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'Geek Love' Author Katherine Dunn Dies At 70

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:24pm

Author Katherine Dunn, who wrote the cult comic novel, Geek Love, has died at age 70. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dunn's son, Eli Dapolonia, about his mother's life and work.

Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:24pm

Years ago, two New Yorker articles told the story of a Harvard dropout who claimed to be writing the longest book ever. Did he succeed? In Joe Gould's Teeth, Jill Lepore tries to answer that question.

An Emotional Storm Breaks In Paradise In 'A Bigger Splash'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:02pm

An aging rock star's respite in the Mediterranean is interrupted by an old lover in A Bigger Splash. John Powers calls the film, which stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, a "gripping slow-burn."

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:45pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.

How The Narrator Of 'Jane The Virgin' Found His Voice

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:43am

Anthony Mendez's role as Jane's unseen narrator has garnered him critical acclaim. But before Mendez was able to turn his voice into a career, he was selling tombstones for the family business.

Which TV Shows Will Be Back Next Year?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:14pm

It's that time of year when TV networks decide which shows to cancel and which to renew for the 2016-2017 season. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans gives an update on the new and canceled shows.

Library Of Congress Opens 'Jazz Singers' Exhibition

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

The new exhibition features the likes of Billie Holiday and other jazz greats, from the 1920s to today. Photos, papers, video and scores are on display and will travel to Los Angeles later this year.

Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To- OW!

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Biologist Justin Schmidt has traveled all over the world looking for bugs ... and getting stung by them. He documents his travels/travails in his new book The Sting of the Wild.

After 40-Year Detour, 'Squidbillies' Voiceover Actor Graduates College

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Bobby Ellerbee tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer that he bonded with his much-younger University of Georgia classmates over the cartoon "Squidbillies," on which he voices the sheriff.

How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:36am

Author of a book on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Tom Purdam tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer how that bill came to shape today's transgender rights and comments on the current battle in North Carolina.

'The Mirror Thief' Reflects Three Transfixing Tales

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:00am

Martin Seay's debut novel tells three separate but connected stories, all revolving around an alchemist in 16th-century Venice who conspires to smuggle two legendary mirror-makers out of the city.

Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:53am

For Pascal Baudar, LA is a treasure trove of edible plants and insects that he uses in unusual culinary creations. He helps some of the city's top chefs put wild foods on menus and has a new cookbook.

Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 4:03pm

It was happenstance that brought the Canadian DJ and Kanye West together. But A-Trak — Alan Macklovitch — first made his name by winning an international scratching competition, when he was just 15.

Mrs. Obama Saves The Cardigan: 'The Obama Effect' In Fashion

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 2:30pm

In fashion, most first ladies have worshiped at the altar of "The Suit." Michelle Obama transformed American fashion by favoring dresses, moderately-priced brands, and simple basics like the cardigan.

Not My Job: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Gets Quizzed On Actual Islands

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 10:41am

We're taping the show in Providence this week, and we can't help but notice — Rhode Island isn't actually an island.

The Ultimate Latin Dictionary: After 122 Years, Still At Work On The Letter 'N'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 7:29am

Work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae began in 1894 and carries on to this day in a Bavarian palace in Munich, Germany. There's still a long way to go for a project with a soft deadline of 2050.

Kate Beckinsale Talks Film Adaptation Of Jane Austen's 'Edgy' Novella 'Love & Friendship'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

"Love & Friendship," a new comedy of manners set in 18th century England, opens this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with actress Kate Beckinsale, who plays Lady Susan Vernon.

For Pulitzer Prize-Winner Gregory Pardlo, Poetry Offers 'Intimacy' Between Strangers

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

In the latest conversation marking the centenary of the Pulitzers, NPR's Scott Simon asks Gregory Pardlo what it means for a poet to win the prize and how it affects his poetry.

When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.

Madness And A Search For Healing In 'Albina And The Dog-Men'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:00am

Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinatory new novel follows two women on the run — one suffering from a monstrous affliction. Though disturbing in places, it has the feel of an ancient fireside tale.

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