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Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup

Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.
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A Former Prisoner Out Of Step With Modern China In 'Night Heron'

Former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' new novel follows the ironically named Peanut, a former political prisoner who finds himself adrift — and then in trouble — in post-Tiananmen China.
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Two High-Born Hipsters Are 'Almost Royal'

Almost Royal is a British comedy series that follows the lives of heirs to the throne. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the show's stars, Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, who play Georgie and Poppy Carlton.
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How To Catch A Chess Cheater

Ken Regan could be called a chess detective. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the computer scientist and chess master whose algorithm reveals whether players are cheating at the game.
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Not My Job: We Quiz A Member Of The '7 Up' Series About The Number 8

Nick Hitchon, whose entire life has been chronicled in seven-year increments as part of the British "Up" series, is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
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New Documentary Traces Recovering Women's Move To A Prominent D.C. Stage

"How I Got Over" follows a group of formerly homeless women as they create a play based on their real life experiences and ultimately perform at the Kennedy Center.
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Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?
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"The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street:" A Novel

Lillian Dunkle arrives in America in 1913, a penniless child immigrant who goes on to build an empire of ice cream. In the book, "The Ice Cream Queen Of Orchard Street," Lillian takes readers from Prohibition to the gourmet ice cream shops that upend the industry. Author Susan Jane Gilman joins us in studio to talk about her novel.

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"Seriously Not All Right" by Ron Capps

Army veteran and former Foreign Service officer Ron Capps spent a decade chronicling atrocities in five war zones. We talk to Capps about his experience, the Veterans Writing Project he has founded to help others and the importance of reading writings about war.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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