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Tig Notaro On Her Terrible Year In 'I'm Just A Person'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Comedian Tig Notaro shot to fame in 2012, talking candidly on stage about having cancer. Now she's in remission, recently married and the author of a new memoir called I'm Just A Person.

'In the Darkroom' Explores The Concept of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."

Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.

'The Course Of Love' Is More Case Study Than Novel

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 9:00am

Alain de Botton returns to a long-standing fascination — the arc of relationships — in his new novel. But despite its fictional trappings, the book seems more like a class on maintaining a marriage.

DC Comics' 'Rebirth': When The Super-Villain Is Your Own History

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 7:30am

DC Comics has relaunched its line of superhero titles again in a bid to recapture "hope and optimism." This time, heroes fight a villain who represents the cynical tone comics adopted in the 1980s.

Read, Watch, Binge: Like This Movie? You Might Also Like ...

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:05am

A lot of what we read and watch comes to us through algorithms. But we haven't found an algorithm that makes recommendations between books, movies, TV and beyond. Enter: HUMANS.

Late Night Hosts Respond To Orlando Tragedy With Heartfelt Monologues

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:30pm

Late night talk show hosts responded to the tragic events in Orlando in a variety of ways. Many chose to dedicate time in their monologues to the tragedy, thus taking on the role news anchors once had dominion over.

Remake Or Not, 'Uncle Buck' Is Your Usual Goofy TV Relative

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:02pm

ABC continues its single-camera family comedy brand with Uncle Buck, a remake of the 1989 comedy starring John Candy.

Tea Tuesday: Meet The Chai Wallahs Of India

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:00pm

Resham Gellatly and Zach Marks spent eight months traveling through India, meeting with hundreds of India's chai wallahs — or tea vendors — who highlight the country's culture and diversity.

'Moon Of The Faith:' A History Of The Apricot And Its Many Pleasures

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:24am

The Romans dubbed it the "precious one." Poets praised its beauty. The conquering Arabs took it to the Mideast, where the luxurious fruit was exploited in sugary confections.

Let's Lie To Celebrities: Questions For The New 'To Tell The Truth'

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 9:33am

To prepare for tonight's return of game show To Tell the Truth, we look back at what made the classic version so memorable, and ask if it's even possible to recapture its magic today.

Temeraire And Laurence, At Peace At Last In 'League Of Dragons'

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 6:00am

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine travels back to the era of the Napoleonic Wars for a look at Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which wraps up this week with the release of League of Dragons.

Regina King Reigns In Hollywood

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 4:04am

Actor Regina King has successfully navigated working both in front of and behind the camera. She's won an Emmy for her television work, and she's in demand as a director on shows like Animal Kingdom.

A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:54pm

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.

Aliens Attack And Congress Goes Extreme In CBS' Political Satire 'BrainDead'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:02pm

The creators of The Good Wife mix comedy, politics and science fiction in their new summer series. TV critic David Bianculli says BrainDead is bizarre, fun and full of "intriguing little elements."

Celery: Why?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:36am

Considering humans' millennia-long struggle with famine, it's surprising anyone spent time or resources cultivating low-calorie celery. But the vegetable's original use had nothing to do with food.

On A Dark Day, The Tonys Double Down On Joy — And Pride

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 9:05am

The shadow of a mass shooting in Orlando cast a pall over the 70th Annual Tony Awards broadcast, but host James Corden offered a spirited paean to "every Broadway would-be."

Summer TV Preview: Which Shows Are Worth Staying Indoors?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:41am

A rush of new shows are coming to network, cable and streaming channels in June. We'll tell you what's worth tuning in to (or at least setting the DVR for) and when you should just go outside.

Tony Awards Honors Florida Victims; Hamilton Wins 11 Categories

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 11:47pm

The 70th Tony Awards ceremony was dedicated to people affected by Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

In Debut Thriller Novel, Iain Reid Delivers Shivers Without Reader Knowing Why

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing. Host Linda Wertheimer talks with the author.

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