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The Iowa Caucuses Explained ... By Broadway?

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:54pm

Critic Bob Mondello has never been to Iowa, but he learned a lot about the state from The Music Man. The classic American musical follows a travelling salesman who finds himself in River City, Iowa.

Farm Subsidies Persist And Grow, Despite Talk Of Reform

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:45pm

The Farm Bill promised to cut subsidies to farmers. Instead, farmers will continue getting about $20 billion a year thanks to new programs that compensate farmers when corn and soybean prices fall.

'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

FX resurrects the "trial of the century" in its new season of American Crime Story. Critic John Powers says every single episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson "is an embarrassment of tawdry riches."

How China's One-Child Policy Led To Forced Abortions, 30 Million Bachelors

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

Journalist Mei Fong tells Fresh Air that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is One Child.

Portraits Of L.A.'s Female Artists Send A Powerful Message: 'You Are Here'

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:48am

Rebecca Campbell's portrait series documents the women artists who go unnoticed or under-represented. "I made it so that they didn't disappear," she says.

Symphony Of The City: Nigerian Artist Draws Songs From The Bustling Market

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 4:06pm

Emeka Ogboh's exhibition, "Market Symphony," brings listeners the rich sounds of a Lagos market. "There are stories in the soundscape," he tells NPR's Michel Martin. "There are stories from the city."

To Rebuild 'The Collapse Of Parenting,' It's Going To Be A Challenge

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 7:44am

Parents struggle with the balance of being a friend versus being a taskmaster. Their job, says Dr. Leonard Sax, is to "keep your child safe" and "give kids choices in some domains but not in others."

How Do We Read Books Embedded With Racism?

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 7:30am

We received a lot of criticism for a story on reading racist and difficult material to your children, and it's clear it's a topic you'd like us to revisit.

Following The Fad, Live "Grease" Hits The Silver Screen

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 6:45am

A new, live TV performance of the hit musical "Grease" airs this weekend. Rachel Martin talks about it with Linda Holmes, host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

South Korea's Newest TV Stars Are North Korean Defectors

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:12am

North Korean defectors star on talk shows, dating shows and compete in campy challenges. They're giving South Koreans an unprecedented glimpse of the North's experience. But it's not the full picture.

Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety And Warhol As A Hoarder

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:11am

Journalist Claudia Kalb uses biographical material and modern-day mental health to get inside the heads of history's great personalities. Her new book is called Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder.

A Sampler Of Web Comics To Keep You Clicking

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:07am

Web comics have matured a lot in recent years. They're more confident and more willing to experiment with the medium. We've got a sampler of the most absorbing for your weekend reading pleasure.

Not My Job: We Ask 'Madoff' Star Richard Dreyfuss About Fonzie Schemes

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 11:05am

Since Dreyfuss will be portraying the financier behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, we'll see how much he knows about Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days.

Alexander Chee's Voice Shines Through In 'Queen Of The Night'

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:29am

The long-awaited novel follows a famous opera singer on her journey of constant reinvention. Despite the 19th century France setting, Chee admits there are autobiographical elements.

Diane Rehm Finds New Life In The Profound Challenge Of Being Alone

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:08am

For decades, she's hosted her own talk show — but one of her toughest struggles came with the pain of her husband's death. She tells NPR's Scott Simon how it inspired her fight for assisted suicide.

'Downton Abbey' Composer Explains Theme Choices

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:08am

For six seasons, the elegant, orchestral tone of the beloved TV series has been set by Scottish composer John Lunn, who has won two Primetime Emmys for the show's music.

In 'City Of Blades,' The Gods Are Dead. So What Happens Next?

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 6:00am

Robert Jackson Bennett makes a bold move in this second volume of his Divine Cities series — he abandons (mostly) the fan favorites from volume 1, and picks up years later in a different city.

In 'Hail, Caesar!' Josh Brolin Explores The Debauchery Of Old Hollywood

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Josh Brolin about his role as a conflicted studio fixer in the new Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! Brolin jokes about how the old Hollywood compares to the new.

We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:24pm

Project Nourished uses a variety of tricks to fool the mind into thinking it's eating. The goal: to let us consume our favorite tastes without unwanted extras — like food allergens or just calories.

Young African-American Muslims Share A Hidden Love In 'Naz & Maalik'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

Jay Dockendorf's new film presents a day in the life of two gay African-American teens, who also happen to be devout Muslims. Critic David Edelstein calls Naz & Maalik "excitingly fresh."




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