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Author Interviews
8:54 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Through The Mind Of A Novelist, Lincoln Shares His Life Story

Jerome Charyn is the author of nearly 50 books, a variety of fiction and nonfiction.
Mariana Cook Courtesy of Liveright

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 9:43 pm

Abraham Lincoln may be the most biographied, analyzed, deified, second-guessed and impersonated figure in U.S. history. He's been seen as Carl Sandburg's mournful prairie genius and Gore Vidal's shrewd railroad lawyer, who knew when to play the rube.

He's been portrayed in comprehensive histories by James McPherson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and hundreds more in the sweeping movies of John Ford and Steven Spielberg.

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Code Switch
7:16 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television

In Parenthood, Dax Shepard plays Crosby, whose wife, Jasmine, is played by Joy Bryant. Their son is Jabbar (Tyree Brown).
NBC NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 6:04 pm

I Love Lucy was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. Its stars, redheaded Lucille Ball and her Cuban-American husband Desi Arnaz, became TV icons — but they almost didn't get on TV.

Kathleen Brady is the author of Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball. She says the network that wanted Ball to star in her own sitcom was not interested in her husband.

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The Salt
4:15 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Drink Vodka, Eat Pickles, Repeat: Mastering The Zakuski Spread

Zakuski tables, like Slava and Luba Frumkin's, are known for their largesse. This spread includes smoked salmon and halibut, pickled green tomatoes, salted mackerel, Herring Under a Fur Coat and Georgian eggplant rolls.
Deena Prichep

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 8:43 am

As you gather with friends to watch the Olympics this weekend, why not prepare what they might serve in Sochi? Try, say, herring instead of chips.

But if you're really presenting food the Russian way, you'll need to make more than one snack. And get your libations in order.

Zakuski are often described as Russia's answer to tapas — a little bite to have with your drink.

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Race
4:14 am
Sat February 15, 2014

The Ebony Fashion Fair: Changing History On The Catwalk

A backless gown with a feather-trimmed hoodie from French designer Andre Courreges, 1974.
Courtesy of Ebony

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 11:25 am

The Johnson Publishing Company, and its flagship publication, Ebony Magazine, helped to fashion the black middle-class in America for five decades. For 50 years, from 1958 until 2009, the Ebony Fashion Fair traversed the country.

The coast-to-coast show was a pageant of haute couture that created aspirations wherever it went. It was a rite of passage for black women, who flocked to it. The show also raised $55 million for African-American charities, like the United Negro College Fund or sickle-cell anemia research.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Not My Job: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Gets Quizzed On Winter Sports

| U.S. Senate Photographic Studio

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 2:13 pm

There are a lot of things most people don't know about Arizona. For example, did you know it has two United States senators? Sure, one senator gets on all the Sunday morning talk shows and runs for President all the time, but it turns out, just like every other state, they've got another!

We've invited Sen. Jeff Flake to play a game called "Dude, that skijoring was sick!" As we enjoy the classic winter sports underway at the Winter Games in Sochi, we'll ask three questions about non-Olympic winter sports.

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The Salt
5:36 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion

Lunch with oysters and wine by Frans van Mieris, 1635-1681.
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Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:58 pm

Question: Which of these foods are said to stir passion? An oyster, and avocado or a turnip? (Scroll down to the bottom for the answer.)

One of these, at least, is a gimme. The stories linking oysters and other shellfish to lust go back to at least the ancient Greeks.

Think of the image of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising out of the sea from the half-shell.

"There's something primal about eating oysters," says oyster-lover MJ Gimbar. He describes them as creamy and velvety. "It's like a kiss from the ocean."

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Movie Reviews
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Movie Review: 'RoboCop,' 'About Last Night,' And 'Endless Love'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:58 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Valentine's Day movie openings are often about love and Bob Mondello says this week's premiers of "RoboCop" and "About Last Night" are about Hollywood's latest crush on the 1980s.

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Books News & Features
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Swoon Reads: The Next Romance Bestseller, Selected By You

Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance imprint at Macmillan publishing, solicits manuscripts and invites users to read and rate them. The most popular manuscript gets a first printing of 100,000 copies.
Swoon Reads

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:58 pm

The rise of self-publishing has already catapulted a few lucky writers to the top of bestseller lists. And major publishing houses often try to woo these stars into their fold. Swoon Reads, a new young adult romance publisher, is taking this dance a step further. It has added crowdsourcing to the mix, promising a contract to the writer whose book wins the hearts of a community of online readers.

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This Week's Must Read
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

To Strive, To Seek, To Find: The End Of A Baseball Era

The 2014 season will mark Derek Jeter's 20th — and last — season with the New York Yankees.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 12:12 pm

The step is not as quick. The swing is not as crisp or as powerful. In the career of every great athlete, there comes a moment of profound reckoning: Should you continue when your skills have clearly diminished? If you can't be the absolute best anymore, should you settle for just being really, really good?

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Television
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey play Claire and Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards. When the second season is released on Friday, audiences can expect to see more ruthless behavior from these power-hungry characters — but are they antiheroes, or plain old villains?
Nathaniel E. Bell Courtesy of Netflix

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:00 pm

[Editor's Note: This piece references plot points from the first season of House of Cards. If you've been waiting a year to binge-watch it, consider this your spoiler alert.]

