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Panama Papers Provide Rare Glimpse Inside Famously Opaque Art Market

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:18pm

The leaked documents tell the backstory of a groundbreaking Christie's auction, and the purchase of a painting one man claims was seized from his grandfather during World War II.

A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O'Brien's 'Little Red Chairs'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

A charismatic stranger in a remote Irish village turns out to be a war criminal in O'Brien's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "one of [O'Brien's] best and most ambitious novels yet."

A Web Comedy Series Is 'Walking The Line Between Hipsters And Hijabis'

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:15pm

Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series Shugs & Fats.

#NationalPoetryMonth: Verses That Celebrate Life On The Farm

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:07pm

Poet Tess Taylor's new book, Work & Days, is a lyrical meditation on food and farming and our "fragile and ultimately, necessary relationship we have with the earth." Download her illustrated poems.

The 'Regional Office' Doesn't Quite Deliver

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:36am

Manuel Gonzales' ambitious debut novel has a great hook — a top secret organization battling aliens, zombies and evil masterminds — but dry humor and spirited dialogue get lost in a convoluted plot.

Make Way For Celebration: These Ducklings Are Turning 75

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:44am

Robert McCloskey was a young artist when he brought a crate of ducks back to his studio apartment. Since then, the plucky Mallard family (Jack, Lack, Mack, et al.) has charmed its way into our hearts.

Encore: 'Mad Max' Editor On How Editing Shapes A Film

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Margaret Sixel, Oscar-winning editor of Mad Max: Fury Road. This story originally aired on Feb. 15, 2016, on All Things Considered.

'The Holy Bible' Makes Library Association's List Of Most 'Challenged' Books

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

The challenges show religion is "on the minds of many people," says Deborah Caldwell Stone of the American Library Association. Another reason people objected to books was explicit sexual content.

For Kafka, Even Beer Came With Baggage

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:57pm

Many of Kafka's darkest comedies appear rooted in the cowering relationship he had with his father. Their only true bonding was over beer.

'Alice & Oliver' Novelist On Marriage, Cancer And The Pain Of Uncertainty

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:15pm

Charles Bock's wife died from leukemia just before their daughter's 3rd birthday. Bock relived the final years of her life while writing his new novel. "I was just shattered," he says of the loss.

Beverly Cleary Is Turning 100, But She Has Always Thought Like A Kid

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:48am

Before she became an author, Beverly Cleary was a children's librarian. She says young readers often asked for books "about kids like us." There weren't any, so she decided to write them herself.

A Good Fit: Why The Best Thing About 'Catastrophe' Is People Laughing

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:21am

Catastrophe, starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, is a romantic comedy that wisely lets its lead characters consider each other deeply and enchantingly funny.

Gardens Don't Tend Themselves: Portraits Of The People Behind LA's Luxury

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:36am

Behind every gleaming bathroom or expertly manicured lawn is a person tasked with its upkeep. These workers are the stars of Ramiro Gomez's art — he's a former nanny and the son of Mexican immigrants.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Follow That Shiny Bald Spot

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, All Things Considered asked listeners to Tweet poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Eight-year-old Lily Sciacca writes about how she finds her father.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Poetry Of Potent Potables

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

It's National Poetry Month and listeners have been submitting Twitter poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Graphic designer Kat Wedmore wrote about her connection with the show Jeopardy!

Want To Teach In Urban Schools? Get To Know The Neighborhood

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

Many teachers in urban schools don't understand their students or the places they live, says author and educator Christopher Emdin.

To Access Her Big, Boxy Muse, Photographer Set Her Sights On Allen Ginsberg

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

From a bland suburban upbringing, Elsa Dorfman emerged into a creative life inspired by her 6-foot Polaroid camera. And the famed Beat poet turned out to be the key to that astounding metamorphosis.

Frodo, Bilbo, Kullervo: Tolkien's Finnish Adventure

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 6:00am

While still at university, J.R.R. Tolkein became fascinated by Finnish mythology, abandoning his Classics degree to adapt the epic Story of Kullervo — work that led to the creation of Middle Earth.

Buster Keaton And Samuel Beckett Walk Into A Movie Studio ...

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:55am

In 1964, the silent film master and the celebrated playwright made a film together. It was Beckett's first movie — and it showed. Notfilm tells the story of their collaboration.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Poem Of The Potato

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 4:29pm

This National Poetry Month, All Things Considered asked you to submit Twitter poems. Lisa Fitzpatrick writes poetry to help her Spanish skills and Emily Jones writes about her love of the potato.

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