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Novel Explores The Fierce And Frenzied World Of Competitive Gymnastics

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 2:01pm

Megan Abbott's new book takes readers deep into the intense, vacuum-sealed universe of young female gymnasts and their parents. Critic Maureen Corrigan says You Will Know Me is worthy of a gold medal.

Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 2:01pm

As a child, Whitehead was surprised to learn that escaped slaves did not ride an actual subway. His new novel follows Cora, a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north.

40 Years On, A Controversial Film On Islam's Origins Is Now A Classic

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 5:04pm

The Message, released in 1976 and starring Anthony Quinn, was made with difficulty and condemned by hardliners. One of the challenges: its main character, the Prophet Muhammad, could not be pictured.

'Imperial Wife' Trains Its Spotlight On Powerful Women, Past And Present

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 8:06am

Irina Reyn's new novel focuses on two women in difficult marriages. Though they're centuries apart, both relationships are tied to the strong woman's struggle to fulfill gender expectations.

Words Of Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Jason Reynolds

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:26am

Jason Reynolds writes "slice-of-life stories" for youngsters. For our "Next Chapter" series, he talks about packing up his belongings in trash bags and moving to New York City to become a writer.

'Engine Block Burritos' — And Other Road Trip Tips From Touring Musicians

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:26am

Intake manifold stew. Altoids can cake. These are a few of the ideas traveling musicians have come up with to keep them going on tour. Now, they're offering advice for a summer trip on a budget.

Not My Job: Keegan-Michael Key Of 'Key & Peele' Gets Quizzed On Peels

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 10:00am

The actor and comedian performed with the improv troupe Second City before he gained fame on MAD TV and partnered with Jordan Peele for Key & Peele. He's now starring in the film Don't Think Twice.

'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It's a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: "The ticking clock is the dramatist's friend."

Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Tamora Pierce

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

She's the YA author behind the fantasy series Song of the Lioness and The Immortals. For the Weekend Edition series "Next Chapter," she recalls how college helped her escape small-town poverty.

New Novel Takes 'The Underground Railroad' Beyond The Metaphor

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Colson Whitehead about his new book, The Underground Railroad, in which slaves ride a a real railroad through time to see racism in different eras.

David Huddleston, The Real Big Lebowski, Dies At 85

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

We remember David Huddleston, the actor best known for his role as The Big Lebowski. He died this past week at the age of 85.

A New Lucille Ball Statue Replaces 'Scary' One In Her Hometown

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 6:34pm

In 2009, legions of Lucy fans were horrified by a sculpture they dubbed "Scary Lucy." The new one reflects the glamorous TV comedy star of the 1950s. It's being unveiled Saturday, her 105th birthday.

'Little Men' Puzzle Out Mysteries Of Friendship And Growth

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 6:00pm

The film follows two 13-year-olds who bond as their family's begin to clash.

X-Rays Reveal Hidden Portrait Under Painting By Edgar Degas

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 1:11pm

A team of researchers in Australia used a special mapping technique to expose a striking painting of another woman under the French Impressionist's Portrait of a Woman.

David Huddleston, Who Played The Real Mr. Lebowski, Dies

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:31pm

The Emmy-nominated character actor starred in classics such as The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles. His career spanned more than 50 years in movies, TV and on Broadway.

'Little Men' Combines Stark Economic Realities With Hope For A Better Future

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:20pm

As their parents engage in a bitter real-estate dispute, the friendship between two adolescent boys deepens in Ira Sach's new film. Critic David Edelstein calls Little Men "quietly devastating."

What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:20pm

Keret's memoir, The Seven Good Years, spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father, who was a Holocaust survivor. Originally broadcast June 16, 2015.

Friday Reads: Five Rings, Five Books For Rio

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:19pm

You might be forgiven for knowing only one Brazilian author — Paulo Coelho dominates the charts. But we've got five more great, overlooked Brazilian reads for you to kick off the Rio Games with.

'Little Prince' Adaptations Aren't Easy — Just Ask Orson Welles

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 11:00am

In 1943, the legendary filmmaker tried (and failed) to turn Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book into a movie. Director Mark Osborne got considerably further. His adaptation hit theaters on Friday.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 9:58am

This week's Mystery Guest is Darren Wong. He's responsible for a hot new food trend that looks like something it's not. Can our hosts figure out what his creation is, and what it looks like?

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