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Terry Gross

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10:08am

Fri November 15, 2013
Music Reviews

Two Sides Of Holiday Cheer From Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lowe

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 12:57 pm

Kelly Clarkson's new holiday album is titled Wrapped in Red.
Courtesy of the artist

12:17pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In 'Nebraska'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:08 pm

Bruce Dern has been acting for more than 50 years. In Nebraska, he plays a man on a mission to collect $1 million.
Merie W. Wallace Paramount Pictures

After spending much of his career in supporting roles, actor Bruce Dern is finally getting some recognition: He won the best actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the new film Nebraska.

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12:44pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Book Reviews

A 'Marriage', A Divorce, A Dying Dog And Essays Done Right

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Pity the poor essay collection. Unlike its close, more creative neighbor — the short story collection — or its snooty relation, The Novel, the humble essay collection is the wallflower of the literary world. And, when an essay collection is composed — as Ann Patchett's new volume partly is — of pieces previously printed in fashion and pet lovers' magazines, it really might seem like a grab bag of minor material — as, admittedly, a few of the pieces here are.

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11:27am

Wed November 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 5:01 pm

A woman worker sorts used plastic bottles at a recycle center in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

When you think of recycling, you probably think of cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Well, think a little bigger.

There are businesses devoted to recycling metal, paper, plastic, oil, textiles, cell phones, computers, motors, batteries, Christmas lights, cars and more. The hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation, and its impact on the environment and the global economy, is the subject of the new book Junkyard Planet by journalist Adam Minter.

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11:11am

Tue November 12, 2013
Commentary

Was Rand Paul's Plagiarism Dishonest Or A Breach Of Good Form?

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 2:31 pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 3.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Even taken together, the charges didn't seem to amount to that big a deal — just a matter of quoting a few factual statements and a Wikipedia passage without attributing them. But as Rand Paul discovered, the word "plagiarism" can still rouse people to steaming indignation. Samuel Johnson called plagiarism the most reproachful of literary crimes, and the word itself began as the name of a real crime. In Roman law, a plagiarius was someone who abducted a child or a slave — it's from "plaga," the Latin word for a net or a snare.

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