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This Is The Length Of Alex Trebek's Game Show Tenure — What Is 50 Years?

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:00am

The longtime Jeopardy! host got his start in 1966 on a show for Canadian high schoolers called Reach for the Top. Fifty years in, he says spending time with smart people is the best part of his job.

Horrors Pile Up Quietly In 'The Other Slavery'

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:18am

Andrés Reséndez' new book is a careful and scholarly examination of the enslavement of indigenous people in the Americas. It lays bare a shameful chapter of history, with a clear line to the present.

#NPRpoetry Moment: What Do Toddlers And Politicians Have In Common?

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:14pm

All Things Considered is celebrating National Poetry Month by inviting listeners to submit their poems on Twitter with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. This time around, we get some pointed political humor.

In 'Confirmation,' A Scathing Take On Our Troubles Discussing Race And Gender

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:14pm

The new HBO movie, which details the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Clarence Thomas, offers a powerful look at how badly the world handled the allegations against him, says NPR's Eric Deggans.

'Barbershop' Returns, With Shears In Hand And New Twists In Mind

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:14pm

The latest in the Barbershop movie franchise is out this weekend. Screenwriter Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the screenplay, talks with NPR's Michel Martin.

Not My Job: NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth Gets Quizzed On Golf Carts

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:10am

We're recording in Milwaukee this week, so we've invited a Wisconsin native to the show. We'll play a game called "Get a move on, pal!"

#NPRreads: 3 Great Reads To Contemplate This Weekend

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:47am

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" Digs Into Thomas Jefferson's Hypocrisy

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Thomas Jefferson is one of America's founders, and even after all these years, a mystery. Annette Gordon-Reed talks with Scott Simon about her book, with Peter Onuf, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs."

A Talk With Pulitzer Prize Winners Past

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, Scott Simon will speak with past Pulitzer winners over the next few months. Simon previews this week's conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed.

Pulitzer Prize Honors 100 Years Of Public Service Journalism

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Monday, the Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced, and this year will mark the Pultizers' centennial. Scott Simon talks with Roy Harris, who's written a book about the awards, "Pulitzer's Gold."

God And Sex Workers — Plus Cartoons — In 'Mary Wept'

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:00am

Chester Brown's new graphic novel is hard to categorize — a work of lay scholarship about prostitution in the Bible that's simultaneously ideosyncratic, meticulous, imaginative and heretical.

Mowgli Takes Convincing Lumps In The Digital World Of 'The Jungle Book'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 7:43pm

A new version of the classic Disney animated movie The Jungle Book features a live-action Mowgli in a digital jungle.

Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney's New 'Jungle Book' To Life

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:34pm

A new version of a classic Disney animated movie, The Jungle Book, opens Friday. It features a live-action Mowgli and digitally created animals. The new movie is a feat of animation and technical magic — the new smoke and mirrors of Hollywood. Combining multiple animating techniques into a seamless, life-like experience in the jungle, director Jon Favreau called on some of the industry's biggest talents to bring Rudyard Kipling's animals to life.

Why Do Some Pop Songs Become American Bar Classics?

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to writer Kenny Herzog about why some songs turn into American bar classics.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Research shows that teenagers' brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Mindy Project' And Romantic Comedies

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:24am

This week's show brings in Audie Cornish and Margaret Willison to talk about Mindy Kaling's just-returning OB/GYN comedy and about the state and ways of romantic comedy in general.

'It's So, So Complicated': Kerry Washington On Clarence Thomas' 'Confirmation'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:11am

Washington stars as Anita Hill in the new HBO film Confirmation. She was 14 during the 1991 hearings, and says it was the first time she remembers her parents having different points of view.

'Farm To Fable'? Tampa Probe Finds Many Restaurants Lie About Sourcing

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:11pm

Food critic Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times spent two months investigating where her local eateries were really getting their ingredients. Many of their "farm-to-table" claims proved bogus.

A Point-By-Point Response To BuzzFeed's Questions For Black People

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:05pm

A video titled "27 Questions Black People Have for Other Black People" misses a whole lotta history when it comes to black people in America.

An Updated 'Jungle Book' Deftly Juggles Wonders And Threats

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Jon Favreau directs a new version of The Jungle Book, in which Bill Murray and Christopher Walken help out with the voice work and the story considers the threats to the animals' way of life.




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