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Provocative Book Explores The Connection Between Loneliness And Art

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 1:24pm

Olivia Laing surveys the landscape of urban alienation in her new book, a work that is part-memoir and part-criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Lonely City is "absolutely one of a kind."

Single By Choice: Why Fewer American Women Are Married Than Ever Before

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 1:24pm

Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies, says the declining marriage rates among adult women are less about the institution of marriage and more about the choices available to women today.

'Lonely City' Is More Than A Cry For Connection

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 6:00am

Writer Olivia Laing recalls her days as an expatriate Brit in New York in her new book, a meditation on modern life and loneliness. It's a lonely read, too, but full of heart-piercing wisdom.

Sentenced To Death For Murder, A Woman Tells Her Story From 'Memory'

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:52am

In Petina Gappah's new novel, an albino Zimbabwean woman named Memory is charged with murdering her adoptive father. She narrates the tale from inside a maximum security prison in Harare.

Encore: Hollywood Shines New 'Spotlight' On Boston Clergy Sex Abuse

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 3:44pm

With Spotlight winning the Oscar for Best Picture, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Sacha Pfeiffer, one of the reporters portrayed in the film who broke the story of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

'Wilhemina's War' Explores Barriers To AIDS Treatment In U.S. South

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 3:44pm

While many Americans now view HIV and AIDS as survivable conditions, treatment and care can still be difficult to get in the southern states, especially for African-Americans. A new Independent Lens documentary, Wilhemina's War, explores those challenges.

For Better Or Worse, Chris Rock Made The Oscars As Black As He Possibly Could

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:30pm

Despite the fact that no black actors were nominated in any high profile categories, Academy Awards host Chris Rock kept race at the center of the event.

'The Ballad Of Black Tom' Offers A Tribute And Critique Of Lovecraft

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:44pm

Growing up, Victor LaValle loved reading the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft. It wasn't until later that LaValle recognized the racism in Lovecraft's work and felt the need to respond.

Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:44pm

Author Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.

A Big Night For 'Spotlight,' DiCaprio And Earned Discomfort

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 11:56pm

Sunday night's Oscars gave best picture to Spotlight, best actor to Leonardo DiCaprio and a lot of opportunities to host Chris Rock.

Oscars 2016: Follow Along With NPR's Live-Blog

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:14pm

When the stars take the stage at the Academy Awards, NPR's Pop Cultural Happy Hour crew will be tweeting all the action. Check here throughout the night for their reactions and news on the winners.

Some Diverse Views From Academy Members On #OscarsSoWhite

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

The organization plans to increase diversity after criticism of a very white cast of nominees. A big difference in how some members feel about the changes is based on how they view the Academy's role.

Brie Larson Channeled Own Childhood Experience Into Oscar-Nominated Role

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

Brie Larson is nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Room." Today we bring an alternate cut of Rachel Martin's October conversation with her.

'Black-Ish' Opens Conversation About Race And Police Brutality

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

Wednesday's episode of the ABC comedy "Black-ish" took a risk: It presented a dramatic look at race and police brutality. Rachel Martin talks with showrunner Kenya Barris.

'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Dramatizes War Reporter's Experience

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

In "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," Tina Fey stars as reporter Kim Barker, on assignment in Afghanistan. Barker joins Rachel Martin to talk about the movie and war reporting.

Why An Ebola Body Collector Will Be Watching The Oscars Tonight

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:00am

Garmai Sumo is a 29-year-old mom and health worker who collected bodies of Ebola victims during the epidemic — and the main character of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Thin Mint Mashup: Grind Those Girl Scout Cookies Into Cheesecake

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 5:05am

Many of us cheer Girl Scout season, but after plowing through several sleeves of Samoas, fatigue can set in. Here, Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, offers recipes meant to rekindle the cookie love.

Brazilian Singer Seu Jorge: On Music, Race, And Luck Versus Hard Work

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

The celebrated musician stopped by NPR's Alt.Latino to chat about his incredible musical journey.

A Bridge To Hollywood Legend: Saying Farewell To The Sixth Street Viaduct

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

The bridge starred in so many iconic scenes — in films from Grease to Terminator 2 — it had become an icon unto itself. Due to safety concerns, though, the Sixth Street Viaduct is getting torn down.

Not My Job: Singer Trisha Yearwood Gets Quizzed On Unhappy Couples

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:30am

Yearwood had a hit song called "How Do I Live Without You," so we've invited her to play game called "How Do I Live With You?" Three questions about unhappy marriages.

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