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Comedian Aparna Nancherla Makes Light Of The Heavy Stuff

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:50pm

Nancherla is riding high with a new TV special, a tour and a new album, Just Putting It Out There — all while dealing with some difficult personal issues, like depression and anxiety, on stage.

Make America Bake Again: A History Of Cake In The U.S.

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:21pm

From the waste-not ethos behind Angel Food Cake, to the science fads that sparked chocolate cake, American Cake tells a story of immigration and ingenuity.

'Westworld' Creators Explore The 'Dark Thrills' Of The Digital Age

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:19pm

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in Westworld, HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.

'Doonesbury' Creator Has 'Great Fun' Putting Trump In A Comic Setting

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:19pm

"Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, Yuge!, is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character.

Small Batch: Late-Night Comedy And The 2016 Election

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 9:45am

Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson break down the late-night field at the end of this bruising election season, and discuss how difficult it is to stand out and say something new.

Writer Created 'Fleabag' By Looking At What She Loved, Then Taking It Away

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 7:09am

The British comedy follows a young woman who lost her best friend in a tragic accident. Creator and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge says it was inspired by her relationship with her own best friend.

With Parallels To Iron Man, Mystic 'Dr. Strange' Comes Full Circle For Marvel Fans

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 7:09am

The latest Marvel movie, Dr. Strange, is about a neurosurgeon on a quest to heal himself. It's worth the extra cost of a 3-D ticket, says reviewer Chris Klimek.

'Float' Will Lift Your Mind Out Of Its Rut

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 6:00am

Anne Carson's unconventional collection of 22 chapbooks can be read in any order, and covers everything from Helen of Troy to H.G. Wells — but mostly, it's about women taking back their own stories.

Not My Job: Country Star Wynonna Gets Quizzed On Other Judds

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 9:43am

Wynonna doesn't just sing country music, she's lived it — she says she's gone from "an outhouse to the White House." As a member of the famous Judd family, we'll ask her questions about other Judds.

In Damascus, The Bars Are Packed And The Wine Is Flowing

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 8:17am

Revelers drink, dance and listen to music in the Syrian capital's Old City bars. "No one talks about the war anymore," a bartender says. "We got used to it."

Beware The Hair: Trolls Hit The Big Screen — And Bring Scrapbooks With Them

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

The movie Trolls features not just big hair but surprisingly great music — and a fair bit of scrapbooking. The film, by a veteran animation director, aims to balance feel-good fun with offbeat humor.

For Tippi Hedren, Hitchcock's Scares Came Off-Screen

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

In her new memoir, Tippi, the actress speaks frankly about Hollywood, her career, and her complicated relationship with Alfred Hitchcock — who made her a star, but also made her life hell.

Francine Prose's 'Mister Monkey' Novel Inspired By Her Granddaughter's Cheeky Comment

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

Mister Monkey is the latest novel by award-winning writer Francine Prose. NPR's Scott Simon chats with Prose about the novel which was inspired after a seeing a play with her granddaughter.

Remembering Sheri S. Tepper, Eco-Feminist Sci-Fi Firebrand

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 6:00am

Tepper wrote several classics of '80s sci-fi, but she's curiously unknown today. Her work is didactic and often uncomfortable, mixing eco-feminist politics with gripping characters and world-building.

'Loving' Tells Story Of Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Interracial Marriage

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Jeff Nichols, writer and director of the new film Loving, which tells the story of the interracial couple at the heart of the Supreme Court case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws in the country.

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:47pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his spy novel The Sympathizer. Originally broadcast May 17, 2016.

Syria's Leading Sculptor Keeps Creating In A Time Of Destruction

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:12pm

Mustafa Ali hunkers down in Damascus' Old City and sculpts figures that have made him famous in the Mideast and Europe. But his work has grown darker as the war grinds on.

Meet Mumbai's Iconic Veggie Burger

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 12:45pm

Invented by a street vendor in the 1960s, vada pav is Mumbai's most loved street food. But now, there are vada pav chains selling frozen and fried versions of this iconic dish.

'Loving' Shows A Quiet Couple In The Eye Of History's Storm

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:26am

Jeff Nichols' new film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the Virginia couple at the center of the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage.




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