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'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:31pm

The film tells the true story of Maud Lewis, a woman from a small town in Nova Scotia, who, with no formal training, became one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.

(Image credit: Duncan Deyoung/Courtesy of Mongrel Media)

Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:15pm

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.

(Image credit: Jay Grabiec/HarperCollins)

Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:00am

A photography exhibition in Washington, D.C., shows Dietrich's journey from Berlin schoolgirl to glamorous actress.

(Image credit: Eugene Robert Richee/Deutsche Kinemathek - Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin / Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

Actor Ben Falcone And His Dad On The Funny Side Of Fatherhood

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 4:01pm

Ben learned a lot about fatherhood from his own dad, Steve Falcone. In honor of Father's Day, they spoke to NPR about their most memorable father-son moments. Ben's new book is Being a Dad is Weird.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Ben Falcone Dey Street Books)

What Does Mistrial In Cosby's Case Mean In Court Of Public Opinion?

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 7:00am

On this Father's Day, NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans analyzes the impact of the mistrial in the sexual assault case against superstar comic and philanthropist, Bill Cosby — once known as America's Dad.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 6:00am

A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar that ends Sunday has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/AP)

'Democracy In Chains' Traces The Rise Of American Libertarianism

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 6:00am

Nancy MacLean's book stretches back to 19th century Vice President — and ardent secessionist — John C. Calhoun to find the roots of modern libertarianism, which she calls a threat to democracy.

(Image credit: Jessica Diaz-Hurtado/NPR)

Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 6:00am

A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/AP)

DAAAAAAAD! On Father's Day, An Homage To The Terrible Jokes They Tell

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 5:59am

"Dad jokes are just a verbal form of play," says behavioral scientist Peter McGraw. "It's just a different way to tickle and roughhouse with your kids."

(Image credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

'Sit, Walk, Don't Talk': An Author Finds Comfort At A Silent Meditation Retreat

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 3:53am

When faced with a problem, not everyone wishes to talk about it. Jennifer Howd writes about this issue in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don't Talk, which chronicles her healing at a silent meditation retreat.

(Image credit: Erin Sacco/Courtesy Jennifer Howd)

Capitol Hill To Undergo Changing Of The Guard With New Poet Laureate

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 5:04pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith has been named the newest poet laureate by the Library of Congress. She talks about the challenges of the job ahead.

Yoko Ono Joins John Lennon With Credit Line For Writing 'Imagine'

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 5:04pm

The song "Imagine" is an international anthem of peace and, well, imagination. Until this week, John Lennon had sole credit for writing the song, but in his lifetime, Lennon wanted that changed.

Not My Job: We Quiz GM's Chief Technological Architect On Chevy Chase

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 12:21pm

Andrew Farah works on driverless car technology at General Motors. Sure, he knows a lot about Chevys, but what does he know about comedian Chevy Chase?

(Image credit: Chuck Cloud)

John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of 'Rocky' And 'Karate Kid,' Dies At 81

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 8:25am

Avildsen won his Oscar in 1977 for Rocky, which was also named best picture. The director, who delivered a string of inspirational and enduring box-office successes, died Friday of pancreatic cancer.

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In 'Memory's Last Breath' An Academic Confronts Dementia

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 7:15am

Gerda Saunders was a university professor when she learned she had early-onset dementia. Now, she's struggling to define herself anew as her defining characteristic — her intellect — begins to fail.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

'1984' Comes To Broadway And 'It's Not An Easy Evening'

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 7:15am

George Orwell's dystopia returned to bestseller lists after the inauguration. "It's quite something to bring it to New York now, in this political climate," says adaptation co-author Duncan Macmillan.

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In The Refrains Of 'Arabia Felix,' A Reminder: Often The End Is Just A Start

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 6:00am

Of the scholars who set out on a 1761 quest to Yemen, only one came back alive. But don't let their looming doom distract from the drama in Thorkild Hansen's hybrid of history, fiction and travelogue.

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'The Changeling' Is, Itself, A Changeling Of A Book

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 6:00am

Victor LaValle's story of a rare book dealer whose life is torn apart after his wife commits an act of violence and vanishes is by turns enchanting, horrifying, infuriating and heartbreaking.

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Heartbeat Music: Parents Remember Their Son Through His Song Of Life

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:34pm

Nate Kramer was a tall, quiet collegiate swimmer when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He died four years later. But during treatment he met a therapist, and together they played and recorded music.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brian Schreck)

Learning The Lessons Of TV Fatherhood

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 5:03pm

After 20 years as a television critic — and many more as a simple viewer — a reflection on how a kid who mostly grew up without a father learned how to become one himself by watching dads on TV.

(Image credit: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

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