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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed October 24, 2012

¡No Más! 'Back To Blood' Is Much Too Much

Little, Brown and Company

It took cojones for Tom Wolfe to write about Miami for his latest novel, Back to Blood. In the "Republic of Fluba" where Florida, Cuba and the rest of Latin America are shaken and mezclado, truth trumps fiction each day of every year. This is the city where, a few months ago, a man ate another man's face on a downtown causeway in broad daylight. Police shot and killed the wannabe zombie.

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How We Watch What We Watch
5:03 am
Wed October 24, 2012

So Many Screens, And So Little Time To Watch

A visitor looks at a bank of TV screens at a consumer electronics show in Berlin. While TV and movies are available on many devices, consumers often struggle to find exactly what they want, television critic Eric Deggans says.
Adam Berry Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 7:30 am

While sitting on a couch and gazing at a 50-inch TV remains a popular pastime in America, smaller screens have also edged their way into our lives. Phones, tablets and video game devices crowd pockets and coffee tables, offering access to what used to be called "TV," at any time of the day.

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How We Watch What We Watch
5:02 am
Wed October 24, 2012

The TV Screen's Evolution, From 1880 To The Present

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:34 pm

Despite its status as a device that defines the modern age, the television has its roots in the 19th century, when scientists found ways to transmit images and sound. Even the word "television," combining Greek and Latin roots to mean "far-sight," stems from the 1900 world's fair.

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Kitchen Window
4:05 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Blood And Guts For Halloween

Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 8:30 am

As the father of two rambunctious boys (ages 4 and 7), Halloween is a holy day at my house. Kids have forced me to shed the cynicism that I associated with this holiday, and I've fully embraced the celebration. Just don't ask me to wear a costume.

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Pop Culture
5:46 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bond Fans Shaken Over Switch From Martini To Beer

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:18 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Finally this hour, we raise a glass to this man.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as James Bond) Bond, James Bond.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And we probably don't need to tell you what's in the glass.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as James Bond) Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred.

(as character) One medium dry vodka martini, mixed like you said, sir, and not stirred.

(as James Bond) A medium dry martini, lemon peel, shaken, not stirred.

(as character) Vodka?

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Pop Culture
5:37 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Read All About It: Superman's Alter Ego Quits Job

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:18 am

Transcript

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: Look, up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive, but starting tomorrow, he'll no longer do battle with deadlines, at least print deadlines.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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Movies
2:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bollywood's 'King Of Romance' Took India To The Alps

Yash Raj Chopra, shown celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year in Mumbai, died Sunday.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:42 pm

My parents were among the millions of South Asian couples who fell in love to the music and words of Yash Chopra's films. Sweeping, operatic and often absurdly melodramatic, the director's Bollywood musicals were shamelessly populist and hopelessly romantic. They were India's romantic comedies, its adult dramas and its crowd-pleasing blockbusters all rolled into one.

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Asia
1:57 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Cambodia Vs. Sotheby's In A Battle Over Antiquities

The United States and Cambodia are locked in a legal battle with the auction house Sotheby's over this 1,000-year-old statue of the Hindu warrior Duryodhana that may have been looted from the Cambodian temple complex at Koh Ker.
Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:18 am

The governments of Cambodia and the United States are locked in a legal battle with the auction house Sotheby's over a thousand-year-old statue. The two governments say the statue was looted from a temple of the ancient Khmer empire. Sotheby's says this can't be proved, and a court in New York will decide on the matter soon.

The case could affect how collectors and museums acquire artifacts, and how governments recover lost national treasures.

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Charlotte Music
10:36 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Before Nashville, There Was Charlotte

Old 78 records.
Olivander/Flickr

Before Nashville became the country music capital of the country, Charlotte was a major center for early country and blues artists to record. Record companies looking for new sounds outside the big cities of the north came to Charlotte several times between the late '20s and '40s in search of “hillbilly” and “race” music as it was called back then.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Comic Struggles Of A Frustrated Writer In 'Zoo Time'

Courtesy of Bloomsbury

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 11:01 am

"My aim," writes English novelist Guy Ableman to his agent, "is to write a transgressive novel that explores the limits of the morally permissible in our times."

Sounds quite serious, even brow-wrinkling, doesn't it? A dangerous act of experimental writing, perhaps something Norman Mailer might have tried, or Henry Miller before him?

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