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Why My Mom Left Me Out Of Her Book

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled author Lynne Rae Perkins wrote a book about her son Frank and their dog Lucky. But she left one important person out — her daughter Lucy.

'The Familiar Vol. 3' Will Re-Wire Your Brain

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:00am

Mark Z. Danielewski's proposed 27-part saga about a girl and her very strange cat rolls on in volume 3, Honeysuckle and Pain — in which all the different voices and stories start to find a groove.

Actor Kevin Hart On Comedy, 'Central Intelligence' And Lessons From His Mom

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 4:04pm

Hart has drawn enormous crowds to his stand-up shows and comedy films. The actor/comic says he owes a lot to his mom. "She never let me start something without finishing it."

When King Came To Chicago: See The Rare Images Of His Campaign — In Color

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 4:04pm

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. went north, leading the Chicago Freedom Movement. Bernard Kleina and his camera were there, too — and the former priest walks NPR through his color photos.

Not My Job: Three Questions For Actor Terry O'Quinn About Hair

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 9:11am

Since O'Quinn doesn't have much going on in the hair department himself, we've decided to ask him three questions about Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.

Artist June Leaf, Still Moving Fast At 86

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:19am

June Leaf sculpts, paints and draws and she's been doing it for most of her 86 years. Now she's got a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Compassion Drove Dad To The Salad Bar — That, And Fear Of Alien Abduction

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:00am

Her grandparents were vegetarian out of fear of eating reincarnated ancestors. Her father, out of compassion for animals and X-Files-inspired thinking. But it wasn't so great for family unity.

Nevermind The White Dress, Turns Out Emily Dickinson Had A Green Thumb

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:39am

Archaeologists are working to unearth the poet's original gardens and bring the homestead back to its natural state. The hope is to revive the plants and flowers she vividly described in her poetry.

Annie Proulx's 'Barkskins' Is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am

Annie Proulx's epic new novel is a multigenerational, multi-century epic about the fall of forests before human depredation — just don't think about how many trees went into its 700-plus pages.

Adopted From Abroad? Tell Us Your Food Stories

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:19pm

For many of us, food can serve as a way to explore our heritage. But what happens when you grow up in a family with a different ethnic, racial or cultural background than your own? Share your story.

'Finding Dory' Makes A Big Splash, With Slapstick Humor And Witty Dialog

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Ellen DeGeneres gives voice to a memory-challenged fish in search of her parents in Pixar's follow-up to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Critic David Edelstein says Finding Dory is full of laughs.

Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto. Originally broadcast May 5, 2015.

At The Fanciest Restaurant in Gaza, A Ramadan Iftar In The Sky

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:36pm

Situated 11 stories above Gaza City, Level Up is the only restaurant in the war-torn Palestinian territory that offers a taste of luxury. But operating a high-end joint in this area is not easy.

Show Stopper

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

We took the names of famous plays and musicals and ran them through our thesaurus. For example, if we gave the clue, "The Male Monarch and Me," you'd answer, "The King and I."

What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

In this installment of What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton, he must discern which statement is true.


Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

Anyone with a computer can edit almost any Wikipedia page they want. We imagine what would happen if famous people wrote their own pages to make them sound a little more flattering.

Reverse Psychology

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

In this phoner game all about clichés, contestants guess the common saying after hearing its rough opposite. If we said "dummies disagree," you'd say, "great minds think alike."

Queen's Queens

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

House musician Jonathan Coulton changes the lyrics of classic Queen songs to be about real or fictional queens. With tunes this catchy, resistance is feudal!

Original Names

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

Contestants pick out a company's original name from three possible choices.

Give Us Some Sugar

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

This game is inspired by the Def Leppard song "Pour Some Sugar On Me." If we said, "Hey BLAND FOOD, should I spice you with black granules next to the salt?," you would sing, "POUR SOME PEPPER ON ME"




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