't miss what is always a highlight of the Bedrock season, a Robbie performance. BUY TICKETS NOW at 217-523-2787.
The latest piece of provocative songwriting and innovative instrumentation from Chicago-based musician and artist Robbie Fulks, Gone Away Backward, received critical and fan acclaim for the folk-bluegrass playing and the honest portrayal of characters that has supported and populated many of his best works.
Ask Me Another
8:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Agrarian Maps

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 9:03 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two brave contestants. We have Deb Amlen and Jonathan Corbblah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jonathan, you teach chess, huh?

JONATHAN CORBBLAH: I do. I am a chess master and I've been teaching it in New York for the last ten years.

EISENBERG: Wow, a chess master.

CORBBLAH: Yes.

EISENBERG: I'm going to call you a chess king. Does that happen a lot?

CORBBLAH: Well, I'll take it.

EISENBERG: You'll take it, okay.

CORBBLAH: Sure, I like them all.

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Ask Me Another
8:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Misquoting Mark Twain

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 9:03 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

From NPR and WNYC, this is ASK ME ANOTHER, live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg, and joining me later in the hour are our special musical guests Paul and Storm, and our puzzle guru Art Chung. Let's bring up our first two players. Please welcome Ursula Lawrence and Gregory Guity.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome to you both.

URSULA LAWRENCE: Thank you.

GREGORY GUITY: Thank you.

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Ask Me Another
8:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Steve Guttenberg: How To Make It In Hollywood

"About the third or fourth time [I sneaked into a famous casting director's office], I jumped up on his desk and started dancing. So he said, 'Look. Just sit down. I'll give you five minutes.' And it was like having five minutes with God."
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:28 am

No matter your age, there's probably a Steve Guttenberg movie that was significant to you in some way. Were you a college student in the early 80s? Police Academy probably made you laugh. Spent movie nights with the kids? Bet you rented Three Men and a Baby at the local Blockbuster. A child of the 90s? Zeus and Roxanne.

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