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This Novel Doesn't Find Meaning In Cancer, It Gives Its Malevolence Full Due

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Charles Bock could have chosen to write this story as an autobiography. Alice & Oliver is based on a real-life nightmare in which his wife — then, a young mother — was diagnosed with leukemia.

Laid-Off Tech Journalist Joins A Start-Up, Finds It's Part Frat, Part Cult

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he lost his job reporting on the tech industry. He took a job at a start-up, where he was the old guy. His new book is Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

'Star Wars' Voice Actor Who, As Admiral Ackbar, Warned 'It's A Trap!' Dies At 93

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 8:23am

Erik Bauersfeld's amphibious rebel commander was far from the biggest role that the Star Wars movies had to offer. But three words transformed a bit part into a fan favorite: "It's a trap!"

Wax Tablets, Chicken Rustling And The Medieval Roots Of The Modern University

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 6:00am

Universities have changed significantly since the Middle Ages. James Axtell describes just how far higher education has come in his new book, Wisdom's Workshop.

It's Love That's Important In 'The Truth About Death'

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 6:00am

Robert Hellenga's new collection contains nine searching, mature stories about grand passions, fleeting romantic adventures, and facing the end of life with few illusions.

Unraveled: The Mystery Of The Secret Street Artist In Boston

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:56am

Someone has been using Lego blocks to repair the corner of a crumbling brick building in Boston. Reporter Tovia Smith set out to investigate who this person is and what else he has been up to.

Gay Glam Comes To HBO

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:23pm

Is Vinyl's latest fictionalized New York music character a tribute to Jobriath, the post-Bowie 'space clown' who was rock's first openly homosexual performer?

Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:01pm

An architect looked at communities that serve older adults, and didn't like what he saw. By changing habits earlier in life, he says, we can create vibrant communities that will sustain us.

When Is It OK To Profit From Cooking Other Cultures' Food? You Weighed In

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:04pm

We started a conversation about food and race. Who gets to cook and become the face of a culture's cuisine? While our question was prompted by an interview with Rick Bayless, the issue transcends him.

'Going Green' Is Really 'Going Native': Western Apache Chef Nephi Craig

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:29am

Chef Nephi Craig of the Apaches in the Kitchen blog reflects on what the "mainstream" culinary world has to learn about Native foodways.

#NPRpoetry, Part Deux: Listeners Bare Their Souls In Stanzas

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 4:13pm

April is National Poetry Month. And the audience is sending All Things Considered original poems in 140 characters or less on Twitter. Here's an update from the curators who have been reading along.

The Surprising Story Behind Spam (The Food)

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 4:13pm

Author Ted Genoways traces the origins of canned spam in his book The Chain; Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food.

'Music Was Always My Anchor': A Story Of Soul And Struggle

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 1:00pm

Rashod Ollison's memoir Soul Serenade is a coming-of-age story and playlist combined. He says he "could always tell" his mother's mood "by which Aretha Franklin song was on."

Nurse Kellye Of 'M*A*S*H' Still gets Fan Mail For Breakthrough Role

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 6:21am

After a blog post goes viral, Rachel Martin catches up with Kellye Nakahara of M*A*S*H, whose role was a favorite for many. Her fans still say she broke barriers and made them smile.

How To Hook Kids On Books? Try Poetry

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 6:21am

Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander's newest effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy, that's written in verse. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin that poetry is a surefire way to reach kids.

A Spanish Comic Book Exposes Franco's Orphanages

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 6:00am

Carlos Giménez's graphic novel Paracuellos is an unflinching memoir of his time in the orphanages of Franco's Spain; it makes the experiences of a few boys in the 1950s inescapably universal.

Jimmy V, Coach K And Dean Smith: The 3 Legends Of N.C. Basketball

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:22pm

Sports columnist John Feinstein talks about his new book, The Legends Club, which follows the rivalry and friendship between three of college basketball's biggest coaches in the '80s.

'I Think That I Shall Never See, A Poem As Lovely As ... One On ATC'

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 3:54pm

For National Poetry Month, All Things Considered asked listeners to tweet poems of their own — including the rhyme that tops this story. The plot thickened when a high school English class jumped in.

Not My Job: We Quiz R.L. Stine On Ralph Lauren

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:23am

Since horror author R.L. Stine isn't the only famous R.L. out there, we've invited him to answer three questions about fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, who was born Ralph Lifshitz.

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis: The Latest "Badass" Black Man On Screen

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 8:30am

Don Cheadle personifies jazz genius Miles Davis in his new film "Miles Ahead." Badass black men rarely show up as leads in mainstream movies.

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