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Adventurer Says 'Walking The Himalayas' Wasn't About 'Sticking Flags In Peaks'

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:38am

Levison Wood, who previously walked the length of the Nile River, has now trekked 1,700 miles, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, along the Himalayan mountain range.

Lonely 'Hope' Appears, But Is Quickly Forgotten

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:00am

Claire North's moving new novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope centers on a young woman who cannot be remembered; only animals or people with brain damage can recall their interactions with her.

Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 4:24pm

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.

Not My Job: We Quiz Craig Fugate, Head Of FEMA, On Zima

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:18am

This week we've invited Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the show. (So if a giant asteroid crashes into Earth while he plays our quiz, you're on your own.)

From Alaska To The Himalayas, 'Voyager' Embarks On Self-Discovery

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:03am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Russell Banks about his new book, "Voyager." It's a collection of travel writing that also reads like a memoir.

'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:00am

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do.

Military Veterans Take On Zombies In 'Range 15'

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:31pm

Range 15 is a new zombie movie made by war veterans for veterans. It's a dark comedy with a cast that includes Medal of Honor recipients, amputees and William Shatner.

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:14pm

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.

Taylor Swift, Aryan Goddess?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:26am

Haters (of a multicultural society) gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Meanwhile, Swift will continue to bask in her utterly unremarkable whiteness.

Check Out These Musicians Who Literally Play With Their Food

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am

It turns out beans aren't the only musical fruit. The London Vegetable Orchestra is one of many musical acts that use all sorts of fruit and veg to produce sweet (and savory) sounds.

Competitive Men Are At Sea In 'Chevalier'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Athina Rachel Tsangari's black comedy about men who undertake a petty but brutal competition while aboard a yacht together may or may not be a political allegory.

'X-Men' Issues: Hiding Oscar Isaac Is Only The Beginning

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

The latest period installment of the mutant franchise gets the gang back together, but the time machine seems to be running out of juice.

There's No Wonder Left For 'Alice'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Other than brand extension, there seems to be no reason at all for Alice Through The Looking Glass to exist. And it shows in the final product.

In 'The Idol,' A Singer Faces More Than Just Harsh Judges

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Based on the real story of Mohammed Assaf's run on Arab Idol, the film follows a boy whose dreams as a singer eventually lead him into a tricky journey toward his big moment.

Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.

Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

After her 2008 movie, Punisher: War Zone, flopped, Alexander had a hard time getting new projects. She was in what's known as Hollywood's "movie jail," a common experience for female directors.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:04am

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:00am

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.

In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:36am

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

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