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Director Says 'Omar' Is A Love Story, Not A War Story

In Hany Abu-Assad's Oscar-nominated drama, the title character is a young Palestinian in love with an Israeli woman. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with the director and with Adam Bakri, the film's star.
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In 'Kinder Than Solitude,' History Always Haunts

Yiyun Li's latest novel is a coming of age novel set in the Tiananmen Square era in Beijing. Li spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about lonely youth and China's post-Tiananmen generation.
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Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks

Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name.
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Making The Coffee Shop Your Office, Without The Guilt

Anyone who has ever worked out of a coffee shop has faced this question: How many drinks must I buy to justify staying here? Some overseas coffee shops offer the option to pay for the space up front.
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Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Physicist Michio Kaku studies what were once only philosophical questions about the human mind. He delves into the brain and our understanding of its functions in his new book, The Future of the Mind.
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Look Out! Not My Job Guest Sen. Mark Warner Gets Quizzed On Warnings

How much does Warner actually know about warnings? We've invited the democratic senator from Virginia to play a game called "Danger! Get Away! Ahhhhh!"
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'The Natural' Of 1952 Holds Lessons For Today's MLB

A new edition of Bernard Malamud's classic baseball story, The Natural, was just released. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about how the 1952 novel is more relevant than ever.
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Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.
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Hollywood Goes To War In 'Five Came Back'

Mark Harris' new book takes a look at five American directors who made films for the War Department during World War II — and how those films changed both their work and American cinema.
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Writer Mavis Gallant Portrayed 'Lost Souls' Of Post-WWII Europe

The New Yorker contributor moved to Paris during the reconstruction after World War II, and focused her short stories on often-overlooked European experiences. Gallant died Tuesday.

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