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Bob Dylan Won't Be Picking Up His Nobel Prize In Person

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:23pm

The musician won the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. He told the committee in charge of the award ceremony that he had "pre-existing commitments" and was unable to accept the prize in person.

What We Can Know And What We Can Change: The Optimism Of 'Arrival'

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:00pm

Arrival is, like many of our most beloved stories, deeply committed to the idea that knowledge and understanding are the paths to follow.

'Platinum Age' Is An Engaging Guide To Great TV

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:00am

Longtime Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli's new book lays out what he calls the "Key Evolutionary Stages" in the development of the medium — and the constant conversation we're having with it.

Superheroes And The F-Word: Grappling With The Ugly Truth Under The Capes

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 8:39am

Superheroes preserve the status quo, employ symbolic visual imagery, have flawless bodies and use their powers to place themselves above the law. Are they just fascists in tights?

Know Thyself? 'Swing Time' Says It Can't Be Done

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 6:00am

The narrator of Zadie Smith's new novel is never named — fitting, for a book about the illusions of identity and the ways people try and fail to know and define themselves.

Watermelon War: America's First Booker Prize Novel Takes On Racial Food Slurs

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 6:00am

In his belligerently funny novel The Sellout, Paul Beatty eviscerates racial politics in the U.S. by aiming some of his sharpest stabs at that old and vicious shaming device: the food slur.

'My Year Of Guards And Guns': Megyn Kelly On Standing Up To Trump And Ailes

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 6:41pm

In her book Settle For More, the Fox anchor shares scary and empowering moments covering the 2016 campaign. But Kelly says she doesn't regret not going up against Roger Ailes earlier.

The Story Behind The "Tea And Oranges" In Leonard Cohen's Song 'Suzanne'

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 3:27pm

Cohen's friend Suzanne Verdal fed him a black tea with pieces of orange rind in it. That tea is Constant Comment, sold by the Bigelow Tea Co. First sold in the 1940s, it remains popular even today.

Assassin's Steak Tartare: Popular Detective Series Gets Its Own Cookbook

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 3:44am

The Yashim detective series features an intrepid sleuth chasing mysteries in 19th century Istanbul. He cooks while he puzzles over clues. Readers who clamored for the recipes have gotten their wish.

Bernie Sanders Calls For 'Fundamental Reassessment' Of Democratic Party

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 4:44pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Bernie Sanders about his new book, Our Revolution, which outlines his programs to combat inequality, discrimination and lack of opportunity in the U.S.

Third Coast International Audio Festival Crowns 2016 Award Winners

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Johanna Zorn, executive director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, about this year's winning audio pieces from across the globe.

Anna Kendrick Says Acting Is 'The Way That I Learn About Other People'

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:13pm

The Pitch Perfect star started acting when she was 6. Back then, she says, she likely just did it for the attention. "Then it sort of transformed into something that was really meaningful for me."

New Wave Of Chinese Restaurants Challenges 'Cheap' Stereotype

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:48pm

Chinese food has long been seen as cheap takeout. Now a new generation of deep-pocketed immigrant restaurateurs aims to offer an updated spin on the Chinese restaurant, with prices to match the decor.

Grapefruit And Salt: The Science Behind This Unlikely Power Couple

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 8:26am

Ad campaigns of the first and second World Wars sold Americans on this surprising pairing. Despite a rocky history of breakups, the chemistry between these two flavors cannot be denied.

One Way To Bridge The Political Divide: Read The Book That's Not For You

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 4:00am

"We all need to be reading across the lines we've drawn in our lives," says the National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas. She recommends two books to help readers do just that.

Head Of National Book Foundation Encourages Young People To Read More

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 4:00am

The National Book Awards are coming up and the foundation that runs them has a new director. Lisa Lucas is young, female and African-American. She's hoping to make reading fun for other young people.

'Prince Of Cats' Melds Comics, Hip-Hop And Shakespeare

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 6:05pm

Ron Wimberly's energetic re-working of Romeo and Juliet focuses on Tybalt, the "Prince of Cats." It mashes up wildly diverse elements into a fresh creation, the visual equivalent of a DJ's mix.

Composing An Otherworldly And Intimate Soundtrack To 'Arrival'

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 4:19pm

Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson talks about how he scored the science fiction movie Arrival with inspiration from the movie's images.

Not My Job: Sportscaster Joe Buck Gets Quizzed On Kittens And Rainbows

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 11:54am

When the Cubs won the World Series (remember that?) Joe Buck was the person who told the world it had happened. This week we could use a break from the news, so we'll quiz him on cute, happy things.

Second-Generation Sportscaster Joe Buck: 'I Hear My Dad More In Me Now'

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 7:40am

"I will forever be known to some people as Jack Buck's son," the announcer says. "And thank God he and I were best friends or that would drive me nuts." His new book is called Lucky Bastard.

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