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Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place'

Writer Howard Norman's memoir focuses on particular people and moments. His stories contain disturbing incidents, from the murder-suicide of a mother and her young son in his home, to the accidental death of a swan in the Arctic. He also tells of a strange, frightening and humorous Inuit shaman.
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Comic Con-Goers Flaunt Their Geek Credentials

The annual convention in San Diego draws a robust crowd of nerds and fans. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR contributor Glen Weldon about the flourishing geek subculture.
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The Tragic Tale Of A Killer Whale

Tilikum is a top-perfrming killer whale at Sea World. And he's responsible for the deaths of three trainers. Blackfish, a Sundance Official Documentary Selection by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, looks at the danger of keeping orcas in captivity. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Cowperthwaite and former Sea World trainer John Jett about the project.
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The Price Of Fame: A Scrambled Name

Every answer is the name of a famous person, past or present, with five letters in the first and last names. One letter in each name is changed to make a new word. You name the people.
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Flying High And Low In 'Full Upright And Locked Position'

In a new book, aviation consultant Mark Gerchick writes that "the magic of air travel has morphed into an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal." He talks about how it's gotten so bad, why there are so many hidden fees and if there actually is less leg room than there used to be.
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'No Regrets': A Murder Mystery, Tangled In Life's Troubles

John Dufresne's new novel is a funny, dark murder mystery set in South Florida. No Regrets, Coyote begins with the murder of a family and an amateur sleuth intent on solving the crime.
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New Play Asks, Can Disco Save Your Soul?

A new show at this year's Capital Fringe Festival asks, "What would disco Jesus do?"

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Helen Thomas, Former Dean Of White House Press, Dies At 92

Thomas, who spent decades at the White House reporting for United Press International and later Hearst Newspapers, covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama.

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Neorealism Goes Hollywood

A new video essay compares two 1952 films that resulted from the collaboration of two renowned filmmakers, Vittorio De Sica, a master of Italian neorealism, and David O. Selznick, a Hollywood producer most famous for Gone With The Wind. Weekend Edition Saturday host Linda Wertheimer talks with filmmaker Ernie Park, who uses a pseudonym, Kogonada.
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Comedian Tig Notaro Plays Not My Job

In 2012, comedian Louis C.K. tweeted: "In 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo." That set was the night Notaro performed after getting diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

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