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The Life And Times Of Movie Star 'Laura Lamont'

Emma Straub's novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, centers on small-town girl Elsa Emerson's transition into movie star Laura Lamont. Straub says her main character came to her while she was reading an obituary of real-life actress Jennifer Jones. "I was just struck by her life," Straub says.
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'Wallflower' Film Puts Adolescence On Screen

Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks to novelist Stephen Chbosky, who has written and directed the film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The story follows a shy, high school freshman who becomes friends with upperclassmen who are also social misfits.
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In 'Mad River,' A Friendly Cop Tackles Rural Crime

Author John Sandford has written almost two dozen novels and thrillers, most of them as part of the "Prey" series. In his latest book, detective Virgil Flowers sets off into the rural countryside, where, as Sandford says, "every once in a while, things turn ugly, and when they turn ugly, they turn very ugly."
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On Television's Biggest Night, It's Antiheroes And Maggie Smith

On Sunday's Weekend Edition, we'll talk to Linda Wertheimer about Emmy night, antiheroes, and family shows.
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Finding Consecutively Good TV Shows

Every answer is the name of a TV show past or present. Each can be found in consecutive letters in the sentences read. Name the TV shows. For example, in the sentence "We watched the acrobat many times," the hidden TV show is BATMAN. Hint: Each answer has at least six letters.
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Defending Israel At The Border Of Adulthood

Shani Boianjiu was just 18 when she, like most Israelis, served a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. She's drawn from her experiences as a teenage soldier in her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
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The Landscape Art Legacy Of Florida's Highwaymen

The Highwaymen were a group of African-American artists in the '60s and '70s who sold idyllic paintings by the roadside of Florida's Route 1. Back then, they nearly saturated the market with their pictures, but today their work is sought after by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Michelle Obama.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Still Open

A reminder from weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden that Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction is still open for submissions. Our judge, Brad Meltzer, is looking for an original short story that revolves around a U.S. president — fictional or real — in under 600 words. Listeners can submit their story online at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 23, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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The Movie Michael Peña Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Michael Peña could watch Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose a million times. "You know, you get into the world of what it means to be a comic," he says.

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