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From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

The new film Field of Lost Shoes follows a group of VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market. The film is one in a long history of Civil War movies, many of which have been problematic.
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Neil Young Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars

Neil Young loves his cars so much he wrote a second memoir, Special Deluxe, devoted to them. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about music, the environment and, of course, automobiles.
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Book Offers A Get-Wit-Quick Workout

NPR's Ari Shapiro gets schooled in the art of being interesting by Benjamin Errett, the author of the new book, Elements of Wit.
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TV Giant Norman Lear Shares Gems From 92 Years Of 'Experience'

Where did Lear get the confidence to spend three years fighting to get All In The Family on air? His answer: "Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"
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Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story

The alleged last authentic motorcycle used in the 1969 film Easy Rider is going up for auction. The man who designed the bikes, Clifford Vaughs, says he has never gotten proper credit for his work.
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Hugs For Hecklers: Cameron Esposito On Life As A Lesbian Comedian

Esposito discusses her new album, Same Sex Symbol, and tells NPR's Arun Rath she feels concern for the people who heckle her about her sexuality: "I just wonder, what's up with your life? Are you OK?"
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The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

A follow-up to 2010 Emmy-winner Star Wars Uncut, the film is a pastiche of live action, stop-motion and animation that shows both the contributors' talents and their passion for the original.
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AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Is A Hit Show With Two Meanings

As The Walking Dead returns for a fifth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some storylines offer extra meaning for fans who have read the graphic novels which inspired the show.
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'Schiaparelli': The Shocking, Shadowed Life Of A Fashion Icon

A new biography by Meryle Secrest looks at the troubled life of designer Elsa Schiaparelli — renowned as the Queen of Fashion, a glamorous innovator whose career never recovered from World War II.
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For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

The American League Championship Series begins tonight. Writer Kate Tuttle says Roger Angell's 1988 collection of essays, Season Ticket, is the perfect accompaniment to the postseason.

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