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A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:54pm

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.

Aliens Attack And Congress Goes Extreme In CBS' Political Satire 'BrainDead'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:02pm

The creators of The Good Wife mix comedy, politics and science fiction in their new summer series. TV critic David Bianculli says BrainDead is bizarre, fun and full of "intriguing little elements."

Celery: Why?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:36am

Considering humans' millennia-long struggle with famine, it's surprising anyone spent time or resources cultivating low-calorie celery. But the vegetable's original use had nothing to do with food.

On A Dark Day, The Tonys Double Down On Joy — And Pride

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 9:05am

The shadow of a mass shooting in Orlando cast a pall over the 70th Annual Tony Awards broadcast, but host James Corden offered a spirited paean to "every Broadway would-be."

Summer TV Preview: Which Shows Are Worth Staying Indoors?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:41am

A rush of new shows are coming to network, cable and streaming channels in June. We'll tell you what's worth tuning in to (or at least setting the DVR for) and when you should just go outside.

Tony Awards Honors Florida Victims; Hamilton Wins 11 Categories

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 11:47pm

The 70th Tony Awards ceremony was dedicated to people affected by Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

In Debut Thriller Novel, Iain Reid Delivers Shivers Without Reader Knowing Why

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing. Host Linda Wertheimer talks with the author.

'Rich And Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam Captures Lives Very Different From His Own

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

The new novel "Rich and Pretty" follows two women who find themselves at a crossroad. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to author Rumaan Alam about writing characters that are nothing like oneself.

May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

Winners for the 70th Annual Tony Awards are announced Sunday night. Every year, NPR's Jeff Lunden talks to some of the hardworking people in the theater biz who aren't eligible for Tony nominations.

Yes, All Men (And Everyone Else) Need To Read 'Sex Object'

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:00am

Jessica Valenti's powerful new memoir examines the toll sexism takes on women's lives. Sex Object doesn't offer solutions; instead, it bears witness to the daily grind of harassment and hatred.

Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

Anthropologist Discovers 100-Year-Old Graffiti By 'America's Most Famous Hobo'

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:07pm

In 2000, anthropologist Susan Phillips found markings made by hobos near the Los Angeles River. Phillips talks about the possible author of those marks from 1914, one of America's most famous hobos.

Not My Job: The Blue Man Group Turns 25

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:43am

In the early 1990s, Chris Wink and Phil Stanton were two underemployed guys in New York City. So they came up with an idea: They'd shave their heads, paint themselves blue and put on a show.

Denmark Martyr Museum Draws Controversy For Including Terrorists In Exhibit

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

"The Martyr Museum" features historic heroes like Joan of Arc alongside some perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks. The idea is to try to understand what drives some to give their life to a cause.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Well, He Doesn't Have To Be

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived? In Ryan North's new "chooseable-path adventure" Romeo and/or Juliet, you can make sure the two never meet — or have them take over Verona in giant robot suits.

The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.

The Future Of Cuban Sci-Fi Is 'Super Extra Grande'

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

In Super Extra Grande, Cuban sci-fi author Yoss imagines a world where faster-than-light travel has brought humanity into contact with a vast array of strange and marvelous intergalactic creatures.

'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 4:09pm

The editor Maxwell Perkins discovered and nurtured authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The new movie Genius has him wrangling thousands of pages from the writer Thomas Wolfe.

Annie Proulx's Bloody New Novel 'Barkskins' Is About More Than Deforestation

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:34pm

Barkskins follows two loggers' stories over three centuries. Proulx says the forest is the hero of her book, but it's also "one facet of larger things, like climate change and the melting of the ice."

Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.

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