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'Legion,' Season 2: Welcome Back To The Weirdest Corner Of The Marvel Universe

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:01am

Showrunner Noah Hawley's defiantly trippy and visually stunning not-quite-a-superhero series returns to FX for a second season. Critic Glen Weldon says there's real substance beneath all that style.

(Image credit: Suzanne Tenner /FX)

Steven Bochco, Groundbreaking TV Producer, Dies at 74

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 3:20pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to David Nevins about how producer Steven Bochco helped form the structure for many modern TV dramas. Bochco died Sunday at 74. Bochco introduced the private lives of police officers and the telling of multiple stories in each episode.

Remembering Groundbreaking Television Producer Steven Bochco

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Bochco, who died Sunday, created numerous series, including Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. TV Critic David Bianculli looks back on Bochco's impact, then we listen to his 1989 Fresh Air interview.

'Inseparable' Recounts The Unusual Lives Of Conjoined Twins Chang And Eng Bunker

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Yunte Huang's new book chronicles the lives of the "original Siamese twins," who were brought to America in 1829 and forced to perform in a freak show. They later married and fathered 21 children.

#NPRPoetry Month: What Makes A Haiku A Haiku?

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 3:58pm

Did you know that a haiku doesn't have to conform to a 5-7-5 syllable count? NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with haiku master and former diplomat Abigail Friedman about where the misconception comes from.

A 'Ragged School' Gives U.K. Children A Taste Of Dickensian Destitution

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 3:58pm

The East End of London was once synonymous with Dickensian squalor. Now it's prime real estate. A tiny museum in the back streets shows schoolchildren what life was like in the past.

(Image credit: Samuel Alwyine-Mosely/NPR)

What Drives Men To Violent Extremism

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 7:16am

Sociologist Michael Kimmel says some white men feel their place in American society is being threatened. Kimmel talks with NPR's Korva Coleman about his new book Healing from Hate.

Edie Falco Plays A Middle-Aged Teacher With A Lot To Learn In 'Outside In'

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 7:16am

Falco's character, Carol, feels trapped in her mundane job and marriage. But everything changes when a former student returns after 20 years in prison.

(Image credit: Nathan M. Miller/The Orchard)

'Poetry Lives Everywhere': NPR Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 4:53pm

On the eve of poetry month, we look forward to our annual #NPRPoetry project. NPR's Michel Martin begins the series with the Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith.

'World Make Way': New Poems Paint Classic Pictures

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 7:22am

Poet Lee Bennett Hopkins edited the new children's book, in which poets reflect on paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rather than describing the painting, it's what they feel," he says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and ABRAMS Books)

Glenda Jackson Stands Tall, On And Off Stage

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 6:33am

The Academy Award-winning actress (and former member of British Parliament) returns to Broadway after a 30-year absence in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.

(Image credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

The Deliciously Soapy — But Substantial — Supermarket Saga Of 'Forbidden Hearts'

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 6:00am

We're cranking up the trusty old NPR Books Time Machine again, and this time we're rewinding Alisha Rai's steamy series about love and drama among two estranged business dynasties in upstate New York.

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Jon Peede, Trump's Nominee To Lead NEH, Makes His Case On Why Agency Should Exist

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:24pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jon Peede, President Trump's nominee for the National Endowment for the Humanities — an agency he tried to cut from the most recent budget.

A Fragile Relationship Tested By Freedom In 'Outside In'

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer/director Lynn Shelton's latest film is about a man (Jay Duplass) freed from wrongful imprisonment thanks to the work of a woman (Edie Falco). The movie asks: What now?

(Image credit: The Orchard)

The Spoken Word

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

In this game, Ophira and Jonathan perform dramatic recitations of odd spoken sections from popular songs, and contestants must guess the artist or song title.

National Parody Radio

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

We've found clips of fake public radio shows and podcasts; contestants identify the TV shows they came from.

Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

Tony Award winner Lena Hall tells us about her next level audition for the Hedwig and the Angry Inch revival. Then she plays a game based on her monthly EP covers project, "Obsessed."

This, That Or The Other: Tales From The Cryptocurrencies

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

Are these things cryptocurrencies, top electronic dance music DJs, or board games?

Happily Alone

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

We've rewritten the TLC classic "No Scrubs" to be about famous women who were never married.

Largest And In Charge-Est

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

Puzzle guru Art Chung presents Ophira and Jonathan with two Guinness World Records, and they must guess which of the two is bigger.

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