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#NPRpoetry Moment: Follow That Shiny Bald Spot

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, All Things Considered asked listeners to Tweet poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Eight-year-old Lily Sciacca writes about how she finds her father.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Poetry Of Potent Potables

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

It's National Poetry Month and listeners have been submitting Twitter poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Graphic designer Kat Wedmore wrote about her connection with the show Jeopardy!

Want To Teach In Urban Schools? Get To Know The Neighborhood

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

Many teachers in urban schools don't understand their students or the places they live, says author and educator Christopher Emdin.

To Access Her Big, Boxy Muse, Photographer Set Her Sights On Allen Ginsberg

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

From a bland suburban upbringing, Elsa Dorfman emerged into a creative life inspired by her 6-foot Polaroid camera. And the famed Beat poet turned out to be the key to that astounding metamorphosis.

Frodo, Bilbo, Kullervo: Tolkien's Finnish Adventure

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 6:00am

While still at university, J.R.R. Tolkein became fascinated by Finnish mythology, abandoning his Classics degree to adapt the epic Story of Kullervo — work that led to the creation of Middle Earth.

Buster Keaton And Samuel Beckett Walk Into A Movie Studio ...

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:55am

In 1964, the silent film master and the celebrated playwright made a film together. It was Beckett's first movie — and it showed. Notfilm tells the story of their collaboration.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Poem Of The Potato

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 4:29pm

This National Poetry Month, All Things Considered asked you to submit Twitter poems. Lisa Fitzpatrick writes poetry to help her Spanish skills and Emily Jones writes about her love of the potato.

#NPRpoetry Moment: 'Love Is A Rube Goldberg Machine'

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 4:29pm

This National Poetry Month, All Things Considered challenged listeners to submit Twitter poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Listener Tommy Welty wrote about his family.

Not My Job: The Property Brothers Get Quizzed On Matchmaking

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 7:43am

Jonathan and Drew Scott have an HGTV show in which they help people renovate their dream homes. (They're joining us by phone because if they saw the way we decorate it would actually kill them.)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks 'Hamilton': Once A 'Ridiculous' Pitch, Now A Revolution

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 7:24am

When the Broadway musical's creator said the life of Alexander Hamilton embodied hip-hop, people laughed. Now, he's written a book about the national phenomenon with former critic Jeremy McCarter.

Charlie And Lola Are Back In 'Absolutely One Thing'

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:55am

Lauren Child has a new "Charlie and Lola" book after a long hiatus. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that she needed a break, but then she missed her popular characters.

Sleep Deprived: We're Recharging Our Phones, But Not Ourselves

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:55am

Arianna Huffington says we're in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis and that Donald Trump really shouldn't be bragging about needing only four hours of sleep a night.

Why Hunting Down 'Authentic Ethnic Food' Is A Loaded Proposition

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:00am

In a new book, an NYU scholar explores how immigrants shape the American palate. He says it's time to ditch the phrase "ethnic food" — which lumps all nonwhite people and their cuisines together.

'Every Heart' Is A Doorway To Winning Fantasy

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:00am

Seanan McGuire's new novella takes the classic portal fantasy — a group of kids who stumble into magical worlds and are forever changed — and gives it poignant new life.

Will Superhero Movies Go The Way Of Old Westerns?

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:26pm

Western movies once ruled Hollywood the way comic book movies seem to now. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Brooks Hefner of James Madison University about how Westerns faded from popularity, and whether the same thing will happen to superhero movies.

Grief Goes Explosive In 'Demolition' And 'Louder Than Bombs'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:49pm

Louder Than Bombs and Demolition both deal with car crashes and grieving men, but the damage looks very different.

'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for Gateway to Freedom, about the underground railroad. Originally broadcast Jan. 15, 2015.

From India To North Korea, Via Japan: Curry's Global Journey

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:04am

From British colonials who fell in love with "curry powder" in India, to Koreans who encountered the taste in Imperial Japan, the story of curry is one of globalization writ on a dish.

Some Relationship Advice From Pope Francis

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:01am

In his new exhortation, "The Joy of Love," Francis addresses marriage, sex and love. For a 79-year-old man who has taken a lifelong vow of celibacy, the pontiff has some pretty solid tips.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best Bad Movies And A Punishing Quiz

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:39am

On this week's show, original PCHH panelist Trey Graham returns to chat about bad movies and to be less humiliated than the rest of us by a quiz about pop culture returns.




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