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Terry McMillan's Latest: Revisiting Past Loves, Rediscovering Yourself

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:50am

In her new novel, I Almost Forgot About You, McMillan's heroine confronts midlife malaise by reconnecting with men from her past.

For Ellie Kemper, Kimmy Schmidt Is Just Her Latest 'Weirdo' Role

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:36am

"I still am not sure what in my face screams 'bunker-cult victim,' " Kemper says. The actress plays a woman who was rescued from an apocalyptic cult in the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:27am

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

A Festival For Mixed-Race Storytellers — And Everyone Else, Too

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:02am

The Mixed Remixed festival isn't just for folks who are multiracial. It's about connecting people from all over the world who aren't always seen as belonging together.

HBO's 'Suited' And The Search For The Perfect Fit

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 8:33am

A new documentary follows the clients of a custom suiting shop that works with clients who are transgender or gender-nonconforming.

'An Abbreviated Life' Memoir Captures Lasting Impact Of Childhood Emotional Abuse

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Ariel Leve about her new memoir, An Abbreviated Life. It tells the story of her growing up in a difficult dysfunctional family.

Looking Back On How The National Gallery Of Art Got Its Start 75 Years Ago

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

Philanthropist and collector Paul Mellon gave the gift of art to the American people. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is honoring that gift as part of its 75th anniversary celebration.

Why My Mom Left Me Out Of Her Book

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled author Lynne Rae Perkins wrote a book about her son Frank and their dog Lucky. But she left one important person out — her daughter Lucy.

'The Familiar Vol. 3' Will Re-Wire Your Brain

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:00am

Mark Z. Danielewski's proposed 27-part saga about a girl and her very strange cat rolls on in volume 3, Honeysuckle and Pain — in which all the different voices and stories start to find a groove.

Actor Kevin Hart On Comedy, 'Central Intelligence' And Lessons From His Mom

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 4:04pm

Hart has drawn enormous crowds to his stand-up shows and comedy films. The actor/comic says he owes a lot to his mom. "She never let me start something without finishing it."

When King Came To Chicago: See The Rare Images Of His Campaign — In Color

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 4:04pm

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. went north, leading the Chicago Freedom Movement. Bernard Kleina and his camera were there, too — and the former priest walks NPR through his color photos.

Not My Job: Three Questions For Actor Terry O'Quinn About Hair

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 9:11am

Since O'Quinn doesn't have much going on in the hair department himself, we've decided to ask him three questions about Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.

Artist June Leaf, Still Moving Fast At 86

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:19am

June Leaf sculpts, paints and draws and she's been doing it for most of her 86 years. Now she's got a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Compassion Drove Dad To The Salad Bar — That, And Fear Of Alien Abduction

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:00am

Her grandparents were vegetarian out of fear of eating reincarnated ancestors. Her father, out of compassion for animals and X-Files-inspired thinking. But it wasn't so great for family unity.

Nevermind The White Dress, Turns Out Emily Dickinson Had A Green Thumb

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:39am

Archaeologists are working to unearth the poet's original gardens and bring the homestead back to its natural state. The hope is to revive the plants and flowers she vividly described in her poetry.

Annie Proulx's 'Barkskins' Is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am

Annie Proulx's epic new novel is a multigenerational, multi-century epic about the fall of forests before human depredation — just don't think about how many trees went into its 700-plus pages.

Adopted From Abroad? Tell Us Your Food Stories

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:19pm

For many of us, food can serve as a way to explore our heritage. But what happens when you grow up in a family with a different ethnic, racial or cultural background than your own? Share your story.

'Finding Dory' Makes A Big Splash, With Slapstick Humor And Witty Dialog

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Ellen DeGeneres gives voice to a memory-challenged fish in search of her parents in Pixar's follow-up to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Critic David Edelstein says Finding Dory is full of laughs.

Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto. Originally broadcast May 5, 2015.

At The Fanciest Restaurant in Gaza, A Ramadan Iftar In The Sky

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 12:36pm

Situated 11 stories above Gaza City, Level Up is the only restaurant in the war-torn Palestinian territory that offers a taste of luxury. But operating a high-end joint in this area is not easy.

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