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In 'The Nothing,' A Dirty Old Man Lusts For Life

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:02am

The new novel from British author Hanif Kureishi finds its octogenarian protagonist, who suspects his wife may be cheating on him, preoccupied with sex and aging.

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Home, Home On The (Shooting) Range

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:02am

For comic book fans, there's Comic-Con. For would-be knights there's the Renaissance Festival. Now, we hear about cowboy wannabes acting out their six-shooter fantasies.

Celebrating More Than 30 Years Of The James Beard Foundation

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:02am

The James Beard Foundation is celebrating more than 30 years of food-related advocacy. Chef Digby Stridiron talked about some of the major issues the food industry is facing today.

Does The Magic Last? Revisiting A Fantasy Classic As An Adult

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 6:00am

David Eddings' beloved Belgariad (and several sequels), co-written with his wife Leigh, follows farm boy Garion and his magical destiny. It wrapped up 20 years ago; are its powers still intact?

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PHOTOS: Malick Sidibe Shows Mali's Youth With A Groovy 'Twist'

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 6:00am

A Paris museum is showing the first major posthumous exhibit of work by the great photographer. As Sidibe himself once said, "I think photos are the best way of living a long time after you die."

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My Daily, Digital Memorials

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 2:18am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer shares her secret, private way of remembering loved ones who've passed away.

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The Ultimate Cocktail To Send Off An NPR Host: 'Radio Silence'

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

For the past few holidays, bar reviewer Emma Allen has introduced us to great drinks. This year, she surprises retiring host Robert Siegel with a cocktail designed just for him.

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Deadline Approaches For $10 Million Reward On Leads To Gardner Museum Paintings

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen Kurkjian, former investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, and author of the book Master Thieves, about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990. The museum still hopes to get the artwork back and set a deadline on New Year's Eve for a $10 million reward on leads for the 13 missing paintings, that include works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Degas.

Sue Grafton, Bestselling Author Of Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, Dies At 77

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:29pm

Grafton wrote 25 page-turners following the spunky female detective. "The alphabet now ends at Y," her daughter wrote on Facebook.

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Move Over, 'Despacito.' These Videos Also Ruled YouTube In 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:07pm

YouTube's top videos of 2017 include a singing oyster from Thailand, an attack on rainbow foam "squishies" from Indonesia and a dancing Kenyan president.

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The 'Fresh Air' Live Interview With Seth Meyers Of 'Late Night'

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:32pm

The SNL veteran used to ruminate over shows that didn't quite hit the mark; now he actively works against the instinct to second guess himself. Originally broadcast June 14, 2017.

Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:32pm

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" Originally Broadcast May 18, 2017.

The 10 Most Popular 'Fresh Air' Interviews Of 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:42am

In 2017, Fresh Air marked 30 years as a nationally syndicated, daily radio program by doing what it does best: more in-depth interviews.

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 2:00pm

The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he says of those years. Originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2017.

Size (And Sound) Matters When It Comes To Bubbles In Your Sparkling Wine

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:17am

Scientists at the University of Texas listened to the bubbles in a champagne and a sparkling wine and found that the more expensive product had smaller, busier bubbles.

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Year In Review: Latino Culture In The Arts In 2017

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

It seems Latino culture was everywhere in the arts this year. Noel King talks to Carolina Miranda, culture writer for the Los Angeles Times, about how Latino culture was represented in 2017.

Want To Buy A Vowel? Vanna White Looks Back On 35 Years At The 'Wheel'

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:01am

Vanna White has spent the last 35 years turning letters on the game show Wheel of Fortune. She says her job can seem silly, but she loves it: "You can't solve the puzzle if I don't turn the letter!"

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Germany's 'In The Fade' Flips The Script On The Terrorism Film

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

Filmmaker Fatih Akin says he made In the Fade to spotlight something terrorism stories often overlook: the victims. It follows a woman whose husband and 6-year old son have been murdered by neo-Nazis.

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Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:37pm

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn. Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2017.

Got The Scoop On The Gardner Museum Art Heist? You Have 4 Days To Earn $10 Million

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 9:46am

In 1990, two men stole 13 pieces of art from a Boston museum. They're worth half a billion dollars ... if you could sell them. On the other hand, the museum has a hefty reward for their whereabouts.

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