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'This Census-Taker' Is A Quiet Book With A Murderous Heart

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 6:00am

China Mieville's new novella feels like a fairy tale; it's set in an isolated hill village, where a young boy witnesses a terrible crime and meets a mysterious stranger who may (or may not) help him.

Foundation In Austin, Texas, Subsidizes Mental Health Care For Musicians

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:37pm

Musicians who are dealing with mental health and substance abuse problems in Austin, Texas, can get help from an organization there that provides reduced cost care --basically whatever the musicians can afford to pay-- from cooperating doctors and therapists.

Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating 'A Thousand Naked Strangers'

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:03pm

Kevin Hazzard, who worked as an Atlanta paramedic, rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. Respiratory calls were his favorites.

Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating 'A Thousand Naked Strangers'

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:03pm

Kevin Hazzard, who worked as an Atlanta paramedic, rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. Respiratory calls were his favorites.

The War Over Comics For Kids Is Nearly Over, And Kids Are Winning

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 11:13am

The selection of graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang as the latest National Ambassador for Young People's Literature signals an important shift in the effort to reunite kids and comics.

Glittering 'Past' Channels Chekhov

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 6:00am

Tessa Hadley's new novel follows four siblings as they gather at a dilapidated family cottage for a bittersweet summer together. Critic Heller McAlpin praises Hadley's "wry compassion."

Over 10 Years, Two Filmmakers Documented The 'Making' Of A Murderer

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:39am

Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi were film students when they started working on their 10-part Netflix series about Steven Avery. "We had no money, but what we did have was time," Demos says.

Over 10 Years, 2 Filmmakers Documented The 'Making' Of A Murderer

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:38am

Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi were film students when they started working on their 10-part Netflix series about Steven Avery. "We had no money, but what we did have was time," Demos says.

Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:45pm

From brogurt to gastrosexual, humorist and food writer Josh Friedland has collected many of the new words born of our current foodie culture in a new food dictionary, Eatymology.

Graphic Novelist Named National Ambassador For Young People's Literature

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:26pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Gene Yang about becoming the first graphic novelist to be named the Library of Congress' National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Author Profiles The 'Traumatized People' Living In The World's Largest Refugee Camp

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:35pm

Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, City of Thorns.

What Mattered In Media In 2015

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:00pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at some of the moments, from Trump to Brian Williams, that made a difference in media in the past year.

400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:04am

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.

400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:04am

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.

'Downtown Abbey' Begins Its Sixth And Final Season

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 6:48am

And it's about time the mansion closed its doors for the last time, says reviewer Eric Deggans.

In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins to See: A 2016 Poetry Preview

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 6:00am

2016 brings with it an exciting crop of poetry books. Here are our picks for the best verse of the new year.

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 4:21am

When Carnegie Mellon launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It's a lightweight, sturdy "portrait of humanity," carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

George R.R. Martin Admits 'Winter' Isn't Coming — At Least, Not For A While

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 5:55pm

The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.

Absorbing Mystery Novel Offers A Glimpse Into Mormon Utah

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 4:08pm

The second mystery by Mette Ivie Harrison boasts details about contemporary Mormon life that most of us aren't privy to. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates says His Right Hand is is her "one that got away."

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best TV, Books, Movies And Music Of 2015

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 8:00am

David Bianulli picks the best TV shows of the year. Short books dominate Maureen Corrigan's best book list. David Edelstein recommends the year's best films. Ken Tucker assesses the best music of '15.

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