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James Corden Conquers YouTube With 'Carpool Karaoke'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:51pm

The British comedian and Late Late Show host hit big with his star-studded carpool singalong videos. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Corden about how it all started — and singing with Justin Bieber.

An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 1:39pm

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.

Watching A Brown 'Hamilton' With A White Audience

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:36pm

The hit musical recasts the Founding Fathers as people of color engaged in rap battles. But on a recent night, ticket buyers largely looked the way Broadway audiences have always looked. What gives?

Cold War, Hot Tea: Nancy Reagan And Raisa Gorbachev's Sipping Summit

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:15pm

In 1985, while their husbands discussed nuclear disarmament, the two first ladies — both considered influential advisers — held their own tense tea tête-à-têtes in Geneva.

Unnerving WWII Noir In 'A Man Lies Dreaming'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 11:41am

Lavie Tidhar's new alternate history imagines a world where Communists took over Germany in 1933, Fascism is on the rise in the U.K. and a down and out German PI in London dreams of world domination.

In Honor Of #InternationalWomensDay, A Playlist Of Ladies Who Rock

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 9:09am

Check out the songs (and back stories) of women musicians from around the world.

A Retirement Community Where Hollywood Takes Care Of Its Own

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:59am

The Motion Picture and Television Fund is home to 200-plus residents who once worked on screen, behind cameras and in production rooms and secretarial pools.

'For A Little While' Author On The Art Of The Short Story

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to petroleum-geologist-turned-writer Rick Bass about the art of the short story, specifically his short stories. A collection of the short stories he's written over the years is called, For A Little While.

In 'The End Of Karma,' Young Indians Work To Overcome Their Past

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Somini Sengupta, the former New Delhi bureau chief for The New York Times, about her book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young.

'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' Offers A Heartfelt Take On Aging, Art And History

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:27pm

The new graphic novel by Malaysia-born cartoonist Sonny Liew spans 80 years as it tells the story of a fictional comic-book. Critic John Powers calls the book a "startlingly brilliant tour de force."

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:22pm

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, Imbeciles.

'The Witch' Achieves Puritan American Horror Without The Gore

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:23am

With his new film, writer/director Robert Eggers wanted to resuscitate a nightmare figure from the consciousness of Puritan America. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about "The Witch," and how to really scare an audience.

VICE's Latest Cable Ventures

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:23am

VICE TV is a new cable channel. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and producer Andrew Limbong tell us what they think of three of the new shows from the "hip" news outlet.

Modern Love: What It's Like To Fall, Quite Literally, In Love

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:23am

Most people remember the first time they fall in love. In this excerpt from "Modern Love: The Podcast," the author writes about the actual fall that marked her first love.

Mississippi Debuts Grammy Museum

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:23am

A new Grammy Museum is opening in the Mississippi Delta. It pays tribute to the region considered to be the birthplace of American music. NPR's Debbie Elliott has a preview.

As 'Downton' Draws To A Close, A Look Back On What Made The Show Great

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:22am

When Downton Abbey airs its finale in the U.S. on Sunday, it will bring to a close one of TV's most popular soap operas. With the end near, NPR's Eric Deggans takes stock of the show's greatest gifts.

An Audacious Transformation Bogs Down In 'Blackass'

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:00am

A. Igoni Barrett's new novel is a long, bizarre riff on Kafka's Metamorphosis, transplanted to Nigeria. Reviewer Michael Schaub says Barrett's strong writing is ultimately mired in a rambling plot.

Barbershop: Chris Rock, Nina And Kendrick

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 4:02pm

Ravi Patel, Kara Brown and Alex Gale join the Barbershop to talk about Chris Rock's Oscars performance, a polarizing casting decision for a Nina Simone biopic and the surprise Kendrick Lamar album.

Remembering Pat Conroy, A Master Who Searched Out The World In Stories

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 3:57pm

The best-selling author of Prince of Tides died Friday evening at the age of 70. NPR's Tom Vitale has an appreciation.

Not My Job: N.J. Sen. Cory Booker Gets Quizzed On Old Jerseys

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 9:49am

We ask the former mayor of Newark three questions about old sports jerseys.

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