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'Shoeless Joe' Author William Patrick Kinsella Dies At 81

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:58am

The award-winning book was adapted into the beloved film Field of Dreams. The Canadian author is best known for his works about magic — and baseball.

Not My Job: Nickel Creek Frontman Chris Thile Gets Quizzed On Nickelback

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:20am

The new host of A Prairie Home Companion has fronted the popular bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek — so naturally, we asked him about the much derided Canadian band Nickelback.

Emma Donoghue's New Novel Follows "The Wonder" Of Starvation

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

The main character in Emma Donoghue's new novel "The Wonder" is a little Irish girl who refuses to eat. She says she's been kept alive by "manna from heaven." NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the author.

Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state.

Laia Jufresa Weaves Together Richness Through Common Grief In Debut Novel 'Umami'

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

Laia Jufresa's new novel Umami traces a group of neighbors, each getting over a private grief. Scott Simon asks Jufresa about the book and the woman who translated it from Spanish to English.

In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Once upon a time, most of the millions of people who travel on India's vast train network brought their own food or bought it from vendors at stations. Sharing meals could turn strangers into friends.

'Commonwealth' Doesn't Need Big Drama To Draw Us In

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Ordinary family life provides all the tension and attraction in Ann Patchett's new book. The story of two families and a fateful party that upends both, it draws on Patchett's own life experiences.

'Commonwealth' Doesn't Need Big Drama To Draw Us In

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Ordinary family life provides all the tension and attraction in Ann Patchett's new book. The story of two families and a fateful party that upends both, it draws on Patchett's own life experiences.

Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 7:19pm

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short illness.

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Likely Awards Contenders

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

The Toronto International Film Festival is underway. NPR's critics take a look at the highlights, lowlights and everything in between.

NFL Live Streams Thursday Night Football On Twitter

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

The NFL's Thursday night game streamed on Twitter's platforms on a variety of devices this week. Over 800 million Twitter users worldwide had free, live access to the game.

Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:42pm

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.

Writer Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:42pm

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson identified as black, but looked white. His latest novel is about a man returning to his childhood home. Originally broadcast June 29, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:34am

NPR Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders joins the gang to discuss the IFC series. Then, we each pick, watch and describe a documentary we'd never seen. And, of course, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Hari Kondabolu Says His Mom Is Hilarious - And Not Because Of Her Accent

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:39am

The immigrants rights organizer turned comedian won't impersonate his parents' Indian accents. For many people, he says, "immigrants are funny voices," and he's not interested in playing into that.

Into The Woods, But Out Of Ideas: A Tedious, Ugly, Pointless 'Blair Witch'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

Ding-Dong, a Witch Retread: A sequel to the "found-footage" horror sensation The Blair Witch Project never manages to find a compelling reason to exist.

'Operation Avalanche': A Fake Documentary About A Faked Moon Landing

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

A cleverly constructed but narratively sluggish mockumentary exposes a NASA conspiracy to stage Man's first steps on the moon.

In Chilling Documentary 'Command And Control,' A Nuclear Explosion Narrowly Avoided

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

In 1980, a socket dropped from a worker's wrench nearly spelled nuclear disaster at a Titan II missile silo outside Little Rock, Arkansas.

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Is High-Spirited And Playful

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

Our critic Ella Taylor loves this "generous, candid" sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, in which the now fortysomething Bridget willfully faces down new professional and romantic challenges.

LeBron James Helps Young Entrepreneurs In 'Cleveland Hustles'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Small business entrepreneurs typically get money from family or friends. But an approach taken from the pages of Silicon Valley is being used in Cleveland. A new reality television show called Cleveland Hustles is the idea of basketball superstar LeBron James. The show documents this process as four companies try to create jobs and a business model that can be replicated across the country.




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