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'The Terror Years' Traces The Rise Of Al-Qaida And ISIS

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:12pm

Lawrence Wright's new book collects his essays for The New Yorker on the growth of terrorism in the Middle East, from the 9/11 attacks to the recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers.

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:45pm

Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a "strikingly solitary life given how public he is." Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors of Trump Revealed.

Wolverine's Mutton Chops To Hugh Jackman: 'This Ain't Over, Bub'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:11pm

The Fire Still (Side)Burns: Jackman recently took to social media to shave off the distinctive facial hair he sported for the role of Wolverine. Those mutton chops are not handling the breakup well.

Yes, America Has A Working Tea Plantation. We Visited It

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:38am

The only commercial tea plantation in the U.S. is located on Wadmalaw Island, S.C. It makes tea from bushes descended from plants first brought here in the 1700s. We chat with its tea taster.

'Breath Of Earth' Is A Brisk, Relevant Alt-History Barnstormer

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:00am

Beth Cato's new book is set in an alternate version of San Francisco where geopolitical intrigue and homegrown unrest complicate a young earth magician's attempt to head off the great quake of 1906.

Judge To Decide If This Painting Is By Peter Doig (Doig Says It's Not)

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

A retired corrections officer says he bought the painting from Doig in 1976, but Doig (now a famous artist) says that wasn't him. So the retiree lawyered up and went to court.

Federal Judge To Rule On Whether Peter Doig Painted Desert Landscape

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

While artists may get involved in legal battles, this one is a bit different. In a Chicago case involving mistaken identity, LSD and jail time, Peter Doig has to prove he didn't paint a landscape.

Craft Distillers Tap Pure Sugar Cane For A Southern Rum Renaissance

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:17pm

The South was once a hub for sugar plantations. Now, small rum-makers are turning away from molasses, culling fresh sugar cane itself to create smooth liquors with grassy, woody or floral flavors.

Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:23pm

Snidely Whiplash may have been famous for yelling "Curses, foiled again!" But sometimes the bad guys win — from Milton's Satan to X-men foe Magneto, we're taking a look at the ones who get away.

Closing Ceremony For The Rio Summer Olympics: Live Blog

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 7:20pm

Rio 2016 organizers are dropping the curtain on the Summer Games, Sunday after hosting the world's elite athletes who've competed for 306 medals over the past 19 days.

With 'Hell Or High Water,' Jeff Bridges Returns To The American West

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 4:49pm

The actor discusses his new film, a return to a genre Bridges knows quite well: the Western. He talks with host Farai Chideya.

Interview With Jonah Hill And Todd Phillips On New Film 'War Dogs'

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:32am

Jonah Hill and Todd Phillips talk with Rachel Martin about their "War Dogs," which tells the mostly-true story of two pot-smoking 20-year-olds who win a $300 million U.S. government weapons contract.

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Cynthia Kadohata

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:30am

Kadohata is the Newbery Medal-winning author of the YA novel "Kira-Kira." For our "Next Chapter" series, she talks about an eye-opening bus trip she took across the U.S. right before she left home.

'Carry On' Tells The Story Of Unlikely Bond Between 2 Athletes That Changed 3 Lives

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:21am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Lisa Fenn, the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family," and the two athletes Fenn profiled, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton.

Debut Novel Takes On The American Dream ... Racism, Recession And All

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:07am

Like the protagonists in her novel, Imbolo Mbue came to the U.S. from Cameroon. She says the recession "laid bare a lot about the way in which the American dream is not that accessible to everybody."

Hugo Nominee Nnedi Okorafor Breaks Down Her Sci-Fi Writing

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 4:16pm

Host Farai Chideya speaks with science-fiction writer and Hugo Award nominee Nnedi Okorafor about diversity in the genre.

In The Midst Of Future Calamity, A Different Kind Of Ark: The London Zoo

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

In Bill Broun's dystopian Night of the Animals, zoo-bound creatures ask the main character to let them out. "It's a kind of fulcrum between the old world and a kind of liberating cataclysm," he says.

In Singapore, First Street Food Vendor Earns Earns A Michelin Star

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

A Singapore chef is the first street vendor to earn a Michelin star. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Michelin Guides' International Director Michael Ellis about Chef Hin Meng's cheap culinary delights.

Glen Miller Hit, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Marks Its 75th Anniversary

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

On 8/21/41, the movie "Sun Valley Serenade" had its world premiere and featured the song, "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Playwright Murray Horwitz tells NPR's Scott Simon why the song became a monster hit.

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Veronica Roth

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

Veronica Roth is the best-selling author of "Divergent." For our "Next Chapter" series, she talks about a relationship that consumed her life and how she finally left it behind.

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