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Journalist Details Israel's 'Secret History' Of Targeted Assassinations

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:11pm

Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful.

Unmasking Katy Perry's Backup Dancer, 'Left Shark'

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:04am

Three years ago, a hapless backup dancer lumbering around the stage with Katy Perry in a blue shark costume became an instant hit. Bryan Gaw, who was inside the costume, talked with David Greene.

Former 'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 3:29pm

Salling faced four to seven years in prison for possession of child pornography. He played the character Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the TV show about a high school singing group.

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Germany's 'Babylon Berlin' Crime Series Is Like 'Cabaret' On Cocaine

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 3:22pm

The show (now on Netflix) captures a briefly exhilarating time between the world wars, when Berlin had a raging nightlife, a flourishing cabaret scene and a brutal criminal underbelly.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:44pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. Originally broadcast Feb. 21, 2017.

3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:03pm

Novelists Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman and George S. Schuyler forged their art in what W.E.B. Du Bois famously called the "double-consciousness" of African-Americans.

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'The Hazel Wood' Has Few Uses For Enchantment

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 6:00am

In Melissa Albert's dark take on fairy tales, 17-year-old Alice has spent her entire life on the run from her family legacy: a terrifying mythical world created by her grandmother, a famous author.

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For 'Heaven's Gate' Podcast Host, The Cult Story Hits Close To Home

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:18pm

When he first heard about the 1997 Heaven's Gate mass suicide, Glynn Washington says, "It felt like that was something that my group could have done."

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How Filmmaker Warren Miller Impacted The Extreme Skiing Film Industry

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 3:54pm

Pioneering outdoor filmmaker Warren Miller died last week at 93. NPR's Kelly McEvers and Ari Shapiro look back on his life and the early impact he had on the extreme skiing film industry.

'May It Last' Brings The Avett Brothers From North Carolina To HBO

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 2:21pm

Judd Apatow is one of the directors of a new documentary airing on HBO that follows the recording of a Grammy-nominated album from the North Carolina band.

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Boozing With The Bard: How The Masses Find Common Ground With Shakespeare

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 7:00am

From a theater company where audiences drink along with the actors to a book of cocktails inspired by his plays, alcohol has long been "a great provoker" in making the Bard's work more relatable.

(Image credit: The Folger Shakespeare Library / James Monaco)

U.S. Travel Industry Worries As International Visits Decline

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:56am

Data suggest that the U.S. share of global travel has been declining since 2015. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to David DuBois, part of the recently launched Visit U.S. Coalition.

A Plucky English Heroine Amid New York's Super-Rich In 'Still Me'

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:56am

Author Jojo Moyes has penned a third story about the idealistic young Louisa Clark, thrusting her protagonist into Manhattan's upper-upper-class while juggling romance back home (and abroad).

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The Personal Is Always Political: A 2018 Poetry Preview

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:00am

Many of the books of poems coming out this year are sad, but also powerful; full of poets processing their lives, looking into pains both personal and political through the cracked glass of poetry.

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'Flats Are For Quitters': RuPaul Talks Drag, 'All Stars' And Identity Politics

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 5:33am

Guest judges on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars include designer Marc Jacobs and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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At One NASA Lab, Art And Science Share The Same Orbit

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 5:29am

The artists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories have made travel posters for distant planets, simulated Jupiter's churning atmosphere and translated satellite movements into sound.

(Image credit: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Labeled A 'Terrorist,' A Black Lives Matter Founder Writes Her Record

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 4:48pm

Patrisse Khan-Cullors' new memoir recalls the female origins of the movement and the "deep contradiction" of being labeled the enemy.

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A Puzzled Teen Seeks Answers And Finds Crosswords In 'Down And Across'

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 7:21am

Author Arvin Ahmadi's debut novel follows Scott Ferdowsi, a disenchanted Iranian-American high school student who runs away to Washington, D.C. to find an expert on the psychology of success.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Jessica Jones' Star Krysten Ritter On People Named Jones

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 6:19am

The superhero actor (and now author of a novel) answers three questions about some other interesting people with a common surname.

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Binti's Story Is Finished — But Don't Expect Completion

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 6:00am

Nnedi Okorafor winds up her saga of a spacefaring Himba girl from Earth in Binti: The Night Masquerade — but she's warned readers not to expect a neat conclusion, and the book bears out her warning.

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