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Looking For The Best Books Of 2016? NPR's Concierge Is Here To Help

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:25am

NPR's annual, sortable book guide is here. And to mark the occasion, correspondent Lynn Neary talks about the year in fiction and shares a couple of her favorite new titles.

11 Transgender Americans Share Their Stories In HBO's 'The Trans List'

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:42pm

Nicole Maines and Kylar Broadus are both featured in the new HBO documentary. "We all come out publicly," Broadus says. "There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person."

Actress Isabelle Huppert On Navigating The Good And The Bad In 'Elle'

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:37pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with French actress Isabelle Huppert about her film, Elle, and the range of characters she's played in over 40 years of acting.

Tech Plays Role As The Weapon Of Choice In Crime Fiction

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:37pm

NPR's Art Silverman reads a lot of crime thrillers. In the last year, he's noticed "The Internet of Things" seems to being playing a big role as the weapon of choice.

90 Years On, Claude Monet's Water Lilies Still Captivate

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:37pm

Claude Monet died 90 years ago, but his famous water lilies still have power over viewers. What's the secret to their staying power? It might have to do with their creator's particular attachment to his garden in Giverny, France.

Small Batch: The Violent Delights And Violent Ends Of 'Westworld'

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 2:22pm

Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO's densely plotted science fiction series.

Why Is Brown Rice Sushi So Awful? Here's The Science

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:00pm

Sure, brown rice is better for you than refined white rice. But if you cringe when you see it on sushi, there's good reason behind that, and it's rooted in flavor science and biochemistry.

TV Executives Plan To Skip Q-and-A Session With Critics

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:39am

It's a regular event for TV critics to gather in Los Angeles for press conferences with networks and cable companies. But this year, top executives won't hold question and answer sessions.

Al Pacino, James Taylor And The Eagles Are Honored At The Kennedy Center

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:39am

Actor Al Pacino, along with singers Mavis Staples and James Taylor, pianist Martha Argerich and The Eagles are recognized at the 39th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday.

The Surreal Cookbook Of Salvador Dalí

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 4:15pm

In the early 1970s surrealist icon Salvador Dalí published a lavish cookbook called Les Dîners de Gala. Decades later, the book is being republished for a new and much wider audience.

Stepping Into 'Talking As Fast As I Can' Again Is Like Sense Memory For Actor Lauren Graham

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 7:41am

Lauren Graham is the fast-talking Lorelei Gilmore, on Gilmore Girls, a role she recently reprised on Netflix. She tells NPR's Ailsa Chang about her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can.

'Red Car' Exposes Unsettling Side To Life's Listlessness

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 7:41am

The Red Car, the latest novel by Marcy Dermansky, features a protagonist who's haunted by a former boss. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Dermansky about the fantastical and dark novel.

Women Astronomers Shine In 'The Glass Universe'

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 4:47am

Dava Sobel's new book is a history of the unheralded women — called computers, rather than astronomers — who worked at the Harvard College Observatory, studying, cataloging and classifying stars.

Not My Job: 'Good Wife' Star Alan Cumming Gets Quizzed On Bad Wives

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 11:01am

This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He's now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.

'Out Of The Wreck I Rise' Supports Addiction Recovery With Literary Hero Companions

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, "Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery," a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.

Daughter Of African-American Filmmaker Asks, What Happened To Kathleen Collins?

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?"

A Century Later, 'Peter Pan' Still Soars On Kids' Faith In Goodness

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

The play "Peter Pan" has been performed at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis for decades. One theater-lover finds new meaning in the old play by watching it through the eyes of school children.

'Fawlty Towers' Actor Andrew Sachs Dies At 86

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:12pm

British character actor Andrew Sachs has died at age 86. He was best known as the waiter Manuel on the cult TV series, Fawlty Towers.

On This 'Tree Of Treasures' There's No Such Thing As An Ordinary Ornament

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:12pm

Bonnie Mackay has written an unusual sort of memoir: Tree of Treasures is the story of her life, told through Christmas tree ornaments. She has nearly 3,000 of them, divided into 67 classifications.

Women Face The Unpredictable In 'Jackie,' 'Things To Come'

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:12pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a double-feature review of two films about women who find themselves in drastically altered circumstances in midlife: Things To Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

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