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A Reminder To Tolkien Fans Of Their First Love

Fans of Middle Earth tend to fall in love with The Hobbit as children, says self-described "Tolkien professor" Corey Olsen. But once they move on to The Lord of the Rings, they never come back. That's a great shame, he says, so he's written his own book to honor the classic fantasy novel.
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In McElwee Doc, 'Memory' Fails And Family Clashes

In his new documentary, Photographic Memory, Ross McElwee lingers on small moments and (mis)remembered experiences as he turns the camera on his son, Adrian. McElwee hoped to understand his son better through his work on the film, which he describes as a piece of "comic melancholy."
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From Elgar To Beatles: Abbey Road Blazed A Trail

Apart from the obvious stardom of The Beatles, one of the things that makes Abbey Road Studios unique is the diversity of the music recorded there. From becoming the world's first-ever custom recording studio to facing an era of low-budget self-recording, Abbey Road "continues to push boundaries."
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A Celebration Of Janis Joplin And All Her Swagger

In her short time on the scene, Joplin helped define the music of a generation with her bluesy rasp. A musical honoring her talent and her muses is playing now in Washington, D.C. While it doesn't get into the darker chapters of her life, the show is captivating lifelong fans — including the lead actress.
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'Poked' And 'Tummy' Become 'Poker' And 'Rummy'

You will be given two words. Change one letter in each of them to make two new words that name things that are in the same category. (Hint: In each pair, the letter that you change to — that is, the new letter — is the same in each pair.)
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The Movie Susan Sarandon Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actress Susan Sarandon could watch John Ford's classic film The Grapes of Wrath a million times. "Something about this film resonated in a way that made its mark somewhere in my imagination and my soul," she says.
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Three-Minute Fiction: Check-In With The Judge

Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction is in full swing. Readers from all over the country have made their selections, and now judge Brad Meltzer is close to making his decision. Meltzer is best-selling author of The Tenth Justice and The Inner Circle. He tells host Guy Raz about his favorite stories in Three-Minute Fiction so far. You can read the stories at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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Examining The Economy Of Art Thieves

This week, thieves stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of paintings by Picasso, Monet and Matisse from a museum in Rotterdam. Weekend Edition host Scott Simon talks about the changing economic interests of major art theft with Robert Wittman, the former senior investigator and founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team.
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'The Revolutionary': An Unrequited Love For China

Sidney Rittenberg is one of the only American citizens to have joined the Chinese Communist Party. Though he was imprisoned for 16 of his 35 years in China, he still regards Chairman Mao as both hero and criminal.

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