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A Gay Teen Romance, Sealed With A Peck: 'Love, Simon'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 4:00pm

Come for the rom-com elements, familiar and dutiful though they are. Stay for the film's sensitive, specific and closely observed coming-out storyline, which feels new — and important.

(Image credit: Ben Rothstein/20th Century Fox)

A New Documentary About Adults On Adderall — And Not Just For ADHD

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 3:58pm

Alison Klayman's new film Take Your Pills looks at the pervasiveness of prescription stimulants — Adderall, Ritalin, and others — in college classrooms and workplaces in the U.S.

(Image credit: Netflix)

Harper Lee Estate Sues Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Script By Aaron Sorkin

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 3:17pm

The author's lawyer says a contract bars the producers of a high-profile stage adaptation from departing "in any manner" from the spirit of the classic novel.

(Image credit: Universal/AP)

Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 3:13pm

Author Harper Lee's estate is suing Aaron Sorkin over editorial liberties Sorkin took when turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a Broadway production.

VIDEO: We Went Foraging For Winter's Wild Edibles

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 6:00am

People might not think of winter as a fruitful season for foraging wild edibles, but nutritionist and expert forager Debbie Naha says there's actually a lot out there that you can find year round.

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In 'Go Home,' Finding — Or Building — A Home In Words

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 6:00am

This new anthology of Asian diasporic writers, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, is packed with stories, essays and poetry on the idea of home — where it is, what it is, and how you find or lose it.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:05pm

Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film Runaway Train, which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.

Humor Blends With Tragedy In The Farcical 'Death of Stalin'

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:05pm

Armando Ianucci's new film satirizes the days in 1953 when the Soviet Union lost its totalitarian leader and members of his inner circle argued, plotted and killed while selecting a successor.

14-Year-Old Raises $100,000 To Treat Girls To 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:01pm

Taylor Richardson set up a GoFundMe to raise $15,000 to send 1,000 girls to see the Disney film. But, with the help of J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine and Oprah, she surpassed her goal.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Tony Richardson)

Danny Trejo On Acting, Addiction And Playing 'The Mean Chicano Dude'

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:33am

Trejo says that his experience standing in the San Quentin prison yard waiting for a riot prepared him for acting: "You're absolutely scared to death ... [but] you have to pretend you're not."

(Image credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

Memory Is Mutable, Understanding Elusive In 'Memento Park'

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:00am

Mark Sarvas' new novel is dedicated to his own father and grandfathers — it's the story of a C-list movie actor and the valuable heirloom that leads him to dig into his family's history.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Author Alan Hollinghurst On Secret Affairs, Narrative Gaps And Writing Gay Sex

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:25pm

The Man Booker Prize-winning author's new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, follows a father and son over decades of social change and sexual liberation.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Two Puerto Rican Chefs Weathered The Worst; Now Honored By The Best

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:23pm

After hurricanes Irma and Maria, these chefs defied the destruction, kept their restaurants open and fed hungry victims. Will they be finalists for the culinary world's prestigious James Beard Awards?

(Image credit: Daniella Cheslow/NPR)

'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 1:00pm

Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book attempts to put all the pieces of the story together.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

Not Just The Boys' Beer Club: Female Crafters Tap Their Skills For Brew Day

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:33pm

Women around the U.S. joined forces to make batches of beer last week. The event is part of a global initiative to highlight women's growing influence on a traditionally male-dominated industry.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New Books Revive The Cold Cases Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:32pm

Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries: Laura Thompson's biography of the sphinxlike Agatha Christie, and I'll Be Gone In The Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara.

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Evil, Antic And Modern, 'The Merry Spinster' Puts A Dark Spin On Fairy Tales

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:00am

Mallory Ortberg's hyperliterate new story collection turns familiar fairy tales inside out to comment on gender, relationships and the way people manipulate each other.

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The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:55am

As a major retrospective in Los Angeles shows, the modern American artist got us to take a second look at even common objects like numerals, archery targets and, yes, flags.

(Image credit: Bob Adelman/The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection © Bob Adelman Estate)

'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 6:40pm

Before it could publish an issue on race, the magazine first had to look at its own history. "Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless," writes editor Susan Goldberg.

(Image credit: C.P. Scott (L) and H.E. Gregory (R)/National Geographic)

French Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Dies At 91

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 3:24pm

Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91. He dressed some of the world's most glamorous women including Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly.




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