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6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Like So Many Magazines, 'Ladies' Home Journal' Cuts Back

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Ladies' Home Journal, the magazine that was once so popular with housewives and homemakers, is ending its 130-year run as a monthly magazine. The print magazine business has of course changed dramatically in the last few decades.

And Ladies' Home Journal saw its own advertising revenues drop by more than 50 percent over the last 10 years. But this story isn't just about business as you might expect. NPR's Zoe Chace explains women have changed too.

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Sunday Puzzle
6:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

First In, Last Out

NPR

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 4:45 pm

On-air challenge: For each word provided, give a word that can follow it to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first two letters of the provided word should be the last two letters of the answer. Example: Red Square

Last week's challenge: Name certain trees. Also name something that trees have. Rearrange all the letters to get the brand name of a product you might buy at a grocery or drug store. What is it?

Answer: Firs + Leaves = Life Savers

Winner: Nils Thingvall of Lafayette, Colo.

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My Guilty Pleasure
5:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Kim Harrison's 'Hollows': The Good, The Bad And The Badass

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:48 am

When my friend Margo suggested I read Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking, I was skeptical. Many were the conversations we'd had about the annoyance of fluffy modern-day vampires and the growing skeeze-factor of what got marketed as Urban Fantasy. But her recommendation carried a lot of weight, so on a quiet day in the independent bookstore where I worked, I sat down and entered Harrison's Hollows series.

Reader, I was hooked faster than a pixy caught in sticky silk.

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Book News & Features
3:44 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Put Up Your Dukes: Romance's Favorite Rank

Ever wonder why two-thirds of all the romance novels ever published seem to be about dukes? We do.

Snow White didn't fall in love with one of the dwarves. She fell in love with the prince. But princes are scarce, and the next title of any consequence is that of the duke – which explains a lot about the rows and rows of romance novels with the word "duke" somewhere on the cover.

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Author Interviews
3:19 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

How An Army Officer And Diplomat Wrote His Way Through Trauma

Ron Capps talks with refugees in the Kisna Reka refugee camp some 15 miles from Pristina, Kosovo, in 1998. In his role as a U.S. diplomatic monitor, Capps traveled through Kosovo gathering intelligence from refugees and Serb forces about the situation in the region.
Santiago Lyon AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 4:25 pm

In five wars over 10 years, Ron Capps shifted back and forth between being a U.S. Army officer and a State Department foreign service officer in some of the world's deadliest places.

In Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, he served as a senior military intelligence officer. In wartime Kosovo, Darfur and Rwanda, he worked as a diplomat out in the field, documenting violence and war. As he writes in his new memoir, all the while he was almost daily "in the midst of murder, rape, the burning of villages, crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleaning or genocide."

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Book Reviews
3:19 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

In 'Every Day Is For The Thief,' Cole Chronicles A City's Reality

Nnamdi Azikiwe street, a commercial street in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, 24 2005.
GEORGE OSODI ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 5:12 pm

If you've ever received one of those emails claiming to be from someone in Nigeria, and telling you that millions of dollars await you, it may have been sent from an Internet cafe, the kind that proliferate in Lagos, Nigeria. There, under a sign warning patrons not to engage in fraud, people might sit typing emails that make outrageously fraudulent claims. Guards might be stationed in the cafe, and when they notice suspicious activity, they swoop down upon the offending patron, perhaps threatening him with torture and prison, and shaking him down for money.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Letter Written Aboard Titanic On Fateful Last Day Sells For $200,000

A letter written aboard the Titanic on the day that it sank sold at auction for around $170,000 in England Saturday.
Henry Aldridge & Son

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:53 pm

It has been 102 years since it was written aboard the Titanic, describing a pleasant Sunday spent on the cruise ship headed for disaster. The letter fetched 119,000 pounds (about $200,000) at auction in England Saturday, surpassing expectations by $30,000.

"Well, the sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now," the letter from a passenger to her mother reads. "There has been no tempest, but God knows what it must be when there is one."

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Author Interviews
7:28 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution

In a new book, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says we should rewrite the Second Amendment, abolish the death penalty and restrict political campaign spending.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:30 am

Just a few words can hold a world of meaning. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a short new book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes.

The book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, details the half-dozen ways Stevens thinks the Constitution could be improved, changes that he says are worth the trouble of the arduous amendment process.

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Author Interviews
5:51 am
Sat April 26, 2014

A Fire Sparks Rivalry And Suspicion In 'The Art Of Secrets'

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:30 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Saba Khan is a high school sophomore whose life is turned upside down in a flash - a mysterious fire that destroys her family's apartment on the North Side of Chicago. The Khans are Americans of Pakistani descent. Were they victims of a hate crime? Saba's high school rallies behind her family.

