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Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.
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Our Supercomputer Overlord Is Now Running A Food Truck

IBM's Watson, known for crushing the human competition on Jeopardy!, is now a sous-chef. It's spitting out novel ingredient combos for human chefs to cook, and hitting the road with sample dishes.
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When War-Torn Rubble Met Royal Imagination, 'Paris Became Paris'

The French capital wasn't always beautiful. Author Joan DeJean details the city's transformation in the 17th century, as new bridges and boulevards turned desolate terrain into the City of Light.
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A Psychological Game Of Casting For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Don't call this a "Wes Anderson film." No, with its mix of humor and darkness, the director's new movie is both familiar and quite different. Anderson and actor Ralph Fiennes talk about their process.
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Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names

The EU wants the U.S. to prohibit food makers from using names with historical ties to Europe. That means cheeses like Parmesan and Brie sold in the U.S. may have to find new names.
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Teens Live 'A Dream,' Dancing With Pharrell At Oscars

Sunday night's Oscars marked the fourth time students from a Los Angeles high school have teamed up with the superstar musician.
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What Really Happened The Night Kitty Genovese Was Murdered?

Thirty-eight people witnessed Genovese's murder and didn't do a thing about it, according to news reports from 1964. Fifty years later, a new book tells a different story.
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Alain Resnais, Director And Master Of Disorientation, Dies At 91

Bob Mondello talks about the contributions of French filmmaker Alain Resnais, who died Saturday at the age of 91.
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Sandwich Monday: The Shamrock Shake

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the classic McDonald's seasonal offering: The Shamrock Shake. Does green mean go?
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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.

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