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George Plimpton Reissues Books That Took Us Inside The Game

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

Seven of the the late George Plimpton's sports books are being re-released. NPR's Scott Simon talks with sportscaster Bob Costas about the collection.

Activist, Professor, Historian — Now A Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

Peter Balakian is the author of "Ozone Journal," winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Scott Simon talks with Balakian about how the collection has changed since he began writing decades ago.

Beans And Rice For Passover? A Divisive Question Gets The Rabbis' OK

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

For 800 years, Jews of European and Middle Eastern and Spanish ancestry have been split on the question of whether legumes, corn and rice are kosher for Passover. Rabbis have finally weighed in.

Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.

In Shakespeare's Day, Hunger Tore Through England. His Plays Tell The Tale

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:00am

Many food riots broke out during Shakespeare's era. Endless rain wiped out crops, and speculators profited (including the bard). The chaos and anxiety around food show up in some of his famous works.

'Maestra' Is Pure Pulp Madness

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:00am

L.S. Hilton's new book, the first in a trilogy, follows the aptly-named Judith Rashleigh on a wild ride of sex parties, private yachts, and behavior just as shallow and selfish as any male character.

Artist J.M.W. Turner To Be Featured On U.K. £20, Ousting Economist Adam Smith

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 5:47pm

Following a national nomination process for a visual artist to honor, the U.K. has announced the new face of the £20 bill. He's known for landscapes, seascapes and innovative depiction of light.

We Know Nothing, (About) Jon Snow As 'Game Of Thrones' Returns

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:32pm

HBO's hit kicks off its sixth season this weekend, but the show has now outpaced the original books, and the channel isn't making advance episodes available. So, is Jon Snow alive? We have no idea!

'The Meddler' Pokes Fun Without Mocking The Mom

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:32pm

The Meddler is a new comedy starring Susan Sarandon about mom who's just a bit much — just in time for Mother's Day.

'Huntsman' And 'Tale Of Tales' Put A Modern Spin On Classic Fairy Tales

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Critic David Edelstein reviews The Huntsman: Winter's War, a sequel to the 2012 movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Tale of Tales, an adaptation of a group of 17th century Italian folk stories.

Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.

Everybody Has A Prince Story (Or Should). Here Are Ours

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:24am

These stories are good for sharing any day, but they must be shared today, in honor of The Purple One's passing.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:54am

The panel discusses its most anticipated summer blockbusters and makes some bold predictions. And, as always, we take a look at What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Man, Oh Manichewitz': When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:18am

The wine associated with Jewish tradition was once a huge crossover success. Sammy Davis Jr. was its TV spokesman. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man.

How Can Tourism Promote Peace In The Middle East?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Social entrepreneur and educator Aziz Abu Sarah describes how he came to lead tours in which Jews, Muslims and Christians cross contested borders to spend time in each others cultures.

What's A Better Way To Talk About Abortion?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

The strong emotions sparked by abortion leave little room for thoughtful debate. To cut through the tension, Aspen Baker says we should calmly tell and listen to stories about women who had abortions.

How Can We Have A More Candid Conversation About Race?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Diversity advocate Vernā Myers makes a powerful case for acknowledging our subconscious biases and assumptions about others.

Why Do Conservatives Need Liberals — And Vice Versa?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Social scientist Arthur Brooks explains how conservatives and liberals can cooperate to overcome gridlock and build a better economy.

Snacking In Shakespeare's Time: What Theatregoers Ate At The Bard's Plays

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:21pm

There were no dress circle lounges nor mezzanine bars 400 years ago. Back then, audience snacked on cold nibbles and ready-made street food from vendors they passed on their way to the performance.

Who Set This Up, Indeed: 'Elvis And Nixon' Tells A Summit's Story

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

As Elvis and Nixon respectively, Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey don't attempt impersonations, but with varying degrees of ham (more in the former case than the latter), they tell a strange story.

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