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From Mormon Missionary To LGBTQ Advocate (And International Rock Star)

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 6:16pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, about his new documentary, Believer, which takes a critical look at the Mormon Church's policies toward its LGBTQ members.

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Empathetic 'Anatomy Of A Scandal' Does Justice To A Dark Subject

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 9:00am

Rape has become a standard feature in crime novels — sometimes treated with nuance, sometimes with voyeurism. Sarah Vaughan's Anatomy of a Scandal approaches it with unexpected attention and care.

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Tamora Pierce Writes One For The Boys (But Just One) In 'Tempests And Slaughter'

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:07am

The beloved fantasy author is known for her heroic female knights and mages — but she says she wants to be fair to the boys with her new book, the story of one of her most popular male characters.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Not My Job: We Quiz Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Michael Rosbash On Barflies

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 6:10am

The biologist, whose groundbreaking research into circadian rhythms studied fruit flies, answers three questions about people who spend too many nights in bars.

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'This Is Not A Love Letter' Really Is A (Heartbreaking) Love Letter

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 6:00am

Kim Purcell's new novel is structured as a long, beautiful, despairing letter from a young woman to her missing boyfriend, written as she spurs her friends and neighbors into action to find him.

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How To Understand The Philosophy Of 'Groundhog Day' And Live Life By Its Message

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:29pm

The director Harold Ramis didn't intend for his movie Groundhog Day to be heralded by religious thinkers as an example of how to live life, but that's exactly what happened after it was released in 1993. Salon reporter Mary Elizabeth Williams tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that after fighting cancer, she has come to understand the movie's universal message.

Beguiling And Brutal, 'On Body And Soul' Centers On A Slaughterhouse Romance

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Two lonely people working at a slaughterhouse connect in Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film. Reviewer Justin Chang says On Body and Soul is a genteel crowd pleaser that could have been edgier.

How Did Salt And Pepper Become The Soulmates Of Western Cuisine?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:11pm

The two flavors are mainstays on nearly every Western dining table, but their dominance was far from inevitable. In fact, their dual reign resulted from a "weird accident of history."

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