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For Actress Regina King, A Childhood Gig Launched A Career In Hollywood

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:31pm

King began acting professionally as a teen on the comedy show 227. Now she co-stars in the ABC series American Crime and in the HBO series The Leftovers. "I absolutely love acting," she says.

Keys Are The Key To 'What Is Not Yours'

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 4:04am

Writer Helen Oyeyemi's new collection features nine stories all linked through the idea of keys that open rooms, doors, even hearts. She says she felt haunted by keys while working on the book.

Gay Gone Global: Ellen Page And Her LGBT Travel Show

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 3:59pm

Page's new TV show on Viceland is called Gaycation. The actress and her friend Ian Daniel speak to NPR's Michel Martin about the show, in which they explore LGBT culture around the world.

'Gaycation': Ellen Page Explores LGBT Lives Globally On Travel Show

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 3:59pm

Page's new TV show on Viceland is called Gaycation. The actress and co-host Ian Daniel speak to NPR's Michel Martin about the show, in which they explore LGBT culture around the world.

'Gaycation': Ellen Page On Her LGBT Travel Show

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 3:59pm

Page's new TV show on Viceland is called Gaycation. The actress and co-host Ian Daniel speak to NPR's Michel Martin about the show, in which they explore LGBT culture around the world.

Nowruz: Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Spring Deliciously

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 11:00am

This ancient festival marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. And naturally, it has a lot to do with fresh, green foods just beginning to poke out of the ground.

'Alone In Berlin' Features The Story That Continues To Revise And Resonate

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 9:40am

An act of defiance in Nazi-era Germany is the subject of a film based on a novel that, when it finally came out in English, connected with readers. The director says its message still holds relevance.

'The West Wing Weekly' Podcast Promises To Break Down Every Episode

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 7:18am

Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the show, and Hrishikesh Hirway plan to take a deep dive into the critically acclaimed series.

A Love Story Rudely Interrupted By History

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 6:00am

Peter Behrens' novel, Carry Me, follows the fortunes of two interconnected families through the World Wars in Europe, as well as the turmoil leading up to Ireland's War of Independence.

Here's A Revelation: 'The Passion' Is Seal's First Acting Gig

Sun, 03/20/2016 - 4:52am

The singer plays Pontius Pilot in Fox's live TV musical event. He says he never thought to try acting before, but the songs — including "Mad World" by Tears for Fears — drew him to the part.

Not My Job: Actor Andre Royo Gets Quizzed On Quinoa

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 10:27am

Since Royo starred in The Wire — a show more beloved to NPR listeners than their own children — we've invited him to answer questions about three other things NPR listeners won't shut up about.

Ta-Nehisi Coates On The Fight Over 'Nina Simone's Face'

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 8:26am

Many people have decried the casting of Zoe Saldana in upcoming biopic Nina, but Ta-Nehisi Coates digs deep into why this choice struck a nerve.

#NPRreads: 3 Stories That Will Pass Into Legend

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 8:19am

The deep history and literary roots of cowboy poetry. The messiness of family mythologies. And the visions — or delusions — for sale when athletes join forces with multi-level marketers.

With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 7:16am

Katie Roiphe's The Violet Hour is a meditation on mortality in which she describes the last days of Maurice Sendak, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, John Updike, James Salter and Dylan Thomas.

Amidst Shadows On Screen, 'Innocents' Wonders What's Real

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 6:00am

Dana Spiotta's ambitious new novel follows two women, friends and filmmakers, through decades of conversations about art, film and life — and a dangerous final documentary project.

'I Grew Up In The Shadow Of This': Writer Reflects On His Brother's Murder

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 4:30am

David Kushner was 4 years old when his older brother Jon was killed. "I think with the loss of anybody, that person — they don't disappear," he says. Alligator Candy is his memoir of the experience.

Sink Or Swim: Poems On The Existential Terror Of Everyday Life

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:30pm

John Koethe explores the minutia of daily life and the disillusionment that comes with age in his tenth volume of poetry, The Swimmer.

In 'The Nest,' Adult Siblings Eagerly Await Their Inheritance

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney about her first novel, The Nest, a hilarious family drama.

Kidnapping As A Family Business In The True Life Thriller 'The Clan'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:10pm

The Clan is an Argentine thriller about the real-life Puccio family, which kidnaps for profit. NPR film critic Bob Mondello finds it an unnerving allegory.

'Krisha' Offers A Vivid, Unique Portrait Of Family Dysfunction

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:38pm

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults cast his own family in his home-for-Thanksgiving psychodrama. Reviewer David Edelstein says Krisha "marks the arrival of a truly adventurous, humanist filmmaker."

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