When Netflix's groundbreaking online series House of Cards releases its second season to the world Friday — unleashing 13 new episodes about a wily congressman willing to kill to reach the vice presidency — fans will get more than another jolt of TV's most addictive political drama.

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Remembrances
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Shirley Temple perform their famous stair dance in the 1935 film The Little Colonel.
AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 pm

When Shirley Temple Black died earlier this week, many of the tributes mentioned one of the most iconic scenes in American movie history: the staircase dance that Temple performed with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the 1935 movie The Little Colonel. They were the first interracial couple to dance onscreen. But their partnership was more than just a movie milestone.

He was in his 50s. She was 6. He called her darlin'; she called him Uncle Billy.

Robinson taught Temple his joyful, elegant tap-dancing routines. She thought he was the perfect partner.

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The Two-Way
5:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Author Of Book Yanked In India Says Move Has Backfired

Indian activists from the student wing of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party protest near the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on May 25, 2010, against Wendy Doniger's The Hindus. Penguin Books, India, said this week that it would withdraw the book and pulp it.
Anindito Mukherjee EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:09 pm

We told you earlier today [Friday] about a University of Chicago professor whose book was withdrawn in India after a Hindu group brought a court challenge against the publisher, Penguin Books, India.

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The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Author Isabel Allende Apologizes For Comments About Mystery Novels

Isabel Allende is apologizing for her comments about mystery novels.
Peter Morgan AP

Author Isabel Allende is best known for her works of magical realism such as The House of Spirits, but it was comments she made during an NPR interview about her new book, Ripper, a mystery novel, that angered fans of crime fiction.

Here's what she told NPR's Arun Rath:

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Books News & Features
1:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Romance Writers Offer Sweet Thoughts For Valentine's Day

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Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:12 am

Let's face it: not everyone loves Valentine's Day. But as an unabashed romance fan, I do — and I thought I'd share the love by checking in with some of my favorite romance authors and asking them to share their Valentine traditions, and a few of their favorite romances — because what better way to celebrate love than with the best love stories ever told?

Kristan Higgins

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:06 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

A collection of short stories by The Office writer B. J. Novak, One More Thing, debuts at No. 6.

Barbershop
11:05 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Did Michael Sam Take A 'Huge Risk' To Come Out Before The Draft?

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 1:27 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 13, 2014

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

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 3:28 pm

At No. 13, Dance of the Reptiles presents a selection of columns by Floridian writer Carl Hiaasen.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

Cover of The Son

The Son, by Phillipp Meyer, tells the epic tale of the McCullough family. It appears at No. 12.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 13, 2014

Debuting at No. 4, Jennifer Senior's new book investigates why parenting is All Joy And No Fun.

TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Is There A Secret To Happiness?

Pharrell in the music video "Happy."
Courtesy of artist

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:15 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Pharrell's Single 'Happy'

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

How Does Misfortune Affect Long-Term Happiness?

Psychologist Dan Gilbert speaking at TED.
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Dan Gilbert's TEDTalk

We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want — right? Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. He says our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

About Dan Gilbert

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Does Less Stuff Mean More Happiness?

Graham Hill says we need to declutter our lives.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:16 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Graham Hill's TEDTalk

Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.

About Graham Hill

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TED Radio Hour
9:32 am
Fri February 14, 2014

What Does It Take To Be Grateful?

Brother David Steindl-Rast says taking even just a moment to be grateful will make you happy.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About David Steindl-Rast's TEDTalk

We all want to be happy, says David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.

About David Steindl-Rast

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Monkey See
7:20 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Tiny Plastic Men And The Teenage Blues

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We're encased in ice as we prepare to send you this show, but when we taped it, our hearts were warm from enjoying The Lego Movie, also known as "I'm sure it's good, but is it really that good?" We'll try to get to the bottom of whether it really is that good, and we'll talk about the super-terrific Chris Pratt, the wonderful Will Arnett, and whether — as has already been suggested — this might be one of the truly great Batman movies.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Book News: Penguin India Defends Decision To Yank 'The Hindus'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:42 am

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

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Business
4:05 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Consumer Advocates Warn Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:18 am

The proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast is raising concerns, not just for the mega cable provider it would create, but also because of the questions it raises about broadband access at a time of uncertainty around the future of network neutrality. More than half of Americans with broadband access are getting it from their cable provider.

Technology
4:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'House Of Cards' Star Wright, Creator Willimon On Love And Power

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:09 am

The Netflix original series House of Cards launches its second season Friday. Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to series creator Beau Willimon and star Robin Wright, who plays the ruthless Claire Underwood and directed part of the new season.

Media
2:46 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Getty's new collection of stock images of women and families veers away from the "overworked mom" stereotype.
Cavan Images Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:46 am

This week Getty Images teamed up with LeanIn.org, the nonprofit foundation of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, to release a new collection of stock photos. There are about 2,500 new images of modern women and families.

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The Two-Way
1:08 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Actor Ralph Waite, Father On 'Waltons,' Dies At 85

Ralph Waite more recently had a recurring role on the CBS drama NCIS as Jackson Gibbs.
Cliff Lipson CBS /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:16 am

Ralph Waite, the actor best known as the father on the hit television show The Waltons, died Thursday. He was 85. His manager, Alan Mills, confirmed the news.

The Waltons aired on CBS from 1972 until 1981.

It was about a family in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the Depression-era 1930s.

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