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Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical 'Matilda' To Keep Books Alive

For many young readers, Dahl is a beloved author. But to Lucy Dahl, he's also Dad. "Matilda was one of the most difficult books for him to write," she says. "I think that there was a deep genuine fear within his heart that books were going to go away and he wanted to write about it."

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In 'Nebraska'

Dern's new film follows a man named Woody who is starting to show signs of dementia. When Woody falls for one of those junk-mail sweepstakes come-ons, he becomes convinced that he's won $1 million and sets out on foot to collect the cash. Dern tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "[Nebraska] is the most personal movie I've ever done in my career."
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Center For Hellenic Studies Gets A Piece Of The Rock

Mosaics designed by the art deco master Hildreth Meiere have gone from being abandoned in a Newark storage room, to a brand new home in D.C.

Terrence Howard & Sanaa Lathan Dish On 'The Best Man Holiday'

In the new film The Best Man Holiday, college friends reunite after some 15 years, and the old rivalries and romances reignite. It's the sequel to the 1999 comedy The Best Man, which became one of the biggest hits for a black director and cast. Host Michel Martin speaks with actors Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard.

Chasing Money, And Meaning, In 'Nebraska'

A road-trip movie from director Alexander Payne (Sideways) follows a man en route to collect a million-dollar prize that probably never was. NPR's Bob Mondello says the black-and-white film is just the latest achievement from a talented filmmaker. (Recommended)

Can Math Help Contestants Beat The Odds On 'The Price Is Right'?

Audie Cornish talks to Ben Blatt of Slate about how to apply game theory to the popular daytime game show, The Price Is Right.

It's National Indian Pudding Day! Here's Why You Should Celebrate

Indian pudding, the traditional New England dessert, is rich in both history and flavor. It's made by combining cornmeal and milk with molasses. Food historians say it's one of the first truly American recipes.

Fox Says Diversity Leads To Good Ratings And Better Business

Fox's business imperative: A diverse cast increases the likelihood the network will pick up a new show, promote it, syndicate it and see it do well with audiences.

A 'Marriage', A Divorce, A Dying Dog And Essays Done Right

Essay collections are underrated and often ignored in favor of short stories or novels. But in the hands of a writer as practiced as Ann Patchett, critic Maureen Corrigan says the essay becomes an expansive storytelling vessel. Patchett's new book is This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage.

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

The Chinese town of Shijiao is known for recycling discarded Christmas tree lights for their copper and wire insulation, which are then used to support growing economies and make slipper soles, respectively. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter explores the business of recycling what developed nations throw away.