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Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:03am

In a new biography called Her Again, author Michael Schulman says that at 14, Streep decided to reinvent herself — and before she was an Oscar-winner, she was homecoming queen.

Before Diving Into The Raging Flood Of New Beyoncé Thinkpieces, Read This

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:52pm

Beyoncé did a thing over the weekend, which means there are a million thinkpieces on the Internet today — on blackness and feminism and celebrity — for you to wade through. But start here.

'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:31pm

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.

'Wake Up You!' Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Of Nigeria

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 4:25pm

In the 1970s, a crop of young rock bands with "a new sense of fury and fuzz" arose in the aftermath of the country's civil war, says historian Uchenna Ikonne.

In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 4:25pm

Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong spoke about his new book Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which weaves growing up in America with his family's memories of a war-torn Vietnam.

In Honor Of #NationalPoetryMonth: Your Favorite Poems About Food And Farming

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 1:13pm

Gastronomy and poetry are a natural pairing. After all, both provide necessary nourishment. We asked you to share your favorite selections about farming and food and gathered them up here.

The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:19am

America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, is the subject of a new documentary. It celebrates the writer's work, and the rural community in Kentucky in which he's rooted.

Lorene Scafaria Pays Tribute To Mother In 'The Meddler'

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:19am

Lorene Scafaria's new film is a valentine to her mother, and mothers everywhere. Rachel Martin talks to Scafaria about the film, which follows a widow remaking her life after the death of her husband.

When It Comes To Prom Dresses, Teen Blogger Knows What's In Style

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 6:33am

It's prom season! And that means dresses — lots of dresses. Justina Sharp has been blogging about fashion since she was 13 years old, and she tells NPR's Rachel Martin what's trending this year.

Why 'Will From Warwickshire' Never Lost His Touch

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 6:00am

William Shakespeare may have died 400 years ago, but he'll always be there when we need him. The Bard is still a personal friend to actors and casual readers alike, uncannily able to understand us.

Mother-Son Tag Team Design A Line Of Clothes For Kids With Disabilities

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 4:01pm

Tommy Hilfiger recently added a clothing line for kids with disabilities. Fashion designer Mindy Scheier and son Oliver talk about Scheier's nonprofit Runway of Dreams and how the concept came about.

After Two Intense Dramas, Lupita Nyong'o Says She's Ready For A Change

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 2:00pm

The actor is now starring on Broadway in Eclipsed, a searing story of young women held captive in Liberia. After that and 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o says she's ready for some lighter material.

Worldwide Celebrations On The 400th Anniversary Of Shakespeare's Death

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:10am

People are celebrating the Bard's life and enduring legacy around the world. Here's a look at how they're doing it, and how you can get engaged.

I'm Not Sad About Prince, But Let Me Explain

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 8:18am

I grew up in a conservative evangelical home in the Midwest. When Prince died and flashes of purple filled my social media feeds, I felt like an outsider watching a ritual I couldn't fully join.

George Plimpton Reissues Books That Took Us Inside The Game

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

Seven of the the late George Plimpton's sports books are being re-released. NPR's Scott Simon talks with sportscaster Bob Costas about the collection.

Activist, Professor, Historian — Now A Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

Peter Balakian is the author of "Ozone Journal," winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Scott Simon talks with Balakian about how the collection has changed since he began writing decades ago.

Beans And Rice For Passover? A Divisive Question Gets The Rabbis' OK

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

For 800 years, Jews of European and Middle Eastern and Spanish ancestry have been split on the question of whether legumes, corn and rice are kosher for Passover. Rabbis have finally weighed in.

Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:47am

From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.

In Shakespeare's Day, Hunger Tore Through England. His Plays Tell The Tale

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:00am

Many food riots broke out during Shakespeare's era. Endless rain wiped out crops, and speculators profited (including the bard). The chaos and anxiety around food show up in some of his famous works.

'Maestra' Is Pure Pulp Madness

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 6:00am

L.S. Hilton's new book, the first in a trilogy, follows the aptly-named Judith Rashleigh on a wild ride of sex parties, private yachts, and behavior just as shallow and selfish as any male character.

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