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Performing Arts
5:51 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Stars Indulge In Versification At Poetry Gala

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:30 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Academy of American Poets held their 80th anniversary gala this week to mark National Poetry Month with an all-star cast reading some of their favorite poems. Sir Patrick Stewart brought a voice that sounds almost from on-high to read Edna St. Vincent Millay's "God's World."

(SOUNDBITE OF POEM, "GOD'S WORLD")

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Performing Arts
5:51 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Jim Gaffigan, Funny And Clean In 'Obsessed'

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:30 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Jim Gaffigan's got a lot going on right now. He's been on tour with his wife and five children. He shot the pilot of a TV show about living in his New York apartment with only two bedrooms and he's "Obsessed," the title of his new special that premieres tomorrow on Comedy Central. Between stops on his tour, Jim Gaffigan joined us to explain why he takes aim at Kale and how he does it without using a single foul word.

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Author Interviews
5:51 am
Sat April 26, 2014

A Pixie Explores Vintage Porn In 'The Good Inn'

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:30 am

He was born Charles Thompson — but you might know him as Black Francis, frontman for legendary alternative band the Pixies. And though he still tours with the Pixies, he's trying his hand at a new art form: he's co-authored an illustrated novel, called The Good Inn.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Sat April 26, 2014

For Binchy Fans, One Last Trip Down 'Chestnut Street'

There may be no real Chestnut Street in Dublin, but Maeve Binchy made readers feel as if it might be around any corner. Best-selling author Binchy, who died in 2012, was famous for novels which intertwined the lives, loves and relationships of her mostly Irish characters with a lyrical, yet accessible writing style. And Chestnut Street, her last book, is a collection of short stories about those characters, loosely connected by their common setting on the titular street

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Not My Job: Ballerina Misty Copeland Gets Quizzed On Morris Dancing

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 8:25 am

Ballerina Misty Copeland is one of the greatest dancers performing today; she's a soloist at the American Ballet Theater, and she's accomplished all this despite starting ballet at the age of 13. By that age, most kids who dream of dancing have already given it up and resigned themselves to a career in public radio.

We've invited Copeland to play a game called "Hey Nonny Nonny" — three questions about a form of English folk dancing called Morris dancing, which scholars believe originated one night in the Middle Ages when some guys got really, really drunk.

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Author Interviews
2:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

For Concentration Camp Doctor, A Lifetime Of Eluding Justice

Nazi SS doctor Aribert Heim continued practicing medicine for years after World War II, until his secret concentration camp past returned and he fled to Cairo.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:15 pm

Aribert Heim was a Nazi doctor at the Mauthausen concentration camp. He gained notoriety there for operating on healthy patients, often killing them painfully in the process. Heim, however, evaded prosecution after World War II, spending the last 30 years of his life on the run and ultimately dying in Cairo in 1992. Nicholas Kulish, co-author of The Eternal Nazi, tells the story.

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Movie Reviews
1:05 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Feminine, Foreign, And Struggling To Come Of Age

Alex Brendemuehl plays a mysterious doctor, obsessed with perfection and purity, who befriends an Argentine family in The German Doctor.
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:18 pm

Sex and violence mean one thing in Hollywood, quite another overseas. At any rate, it'll seem that way to anyone watching this week's most alarming foreign-language films: Francois Ozon's coming-of-age saga Jeune et Jolie, and the Argentine thriller The German Doctor.

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Movie Reviews
11:31 am
Fri April 25, 2014

In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London

Tom Hardy plays the title character in the British film Locke — in which a man's life unravels in the course of a solo drive from Birmingham to London. He's the only person the audience sees in this film, written and directed by Steven Knight.
A24

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 2:11 pm

Locke is a most unusual film. It might not seem so odd as a radio play or even a stage play. The protagonist, his situation — they're fairly conventional. But to do what Locke does as a movie — that takes daring. The film is set in one space at one time. The arc of action is continuous. There is only one character on screen and just the top third of him, a man in a car, southbound on a motorway toward London. His name is Ivan Locke, he's played by Tom Hardy, and he's upending his life in front of your eyes.

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Barbershop
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. It's time yet again for our weekly visit to the Barbershop. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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Sports
10:24 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Cleveland Fans Confront Racist Traditions

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:59 am

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now, we turn to a growing national debate about sports franchises and Native American themed mascots and team names. The Cleveland Indians is the latest team to enter that debate, especially now that it's baseball season. Its mascot, named Chief Wahoo, is under attack.

