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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 1:00pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for The Sympathizer, a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam.

Racing Toward TV's Future, Late-Night Shows Shift To Any-Time Social Media

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:56am

Late-night talk shows are focusing increasing on their web audiences with segments like "Carpool Karaoke" and "Lip Sync Battle." TV critic David Bianculli says the changes are exciting.

The Nightmarish Reality Of Ceausescu's Romania In 'The Fox'

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 9:00am

Herta Müller's remarkable novel tells the story of a young schoolteacher who becomes convinced, through gruesome clues, that the Romanian dictator's secret police are closing in on her.

Too Much Technology Can Spoil Your Warhol Experience

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:01am

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has reopened after a three-year closure. Like a growing number of museums, it hopes new tech doesn't get in the way of looking at the art.

'Joe Gould's Teeth' Is The Tale Of A Long, Lost Book

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

Jill Lepore digs into the story of Joe Gould, a legendary Greenwich Village writer and eccentric — and discovers that his missing magnum opus, long thought imaginary, may actually have existed.

'The Vegetarian' Wins Man Booker International Prize For Fiction

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:18am

South Korean author Han Kang was awarded the prize for her dark novel The Vegetarian at a London ceremony on Monday. She shares the honor with translator Deborah Smith.

'People Want These Stories': Women Win Big At The Nebula Awards

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:58pm

The Nebula Awards are some of the most prestigious prizes in science fiction and fantasy. This year, women authors swept the awards — and not for the first time.

'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.




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