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Comedian Charlie Murphy Of 'Chappelle's Show' Dies At 57

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:33pm

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy made a name for himself as a writer on Chappelle's Show, with his witty sketches of his encounters with famous people like Prince and Rick James. Murphy died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 57.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Receives James Baldwin Letters

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, about receiving hundreds of James Baldwin's previously unreleased letters from his estate.

How Can The Colorado River Continue To Support 36 Million People In 7 States?

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

New Yorker staff writer David Owen says that convoluted legal agreements and a patchwork of infrastructure determine how water from the Colorado is allocated. His new book is Where The Water Goes.

To Get To 'SNL,' Comic Sasheer Zamata 'Followed The Fun'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

Zamata says her path from beginner to working comic happened in the best possible way: "I just followed the things I was really interested in, and it turned out to be what I needed to do."

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All Roads Lead Back To Florida In 'Sunshine State'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 6:00am

Sarah Gerard's lucid, atmospheric essay collection draws on her experiences growing up in Florida for a candid memoir that mixes first-person memories with thoughtful big-picture reporting.

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File This Under Nostalgia: New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:37am

Today, people use the antique wooden cabinets to store their knick-knacks. But these card catalogs once held the keys to a world of information. A new Library of Congress book explores their history.

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Sculptor Of Wall Street Bull Says 'Fearless Girl' Horns In On His Work

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:28pm

Arturo Di Modica is not happy that the Fearless Girl now staring down his Charging Bull has effectively turned it into a villain. He and his lawyer are now asking that the new statue be removed.

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Richard Gere Is A One-Man Social Network In 'Norman'

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Mark Jenkins calls Joseph Cedar's tale of a cipher (Richard Gere) who finds himself at the center of a web of personal and political machinations "intricate, rollicking and sometimes sad."

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Trump's Win Changed The Game For Publishers On The Left And The Right

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:57pm

For years, conservative publishers thrived as their readers flocked to books aimed directly at taking down the party in power. Now, with Republicans in control, they have to rethink their strategy.

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John Leguizamo Plays Professor In 'Latin History For Morons'

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

John Leguizamo has been in over 90 films and written and starred in six one-man shows. His latest project is called "Latin History for Morons," which tells the story of his search for an understanding of Latin history. NPR's Audie Cornish sat down with Leguizamo at the Public Theater in New York to talk to him about the process of learning Latin history.

'The Souls Of China' Documents Country's Dramatic Return To Religion

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

When the author Ian Johnson first visited China in 1984, he says religious life appeared to be dead. Today, he says China is experiencing a dramatic return to religion, and he documents this in a new book called The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.

In 'Exes,' The Losses Pile Up Like New England Snowdrifts

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:00am

Max Winter's bleak, powerful debut novel is haunted by missing people — and those who feel their absence. It centers around a man trying to piece together his estranged brother's last years.

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New 'Mystery Science Theater' Coming To Netflix In The Not-Too-Distant Future

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 7:00am

The show originally aired in the '90s and helped spawn the entire attitude of the Internet. Sure, it had a silly premise — but it also had a cult following. The reboot's first season drops on Friday.

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'Nixon: The Life' Humanizes — But Doesn't Rehabilitate

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:00am

John A. Farrell's new biography of Richard Nixon contains a bombshell about Nixon's interference in a Vietnam peace deal — and that's just one of the book's many extensively-researched revelations.

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Trump Organization Says It's Closing Its Modeling Agency

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:46pm

While Trump Model Management "enjoyed many years of success," the Trump Organization said in a statement that it was choosing to focus on its core businesses of real estate, golf and hospitality.

Nearly 40 Years Later, Jonestown Offers A Lesson In Demagoguery

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 1:19pm

In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana. In his new book, The Road to Jonestown, journalist Jeff Guinn details how Jones captivated so many.

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Long-Buried Secrets, Scampering Dreams And A Cat That Talks: 'Eartha'

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:01am

In Cathy Malkasian's gorgeous, melancholic graphic novel, a woman travels to a distant city to learn why its residents have stopped dreaming.

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'Brimstone' Burns Brightly, Despite A Few Flaws

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 9:00am

Set in a real Florida town with a real history of devastating fires, Cherie Priest's Brimstone is a deeply loving story about a witch and a grieving veteran with a strange connection to the fires.

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'Where The Water Goes' Is Effortlessly Engaging — And Also Scary

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:00am

In Where the Water Goes, David Owen uses the history of the Colorado River to lay out the immense complexity of America's water situation, reminding us that both water and time are finite resources.

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New York Daily News And ProPublica Win Pulitzer For Public Service Journalism

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

Writers, editors and artists took home Pulitzer Prizes across 21 categories on Monday. Among the winners was author Colson Whitehead for his novel, The Underground Railroad.

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