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This Oscar Nominee Could've Been An Executive. Instead, She's A Screenwriter

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 3:24pm

At one point, Meg LeFauve was getting multiple studio executive job offers. But as her mentor says, "She knew she had a different path." Now her screenplay for Inside Out is up for an Oscar.

'Doubter's Almanac' Is A Family Saga, Plus Algebraic Equations

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 2:08pm

Ethan Canin traces the complicated lives of two generations of mathematical geniuses in his new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it A Doubter's Almanac an "elegant and devastating novel."

'Pandemic' Asks: Is A Disease That Will Kill Tens Of Millions Coming?

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:34pm

Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says.

Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:27pm

In the early 20th century, the Chinese faced draconian immigration rules. But owners of a few types of businesses could get special visas. In 1915, restaurants got on that list. The rest is history.

Hollywood Has A Major Diversity Problem, USC Study Finds

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:19pm

The study examined more than 21,000 characters and behind-the-scenes workers on films and TV, and found an "epidemic of invisibility." For example, just 3.4 percent of film directors were female.

Hey, Sci-Fi And Comics Fans: It's Time To Embrace The Dark Side

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 6:00am

Why fans have nothing to fear — and everything to gain — from diversity in science fiction and fantasy.

The 'Girl' In The Title: More Than A Marketing Trend

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 4:15am

Lately it seems as if every thriller written by a woman gets compared to two recent blockbusters: Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. So what makes those two books so appealing and influential?

'Serpent' Film Explores, Revives Lost Cultural Knowledge For Colombians

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

The Colombian film "Embrace of the Serpent" tells the story of Amazon exploration not through European, but indigenous eyes. It's a contender for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

'Fuller House' To Satisfy 90s Nostalgia This Week

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

First there was "Full House" and now, more than 20 years later, the reboot of the family sitcom starts this week. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to the show's creator, Jeff Franklin.

Family And Friends Pay Tribute To 'Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

In a tribute to the late Harper Lee, we hear several poignant passages read from her novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

'Tender' Author Calls Novel On Friendship 'Autobiographical To Its Core'

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

Adolescence is a time when "friendship feels like something you die for," says Irish author Belinda McKeon. It's how she explains the characters in her new novel "Tender" to NPR's Rachel Martin.

The Phrase Or Name Is Familiar: Try This Puzzle And See What They Are

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in the letter -E, and the second word starts GO-.

Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 6:57am

Nearly 60 years ago, William Krisel did everything he could to break the monotony of tract housing. In the process, he proved that Modernism could be both livable and affordable.

Stand-Up Bridges Decades-Long Boundaries — By Crossing The Line

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:45am

In Pakistan, a stand-up comic is sharing the stage with another comedian from the old enemy, India. The comics believe laughter is the best medicine for their conflict-blighted region.

Fresh Air Weekend: Trevor Noah; The I Don't Cares' Debut; 'Narconomics'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:00am

Noah discusses The Daily Show and growing up in South Africa. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Wild Stab, the debut album by The I Don't Cares. Tom Wainwright explains the business models of drug cartels.

'Numero Zero' Reprises Umberto Eco's Fascination With 'Losers'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Italian author Umberto Eco died yesterday at the age of 84. We recall last year's conversation between the author and Scott Simon.

'World Of Tomorrow' Animated Short Explores What It Means To Be Human

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Linda Wertheimer talks with Don Hertzfeldt about his Oscar-nominated animated short, "World of Tomorrow."

Harper Lee Remembered As Reclusive

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Harper Lee's longtime friend Wayne Flynt about the late author. He will deliver Lee's eulogy.

Translator Behind Elena Ferrante Novels Says Her Job Is To Be An 'Enabler'

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 5:57am

Ann Goldstein is the translator for the mysterious novelist's popular Neapolitan series. She says her role is to "enable someone to express him or herself as much as he or she possibly can."

Italian Author And Philosopher Umberto Eco Dead At 84

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 8:24pm

Internationally acclaimed Italian author Umberto Eco has died, according to his American publisher. He was 84. He launched his career as a novelist with The Name of the Rose in 1980.

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