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Give Chickpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:51am

Nothing is simple in Mideast relations. Not even hummus. Lebanon, Israel and Palestinians are entangled over who owns the dish. Not even the title of world's largest hummus platter settled the matter.

In 'The Fixers,' A Glimpse Of Cleveland That Goes Deeper Than The Guide Book

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 4:06pm

Kate Spoko created a documentary series called The Fixers. In it, she asks Clevelanders what tour of the city they would give to Republican National Convention delegates.

Why Does Cynthia Ozick Write? 'I Simply Must,' She Says

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:26am

The versatile author says that, like queens, writers are born into their profession. In her new book, Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, she examines current and past literature.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Secretary Of Urban Development On Urban Dictionary

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:01am

Julián Castro went from being the youngest member of San Antonio's city council, to mayor of San Antonio, to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Recommended Reads To Prepare You For The Conventions

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

The Republican convention begins on Monday, and the Democrats get their turn the following week. Writer Thomas Mallon gives Linda Wertheimer a reading list to prepare for the conventions.

'Missing, Presumed' Chronicles Ups And Downs Of Dating ... And Detective Work

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

At the beginning of Susie Steiner's new thriller, a detective is on a date with a man whose name she can't remember. Not long after, a well-connected university student goes missing.

'Stars' Is A Sequel That Goes A Bit Askew

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:00am

In The Stars Askew, Rjurik Davidson returns to the world of Caeli-Amur, now trying to put itself back together after a revolution. But the story bogs down in plural narratives and political minutiae.

Poets Take Cues From Journalism In Recent Collections

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with our poetry reviewer Tess Taylor about three recent collections that take their cues from nonfiction, including Admit One by Martha Collins, Look by Solmaz Sharif and Olio by Tyehimba Jess.

Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:39pm

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."

When You're A Nomad, You Need Portable Art

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:20am

A new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art shows how the Maasai and other cultures transform bowls, belts and shields into objects of beauty.

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

Are You Ready To Take The 'Human' Test?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

If you've ever wondered: Am I human? — humorist Ze Frank offers an idiosyncratic quiz that can help provide the answer.

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.

Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.

Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.

'Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru' Fawns Over Its Charismatic Subject

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

A new documentary about motivational speaker Tony Robbins falls helplessly under the coal-walking life-coach's magnetic, intoxicating sway.

Familiar Science Fiction + Dull Romance 'Equals' Disappointment

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

A new film imagines a dystopian future where feelings are forbidden — but never manages to generate an emotional response in the viewer.

'The Infiltrator' Offers A Familiar But Stylish Look Inside A Drug Kingpin's Empire

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Breaking Malo: In a film based on Robert Mazur's 2009 memoir, Bryan Cranston plays a U.S. Customs agent who goes undercover with the Escobar drug cartel.

I Ain't Afraid Of No Fanboys: Quirky Performances Enliven New 'Ghostbusters'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

The all-female remake of the 1984 blockbuster is dutiful, workmanlike, a bit clumsy — and sort of fun.

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