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Life After Iconic Photo: Today's Parallels Of American Flag's Role In Racial Protest

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 9:21am

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken during the busing desegregation protests captured a nation. The photographer and subject of "The Soiling of Old Glory," talk about it's significance 40 years on.

Win Your Emmy Pool With Our Uncannily, Nay, Disquietingly Accurate Predictions

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 7:00am

Arm yourself with NPR's ruthlessly rigorous Emmy predictions, which are based on acute cultural analysis and industry savvy, and thus are totally not wild guesses, at all, seriously.

In 'Jerusalem,' Nothing You've Ever Lost Is Truly Gone

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:49am

The house Alan Moore was born in was torn down in 1969 — along with most of the rest of his neighborhood. But in his new novel, Jerusalem, the legendary comics creator brings it all back to life.

Off The Campaign Trail, Onto The Gridiron: 5 Sports Books For Fall

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:00am

If you're tired of political competition, there's always athletic competition. And if your team stinks, we can offer sympathy and a selection of the year's best books about sports to ease the sting.

Mae Reeves' Hats Hang At National Museum Of African American History And Culture

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 5:20am

Mae Reeves was one of the first African-American business owners in Philadelphia, where she designed hats for Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Marian Anderson.

Donald Glover Explores A Surreal Feel In 'Atlanta'

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 4:12pm

Donald Glover is the creator and star of the new FX show Atlanta. He says he wanted to "give people a feeling that they can't really siphon or make into something else."

'Shoeless Joe' Author William Patrick Kinsella Dies At 81

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:58am

The award-winning book was adapted into the beloved film Field of Dreams. The Canadian author is best known for his works about magic — and baseball.

Not My Job: Nickel Creek Frontman Chris Thile Gets Quizzed On Nickelback

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:20am

The new host of A Prairie Home Companion has fronted the popular bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek — so naturally, we asked him about the much derided Canadian band Nickelback.

Emma Donoghue's New Novel Follows "The Wonder" Of Starvation

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

The main character in Emma Donoghue's new novel "The Wonder" is a little Irish girl who refuses to eat. She says she's been kept alive by "manna from heaven." NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the author.

Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state.

Laia Jufresa Weaves Together Richness Through Common Grief In Debut Novel 'Umami'

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

Laia Jufresa's new novel Umami traces a group of neighbors, each getting over a private grief. Scott Simon asks Jufresa about the book and the woman who translated it from Spanish to English.

In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Once upon a time, most of the millions of people who travel on India's vast train network brought their own food or bought it from vendors at stations. Sharing meals could turn strangers into friends.

'Commonwealth' Doesn't Need Big Drama To Draw Us In

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Ordinary family life provides all the tension and attraction in Ann Patchett's new book. The story of two families and a fateful party that upends both, it draws on Patchett's own life experiences.

'Commonwealth' Doesn't Need Big Drama To Draw Us In

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am

Ordinary family life provides all the tension and attraction in Ann Patchett's new book. The story of two families and a fateful party that upends both, it draws on Patchett's own life experiences.

Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 7:19pm

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short illness.

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Likely Awards Contenders

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

The Toronto International Film Festival is underway. NPR's critics take a look at the highlights, lowlights and everything in between.

NFL Live Streams Thursday Night Football On Twitter

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

The NFL's Thursday night game streamed on Twitter's platforms on a variety of devices this week. Over 800 million Twitter users worldwide had free, live access to the game.

Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:42pm

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.

Writer Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:42pm

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson identified as black, but looked white. His latest novel is about a man returning to his childhood home. Originally broadcast June 29, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:34am

NPR Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders joins the gang to discuss the IFC series. Then, we each pick, watch and describe a documentary we'd never seen. And, of course, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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