Arts

1:38pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

In 'Passage', Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:39 pm

Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
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For the past 37 years, Robert Caro has devoted his life to writing the definitive biography of Lyndon Johnson. So far, The Years of Lyndon Johnson has four acclaimed volumes and has shown readers just how complex the 36th president was, as both a politician and a man.

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12:20pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Music Reviews

Bing Crosby: From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:27 pm

A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956.
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Bing Crosby was the biggest thing in pop singing in the 1930s, a star on radio and in the movies. He remained a top star in the '40s, when Frank Sinatra began giving him competition.

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12:17pm

Mon May 13, 2013
New In Paperback

May 13-19: A Rumrunner, A Swashbuckler And A Team Of Spies

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11:57am

Mon May 13, 2013
Arts & Life

Wendell Pierce On 'Making Groceries' In The Big Easy

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday during a Mother's Day parade. New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas says law enforcement is still investigating the matter.

RONAL SERPAS: It appears that these two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds. Police were everywhere.

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8:05am

Mon May 13, 2013
Monkey See

Watch The First Trailer For ABC's 'Avengers' Follow-Up

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Over the weekend, ABC posted a trailer for Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., its fall show (time slot and premiere date to come) that jumps off from Marvel's Avengers universe, as seen in all kinds of movies that have made all kinds of money.

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7:43am

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

Anne Frank is seen at Amsterdam Town Hall in July 1941.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:22am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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If you said the "s" word in the ninth century, you probably wouldn't have shocked or offended anyone. Back then, the "s" word was just the everyday word that was used to refer to excrement. That's one of many surprising, foul-mouthed facts Melissa Mohr reveals in her new book, Holy S- - -: A Brief History of Swearing.

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3:00am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:18 am

A Republican from Maine, Olympia Snowe served as a U.S. Senator from 1995 to 2013. Above, she speaks at a news conference in South Portland, Maine, in March 2012.
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As a Republican senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe was known for her willingness to stand alone. A moderate with independent views, she had substantial influence in the health care debate as both sides vied for her vote. Earlier this year she left the Senate, out of frustration, she says, with the inability to get anything done.

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3:49pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Mark McKinney Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

A scene from Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 film, My Neighbor Totoro.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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3:40pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Author Interviews

After Long Wait, Novelist James Salter Shares 'All That Is'

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

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On the list of great postwar American male novelists — along with Philip Roth, Norman Mailer and John Updike — is James Salter.

With the publication of his first book in 1957, he won the admiration of writers and critics alike. But after 1979, his production slowed. Salter still wrote — essays, short stories, poetry — but nothing on a grander scale.

Now, that long-awaited novel has been published. All That Is sets out to give a sweeping portrait of human experience.

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