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'Five Star Billionaire' Shows The Human Cost Of Progress

Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai, explores the dynamic tumult of that city. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that Aw, with gentle compassion and keen understanding, shows his characters succumb to the lure of a city where everything seems possible.
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'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera

The veteran actor recently made his directorial debut with a film about four aging opera singers who stage a concert at their retirement home. Starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay, the film explores friendship, memory and the time that remains.
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Understanding Migrants Through The Things They Carried

Archaeologists usually uncover every day objects that give us a peek into the lives of people long gone. But one man is turning his attention to the things left behind by people who try to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Jason De Leon, head of the Undocumented Migration Project.
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Book News: Asteroid Named For Iain Banks, Author Of Cosmic Fiction

Also: Harry Potter's Diagon Alley is now walkable, sort of, in Google Streetview; Jane Smiley on Alice Munro's retirement; a "review" of America.
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Deen Parts With Agent After Racial Slur Fallout

Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star. Her media and merchandising empire has largely crumbled following her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
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How The DIY Butter Trend Got Churning

It's not just homesteaders, hipsters and foodies getting into the hands-on pursuit. The butter-churning craze is part of a larger, do-it-yourself food movement that includes everything from canning, to making homemade bitters, a food writer says.
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The Man Behind The Mask: A Profile Of The Lone Ranger

Inspired by the recent release of the movie The Lone Ranger, we return to the thrilling days of yesteryear — 2008 — for an encore broadcast of a profile of the Lone Ranger for the series "In Character."
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Celebrating The U.S., In Verse

Audie Cornish talks to poet Tess Taylor about patriotic poetry.
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Hard Crab Stew, No Longer Hard (Or Messy)

Some of the greatest summer food experiences take you outside — from shucking corn and barbecuing to spitting watermelon seeds. Chef Bill Smith says his favorite summer memories took place at picnic tables over messy bowls of his grandmother's crab stew.
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Fizz And Fireworks: Make A Patriotic Homemade Soda For The Fourth

Homemade sodas are hot these days: Americans bought more than 1.2 million home carbonators last year. For the Fourth of July, we asked mixologist Gina Chersevani to help us tap into the trend with a soda float inspired by Independence Day.

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