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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu June 4, 2015

'Finders Keepers' Is A Simple Book About Complicated Ideas

Courtesy of Scribner

As his dedicated readers know, multiple versions of Stephen King, Author, exist. There is the King of classic horror, like Cujo, Children of the Corn, and Christine. There is the King of feminist uprising, from Carrie to Dolores Claiborne to Bag of Bones. There is the King of strong series work, like The Dark Tower and The Green Mile.

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Monkey See
6:19 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Every Song In 'The Last Five Years,' Ranked By Uncontrollable Sobbing

Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years.
Thomas Concordia TIFF

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:41 pm

Let's get weepy, people. Seriously, seriously weepy. And ... I mean, spoiler alert, obviously. But this show and movie sort of spoils itself structurally, so.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:02 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Met Opera And Public Radio Host Margaret Juntwait Dies

Behind the Met microphone: host Margaret Juntwait, who died Wednesday at age 58.
Jonathan Tichler Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Margaret Juntwait was the mellifluous voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday live radio broadcasts. She was also a longtime host at NPR member station WNYC in New York. Juntwait died Wednesday at age 58 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Met and WNYC have each offered tributes.

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All Tech Considered
4:43 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

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Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:25 am

There's a side to the Internet most people have never visited. Tor Hidden Services, or the Tor Network, is an encrypted, hidden network of about 50,000 websites that can't be accessed with a traditional browser like Chrome or Firefox. Its users include criminals, trolls and extremists.

Author Jamie Bartlett, who chronicles the secret corners of the Internet in his book The Dark Net, likens it to the "Wild West."

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The Record
3:29 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

12 Essential Archives For Internet-Era Music Historians

Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photos via NASA and iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 3:52 pm

Where do music historians go to find the sounds that shape the stories they tell? There are some obvious places, like the Library of Congress, whose National Jukebox offers more than ten thousand songs from the dawn of the modern age, or the Internet Archive, which overwhelms with its vast array of material and is especially rich for live recordings.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed June 3, 2015

A 'Pinch' Of Magic Seasons This Half-Fantastical Neighborhood History

Lydia Thompson NPR

You may have read about an imaginary Southern piece of turf where the past presses on the present with such force that characters find themselves transformed with the pressure of it, where the landscape comes alive, where human beings seem sometimes like gods and sometimes like devils, and the language of the story lights up your mind: William Faulkner's half-historical, half-fabulized Yoknapatawpha County, yes?

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Code Switch
5:28 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Here's What People Are Saying About Racial Weirdness in 'Aloha'

Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams star in Aloha.
Neal Preston Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 4:23 pm

Aloha is a painfully bad movie. Lots and lots and lots of film critics have already said so. But beyond rotten tomatoes, the movie is getting heat for its weirdness around cultural issues.

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Pop Culture
5:02 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Buzz Bissinger: With Caitlyn Jenner, 'You Feel A Connection'

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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The Record
4:48 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan Sing Nina Simone Songs At The Apollo Theater

Ms. Lauryn Hill performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Noam Golai Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:20 pm

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The Salt
4:29 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Slavery, Famine And The Politics Of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 7:02 am

On this June day in 1865, the last Confederate general surrendered to the Unionists, and the bloodiest war in the nation's history officially came to an end. It was a war in which food played a powerful role in determining the outcome.

Cookbooks published during the Civil War era provide vivid, contrasting portraits of how the conflict affected diets and social lives in the North and the South. A house divided against itself, indeed: There was very little in common between the kitchens of the Yankee North and the Confederate South.

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