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Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

'Mister Monkey' Speaks In Many Voices — All Of Them Grumpy

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 6:00am

Francine Prose takes a comparatively light comic turn in her new novel, about the disappointing lives of a group of people involved in an off-off-off-off-Broadway musical based on a children's book.

They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do: Christopher Guest Rallies His Team For 'Mascots'

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 4:35pm

Guest's latest mockumentary (about the secret lives of mascots) stars actors who have appeared in several of his films. "It's like having a great band of musicians together," he says.

How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:24pm

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

Decades After His Death, Max Beckmann Returns To New York

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:26am

On sunny December day in Manhattan, the great German painter had been on his way to an exhibit featuring his latest self-portrait when he died. Now, that painting is back in the city where he left it.

'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Emigration And A Mother's Love

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:26am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to author Mark Slouka's about his new memoir "Nobody's Son." It chronicles his family's life in 1940s Czechoslovakia, their emigration to Pennsylavnia, and his difficult relationship with his mother.

'It's Very Lonely': Kathleen Turner Stars As Joan Didion In 'Magical Thinking'

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:26am

Turner appears in a new production of The Year of Magical Thinking, based on Didion's 2005 memoir. In one year, Didion's daughter fell into a coma and her husband of 40 years had a fatal heart attack.

In 'Hag-Seed,' A Gentle Guide To Shakespeare's Stormy Island

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:00am

Margaret Atwood's retelling of The Tempest follows the exiled director of a Shakespeare festival, now reduced to putting on shows with convicts at an isolated rural prison.

High-Priced 'Pill Fashion' Causing Controversy

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 4:04pm

Italian fashion brand Moschino is causing controversy with its pill-themed 2017 collection. Randy Anderson of Eden House Recovery Services is pushing stores not to sell the clothing.

John Slattery Gushes About His Role In Revived Broadway Classic 'Front Page'

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:49am

John Slattery, best known for his role in Mad Men, plays Hildy Johnson in the new Broadway production of The Front Page. He tells NPR's Scott Simon "it's a fantastic part in a fantastic play."

A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:49am

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds — from William Shatner to Kesha — have been inspired by Dylan's words.

New 'American Pastoral' Movie Is A '60s Tale Still Relevant Today

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:49am

The new film American Pastoral tells the story of a father in 1960s New Jersey whose comfortable, suburban life falls apart after his daughter becomes radicalized, commits a crime and disappears.

The 'Fireside Guide' Has Delightfully Simple Answers To Your Grown-Up Problems

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:00am

The new Fireside Grown-Up Guide series is a throwback to the brightly-colored life lessons of your childhood. They're dark and dry and surprisingly funny, a pleasant tonic for your grown-up cares.

In 'Desierto,' A Sniper Hunts Mexican Immigrants Along The U.S. Border

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:37pm

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal tells NPR's Ari Shapiro what drew him to the role of a border crosser in the new action-horror film, Desierto.

A 'Television First' Becomes A Compelling Character Study In 'Christine'

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:37pm

Christine is a biopic about a TV reporter who committed suicide in a live shot.

I Just Play One On Television

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:05pm

In this final round, Puzzle Guru Art Chung asks the final contestants to identify the occupations of famous TV characters. For example, "Tony Soprano, from The Sopranos," would be "mob boss."

David Harbour: 20-Sided Quiz

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:05pm

David Harbour from the Netflix series Stranger Things reveals what he brought to the role of police chief Jim Hopper. Then he takes on the nerdiest game we've ever played. It's Shakespeare meets D&D!

To All The Ghouls I've Loved Before

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:05pm

Jonathan Coulton parodies game the kinda creepy Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias song "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" to be about famous monsters.

Javier Muñoz: The Secret Life Of Presidential Pets

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:05pm

Javier Muñoz, from the musical Hamilton, tells us about performing for Lin Manuel Miranda, President Obama, and Beyonce. Then he leads a game about a president's best friend--their pet.

Steel, Talking Heads, Or Wrestlemania?

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:05pm

In this edition of This, That, or the Other, contestants must decide: is it a Danielle Steel novel, a Talking Heads song, or a Wrestlemania tagline?

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