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'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.

Song Exploder: 'Moonlight' Composer Describes Process

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

Nicholas Britell, the composer for the Oscar-nominated score for Moonlight, describes the story behind his music.

In 'Captured,' Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role In Politics

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.

An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.

Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:51pm

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."

'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:51pm

The Good Fight is a spinoff of CBS's award-winning drama, The Good Wife. It brings back star Christine Baranski, whose character's savings were wiped out in a financial scam.

So Much Anxiety Over Sibling Rivalry

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 11:50am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who is considering having a second child, but is hesitant.

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In 'Things We Lost,' Argentina's Haunted History Gets A Supernatural Twist

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.

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After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

O'Connell earned nominations for work on Top Gun, Transformers, Armageddon and many more. Losing streaks are never fun, but O'Connell seems at peace. "It hasn't been the right time for me," he says.

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Looking Past Words: Twitter Movement Helps People Notice Typefaces

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:49am

Each week, the Design Museum in London announces a theme for #FontSunday, and enthusiasts search for interesting examples to share on Twitter.

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Not My Job: Author Nora Roberts (aka JD Robb) Gets Quizzed On J.D. Salinger

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:16am

Nora Roberts, who sometimes publishes under the name JD Robb, has had 198 books on the New York Times best-seller list. We'll ask her three questions about a somewhat less prolific author.

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The Long Relationship Of The Director And Composer From 'La La Land'

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

La La Land is the third collaboration between writer and director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. Their first was actually a senior thesis that was released to critical acclaim.

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Exhibition Celebrates Merce Cunningham And His Choreography Of Chance

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:54am

Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.

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'Shining City' Is Packed With Timely Thrills

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:25am

Tom Rosenstiel — head of the American Press Institute — has written a novel about a political fixer who gets the biggest job of his career: Sanitizing a controversial Supreme Court nominee.

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Letting Go Is The Hardest Thing For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:00am

George Saunders — master of the short story — debuts as a novelist with this strange, haunting (and haunted) tale of President Lincoln as he grieves the death of his young son Willie.

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Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:01am

Native American symbols have long caught the eye of non-Native fashion designers. But when it comes to Seminole patchwork designs, where is the line between inspiration and appropriation?

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Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:08pm

The Dutch illustrator and children's book author wrote over 120 books and sold some 85 million copies worldwide. But no character earned him greater acclaim than a simple white rabbit.

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Judd Apatow On His Characters: 'If Everyone Is Mature, There Is No Comedy'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to director and producer Judd Apatow about his latest show, Crashing, his career and Hollywood's role in politics.

How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:05pm

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

(Image credit: Archiv und Sammlung Hermann Rorschach, University Library of Bern)

Authors And Illustrators of Color Accounted For 22 Percent Of Children's Books

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:29pm

In 2016, people of color were the protagonists in fewer than a quarter of new children's books. Here's why that matters.

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