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A Writer Gets Grilled By His 18-Year-Old Self In 'Later That Same Life'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 3:18pm

In 1977, Peter "Stoney" Emshwiller filmed himself asking questions meant for his future self; 38 years later, he sat down to answer them. The resulting film looks like one seamless interview.

Laurie Anderson Reflects On Life And Loss In 'Heart Of A Dog'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:03pm

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson talks to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her late dog, Lolabelle, her mother's death and the accident that nearly killed her. Anderson's new film is Heart of a Dog.

Photographer Abbas Chronicles 'What People Do In The Name Of God'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:02pm

Abbas became interested in religion while covering the Iranian Revolution. "I could see that the waves of passion [that were] raised by the Revolution were not going to stop at the borders," he says.

Chris Kimball Will Continue To Host America's Test Kitchen – On The Radio

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 12:44pm

Days after announcing that co-founder Chris Kimball had left America's Test Kitchen over a contract dispute, its parent company says Kimball will continue to host America's Test Kitchen Radio.

Thanksgiving, Frozen: A Day-By-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:39am

You don't have to leave all the cooking for Thanksgiving Thursday. We offer tips for getting most of the meal ready in advance so you can sleep in a little later on the big day.

Sooty 'Lungdon' Is A Breathlessly Exciting Finale

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:03am

Edward Carey wraps up his Iremonger trilogy with a bang, as the mysterious family of the title marches on their alternate version of London; it's that rare third book that sticks the landing.

'We, Robots' Takes Scholarly, Satirical Aim At Science

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 6:03am

Curtis White is no enemy of science, but his new book criticizes what he sees as today's overreliance on rigid thinking and social organization, and our unquestioning optimism about technology.

Adam Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates Win National Book Awards

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:40pm

The authors won the literary prize in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively. Also taking home awards were Robin Coste Lewis, for her debut poetry collection, and Neal Shusterman.

World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle 'Wildlife' Features Fantasy Forest

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR talks to the man who created the painting of the world's largest jigsaw puzzle, Adrian Chesterman. It has 33,600 pieces, and when completed it is more than 18 by 5 feet.

World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle 'Wilderness' Features Fantasy Forest

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR talks to the man who created the painting of the world's largest jigsaw puzzle, Adrian Chesterman. It has 33,600 pieces and when completed it is more than 18 by 5 feet.

The Next 'Law & Order?' 'Chicago' Series Take Over TV With New Franchise

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 3:32pm

NBC's Chicago franchise grew this week with the premiere of Chicago Med. NPR explores whether it can be the next ER and whether executive producer Dick Wolf, who built the Law & Order empire, can do it again with the Chicago shows.

In 'Just Eat It,' Filmmakers Feast For 6 Months On Discarded Food

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:47pm

Roughly 133 billion pounds of food go uneaten each year — much of it still edible. So for a half-year, the two filmmakers behind Just Eat It vowed to eat nothing but food entering the waste stream.

In 'Good Dinosaur,' Director Peter Sohn Helps An Herbivore Conquer His Fears

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:27pm

Arlo the dinosaur is scared of a lot things, and that's something Sohn says he can relate to. "That test has been with me my whole life — trying to find ways to get through these little fears."

'Misery,' 'Misery' And 'Misery,' From Page To Screen To Stage

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:33am

A new stage play finds Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf at the controls of an oddly horror-free version of the Stephen King novel.

'Beatlebone' Is A Fictional Lennon's Magical Mystery Tour

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 6:03am

Kevin Barry's hallucinatory new novel imagines John Lennon in 1978, at his lowest, wandering around Ireland (with a very mysterious tour guide) in search of a private island he bought but can't find.

Book Review: 'Catalog Of Unabashed Gratitude,' Ross Gay

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 3:59pm

Tess Taylor reviews Ross Gay's collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

Soul-Sucking Vampires Of David Mitchell's 'Slade House' Started On Twitter

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:01pm

Mitchell compares tweeting the story of his latest novel to escaping a straitjacket. "I like what I had to do to circumvent [Twitter's] restrictions," he says.

'Target In The Night' Scores A Solid Hit

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 6:03am

Ricardo Piglia's new novel is a brainy, postmodern, sometimes funny take on the classic detective novel. Critic Michael Schaub says it has echoes of DeLillo and Pynchon, but is wholly original.

'The Oatmeal' Remembers 'Star Trek' Creator's Heroic Plane Crash Rescue

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 6:35pm

Many people were moved last week by an online comic on a site called "The Oatmeal." It was illustrated and written by Matthew Inman and tells the story of a heroic rescue after a plane crash in 1947.

Dear Mary-Louise Parker, You've Written A Great Book

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:34am

The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.




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