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A Shriver Learns It's Harder To Be Good Than Great

Great people do great things, says author Mark Shriver, but they're often not good people. Shriver's new memoir of his father, R. Sargent Shriver, is a loving look at a man he says managed to be both great and good.
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Explaining Muppet Theory: Are You An Ernie Or A Bert?

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick believes that all relationships can be defined by the difference between Chaos Muppets and Order Muppets.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Fermenting, Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers' new book I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me details the things Rivers can't stand. And self-described "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz's new book, The Art of Fermentation, explores the ancient culinary art form.
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Novelist John Irving Plays Not My Job

We invite the author of The World According to Garp to answer three questions about the classic trail mix known as gorp. Irving has just published a new novel called In One Person.
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Beauty At The Beach Takes A Retro Turn

The vintage trend inspired by Mad Men features high-waisted bikini bottoms, ruffles and halters. But these suits are mostly for lounging, not laps in the pool.
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Of Best Friends, Siblings And Too Much Tequila

Lynn Shelton returns with Your Sister's Sister, an improvised comedy about the complications that arise from alcohol-fueled sex, starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. Critic Bob Mondello says the film seduces through its spontaneous wit and understated charm.
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For 'Wiseguy' Henry Hill, Mobster 'Days Were Over'

Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-informant portrayed by Ray Liotta in the film Goodfellas, died on Tuesday. He was 69. Hill's colorful life was documented in Nicholas Pileggi's 1986 book Wiseguy, which later became the basis for the movie Goodfellas.

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