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Jonathan Safran Foer On Marriage, Religion And Universal Balances

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 1:13pm

Safran Foer's latest novel, Here I Am, is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. Originally broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Baby Driver' And Auteur Blockbusters

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 8:43am

On this week's show, we talk about Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and imagine the influence some of our favorite artists might have on genres we love. Plus, we tell you what's making us happy this week.

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Frida Kahlo Celebrated With An Attempt At A World Record

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:46am

Museum-goers attempted to set the record for most people dressed up as Frida Kahlo at the Dallas Museum of Art Thursday night.

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In 'The Accomplished Guest,' Baby Boomers Step Back Into The Spotlight

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with writer Ann Beattie about her new collection of short stories, The Accomplished Guest, which puts the spotlight back on the Baby Boomer generation.

In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' Tom Holland's Peter Parker Finally Comes Home

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as the youngest actor to play the screen's youngest superhero.

'How To Be A Muslim' Author On Being A Spokesperson For His Faith

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:20pm

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world."

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After A Wild Start, 'Made For Love' Stumbles

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:00am

Alissa Nutting's new novel has a deviant instinct that makes it fascinating at first — but after a promising start, it falls back on shallow sex slapstick rather than authorial skill.

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Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:15am

Looking for books to feed your child's curiosity and ignite the social activist inside of them? Here's our list of children's books to keep your child occupied all summer long.

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'Architecture Of An Asylum' Tracks History Of U.S. Treatment Of Mental Illness

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

Founded in 1855, St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., grew from 250 patients to 8,000. A new exhibit at the National Building Museum explores the links between architecture and mental health.

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Something New For Baby To Chew On: Rocket Science And Quantum Physics

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

Chris Ferrie's board books introduce subjects like Rocket Science, Quantum Physics and General Relativity to toddlers and babies. What can parents do to make the concepts resonate?

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Playwright Edward Albee's Incomplete Works May Never See The Light Of Day

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:51pm

Albee died in 2016, and in his will he asked that all his incomplete manuscripts be destroyed — including a play that was supposed to open off-Broadway.

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Randall Mann's 'Proprietary' Reinvents Classic San Francisco Poetry

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:29pm

Our poetry reviewer Tess Taylor looks at Randall Mann's new collection, Proprietary, which looks at the changes in San Francisco.

I Want To Be 'Popular': Psychologist Examines Our Lingering Teenage Selves

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with psychologist Mitch Prinstein about his new book, Popular, and how our teenage selves often stick with us long into adulthood.

Dr. Seuss Museum Provides Glimpse Into Life Of Beloved Author

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:29pm

The children of beloved author Dr. Seuss have emptied their own homes to fill a new museum dedicated to him in his hometown. It provides a glimpse into how he created his characters and how he lived.

'The Sideways Effect:' How A Wine-Obsessed Film Reshaped The Industry

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:46pm

The 2004 movie about an obsessive wine snob helped boost California's pinot noir production by 170 percent.

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The 'End Of Loyalty' And The Decline Of Good Jobs In America

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization and the weakening of unions.

'Everything Is Up For Grabs': Life Inspires Art For 'Catastrophe' Co-Creator

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Sharon Horgan isn't shy about borrowing from real life for her Amazon comedy series about relationships. "I am my own provider of material," she says.

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'Woolly' Breathes New Life Into A Scientific Saga

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 6:00am

Ben Mezrich's taut, entertaining new book follows the men and women who have dedicated themselves to cloning the woolly mammoth, and maybe reversing some of the damage humans have done to the planet.

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The Star-Spangled Banner Verse You've Probably Never Heard

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:33pm

We only sing the first verse, but the national anthem actually has four. In the midst of the Civil War, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes penned yet another, which speaks to politically divisive times.

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'South Pole Station' Takes A Cool Look At A Hot Topic

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:00am

Ashley Shelby's debut novel — set among an appealing mix of nerds and oddballs at Antarctica's Amundsen-Scott research station — is a refreshing diversion from summer's heat.

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