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'Good As Gone' Doesn't Quite Get To Greatness

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:00am

Larry Watson sticks to what he knows and loves in his latest novel: The cinematic badlands of Montana, and a tough, taciturn Western hero. But none of his characters truly rise above ciphers.

Meet Hing: The Secret Weapon Spice Of Indian Cuisine

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:14pm

Uncooked, the Indian spice hing may smell of sulfur and onions to some. But add a dash to your food and magical things happen.

'There's A Reason Why I Play Anxious Characters,' Says 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:06pm

Hale played Buster on Arrested Development and is Gary Walsh on the HBO series, Veep. "It comes from a lot of personal anxiety," Hale says. "It's really fun to bring that into the characters."

On The Podcast: Rep Sweats, Or, 'I Don't Know If I Like This, But I Need It To Win'

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:06am

Kat and Gene hash out something they've been mulling over for a while: that feeling of obligation that you have to root for something, because it's theoretically for you.

'Devil's Rock' Is An Atmospheric, Gut-Twisting Descent

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

Things are not what they seem in Paul Tremblay's new novel; a simple search for a missing child becomes a dizzying emotional vortex as ominous new details and old tragedies surface.

Oprah's New Show, 'Greenleaf,' Is Megachurch Melodrama

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:32pm

Oprah Winfrey returns to a regular TV drama role for the first time in two decades, appearing in Greenleaf, a scripted drama set in a Memphis megachurch. The show premieres Tuesday on her OWN network.

Bendy Bananas And Barmaid Bosoms: The U.K.'s Crazy Anti-EU Food Myths

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 1:22pm

British tabloids have long exploited the U.K.'s ambivalent ties to the European Union with exaggerated, funny and often unfounded stories about regulations aiming to undo English food culture.

Forgotten History: How The New England Colonists Embraced The Slave Trade

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:11pm

American slavery predates the founding of the United States. Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound, says the early colonists imported African slaves and enslaved and exported Native Americans.

Hot Dogs Against Conformity In 'Taste Test'

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:00am

If you're the kind of person who'd wear a hot dog costume to a princess party, you'll love Lisa Hanawalt's lushly illustrated, off-the-wall diary/food meditation/travelogue Hot Dog Taste Test.

Fizzy 'Vinegar Girl' Tames Shrewishness To Sparkle

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

Anne Tyler's latest is part of a series of Shakespeare plays-turned-novels; she's turned The Taming of the Shrew into a modern screwball comedy about an absent-minded scientist and his daughters.

Terry McMillan's Latest: Revisiting Past Loves, Rediscovering Yourself

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:50am

In her new novel, I Almost Forgot About You, McMillan's heroine confronts midlife malaise by reconnecting with men from her past.

For Ellie Kemper, Kimmy Schmidt Is Just Her Latest 'Weirdo' Role

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:36am

"I still am not sure what in my face screams 'bunker-cult victim,' " Kemper says. The actress plays a woman who was rescued from an apocalyptic cult in the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:27am

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

A Festival For Mixed-Race Storytellers — And Everyone Else, Too

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:02am

The Mixed Remixed festival isn't just for folks who are multiracial. It's about connecting people from all over the world who aren't always seen as belonging together.

HBO's 'Suited' And The Search For The Perfect Fit

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 8:33am

A new documentary follows the clients of a custom suiting shop that works with clients who are transgender or gender-nonconforming.

'An Abbreviated Life' Memoir Captures Lasting Impact Of Childhood Emotional Abuse

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Ariel Leve about her new memoir, An Abbreviated Life. It tells the story of her growing up in a difficult dysfunctional family.

Looking Back On How The National Gallery Of Art Got Its Start 75 Years Ago

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

Philanthropist and collector Paul Mellon gave the gift of art to the American people. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is honoring that gift as part of its 75th anniversary celebration.

Why My Mom Left Me Out Of Her Book

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:57am

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled author Lynne Rae Perkins wrote a book about her son Frank and their dog Lucky. But she left one important person out — her daughter Lucy.

'The Familiar Vol. 3' Will Re-Wire Your Brain

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:00am

Mark Z. Danielewski's proposed 27-part saga about a girl and her very strange cat rolls on in volume 3, Honeysuckle and Pain — in which all the different voices and stories start to find a groove.

Actor Kevin Hart On Comedy, 'Central Intelligence' And Lessons From His Mom

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 4:04pm

Hart has drawn enormous crowds to his stand-up shows and comedy films. The actor/comic says he owes a lot to his mom. "She never let me start something without finishing it."

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