6:27 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

This Week's 5 Must-Read Stories From NPR Books

Once A Cheater...

One of the most interesting books I've read so far this year has been This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz. And there's a reason it's such a well constructed read — as NPR's Steve Inskeep pointed out — it took Diaz 16 years to write.

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Monkey See
4:05 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Jackie Chan: Portrait Of The Action Star At 58

Actor Jackie Chan appears at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Onstage at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jackie Chan describes his first visit to the United States. "I speak no English at that time — I do not even know how to order breakfast. Everyone know ... you know the story?"

"No," says the audience, almost in unison.

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Movie Reviews
1:10 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Navy veteran Freddie Quell in The Master.
Phil Bray The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 1:45 pm

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is both feverish and glacial. The vibe is chilly, but the central character is an unholy mess — and his rage saturates every frame. He's a World War II South Pacific vet named Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix to the hilt — the hilt above the hilt. We meet him at war's end on a tropical beach where he and other soldiers seek sexual relief atop the figure of a woman made out of sand.

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
12:35 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 13, 2012

No Easy Day, a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, debuts at No. 1.

12:14 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Susan's Undoing Featured on Take Charge of Your Life

Host Eleanor Bobrow talks with  Jennifer Sinclair, program director at the cancer support community in Bethlehem and Susan Chase, an actress playwright, dancer, director and star of  Susan’s Undoing;  a one woman theatrical production that chronicles her experiences as a cancer survivor.

The Salt
12:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head

The very sight of this lacy, green herb can cause some people to scream. The great cilantro debate heats up as scientists start pinpointing cilantrophobe genes.
lion heart vintage

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:45 pm

There's no question that cilantro is a polarizing herb. Some of us heap it onto salsas and soups with gusto while others avoid cilantro because it smells like soap and tastes like crushed bugs.

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Faith Matters
12:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:23 pm



And now, we turn to Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith, religion and spirituality. This Sunday night marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of what are known as the High Holy Days, for observance used, the most spiritually profound time of year.

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10:40 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Muhlenberg Theatre on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

Host George Miller and Kate Scuffle welcome Dr. James Peck, Muhlenberg College Theatre and Dance Department Chair as he highlights the 2012-2013 Mainstage Season and dance offerings.

8:53 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Lost And Found: The Colorful Story Of Charles Cushman

Charles W. Cushman gazes across the Grand Canyon in Arizona, November 1939
The Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University

In the 1990s, a photo historian made a wonderful discovery: In a trove of boxes headed for the trash was a view of American history like he'd never seen it. That is, America in color, as early as 1938.

Movie Reviews
6:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

For Ex-Con 'Francine,' A Rocky Attempt At Rebirth

Former inmate Francine (Melissa Leo) struggles with her newfound freedom.
Washington Square Films

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 7:55 am

The opening moments of Francine find Melissa Leo, playing the title role, standing naked, wet and blankly confused in a prison shower. She's on the verge of release after an unspecified crime and an unspecified period of incarceration, and the visual metaphor is an obvious one: a woman in middle age experiencing rebirth, coming into her new world in much the same way she entered at the start.

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