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Remembering Sheri S. Tepper, Eco-Feminist Sci-Fi Firebrand

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 6:00am

Tepper wrote several classics of '80s sci-fi, but she's curiously unknown today. Her work is didactic and often uncomfortable, mixing eco-feminist politics with gripping characters and world-building.

'Loving' Tells Story Of Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Interracial Marriage

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Jeff Nichols, writer and director of the new film Loving, which tells the story of the interracial couple at the heart of the Supreme Court case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws in the country.

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:47pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his spy novel The Sympathizer. Originally broadcast May 17, 2016.

Syria's Leading Sculptor Keeps Creating In A Time Of Destruction

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:12pm

Mustafa Ali hunkers down in Damascus' Old City and sculpts figures that have made him famous in the Mideast and Europe. But his work has grown darker as the war grinds on.

Meet Mumbai's Iconic Veggie Burger

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 12:45pm

Invented by a street vendor in the 1960s, vada pav is Mumbai's most loved street food. But now, there are vada pav chains selling frozen and fried versions of this iconic dish.

'Loving' Shows A Quiet Couple In The Eye Of History's Storm

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:26am

Jeff Nichols' new film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the Virginia couple at the center of the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage.

The Real 'Hacksaw Ridge' Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:46am

Conscientious objector Desmond Doss became a World War II hero during one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater. Now he's the subject of a new film directed by Mel Gibson.

Jason Reynolds, C.E. Morgan And Susan Faludi Win 2016 Kirkus Prize

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:46pm

Reynolds' As Brave as You won in the literary award's category for young readers' literature; Morgan's The Sport of Kings won for fiction; and Faludi's In the Darkroom won for nonfiction.

'Loving' Provides A Graceful, Intimate Portrait Of A Marriage That Changed History

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple whose interracial marriage propels them to the forefront of the civil rights movement — and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 'Dog Eat Dog,' A Scabrous, Stylized Tale Of Drug Dens — And Diapers

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Cage, Matched: Willem Dafoe teams with Nicolas Cage (and Christopher Matthew Cook) to kidnap a gangster's newborn baby in Paul Schrader's latest uber-violent caper comedy.

A Brave Army Medic Saves Lives In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' Mel Gibson's Return To Directing

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Andrew Garfield plays a conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor in World War II. This "sturdy, muted, unsurprising" film is the first movie Mel Gibson has directed since 2006's Apocalypto.

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange': A Long, Strange, Trippy Origin Story

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Have Cloak, Will Astral-Travel: Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Marvel's Master of the Mystic Arts in a film that's visually stunning but doggedly familiar in structure.

In The Mountains Of Georgia, Foxfire Students Keep Appalachian Culture Alive

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:25pm

For 50 years, high school students in Rabun County have chronicled their region's disappearing traditions and mountain people, from blacksmiths to moonshiners, in publications and a living museum.

New Smithsonian African-American History Museum Overwhelmed With Visitors

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:22pm

A month after the National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., crowds are non-stop. Smithsonian staff expected it to be popular, but never expected visitors to stay so long.

Mel Gibson Pours Fever And Passion Into Every Frame Of 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:22pm

Gibson's new movie tells the story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. Critic David Edelstein says Hacksaw Ridge is the work of a remarkable filmmaker.

'Refugee Coffee' Serves Up Gourmet Drinks — And Community

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Half of the 13,000 residents of Clarkston, Ga., are foreign born – many of them resettled refugees. A nonprofit food truck helps them get job training, work experience and network with neighbors.

Sex, Death And Revolution (A Little Long-Winded) In 'Thus Bad Begins'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Javier Marias' new novel is, on the surface, a low-stakes spy story about a young man, his older mentor and a dysfunctional marriage. But really, it's about the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.

Terry MdDonell On Editing: The Way A Doctor Might Treat A Patient

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:05am

Terry McDonell has worked with literary greats Hunter Thompson, Richard Ford, George Plimpton and many more. He reflects on that work in a new book about the art of working with writers.

Editor Terry McDonnell Doctors Stories In 'Accidental Life'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:05am

Terry McDonell has worked with literary greats Hunter Thompson, Richard Ford, George Plimpton and many more. He reflects on that work in a new book about the art of working with writers.

A Monarch Balances Personal And Royal Demands In 'The Crown'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:05am

Netflix debuts its newest prestige series, a period drama that, over six seasons, will trace the life of Queen Elizabeth, from her wedding in 1947 to the present.

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