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A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:15pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."

Misty Copeland Inspires A Barbie 'Sheroes' Doll

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 1:19pm

Misty Copeland says she played with Barbie dolls until she was 13 — the same year she started ballet.

'Touch Tours' Help Blind Experience Philadelphia's Historic Food Scene

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:43pm

A hands-on tour of Philadelphia's historic Italian Market includes time to appreciate the scents and sounds — and opportunities to sample the district's delicious chocolate, cheeses and fresh pastas.

From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 4:06pm

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world.

No Pink, But Plenty of Red, In Hack-N-Slash 'Fairyland'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 9:00am

Skottie Young's comic may horrify (or delight) the parents of princess-obsessed kids. It's the story of a not-so-little girl who's gone a little violent after 27 years trapped in a sparkly fairyland.

Forget Talent, Success Comes From 'Grit'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:55am

Rachel Martin talks with Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who brought the idea of "grit" as a marker of success into the American mainstream. Her book posits that achievement is about persistence.

Camille Perri Talks Breaking The Rules To Get Ahead In Debut Novel, 'The Assistants'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:55am

When the assistant at a multinational corporation skims a tiny fraction of the company's billions, it sets off a chain of unexpected events. Camille Perri tells Rachel Martin about her new novel.

Ricky Gervais On Controversial Jokes, Celebrities And 'Special Correspondents'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:36am

"I didn't go out there to ruin everyone's day or undermine the moral fabric of America. I was making jokes." Gervais talked with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new movie and how he approaches humor.

The Mathematics Of Magic And Loss In 'Square Root Of Summer'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:00am

Teenaged math whiz Gottie knows a little too much about subtraction; her fractured family is spinning apart sfter the death of her beloved grandfather — and that's before the time wormholes appear.

Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:54pm

Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.

Not My Job: Journalist Lesley Stahl Gets Quizzed On 'Star Trek'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 11:17am

This year is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. To mark the occasion, we've invited Stahl to answer three questions about the show.

Weeping For All That Is Lost: A Harsh Migration Out Of India

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 9:00am

Sunjeev Sahota's new novel follows three men who journey from India to England, looking for a better life. But NPR's Nishant Dahiya says that life turns out to be a complex, and often dangerous one.

Rob And Nick Reiner Say 'Being Charlie' Is 'Drawn From Our Lives'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

Being Charlie is a new film about addiction in a Hollywood family. It's a story director Rob Reiner and his son, writer Nick Reiner, say they know well because of their own family's struggles.

'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

In Don DeLillo's new novel, a billionaire secretly funds an enterprise aimed at preserving people through cryogenics — a technology he hopes to use to rejoin his already-frozen wife.

'Good Wife' Creators Say They Wanted To End The Show 'While It Was Still Good'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

"There was seven seasons-worth of story to tell in the education of Alicia Florrick, and we've come to the end of that story," says co-creator Michelle King. The Good Wife series finale airs May 8.

'Imagine Me Gone' Paints Mental Illness Through Five Fictional Voices

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon asks Adam Haslett about his latest novel. Haslett says he "needed that imaginary space to investigate" his family history of mental illness.

Stars Tell The Story Of This Fairy Tale-Inspired 'Queen'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:00am

Roshani Chokshi's smooth and assured debut draws on folk and fairy tales — Bluebeard, Persephone, Beauty and the Beast — for the story of a young girl whose ominous horoscope sends her on a journey.

Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:49am

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

'Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon': Amanda Peet Explores Aging In Hollywood

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with actress Amanda Peet about her Lenny Letter essay, "Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon," and how to navigate aging in the image-obsessed entertainment industry.

The Art Of McGyvering For Sleep-Deprived Moms And Dads

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

New parents need all the help they can get. Author and mom of two Asha Dornfest has compiled a book of 134 handy hacks for parents. That roll of blue painter tape? A "magical multitasker," she says.

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