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'Here I Am' Grapples With Weighty Matters ... And Weighty Paragraphs

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 6:00am

11 years after his last novel, Foer returns with a doorstopper of a meditation on family, identity and Judaism. It's the story of a crumbling marriage set against the backdrop of a crisis in Israel.

Idea For 'Gentleman In Moscow' Came From Many Nights In Luxury Hotels

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 3:43am

During the 20 years he worked for an investment firm, Amor Towles spent a lot of time in fancy hotels. His new novel follows a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol in Moscow.

Hollywood Offers New Batch Of Likely Awards Contenders For Fall

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a selective preview of likely blockbusters and awards contenders that Hollywood has in store for the fall.

What's In That Coffee Cabinet? A Delicious Taste Of Rhode Island History

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:06am

The ice cream beverage with the quirky name is a Rhode Island staple. It's just coffee syrup, ice cream and milk. Despite its popularity, the origins of the drink – and its name – remain a mystery.

Thousand Islands, Two Tales: Who Really Invented That Dressing?

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 8:06am

The dressing, a mix of ketchup, mayo and some other stuff, is the subject of rival origin stories. One features a romantic billionaire, the other a Hollywood actress and a humble fishing guide.

In Orlando, A 'Modest Fashion' Boutique For Hijabi Women

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 4:03pm

Lisa Vogl and her partners launched Verona online to fill a fashion void. Now, it's a boutique stocked with long-sleeved caftans, full-length slit-less skirts, and more than 300 varieties of hijabs.

These Apps' Creations Sure Look Like Masterworks, But Is It Art?

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 1:07pm

Prisma turns your photos into images that look like paintings and Artisto does the same for videos. Art experts say they are tools for artistic play, but the results aren't art in the purest sense.

Remembering Culinary Griot And NPR Commentator Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 10:25am

Smart-Grosvenor contributed hundreds of commentaries to NPR, often about her culinary explorations and travels. She died Saturday at age 79.

Remembering Culinary Griot And NPR Commentator Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 10:25am

Smart-Grosvenor contributed hundreds of commentaries to NPR, often about her culinary explorations and travels. She died Saturday at age 79.

'Ugly': A Memoir Of Childhood, Deformity And Learning To Love A Distinctive Face

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

Robert Hoge was born with deformed legs and a giant tumor between his eyes. In his new memoir, he describes his mother's shock and how she decided whether or not to bring him home.

'The Art Of Waiting' Stands As Part Memoir, Part Cultural History Of Infertility

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

Author Belle Boggs struggled with infertility for years before she conceived her daughter. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her new book.

To Reform Prison System, Corrections Officer Put Himself In Solitary Confinement

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

Rachel Martin speaks to Secretary Gregg Marcantel about reforming the New Mexico state penitentiary system. He appears on season 2 on A&E's "Behind Bars."

Podcast Extra: Juan Gabriel And The Tricky Conversation About Sexual Identity

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 10:29pm

Many remembrances of Mexican vocalist Juan Gabriel suggested that he overcame homophobia in Mexico to achieve super-stardom. The reality is a bit more complicated.

Not My Job: Pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee Gets Quizzed On Kevin Spacey

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 10:40am

Lee played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1970s and the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s. Known for his outspoken nature and unconventional left-handed pitch, he ended up with the nickname "Spaceman."

Better Sit Down For This One: An Exciting Book About The History Of Chairs

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

OK, fine ... this new chair anthology might not keep you on the edge of your seat, but it does reveal some very interesting ideas about trends in design, culture and social values.

Former Journalist Sabaa Tahir Writes Dystopian Fantasies Inspired The News

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

Tahir got the idea for her "An Ember in the Ashes" series in 2007, after she was asked to edit a haunting news story at The Washington Post.

We Got Your Letters: Listeners Puzzled By Tom Wolfe's Words On Evolution

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon's interview last week with author Tom Wolfe prompted an unusual number of responses from listeners regarding the author's questioning of some aspects of the theory of evolution.

'A Gentleman In Moscow' Is A Grand Hotel Adventure

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 6:00am

Amor Towles' new novel stars a Russian aristocrat, sentenced by the Soviets to permanent house arrest in a luxury hotel. It's a frothy romp that tends to overlook the reality of life under Stalin.

Ray Liotta On 'Goodfellas,' Acting And His Return To TV

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:16pm

"My career has been up and down, and I like it much better being up," Liotta says. He plays a corrupt NYC police lieutenant on the NBC series Shades of Blue. Originally broadcast Jan. 12, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'You're The Worst' And Making Drama Funny

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 11:49am

The gang discusses a drama-filled FXX comedy as a jumping-off point for a look at the ways humor and seriousness can collide. Then, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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