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One Woman, Many Surprises: Pacifist Muslim, British Spy, WWII Hero

A new docudrama tells the story of Noor Inayat Khan — a pacifist Indian-American woman who worked as a radio operator during World War II and became essential to operations in Nazi-occupied Paris.
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Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Denim sales fell 6 percent over the past year. Blue jeans haven't hit the skids this hard since Marlon Brando and James Dean made them famous in the 1950s.
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A Judge Makes Critical Decisions In 'Children Act'

Fiona Maye holds the power of life and death in her hands. She's a family court judge at the center of Ian McEwan's new novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks to McEwan about his book, The Children Act.
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Joan Rivers On Her Own Funeral: 'I Want Paparazzi'

A collection of memorable interviews with the comedy queen, Joan Rivers, who passed away this week at the age of 81.
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Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including "And When I Die" and "Save the Country." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.
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Comedians Take A Dark Turn In 'Skeleton Twins'

The Skeleton Twins is a new movie starring comedian Bill Hader as the estranged twin of Kristen Wiig. Hader talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his serious movie.
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'Starred Up' Not Your Typical Father-Son Tale

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director and writer of the new hard-hitting British film set in a prison for violent offenders.
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Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest

The Children Act by Ian McEwan is about a judge whose ruling decides the fate of a teenager in ways she can't imagine. It's written with McEwan's trademark gracefulness and control.
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The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

According to a new study, cutting back on carbs can lead to weight loss. Dana Goodyear and Jason Sheehan explore how to eat enjoyably, by recommending Tartine Bread and The Gastronomical Me.
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So, Are You Working On Your Novel? Or Tweeting About Your Novel?

"Working on my novel" is a favorite phrase on Twitter, used by writers who are diligently — or not so diligently — toiling away. Artist Cory Arcangel has collected some of these tweets into a book.

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