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'The Dream Life Of Astronauts' Is A Journey To Emotional Deep Space

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

Patrick Ryan's book of short stories is set around Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the 1960s and '70s. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's the best new short story collection she's read in light years.

What's For Dinner?: 10 Strategies To Help Busy Parents Get Food On The Table

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:41am

We asked food experts, parents, and nutritionists for their best tips for making weeknight meals happen.

What Price Happiness? Pretty Expensive, According To 'The Invoice'

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 6:00am

Jonas Karlsson's clever parable follows an average guy who's uncommonly content with his lot in life — until he gets an astronomical bill from a sinister entity trying to redistribute happiness.

Diversity Drives The Story In The Latest Incarnation Of Superman

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:55am

If you've been in a comics store lately, you've noticed the increasing diversity on the shelves: a biracial Spiderman, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and today, a Chinese man takes up the mantle of Superman.

Pokemon Go Stirs Controversy For Lack Of Digital Privacy

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

The new smartphone game, Pokemon Go, is stirring controversy for its lack of data privacy. But that isn't slowing down its growth.

'Almighty' Follows Activists In The Fight Against Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter and author Dan Zak about his latest book, Almighty, about anti-nuclear weapons activism.

Coney: The Hot Dog That Fueled Detroit's Middle-Class Dreams

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 2:10pm

Hundreds of eateries selling chili-topped hot dogs dot Detroit. The story of how this food became the city's signature dish is deeply entwined with its auto industry and the workers who flocked to it.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:21pm

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her new book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays.

Crunch Time: Can A Hip New Cereal Bar Help Kellogg's Revive Soggy Sales?

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 6:30am

Kellogg's has opened a cereal bar near New York City's Times Square. It's part of a strategy to energize a sagging cereal business by tapping into nostalgia while creating a refined dining experience.

Darkness And Magic Abound In 'Natural History Of Hell'

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 6:00am

Jeffrey Ford's new story collection is packed with fairies, demons, historical figures and death personified: not always the freshest concepts, but when the stories work, they're enthrallingly eerie.

As Bagged Salad Kits Boom, Americans Eat More Greens

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:03am

Americans buy twice as many packages of bagged salad greens as heads of lettuce these days. Is the bagged stuff just as good? If it gets you to eat more leafy greens, yes.

'Just Another Version Of You' Celebrates Norman Lear's TV Legacy

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to legendary television producer Norman Lear about some insights into his character featured in a new documentary about his life called Just Another Version of You.

At LA's MOCA, A Celebrated Chef Serves Up Dinner As Art Installation

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:59pm

Craig Thornton is behind some of the most coveted meal reservations in LA. For the past five months, he's been melding dining, sculpture and taxidermy at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art.

2 Brilliantly Written Novels From Mexico Head Up A Wave Of Literary Talent

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:10pm

Critic John Powers says there's a boom in good fiction emerging from Mexico. He recommends Among Strange Victims, by Daniel Saldaña París, and The Transmigration of Bodies, by Yuri Herrera.

Slice, Dice, Chop Or Julienne: Does The Cut Change The Flavor?

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 6:00am

When it comes to produce, the answer is yes, experts tell us. But the reasons are complicated — and sometimes mysterious even to restaurant critics, chefs and food scientists.

Empathy Qualifies 'Ask Polly' Columnist To Tell Advice-Seekers 'How To Be A Person In The World'

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:23am

It's not easy to be a person, but Heather Havrilesky of the "Ask Polly" column has some advice. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Havrilesky's about her new book, How to Be a Person in the World.

'The Night Of': HBO Series On Criminal Justice Arrives At A Fitting Time

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:23am

HBO's new drama miniseries, "The Night Of," premieres tonight. It's about a young man tried for a murder he didn't commit. It's a dark and detailed look into the criminal justice system.

Former Evangelical Pastor Rethinks His Approach To Courtship

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:23am

Josh Harris, a former evangelical pastor, wrote an influential book on Christian courtship. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with him about the criticism he's gotten from people who grew up reading his book.

'Ask Polly' Columnist Tells Advice-Seekers 'How To Be A Person In The World'

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:23am

It's not easy to be a person, but Heather Havrilesky of the "Ask Polly" column has some advice on how to follow your dreams, figure out career and family — and dump wishy-washy, noncommittal guys.

Reflecting On Police Shootings, Author Kwame Alexander Focuses On Next Generation

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:23am

Children's author Kwame Alexander discusses last week's killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, in addition to the shootings of the Dallas police officers.




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