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

4 hours 9 min ago

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

4 hours 9 min ago

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

9 hours 1 min ago

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

13 hours 20 min ago

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

13 hours 20 min ago

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'

14 hours 55 min ago

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.

'Audrie & Daisy' Explores Social Media Shaming After Sexual Assaults

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:42pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to co-directors and husband and wife duo, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, about their documentary, Audrie & Daisy. The documentary addresses the sexual assault — and ensuing social media shaming — of two high school girls.

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:47pm

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:47pm

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.

This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:36pm

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.

Sharing Pairing

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word.

Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

ENTER TEASER

Mr. Mojo Risin'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

Something, James Something

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

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