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For November, A Romance Trio For 'Hamilton' Fans (And The Rest Of You, Too)

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 6:00am

Even if you haven't seen the musical, you can keep warm this November with a delightful trio of novellas set in and around the battalion commanded by Alexander Hamilton at the siege of Yorktown.

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'This Mortal Coil' Will Get You All Twisted Up

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 6:00am

Emily Suvada's debut novel — a high-tech young adult dystopia — is bursting with ideas (and exploding viruses). And while it might seem like a conventional thriller, it's got a twist to reckon with.

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The Grasshopper In The Van Gogh

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:25pm

When museum conservators examined Vincent van Gogh's Olive Trees, they found something curious stuck in its paint: a grasshopper. Could it be just some weird leftover — or a crucial clue?

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Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:01am

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." DeCurtis' new book is Lou Reed: A Life.

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'Mrs. Osmond' Presents A Portrait Of A Lady As Mopey Schemer

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:00am

Author John Banville makes a valiant imaginative leap with Mrs. Osmond, his attempt to craft a new ending for the heroine of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady, but he doesn't quite land it.

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'Radio Free Vermont' Offers A Modest Proposal For Resistance

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 6:00am

Activist Bill McKibben answers his own call for topical fiction with Radio Free Vermont, a gently surreal tale about a septuagenarian troublemaker who inadvertently sparks a secession movement.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Pop Culture Advice, Live From Seattle

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:00am

Live from Seattle's Neptune Theatre, the PCHH crew (feat. Audie Cornish) offer listeners advice about some pop-culture-related topics.

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'A Taste Of Paris': How The City Of Light Became The City Of Food

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:03am

In his new book, food historian David Downie takes readers on a gourmet jaunt through time to reveal how the French capital became a gastronomic powerhouse. (Hint: You can thank Rome.)

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Dutch Artists Painted Their Patriotism With Pearls And ... Parrots?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 3:54pm

In the 1600s, after decades of war, the Netherlands was thriving. Artists like Johannes Vermeer celebrated the nation's wealth with images of fine clothing, glimmering pearls and imported parrots.

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Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:05pm

As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Souza sometimes shot more than 2,000 photos a day. "I was there all the time," he says. His new book is Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

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'Spineless' Dives Deep Into The World Of Jellyfish

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:00am

Part memoir, part travelogue, part science tome, Juli Berwald's book is thoroughly entertaining, and makes the case for the jellyfish as both fascinating animal and a bellwether for climate change.

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Alan Bennett's Inimitable Voice Just Keeps 'Keeping On'

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 6:00am

His new 700-page omnibus of collected bits and pieces shouldn't be read all at once — but taken in careful sips, it's a cheeky, crotchety, sometimes serious, sometimes satirical delight.

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Alan Bennett's Inimitable Voice Just Keeps 'Keeping On'

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 6:00am

His new 700-page omnibus of collected bits and pieces shouldn't be read all at once — but taken in careful sips, it's a cheeky, crotchety, sometimes serious, sometimes satirical delight.

(Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR)

Actor Greta Gerwig Stays Behind The Camera In Her Solo-Directing Debut 'Lady Bird'

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:49pm

Greta Gerwig makes her solo-directing debut with an autobiographical movie called Lady Bird, a comedy that follows a teenager in her senior year of high school. The story is loosely based on Gerwig's life.

Actor Greta Gerwig Stays Behind The Camera In Her Solo-Directing Debut 'Lady Bird'

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:49pm

Greta Gerwig makes her solo-directing debut with an autobiographical movie called Lady Bird, a comedy that follows a teenager in her senior year of high school. The story is loosely based on Gerwig's life.

'Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier' Does What 'The Return' Didn't

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:00am

Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost reveals the final fates of several characters and ties up the show's narrative threads in a way that is as satisfying as The Return was mystifying.

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'Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier' Does What 'The Return' Didn't

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:00am

Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost reveals the final fates of several characters and ties up the show's narrative threads in a way that is as satisfying as The Return was mystifying.

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Jennifer Lewis Of 'Blackish' Looks Back At Her Decades-Long Career In New Autobiography

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 5:33pm

Actress Jennifer Lewis' book is about her many roles as the mom character to black actors in TV and film, most recently in the ABC hit show Black-ish. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: Please note the word "bitches" is bleeped at 2:17 and the word "damn" is unbleeped at 9:03.

Jenifer Lewis Of 'Black-ish' Reflects On Her Role As Black Hollywood's Mother

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 5:33pm

Actress Jenifer Lewis' new memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood explores her decades-long career and her role as the mom character to black actors in TV and film.

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A Messy Protagonist In 'Bonfire'

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 7:06am

In her debut novel Bonfire, Krysten Ritter's protagonist is complicated, much like the women Ritter is known for portraying. She tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about why she thinks that's important.

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