Joining us now to talk about it is Peter Pattakos. He's an attorney and founder of clevelandfrowns.com. It's a sports blog about Cleveland athletics. Peter, welcome to the program.

PETER PATTAKOS: Thanks for having me.

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Movies
9:37 am
Fri April 25, 2014

But You Can Never Leave: 'The Girl And Death' In A Creepy Hotel

Sylvia Hoeks in The Girl and Death.
Jos Stelling Films

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:38 am

At the German hotel where Jos Stelling's The Girl and Death takes place, the guests include everyone from incapacitated men and women patiently awaiting death (the hotel seems to function in part as a makeshift sanatorium) to lively if somewhat unhinged residents given to impromptu performances of Romeo and Juliet monologues in the dining hall.

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What Makes Siblings Bond?

Writer Jeff Kluger speaking at TEDxAsheville.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Jeff Kluger's TEDTalk

Writer Jeff Kluger explores the profound lifelong bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry.

About Jeff Kluger

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What Happens To Our Brain When We're In Love?

Anthropologist Helen Fischer explains how our brains behave when we're in love.
Andrew Heavens Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Helen Fisher's TEDTalk

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.

About Helen Fisher

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Can You Use Algorithms To Find Love?

Amy Webb explains how she found love with some help from algorithms.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Amy Webb's TEDTalk

Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating, so she started treating the world of online dating as data — effectively hacking her way to finding a spouse.

About Amy Webb

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TED Radio Hour
7:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

A Father-Daughter Dance — In Prison?

Angela Patton tells the story of a father daughter dance in prison.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 3:07 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Angela Patton's TEDTalk

Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives — but that becomes harder when the father is in jail. Patton tells the story of a unique father-daughter dance.

About Angela Patton

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Monkey See
6:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comedy, The News And A Bat Quiz

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All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins us this week for an episode full of tough questions, comedy theory, and some really surprising information about all the ways that Batman has gotten weird over the last 75 years.

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Movies
1:15 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show

Bollywood star Anil Kapoor (right) engages the mayor of Tampa Bob Buckhorn in a dance during a press conference for the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:04 am

India's Bollywood film industry is known for romantic, over-the-top musicals that increasingly are reaching a world-wide audience. To highlight the international appeal, the industry holds its annual awards ceremony every year outside of India.

This year, Bollywood, its glittering stars and its legions of fans, have come to Tampa, Fla. It's the first time the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards have ever been held in the U.S.

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Television
1:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Where Jokes Go To Die, And Other Observations From Comic John Oliver

John Oliver guest hosted The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in June 2013. His new HBO show, Last Week Tonight, premieres Sunday.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images for Comedy Central

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:40 am

British comedian John Oliver made a name for himself as a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he spent his time lampooning the media and the politicians on it.

Now, as sometimes happens with an actual star reporter, Oliver has his own show. It's called Last Week Tonight and it premieres Sunday on HBO.

He joins NPR Steve Inskeep to discuss mocking the U.S. with an English accent and why the White House Correspondents' Dinner is where jokes go to die.

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Movies
3:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tracing One Life, Lost In The Desert

Gael Garcia Bernal narrates and travels in the documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Kino Lorber

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:41 pm

Who Is Dayani Cristal? attempts to humanize the many who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border by focusing on just one: a corpse found in the lethal Arizona desert with the words "Dayani Cristal" tattooed on his chest. The documentary follows the models of several genres of fictional films: the forensic procedural, the road movie, the man-who-wasn't-there mystery.

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Movies
3:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

In 'Blue Ruin,' Revenge Is Not Served Cool

Macon Blair plays Dwight in the unsettling revenge thriller Blue Ruin.
Radius TWC

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:20 pm

Revenge at the movies is a dish best served not cold, but cool. Homemade justice isn't just meted out by the wronged onscreen; it's delivered with swagger, style, and steely-eyed bad-assery. Michael Caine as Carter, Uma Thurman as The Bride, Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey: These are all individuals who are suave under pressure and look pretty hip to boot, in well-tailored three-piece suits, canary yellow racing leathers, and black leather jackets. (Shotgun, katana, and .38 Special accessories definitely not optional.)

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Book Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

A Biography Of Your Cubicle: How This Became The Modern Workplace

empty cubicles
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:33 am

I remember my first office desk well. It was the roaring '90s in Manhattan. "Silicon Alley," they called it. I was fresh out of college, working at a Web design company. The office had an open layout. We all shared long tables. I did have a window that looked onto a stone wall. I was given a computer, a drawer and a fancy ergonomic chair.

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