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'Last Stop On Market Street,' 'Finding Winnie,' Win U.S. Children's Book Prizes

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

Matt de la Pena's Last Stop on Market Street won the Newbery Medal for the best children's book of 2015. Finding Winnie, the story behind A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, has won the Caldecott Medal for the top illustrated book.

Ziggy Stardust Was A Star On-Screen, Too

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:03pm

David Bowie may have been best-known for his music, but NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello points out that he was also a gifted actor, both onstage and in movies like The Man Who Fell To Earth.

'Last Stop On Market Street' Wins Newbery Medal, 'Finding Winnie' Takes Caldecott

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:30pm

Matt de la Peña becomes the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery award for children's literature, while the Caldecott picture-book prize went to a book about the real-life Winnie the Pooh.

Revisiting The 'Last Interview' Of Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick And Nora Ephron

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:23pm

A series of books published by Melville House gathers together the final interviews conducted with prominent deceased writers and thinkers. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the latest in the series.

Even Bears, Martians And Robots Can't Perk Up The Dull Golden Globes

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 8:58am

The Golden Globes ceremony has been on an upswing for the past several years. Unfortunately, Sunday night, that came to an end.

David Bowie, An Icon Who Wrote Anthems For The Alienated

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 8:40am

Bowie died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, according to a representative. He released his latest album, the critically acclaimed Blackstar, on Friday, which was also his 69th birthday.

'East Los High' Isn't Just A Soapy Teen Drama — It's Also A Science Experiment

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 6:00am

Social scientists and health workers worked with screenwriters and studio execs to create a binge-worthy show designed to help young Latinas make healthy life choices.

Rock Icon David Bowie Dead At 69

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:34am

His career spanned decades and included collaborations with John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Rock Icon David Bowie Dead At 69

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:34am

His career spanned decades and included collaborations with John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Here Are The Winners Of The Golden Globes

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 10:11pm

At the Sunday night ceremony, The Martian won for best motion picture, comedy, while The Revenant won in the drama category. Here is the full list of winners — and the fellow nominees they beat out.

With 'Superstore,' America Ferrera Aims To 'Move The Dial' On Representation

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:45pm

For the Latina actress, diversity in casting helped her new show broach difficult material. "This diversity gives us the opportunity to approach topics like race from a place of experience," she says.

With 'Superstore,' America Ferrera Aims To 'Move The Dial' On Representation

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:45pm

For the Latina actress, diversity in casting helped her new show broach difficult material. "This diversity gives us the opportunity to approach topics like race from a place of experience," she says.

Years After Its Curfew Killed Theater, Ghana Gets A Second Act

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 3:30pm

Back in the '80s, Ghanaian theater went dark under military curfew. Now, a dapper businessman-turned-playwright is leading an on-stage revival — and doing it with a sense of humor.

'Manners And Mayhem': A Darker, Snarkier Side To Domesticity

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Helen Ellis, author of the book American Housewife. The book of short stories begins with the line - "Inspired by Beyonce, I stallion walk to the toaster."

Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!'

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 6:00am

British writer Diana Athill is 98 — by her own account, a very old woman. In this slim but lovely volume, she recounts the moments that have lingered: heartbreak, yes, but also hills of bluebells.

'Geography Of Genius' Explores How Surroundings Influence Ideas

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:18am

Author Eric Weiner identifies Renaissance Florence, Classical Athens and Silicon Valley as "genius clusters." And he explains how the right amount of friction and competition can help geniuses thrive.

Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:15am

Organizers of Under the Radar regularly search the globe for cutting-edge theater that is urgent and relevant. This year's festival features works from Rwanda, the U.S. and Japan.

Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 4:39pm

In Cold War Russia, getting your hands on an American rock record was close to impossible. But a few bootleggers found a way to hide their contraband in the last place anyone would think to look.

Not My Job: Ice Cube Answers 3 Questions About Very Bad Days

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 8:49am

One of Ice Cube's biggest hits was called "It Was a Good Day" so we're going to quiz him on the opposite.

'Caucus: The Musical' Jabs At Political Process

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

With the real Iowa caucuses just weeks away, lines are being learned, moves choreographed, audiences are being wooed. It's all part of what's become an every four years-tradition in Iowa, featuring local residents.

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