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At TV Press Tour, Actors And Producers Of Color Speak Of Hollywood Struggles

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:30pm

More faces of color are turning up on TV, but at this year's Television Critics Association summer press tour, actors and producers spoke out about how hard it still is to get a foot in the door.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

Marriage And Motherhood Are A 'Source Of Power,' Says Comic Ali Wong

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Wong was 7 1/2 months pregnant when she filmed her first comedy special, Baby Cobra. She says that the birth of her daughter changed her career for the better.

The Workings Of Nature: Naturalist Writing And Making Sense Of The World

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:00am

Humans have always been curious about the natural world; nature provides enough order to soothe and enough wildness to escape. We've got a roundup of great nature writing from all over the world.

Good, Evil And Long Black Tentacles Make A 'Monstress'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 6:00am

Gaudy beauty and extravagant horror twine around each other in Marjorie Liu's new graphic novel Monstress. It's the story of a girl caught up in a war of magic in which neither side comes off well.

MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:27pm

MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s.

Beyond 'Bright Lights': Jay McInerney Reveals The Trials Of A 'Perfect Couple'

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:24pm

McInerney became famous in the 1980s for his semi-autobiographical novel about a hard-partying young man in Manhattan. His new book, Bright, Precious Days, probes the challenges of a lasting marriage.

History, Horchata And Hope: How Classic Kiosks Are Boosting Lisbon's Public Life

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 4:04am

Ornate refreshment kiosks were once the heart of Lisbon's parks and plazas. They faded away under a dictatorship that discouraged public gatherings. Now they're back to help revitalize the city.

Midnight Release Party Summons Muggles For Eighth Harry Potter Installment

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

The latest book in J.K. Rowling's series, really a script for a play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," went on sale at midnight. We check in with fans who lined up, wands in hand, to get a copy.

Megan Abbott's Latest Novel: 'You Will Know Me'

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

Do we really know those we're closest to? The riveting book "You Will Know Me," set in the world of competitive gymnastics, suggests not. NPR's Elise Hu speaks with author Megan Abbott.

'Dark Matter' Is A Jet-Propelled Science Thriller

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 6:00am

Blake Crouch's new book — about a mild-mannered professor who's conked on the head and wakes up in another universe — doesn't make much sense, but it's a fast, tasty read with a killer twist.

Not My Job: Sharon Jones Gets Quizzed On Handshakes

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 10:20am

We've invited the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to play a game called "Let's shake on it."

Kristen Bell On 'Bad Moms': 'It Was The Funniest Script I Had Ever Read'

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Bell's new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.

Dentist Protagonists In Literature

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Last week on the show author Dave Eggers and Scott Simon agreed that they couldn't think of any protagonists in fiction who are dentists. This week we have a correction, and literary dentist readings.

Russian Hacking, Spies, Wikileaks: "Breaking Cover" Has A Lot In Common With The Week In Politics

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Former M15 boss Dame Stella Rimington talks with Scott Simon about her new book, and her previous career in espionage.

'I'm Supposed To Protect You From All This' Is Memoir Fraught With Mystery

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

Nadja Spiegelman — daughter of graphic novelist Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly — has written a memoir about her mother, her grandmother, and their flawed family memories.

'Meat Cake Bible' Is Packed With Frills, Chills And ... Pez?

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 6:00am

Graphic artist, fortuneteller, musician and mischief maker Dame Darcy published the comic Meat Cake from 1993 to 2008. This new compilation is packed full of all the things that obsessed her.

What College Freshmen Are Reading

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 5:31am

Book programs for freshmen — or a whole campus or community — are meant to spark discussion and unity. This year's picks at nine U.S. schools range from memoirs to political advice from 64 B.C.

Comparing Both Conventions As TV: Did Either One Get An Edge?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

Now that the national conventions have concluded, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks back on both, judging them purely as television programs. Policy aside, did either convention make for compelling TV?

For A Female Banker At The Top Of Her Game, What Does It Take To Stay There?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:59pm

In the film Equity, investment banker Naomi Bishop navigates the male-dominated world of Wall Street. Screenwriter Amy Fox discusses the film and her research, which included many interviews with women who worked on Wall Street.

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