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Free Comic Book Day 2018: A Guide To The Best Bets And The Best Avoided

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:00pm

For the 10th year in a row, NPR's Glen Weldon reviews the 52 free comic books you'll be able to pick up in comics shops across the nation on Saturday, May 5th.

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Sen. John McCain Reads From His Forthcoming Memoir, 'The Restless Wave'

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 1:00pm

Arizona Sen. John McCain reads from his memoir, The Restless Wave, exclusively at NPR. The book is set to hit shelves on May 22.

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Exclusive Audio: In New Memoir, Sen. John McCain Rests His Case

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:59pm

Throughout his life, McCain has been stubbornly individual, at times cantankerous and even exasperating to friend and foe alike, relishing his political persona as "The Maverick."

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In 'My Ex-Life,' A Snappy, Enjoyable Look At Love's Many Splendors

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 6:00am

Stephen McCauley's new novel is a charming comedy of manners about second chances and fresh starts, full of zingers about eternal targets like divorce settlements and college admissions.

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'Rachel Divide' Director Says Dolezal 'Has Remained Resolute'

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:14pm

In 2015, Rachel Dolezal became a walking Rorschach test for America's racial dysfunction. A new Netflix documentary explores what happened to Dolezal after the initial furor died down.

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'Snow Child' Conveys Alaska's Wild Magic In Musical Form

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

Eowyn Ivey's novel about a Alaskan homesteaders longing for a child — and the magical snow girl who appears to them — has been reimagined as a bluegrass-infused musical.

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'Soul Of America' Makes Sense Of Nation's Present By Examining Its Past

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:37pm

Presidential historian Jon Meacham says looking back at times when the nation was divided by partisan fury and racial strife can help shed light on "the politics of the moment."

'Culture Shock Within Their Own Country': Saudis Come To Grips With Swift Changes

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:51am

Activities once forbidden — cinema, music, women driving — are now OK. It makes some Saudis nervous. "I talk to younger people, they are happy with it," says a Saudi woman. "But older people are not."

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A Crane Kick Of Nostalgia Right To The Throat: 'Cobra Kai'

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:00am

Johnny and Daniel are still at it in Cobra Kai, a surprisingly interesting look at what happens later to people who peak — or crash — in high school.

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Questlove Aims To Save Your Brain: 'Creativity Might Be In Jeopardy'

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 3:33pm

The Roots bandleader and Renaissance man has a new book called Creative Quest, in which he advises readers on how to consider creativity, how to pursue it and how to channel it.

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Remembering Abbas, A Photographer Focused On The Religions Of The World

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:57pm

The Iranian-born photographer told Fresh Air in 2015 that he was less interested in personal belief than in "what people do in the name of God." Abbas died in Paris on April 25.

So Fetch: 'Mean Girls', 'SpongeBob' Net The Most Tony Award Nominations

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:30am

The new musicals, based on a movie and an animated TV show, earned 12 nominations each. Angels In America, The Band's Visit and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel each received 11.

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On 'Adjustment Day,' A Quick, Horrifying Descent Into Madness

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 6:00am

Chuck Palahniuk's new novel is a black-hearted satire that imagines an America in which angry men engineer a purge of everyone who's ever upset them — and then have to rebuild the country afterwards.

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We're Looking For Poems On Teamwork

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 4:15am

NPR's Morning Edition wants you to share a couplet, and author Kwame Alexander will pick a few and transform them into one, grand poem. The deadline is May 11.

Literature Nobel In Doubt Amid Claims Swedish Princess Was Sexually Harassed

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:37pm

The Swedish Academy was already reeling from sexual assault allegations against a man close to the group, which has been weighing whether to postpone this year's prize. Now, new claims have surfaced.

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OK, Let's Talk About The Ending Of 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 1:56pm

This post contains spoilery speculation (and term-coinage) about the ending of the record-breaking film, and what it means for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You were warned.

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A Weird-But-True Story Takes Flight In 'The Feather Thief'

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 1:55pm

Kirk Wallace Johnson's new book chronicles the real-life heist of 299 rare bird skins from Britain's Tring Museum in 2009. Maureen Corrigan says The Feather Thief reads like a "classic thriller."

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A Journalist Seeks Out Her Roots, But Finds Few Answers In The Soil

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 1:40pm

Alex Wagner says the birth of her son made her want to learn more about her heritage. "I wanted to tell my son a story that was true," she says. Wagner chronicles her journey in Futureface.

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On One Hand, And On The Other Hand, Too: 'Wild Wild Country'

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 8:10am

The Netflix documentary series about the Oregon Rajneeshi community that clashed with local and state government suggests there's no real answer to who was right that's entirely satisfactory.

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Write A Poem About Your Team, On Or Off The Court

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 3:51am

NPR's Morning Edition wants to hear about the moments of teamwork in your life. Share a couplet about the team in your life and we will transform a few into one, big poem.

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