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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
3:47 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of Sept. 20, 2012

Bob Woodward's The Price of Politics, about the battles between Obama and Congress, debuts at No. 1.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
2:43 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 20, 2012

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 3:44 pm

Junot Diaz tells a tale of infidelity in This Is How You Lose Her. It debuts at No. 3.

Monkey See
1:31 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Stinkin' Thinkin' of Young Abe Lincoln

Cover of The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln © 2012 Noah Van Sciver.
Fantagraphics Books

The most beloved, most studied, most-likely-to-get-played-by-Daniel-Day-Lewis man to ever hold the office of President of the United States was himself a house divided.

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The Salt
11:53 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Three Burning Questions Answered About Salt

The Salt's most colorful salts. From left to right: Cypress black lava, red Hawaiian, and pink Bolivian rose.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:18 pm

Salt — it's the ultimate condiment. It's the only rock we eat, and it makes our food taste better. There are dozens of varieties, from hand-harvested Himalayan pink to plain-old kosher, to various herb-infused blends. But, as we report a lot around here, when we eat too much, it can be bad for our health.

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Movie Reviews
11:34 am
Fri September 21, 2012

The Art Of Preserving A High School 'Wallflower'

Charlie (Logan Lerman), Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) navigate the joys and pains of high school in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
John Bramley Summit Entertainment

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:57 pm

The hero of both the novel and the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a high school freshman loner named Charlie whose best friend committed suicide the previous spring. He's on psychiatric meds, lots of them, and still has blackouts and mysterious visions of a doting aunt who died when he was 7.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
9:53 am
Fri September 21, 2012

It's All Politics, Sept. 20, 2012

Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 11:25 am

September can't end soon enough for Mitt Romney, as a leaked video — and some disappointing poll numbers in swing states — add to his woes. Republicans, trying to win a Senate majority, get some surprise encouragement in Connecticut.

But new polling in Virginia is problematic, and news out of Indiana and Wisconsin brings cheers to Democrats.

Monkey See
9:24 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Breakup Culture And Fall Television Predictions

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The Picture Show
9:23 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Amazing Art From Ivory, But At An Extreme Expense

"A sculpture like this can take a master carver years to produce. Front and center are the popular Taoist gods Shou, Lu and Fu — symbols of long life, money, and luck. 'We hope — no, we insist — we can continue to protect these skills,' says Wang Shan, secretary-general of the China Arts and Crafts Association."
Brent Stirton National Geographic

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:21 pm

My immediate response to the intricate carvings in these photos is awe — maybe even admiration. I can't believe they are made by hand from one solid piece of material. With such detail and complexity, I can see why they would be coveted and sold at a high price.

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Movie Interviews
6:04 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal On The Rewards Of Role Research

To prepare for his role as Officer Brian Taylor in End of Watch, actor Jake Gyllenhaal did ride-alongs with law enforcement.
Scott Garfield Open Road Films

The new police drama End of Watch puts two beat cops in the middle of escalating danger when a violent drug cartel begins operating in a South L.A. neighborhood.

The cops are patrol partners played by actors Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal. The characters' cop-car friendship is one that extends beyond their jobs. The nature of their work makes them more like brothers, something director David Ayer pushed to bring alive on the screen.

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Media
5:06 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Smaller Audience, Bigger Payoff For Glenn Beck

Since leaving Fox News in 2011, Glenn Beck has found his way back to TV. His Internet television network, The Blaze TV, is now available to subscribers of the Dish Network.
Kris Connor Getty Images for Dish Network

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 3:43 pm

By the time Glenn Beck left the Fox News Channel in June 2011, both sides seemed ready, even eager, to part ways. Beck announced he would move on to bigger and grander ventures with his own production company, Mercury Radio Arts, but some media critics, such as Variety's Brian Lowry, shrugged then and since.

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