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Literary 'It Couple,' Both Best-Selling Authors, Work Side By Side

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:07am

Taherer Mafi and Ransom Riggs married last year. The next few weeks will see the release of Tim Burton's adaptation of his book, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and her book, Furthermore.

S. Korea's Hit Zombie Film Is Also Searing Critique Of Korean Society

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:02am

The film's themes point to strains of modern Korea: distrust of government and institutions, disdain for corporate leaders and a sense everyone's in it for themselves.

Your Dilapidated Barn Is Super Trendy. Just Ask HGTV

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:02am

Small firms are popping up in the rural Midwest that buy old barns to feed remodelers' demand for weathered wood. As more historic barns come down, is the iconic American rural landscape fading away?

Encore: Glen Campbell Documents Farewell Tour In 'I'll Be Me'

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:28pm

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me follows the country singer's goodbye tour and his decline from Alzheimer's disease. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to director James Keach and Campbell's wife, Kim Campbell.

Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:01pm

TV has a bad guy problem. The rise of morally ambiguous anti-heroes like Tony Soprano has pushed chewier, more melodramatic villains aside. What we gained in nuance, we lost in sheer, hiss-worthy fun.

'The Nix' Is A Vicious, Sprawling Satire With A Very Human Heart

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 9:26am

Historical events both real (the 1968 Democratic Convention, Occupy Wall Street) and imagined come to life in this novel. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it will make you laugh and break your heart.

'Curioddity' Needs More Curiosity, More Oddity

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 6:00am

Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins tries his hand at the novel with Curioddity, but this quirky tale of imagination and innocence regained is smothered in smirking self-consciousness.

Can A Canadian Prime Minister Be An Action Hero? Marvel Comics Thinks So

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:42am

Justin Trudeau has had a varied career — bouncer, snowboard instructor, Canada's prime minister. Now he's a Marvel Comics action hero. Only two other world leaders have appeared in Marvel Comics.

With A Little Magic, Small Budget Horror Films Pack A Big Punch

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, about the magic of micro-budget horror films.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 2:13pm

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 1:57pm

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.

Ryan Lochte Just Wants To Dance, Apparently — With The Stars!

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:24am

The casting of Ryan Lochte on Dancing With The Stars is an awfully speedy performance by the Hollywood redemption machine.

Check Out This 1999 Profile Of The Late, Great Juan Gabriel

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:45am

Juan Gabriel stayed true to his roots, even when it wasn't easy. This LA Times piece takes a look at why that was.

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:05pm

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.

Gene Wilder's Nephew Remembers Late Actor Who Starred In 'Willy Wonka'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:21pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jordan Walker-Pearlman, the nephew of Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83. Wilder is best known for his roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Producers.

The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:17pm

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.

Gene Wilder, Star Of 'Willy Wonka' And 'Young Frankenstein,' Dies

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:11pm

The actor and writer who brought his signature manic energy to comedy classics reportedly died at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:29pm

"No matter what we've done, there comes a point where you think, ... 'When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud?' " Hanks says. Originally broadcast April 26, 2016.

Remembering Juan Gabriel With NPR's Felix Contreras, Adrian Florido And Eyder Peralta

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:26pm

Join Code Switch and Alt-Latino today at 3pm EST for a Facebook Live chat about the late, great Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel.

A Beautiful Edition Of The Abridged 'Erudition'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am

A new translation of the 14th century Egyptian scholar Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's magnum opus, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, is a priceless glimpse at the medieval Muslim world.

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