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Yiddish Proverb, Klingon Proverb, Or Bob Marley Lyric?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

In this installment of This, That or The Other, contestants must determine the origin of some unusual phrases.

Okay, Okay, I'll Show You

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

Contestants respond to questions with clues to words or phrases that start with the "muh" sound. As Jerry Maguire might yell, show me the Munchkins!

Great Expectations: Dickens And The Powerball

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:18pm

Tonight's record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing may seem like a modern phenomenon, but this frenzy is nothing new — just ask Charles Dickens, who bemusedly observed the Naples lottery 150 years ago.

Lego Says It's Changing Its Policy After Ai Weiwei Controversy

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:04pm

The Danish company encountered a social-media backlash in October after refusing to sell bricks for a project by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

'My Ears Are Open': Novelist Elizabeth Strout Finds Inspiration In Everyday Life

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge says she was a "bad lawyer" before turning her energies to writing. Her latest novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, is about an aspiring writer.

The Epic Web Comic That Reimagines The Legend Of Bruce Lee

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:58am

In a new Web series, Jeremy Arambulo presents his illustrated take on a fantastical — and real — showdown between the Hollywood star and another noted martial artist.

2016 Pritzker Prize Goes To Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:57am

Aravena, 48, is known for his socially conscious, sustainable design, often executed at staggering speed and on minuscule budgets.

Simplicity And Restraint Make 'Lucy Barton' Shine

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 6:00am

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, about an estranged mother and daughter reconnecting during the daughter's illness, is a marvel of quiet simplicity. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a true novel."

Stay Tuned For Some Great New TV In 2016

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Last year was all about change in the television industry. Our TV critic says the new year brings a host of exciting shows, from platforms old and new.

Ray Liotta On 'Goodfellas,' Acting And His Return To TV

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 2:07pm

"When I first started," Liotta says, "television was kind of like the wasteland. ... Now [it's] very respected." Liotta plays a corrupt NYC police lieutenant on the new NBC series Shades of Blue.

David Bowie, The Internet Visionary

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:21am

Bowie was an explorer of what it meant to be human. In a 1999 interview, he predicted the power of the Internet — "an alien life form" — to break down the divisions between artists and the audience.

'Your Heart Is A Muscle' Is A Florid, Ambitious Tale Of Protest

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:00am

Sunil Yapa's new novel follows a group of characters through the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Critic Michael Schaub praises Yapa's ambition, but says his execution is amateurish.

'60s 'Dish' Maggie Smith Says, 'That Was Never Me'

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:58am

"It must be lovely to be beautiful, but that's a really difficult thing to lose," says Smith, now 81. Best known in the U.S. for her role in Downton Abbey, she's now starring in The Lady in the Van.

'City Of Thorns' Charts Life In World's Largest Refugee Camp

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Ben Rawlence, whose new book, City of Thorns, charts nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp.

The World's Largest Refugee Camp Looks Like A Slum From 'Star Wars'

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

But for thousands of Somali refugees, the camp in Dadaab, Kenya, is the only home they've ever known.

Golden Globes Deliver Surprises In Television Categories

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

This year's Golden Globes did not come without some surprises, especially in the TV categories. Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle won best TV comedy, and the show's main character, Gael Garcia Bernal, won best actor in the category. USA's Mr. Robot beat out Fox's Empire and HBO's Game of Thrones in the Best TV drama category. NPR reviews some of these unexpected wins.

'Last Stop On Market Street,' 'Finding Winnie,' Win U.S. Children's Book Prizes

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

Matt de la Pena's Last Stop on Market Street won the Newbery Medal for the best children's book of 2015. Finding Winnie, the story behind A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, has won the Caldecott Medal for the top illustrated book.

Ziggy Stardust Was A Star On-Screen, Too

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:03pm

David Bowie may have been best-known for his music, but NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello points out that he was also a gifted actor, both onstage and in movies like The Man Who Fell To Earth.

'Last Stop On Market Street' Wins Newbery Medal, 'Finding Winnie' Takes Caldecott

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:30pm

Matt de la Peña becomes the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery award for children's literature, while the Caldecott picture-book prize went to a book about the real-life Winnie the Pooh.

Revisiting The 'Last Interview' Of Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick And Nora Ephron

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:23pm

A series of books published by Melville House gathers together the final interviews conducted with prominent deceased writers and thinkers. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the latest in the series.

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