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The 'Future' Of Movies? Critic Says It's Not So Bright

In his new book, New Yorker film critic David Denby bemoans what digital and global filmmaking has done to the industry. "[Movies] have to play in Bangkok and Bangalore ... as well as Bangor, Maine," he says. "The local flavor has gone out of them."
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'Looper' Director: Memory A Form Of Time Travel

Director Rian Johnson is known for his 2005 high school noir flick Brick. His new movie, Looper, jumps 30 years into a grim future for a twisty thriller involving time traveling assassins. Johnson says time travel stories are intensely relatable, because everyone wonders about their past.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Stories: 'Butterflies'

Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction has closed and the judging process is now under way. Susan Stamberg reads an excerpt from one standout story, Butterflies, written by Jennifer Dupree. Listeners can read the story in its entirety along with other stories online at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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Actor Robby Benson Is 'Not Dead ... Yet!'

The former teen heartthrob is best known for his roles in such films as Ode To Billy Joe, Ice Castles, and The Chosen. But he's also survived four open heart surgeries. His journey is the subject of his new memoir, I'm Not Dead ...Yet!
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Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Plays Not My Job

We're pretty sure Kluwe is either the nerdiest player in the NFL, and/or the most athletic nerd in history. We've invited him to answer three questions about the Ig Nobel awards, which honor some of the more ridiculous breakthroughs in science.
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Online And In The Open: Transparent Novel Writing

Silvia Hartmann is writing a novel in Google Docs so that readers can see her story appear line by line, edit by edit. Host Scott Simon talks with writer Silvia Hartmann about her progress.
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'Instant' Recounts The Magic Of Polaroids

Christopher Bonanos, an editor at New York Magazine, has written a history of Polaroid, called Instant.Host Scott Simon talks to Bonanos about his new book, in which he calls Polaroid the Apple of its day.
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Bouillabaisse: From Humble Beginnings To High-Class Tourist Meal

Once the sustenance of humble fishermen, the famous Marseille fish stew has become one pricey dish. It involves a two-part meal, starting with a basic broth made from shellfish and small fish, and incorporating four to six high-quality larger fish, plus exotic seasonings.
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'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings

The new trove of recordings covers everything from the Cold War to civil rights to Vietnam to the U.S. ice hockey team. Listening In, a new book and CD set, includes more than 260 hours of transcribed conversations and 2.5 hours of audio from inside the Kennedy White House.

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