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For Calif. Family, It's Not Thanksgiving Without Rice

For celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins, Thanksgiving isn't complete without her grandmother's rice. Des Jardins was raised in a family of rice farmers in California's Central Valley. And, every day as a child, she ate this short grain white rice they grew.
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What Makes A City 'Walkable' And Why It Matters

City planner Jeff Speck says walking will remain a choice in most American cities for years to come, but that it's important to incentivize pedestrians. In his book, Walkable City, Speck says urban walks have to be useful, safe, comfortable and interesting.
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Christopher Plummer: One Great Actor Plays Another

Actor Christopher Plummer has taken his Tony Award-winning performance as actor John Barrymore to film. He speaks with Weekend Edition host Scott Simon about Barrymore as a man and a role.
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Brewery Owner Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

We've invited the founder of Milwaukee's Specher Brewing Company to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.
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Tom Stoppard, On Adapting 'Anna' And Defining Love

The award-winning playwright and screenwriter is best known for such works as Arcadia and Shakespeare in Love. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the screenplay for Joe Wright's adaptation of Anna Karenina.
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Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo spent more than three years in Mumbai's Annawadi slum. In her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, she profiles people living in extreme poverty — right in the shadow of luxury hotels. On Wednesday, the book won the National Book Award for nonfiction.
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'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann studies the personal relationships evangelicals develop with God. In her book When God Talks Back, she explains how relationships with God are often cemented through the power of prayer. The book has just come out in paperback.
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In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Lawrence Is Golden

David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper as a bipolar high school teacher trying to put his life back together. But critic David Edelstein says it's the performance of co-star Jennifer Lawrence that makes the film a hot ticket.
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'Tis The Season For Oscar-Bait Adaptations

Cinematic adaptations of beloved literary tales are nothing new. Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is no stranger to the adaptation process, and newcomer Silver Linings Playbook enters the romantic comedy game. NPR critic Bob Mondello has his review of both.
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"Reading Rainbow" Returns: LeVar Burton (Rebroadcast)

Actor LeVar Burton on the roles that have defined his career and the relaunch of "Reading Rainbow."

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