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'The Noise Of Time' Can't Drown Out Shostakovich

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:00am

Julian Barnes' slim but powerful new novel chronicles the difficulties composer Dmitri Shostakovich suffered under repressive Soviet regimes, and mourns what is lost when tyrants try to control art.

The Code Switch Podcast Is Coming!

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 7:33am

You've been asking for it. We've been cranking on it. And now, it's happening: the Code Switch podcast!

Spoiler Alert: Curling Up And Telling All

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:00am

One of the profound pleasures of reading to children, says Barrie Hardymon, is the thrill of sharing a story's secrets for the first time.

Science, Fiction And Philosophy Collide In Astonishing 'Lightning'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:00am

Ada Palmer's dizzying debut novel is dense and complex, packed with philosophy and visions of what life might be like in the year 2424: Radically different, yet based on Enlightenment ideals.

More Than A Mistress: Madame De Pompadour Was A Minister Of The Arts

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:29am

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, may be best known as King Louis XV's chief mistress. But she was also a well-educated tastemaker, a patron of the arts and an artist in her own right.

Avant Garde Influences The Blockbuster In 'Uncharted 4'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:28pm

J.J. Sutherland and Chris Suellentrop of the podcast "Shall We Play a Game" review the latest from the Uncharted video game franchise, which will be released Tuesday for the PlayStation system, featuring intrepid explorer Nathan Drake back in action.

Richard Russo Returns To North Bath, NY, In 'Everybody's Fool'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17pm

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Empire Falls says his characters are inspired by his parents' working-class World War II generation. Russo's new novel is set in a small town in upstate New York.

Notorious F.D.A.? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:26am

For its latest anti-tobacco campaign, the the Food and Drug Administration wants to harness hip-hop swagger to reach minority teens — who disproportionately suffer the consequences of smoking.

Ken Burns Delves Deeply Into America's Complex Racial History

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:30pm

The documentary filmmaker has been chosen to deliver this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for work in the field.

'Eleven Hours' Follows Two Soon-To-Be Moms In The Course Of One Labor

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Pamela Erens' new book tells the story of a woman in labor and the nurse who helps her through it.

Senegal's Biggest Art Biennial Returns With Contemporary Exhibits

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

African artists are convening in Dakar, Senegal for the Dak'Art biennale. The month-long event showcases the latest developments in visual arts.

Robert Worth's 'A Rage For Order' Takes On Troubled Middle East

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Robert Worth was in Cairo in February 2011 when news spread that president Hosni Mubarak had resigned. He tells Melissa Block about that moment and shares other personal stories about the Arab Spring.

What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:00am

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.

Tilda Swinton May Be A Rock Star, But Her New Film Leaves Her Speechless

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:54am

In A Bigger Splash, she and director Luca Guadagnino line up the trials for their lead — including leaving the rock star character voiceless. They say it was at once a challenge and a joy.

Chris Cleve's WWII Novel Draws From Family's Bravery

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

NPR's Lynn Neary asks Chris Cleve about his new novel "Everyone Brave if Forgiven." He wanted to write about Randolph Churchill's World War II experiences but discovered surprising inspiration.

2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

From Black Panther to Luke Cage, filmmakers say audiences today demand superheroes that better reflect their world. Comic creators say it's about time TV and movies caught up with diversity in comics.

Examining The Lure Of ISIS In 'Another World'

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

A documentary play in London features actors performing the exact words, gathered from interviews, of Muslim mothers who lost children to ISIS, a U.S. general and a former Guantanamo detainee.

'Little Mosque' Creator Zarqa Nawaz On Mixing Comedy And Religion

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

The writer/filmmaker uses humor to help people understand Islam, but it took years for some mosque members to come around to her jokes. Nawaz's new memoir is called Laughing All The Way to the Mosque.

Barnes & Noble Founder Retires, Leaving His Imprint On Bookstore's History

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

As Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio steered it through the proliferation of free information in the Internet age. As he retires, he tells NPR's Lynn Neary about his long career.

Not My Job: Actress Rachel Bloom Gets Quizzed On Crazy Ex-Boyfriends

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:31am

Since she's the creator and star of the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, we've invited Bloom to answer three questions about some notorious crazy ex-boyfriends.

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