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'Hidden Figures' A Hit With Young Women Of Color Interested in STEM

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00pm

The film Hidden Figures is inspiring a new generation of young female coders of color. NPR checks in with some teenagers who like the movie.

Actress Octavia Spencer Says 'Hidden Figures' Is A Movie Anyone Can Get Behind

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00pm

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Octavia Spencer about her latest film, Hidden Figures. It tells the story of the black, female mathematicians who helped launch the first American astronauts into space.

Actor Om Puri Had Roles In More Than 300 Movies During His Life

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00pm

The acclaimed Indian actor died at home on Jan. 6 after an apparent heart attack. He was 66 years old. Puri acted in some 300 movies, including Gandhi, Charlie Wilson's War, and East is East.

What We Can Learn From 'Washington's Farewell'

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00pm

The tradition of giving a goodbye address goes all the way back to the nation's first president. Author John Avlon says George Washington's farewell was remarkably prescient and prophetic.

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How Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Is Leaving His Mark On Celebrities

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 1:00pm

High school dropout Keith McCurdy went from tattooing outside of a Delaware trailer park to inking supermodels and stars. Above all, it's his readiness that's helped him turn his passion into success.

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From New Zealand To The Netherlands — What's In A Family?

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

What should a happy family look like? Writer Dan Kois is embarking on a year-long trip around the world with his family — to investigate how families in other cultures live.

'What Doesn't Kill Us' ... Invites Practical Medical Benefits

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Author Scott Carney talks about his new book, "What Doesn't Kill Us." Looking at case studies, Carney investigates how the body uses its environment to build resistance to normally extreme conditions.

When The TV Industry Doesn't Reflect Its Audience, Critics Ask The Tough Questions

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Variety's Maureen Ryan has been critical of how rape is portrayed on TV. She says writers' rooms should reflect its diverse audience — especially when it comes to approach such sensitive topics.

Raised In A Prison, 'The Warden's Daughter' Decides It's Time To Find A Mom

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Cammie O'Reilly lost her mother when she was a baby — so she seeks out maternal support from female inmates. Author Jerry Spinelli says the book was inspired by a real-life story from his hometown.

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Cricket And Difficult Choices In 'Selection Day'

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 6:00am

Aravind Adiga's new novel centers on Manju, a boy from Mumbai, and his tyrannical father, who wants just one thing: To raise the world's best cricketers. But what does Manju want for himself?

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A Memoir Of Taking Christianity 'To The Extreme'

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Comedy writer Maggie Rowe was 19 when she checked herself into an evangelical psychiatric facility. She says she had a fear of sin and eternal damnation. That's the focus of her memoir Sin Bravely.

Psychic Soldiers Populate 'Throwaways' — With Style

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:00am

Caitlin Kittredge's comic series about psychic soldiers on the run from government experiments is brisk, colorful fun, complemented by Steve Sanders' stylish character designs and deft illustrations.

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Dinner in Appalachia: Finding Common Ground In Trump Country

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:00am

Appalachia is thousands of miles from Nigeria. But at a potluck dinner in rural Kentucky, natives of the two places found points of connection between their cultures.

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Cuban-Americans Take Spotlight In Netflix Reboot Of 'One Day At A Time'

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 3:36pm

Netflix releases a new take on an old show, Norman Lear's One Day at a Time. This time, the show follows a Cuban-American family.

'Paterson' Paints A Delicate Portrait Of A Bus Driver Who Writes Poetry

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Jim Jarmusch's new film, Paterson, was loosely inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem of the same name. Critic David Edelstein says the film expertly evokes the inner state of an artist.

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Gethard talks of hitting rock bottom in his off-Broadway show, billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. 24, 2016.




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