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Hot Enough For You? Cool Off With A Brief History Of Frozen Treats

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:50pm

The Roman Emperor Nero was said to enjoy snow topped with honey. Persians liked to drink sharbate over ice. But a scientific discovery in the 1500s paved the way for our modern ice creams.

Comedian Larry Wilmore Reflects On End Of 'The Nightly Show'

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:32pm

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore comes to an end this week. Host and comedian Larry Wilmore reflects on the show's failures and successes.

Distilling The Story Of California Wine, One Label At A Time

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:52am

At the world's largest wine research library — inside UC Davis — librarians are crowd-sourcing their archives to understand the forces that shaped California's wine industry into a global powerhouse.

For The 'Oscars Of Romance,' Representation Matters

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:00am

The RITA awards are the Oscars of romance writing — but of more than 90 RITA finalists this year, only a handful featured heroes and heroines of color. We have a roundup of the ones that did.

Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:35am

A wealthy American living in Paris, Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. In a subtle but powerful palette, she depicted androgynous women and melancholy nudes.

In 'Uproot,' A DJ Traces Modern Music's Tangled Family Tree

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Jace Clayton, best known for his work as DJ /rupture, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about his first book, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture.

Everything Is Fair Game In 'Known And Strange Things'

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Teju Cole's new essay collection covers politics, poetry, music, and even Snapchat. He says he's writing as an "interested non-expert." And he recommends Miles Davis as a cure for election stress.

Minnesota Bookseller Recommends 3 Summer Porch Reads

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Sue Zumberge of Subtext Books shares her favorite books for summer reading: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard and Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova.

'Roaring Wind' Examines Extreme Weather, And The Power Of Air

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

Biologist Bill Streever sailed from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his new book, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind. He says the wind was working against him "most of the time."

Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series. She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture.

At This Experimental Culinary Event, The Cutlery Is High Art

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:00am

Three Michelin-starred chefs will cook for 60 guests in a one-night voyage of vittles in California. We talked to an artist creating the virtuosic flatware for the event.

'Marlys' Collection Dips Back Into Lynda Barry's Sweet, Squirmy World

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:00am

Drawn & Quarterly has reissued a compilation of strips from Lynda Barry's Ernie Pook's Comeek, starring irrepressible eight-year-old Marlys Mullen. Barry's sweeping lines are instantly recognizable.

From Darkroom To Kitchen: A Time Capsule Of Recipes From 1970s Photographers

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:00am

Ansel Adams' poached eggs. William Eggleston's cheese grits casserole. Four decades after being hidden away in a museum, a collection of images and recipes from famed artists finally sees the light.

A Land In Limbo Hopes That Books Will Keep It Going

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:05am

Somaliland, a country that lacks official recognition, has a huge annual book fair. The emphasis on literature isn't just about culture. It's about identity and the economy, too.

Artists Use Humans As A Canvas At World Bodypainting Festival

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:29pm

As part of our series on unusual summer festivals, NPR travels to Austria for the World Bodypainting Festival, where artists use brushes, sprays and sponges on human canvases.

No Man's Sky: A Video Game With A Vast Universe

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:29pm

J.J. Sutherland and Chris Suellentrop of the podcast Shall We Play a Game? share their first impressions of Hello Games' new wide-open universe game, No Man's Sky.

'Trials Of The Earth' Shows The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Pioneer Life

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 2:00pm

Born in Arkansas around 1866, Mary Mann Hamilton was one of the first women to homestead in the Mississippi Delta. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls her memoir a historical and literary treasure.

Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 1:57pm

During the Depression, cheap, nutritious and filling food was prioritized — often at the expense of taste. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of A Square Meal, discuss food trends of the time.

How 'Patient H.M.' And His Lobotomy Contributed To Understanding Memories

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:25pm

William Scoville's lobotomy on patient Henry Molaison taught scientists a lot about human memory, but left Molaison with memory problems. Luke Dittrich discusses the story in his book Patient H.M.

Kids' Movies Stand Out This Summer

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:25pm

In a summer with not so great films, features columnist Kristen Page-Kirby with The Washington Post's Express says the standouts have all been movies for kids.

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