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A Look At The Man Who Started 21st Century Fox

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:45

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vanda Krefft, author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox about the origins of the studio, 21st Century Fox, that was sold today. Born in Hungary, Wilhelm Fuchs came to the U.S. where officials changed the family name to Fox. As a teenager, Fox was inspired to buy a peepshow theatre and got into the movie business.

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Poetry's Not Dead, And Here Are Books To Help Appreciate It

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:45

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, received a stack of books over the course of this year to help encourage reading poetry. She began reading skeptically, but grew to love two of them: Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder and A Little Book on Form by Robert Hass.

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Tiffany Haddish: 'I Know What I'm Supposed To Do Here On This Earth'

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:07

The Girl's Trip actress has had what seems like a meteoric rise over the last year: a blockbuster movie, a gig hosting Saturday Night Live, and now a new memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.

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As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:23

Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.

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Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:23

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.

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Don't Invite These Guys To Your Holiday Party

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:06

Lest ye be judged.

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:02

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:13

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."

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For December, Forget Wrapping Presents And Treat Yourself To These 3 Romances

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:00

Escape from the holiday whirl with three tasty romances, featuring a duke with an epic library, a young girl finding herself in the big city and a proper lady finding love where she least expects it.

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20th Century Fox Updates 'Ferdinand' The Peacefull Bull

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 02:00

In 1936 the book, The Story of Ferdinand, was published. Two years later, Disney turned it into an Oscar-winning short film. Now, the beloved story has gotten its first major movie adaptation.

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Tina Brown To The Max

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:18

The journalist and editor has a new book that looks back at the early years of her legendary career.

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Examining The Role Self Awareness Plays In Sexual Harassment

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:32

Many people accused of sexual harassment say they weren't aware that their behavior was inappropriate. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight, about self-awareness.

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

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 04:56

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

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 04:56

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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25 Years Later, He Speaks To The Man Who Killed His Son

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:11

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of a shooting incident at Simon's Rock college in Massachusetts, a father whose son was killed that day sits down with the man who pulled the trigger.

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Exploring Politics And Religion In 'Three Daughters Of Eve'

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:11

Turkish writer Elif Shafak juggles politics, faith and feminism in her new novel set in Turkey and England. Steve Inskeep speaks with her about her book Three Daughters of Eve.

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'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:41

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

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The 2017 NPR Book Concierge: Get Your Read On

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:17

NPR launches its 2017 Book Concierge on Tuesday, pulling together a year's worth of favorite reads from staff and critics. NPR Books editor Petra Mayer talks about some of this year's selections.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:00

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:46

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

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