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'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:18pm

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of their Own.

'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:00am

Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.

Acting For Film Or Acting For Life? Doc Tells Story Of Kim Jong Il's Captives

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:05pm

The North Korean leader was so crazy about movies that he kidnapped a South Korean actress and director and forced them to work for him. The Lovers and the Despot tells their story.

New Law Will Require IMDB To Remove Actors' Ages If Requested

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:41pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require websites like IMDB Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so.

How Arnold Palmer Hit A Hole In One With His Signature Drink

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:40pm

As we mourn the golf great, we acknowledge another contribution he made to our culture: the tasty and refreshing iced tea and lemonade beverage that carries his name.

Arts And Craft Beers: Brewers Draw Drinkers' Eyes With Snazzy Tap Handles

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:26pm

As craft brewers try to make their brews stand out in an increasingly crowded field, they're driving the expansion of a singular business: custom-made beer taps.

'Deepwater Horizon' Director On The BP Oil Spill And The 'Addictive Dance' For Fuel

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:11pm

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster.

They Dreamed Of Sheep (Farming): Peek Inside An Alabama Dairy

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:59am

Greg Kelly wanted out of corporate America for a lifestyle better suited to raising a family. So he and his wife launched Alabama's only sheep dairy. "We feel like we're really living now," she says.

Before 'Humans Of New York,' Studs Terkel Showed Dignity In Every People In 'Working'

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 4:46pm

Iconic journalist Studs Terkel was creating a best-seller, when he interviewed people around the U.S. for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 4:46pm

Back in the days of the Space Race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.

Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 11:54am

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.

Depicting Sexual Predators As Villains In Fiction Is Tricky

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:35am

Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous "sympathetic" villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.

'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:35am

All this week on NPR, you'll hear the voices of people Studs Terkel interviewed in his book, Working. Among the interviews you'll hear this week are a telephone operator and hotel piano player.

Lose Yourself In The Twisting, Turning Alleys Of 'Crooked Kingdom'

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 6:00am

Leigh Bardugo's followup to her steampunky heist tale Six of Crows follows teenage criminal mastermind Kaz and his ragged crew as they take revenge for a betrayal and deal with a dangerous drug.

National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 1:00pm

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.

Not My Job: Jamie Lee Curtis Gets Quizzed On Unlikely Inventions

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:34am

In the late 1980s, Curtis filed a patent for a diaper/baby wipe combo, so we've invited her to play a game called "Eureka!" Three questions about inventors and their inventions.

While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 7:51am

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.

'Let There Be Laughter': Modern Jewish Jokes Poke At Assimilation

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 7:47am

Michael Krasny's new book is called Let There Be Laughter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about this treasury of great Jewish jokes, and why they matter.

A Cartoonist Confronts The Power Of His Pen In 'Reputations'

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 6:00am

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work.

Ugandan Actress's Journey Mirrors That Of Her 'Queen Of Katwe' Character

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:05pm

Like her chess champion character, first-time film actress Madina Nalwanga grew up in a poor neighborhood in Uganda. She says co-star Lupita Nyong'o has been her guide to the world of movie making.




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