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We've Seen This Election Before, In Classic Movies

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:00pm

It's life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that's been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.

Book Review: 'Garden Time,' W.S. Merwin

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:23pm

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, praises the most recent collection by W.S. Merwin called, Garden Time.

'From Tea Garden To Teapot': How Lipton Became An Empire

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

Lipton is ubiquitous these days, just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So you might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world.

Fact, Fiction, History And Heart Converge In 'The Terranauts'

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

T.C. Boyle's new novel is ripped from the headlines ... of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.

Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:28pm

True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.

'The Walking Dead' Gets Real In Season 7 Premiere

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:21pm

They finally did it: The producers of The Walking Dead kicked off season seven by ratcheting up the onscreen gore and brutality until it matches what appears in the original comic.

Remembering Steve Dillon, Co-Creator Of 'Preacher'

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:24pm

Comic artist Steve Dillon died this weekend in New York City at the age of 54. He was responsible for some of the most iconic comics of the 1990s, including Hellblazer and Preacher.

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:38pm

Gethard tells stories of hitting rock bottom in his new one-man off-Broadway show, which is billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life."

Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:38am

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

In 'Fire At Sea,' Glimpse The Migrant Crisis From The Heart Of Mediterranean

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 4:22pm

Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi talks about his documentary Fire at Sea. The film tells the story of the ongoing migrant crisis as experienced by residents of Lampedusa, an island off the coast of Sicily.

Charlotte Holmes Is On The Case In 'A Study In Scarlet Women'

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 6:00am

Sherry Thomas' new novel presents a gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes tale, with a heroine who must battle not only the bad guys but also the Victorian era's unfair restrictions on women's lives.

From Pamplona, With Love: 'The Sun Also' Turns 90

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 9:00am

Ernest Hemingway's masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works.

Not My Job: We Ask The Choreographer Of 'The Lion King' About Lying Kings

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 8:33am

We recorded the show in Rochester, N.Y., this week, which is home to the Garth Fagan Dance company. We'll ask acclaimed choreographer Garth Fagan three questions about really deceitful people.

Anne Carson's Poetry Collection 'Float' In Unconventional Medium To Suit The Message

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 7:10am

Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they 'float,' which is also the title of her new collection. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.

The Grand, Unfinished Task Of Chronicling How America Eats

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 6:00am

An ambitious federal project, abandoned as WWII loomed, sought to document the country's food traditions amidst great change — as fast food was rising and ethnic cuisine was becoming American cuisine.

'Thrill Me' Gets Personal About Life And Writing

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 6:00am

Writer Benjamin Percy has been on both sides of the divide between literary and genre fiction, and Thrill Me is both a meditation on the writing life and a passionate argument against that divide.

Ahead Of Revival, 'Gilmore Girls' Fans Descend On The 'Real' Stars Hollow

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 4:38am

Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino hatched the idea for the show during a weekend visit to Washington, Conn. It's like "a step back in time," says one resident — and fans are making the pilgrimage.

'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:19pm

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.

New Head For Jesus Statue Is, Uh, Turning Heads In Canada

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 1:42pm

Last year, baby Jesus' head went missing from a statue at a church in northern Ontario. A local artist volunteered to help and sculpted a terra cotta substitute that has caused some consternation.

Home Improvement

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

In this final round, every answer contains an object you'd find in a hardware store. So if we said, "He's the rapper who was '2 Legit 2 Quit,'" the answer would be "M-C Hammer."

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