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My Mother's 10-Year Quest To Feed Me From 5,500 Miles Away

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 2:01pm

It's a story of poor phone connections, suitcases full of Russian snacks, non-optional love of borsch and a globetrotting meat grinder.

Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 1:18pm

Her new book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Smith says talent is the most unfair of gifts; you either have it or you don't.

'Daughters Of The Dust' Re-Released Following Attention From Beyoncé

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 4:09pm

In 1991, Julie Dash became the first African-American female director to achieve nationwide theatrical distribution of her film, Daughters of the Dust. She discusses its re-release 25 years later.

How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 10:01am

As the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses approaches, an exhibit shows how Luther's treatise against the Catholic church spread, before the advent of modern communications.

'Courage To Soar': Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles' Says It's Not Easy Being Gold

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

Simone Biles captured the world's attention at the Rio Olympics. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the gold-medalist about her new book "Courage to Soar."

Book Recommendations For The Post-Election Escapists

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

After a divisive election season, maybe it's time to curl up and escape with a good book. Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon has some suggestions.

Dev Patel On The 'Driving Force' Of Playing The Part Of A Living Person

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 8:11am

In the movie, Lion, Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley, a young man who got separated from his family in India as a child. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Patel about the role.

How Misspellings Caught A Spy

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 4:21pm

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee discusses his book The Spy Who Couldn't Spell, a real-life spy thriller about an American would-be traitor and the FBI agent hot on his trail.

Not My Job: Garth Brooks Gets Quizzed On Other Garths

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 10:20am

In February, country music superstar Trisha Yearwood came to play our quiz, and she mentioned we might want to talk to her husband, who we understand is something of a musician himself.

'Hamilton' To Pence: 'We Are The Diverse America Who Are Alarmed'

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 9:45am

Pence was met with boos and cheers as he came to see the show, and afterwards the diverse cast and crew delivered a pointed statement about what they believe really makes America great.

'Moonglow' Shines A Light On Hidden Family History

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

Michael Chabon's new novel is based on deathbed conversations with his own grandfather, as strong painkillers unlocked the stories of a long full life — stories Chabon says he'd never heard before.

'Hamilton' Cast Makes Appeal To Attendee Mike Pence, Amid Emotional Audience

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

Vice president-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway production of Hamilton last night. At the end of the musical, the cast of the show had a message for him.

'Ray And Joan' Chronicles Complex Life Of Kroc's Philanthropic Wife

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

It's often quoted that Ray Kroc made a fortune and his wife spent it — on causes he may not have agreed with. Lisa Napoli talks to Scott Simon about the life and love affair in her new book.

Australian Star Marta Dusseldorp: 'Compassion And Imagination Go Hand In Hand'

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 7:07am

Marta Dusseldorp currently stars in three popular Australian shows: "Jack Irish", "Janet King" and "A Place to Call Home." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dusseldorp about her career.

'Fantastic Beasts' And 'The Red Turtle' Bring Magic To The Screen

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a critter double-feature: J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them and the Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle.

Remembering Ruth Gruber, Who Photographed The 20th Century's Darkest Moments

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:19pm

The photographer and author documented life in Nazi Germany and in Josef Stalin's gulags, as well as the arrival of Jews in Israel. She died Thursday at the age of 105.

Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.

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

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Whitehead was recently awarded the National Book Award for his novel about a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north. Originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2016.

On Again, Off Again

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:14pm

All bets are off in this week's final round, where each answer contains the word "off."

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