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How The Narrator Of 'Jane The Virgin' Found His Voice

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:43am

Anthony Mendez's role as Jane's unseen narrator has garnered him critical acclaim. But before Mendez was able to turn his voice into a career, he was selling tombstones for the family business.

Which TV Shows Will Be Back Next Year?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:14pm

It's that time of year when TV networks decide which shows to cancel and which to renew for the 2016-2017 season. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans gives an update on the new and canceled shows.

Library Of Congress Opens 'Jazz Singers' Exhibition

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

The new exhibition features the likes of Billie Holiday and other jazz greats, from the 1920s to today. Photos, papers, video and scores are on display and will travel to Los Angeles later this year.

Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To- OW!

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Biologist Justin Schmidt has traveled all over the world looking for bugs ... and getting stung by them. He documents his travels/travails in his new book The Sting of the Wild.

After 40-Year Detour, 'Squidbillies' Voiceover Actor Graduates College

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Bobby Ellerbee tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer that he bonded with his much-younger University of Georgia classmates over the cartoon "Squidbillies," on which he voices the sheriff.

How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:36am

Author of a book on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Tom Purdam tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer how that bill came to shape today's transgender rights and comments on the current battle in North Carolina.

'The Mirror Thief' Reflects Three Transfixing Tales

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:00am

Martin Seay's debut novel tells three separate but connected stories, all revolving around an alchemist in 16th-century Venice who conspires to smuggle two legendary mirror-makers out of the city.

Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:53am

For Pascal Baudar, LA is a treasure trove of edible plants and insects that he uses in unusual culinary creations. He helps some of the city's top chefs put wild foods on menus and has a new cookbook.

Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 4:03pm

It was happenstance that brought the Canadian DJ and Kanye West together. But A-Trak — Alan Macklovitch — first made his name by winning an international scratching competition, when he was just 15.

Mrs. Obama Saves The Cardigan: 'The Obama Effect' In Fashion

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 2:30pm

In fashion, most first ladies have worshiped at the altar of "The Suit." Michelle Obama transformed American fashion by favoring dresses, moderately-priced brands, and simple basics like the cardigan.

Not My Job: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Gets Quizzed On Actual Islands

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 10:41am

We're taping the show in Providence this week, and we can't help but notice — Rhode Island isn't actually an island.

The Ultimate Latin Dictionary: After 122 Years, Still At Work On The Letter 'N'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 7:29am

Work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae began in 1894 and carries on to this day in a Bavarian palace in Munich, Germany. There's still a long way to go for a project with a soft deadline of 2050.

Kate Beckinsale Talks Film Adaptation Of Jane Austen's 'Edgy' Novella 'Love & Friendship'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

"Love & Friendship," a new comedy of manners set in 18th century England, opens this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with actress Kate Beckinsale, who plays Lady Susan Vernon.

For Pulitzer Prize-Winner Gregory Pardlo, Poetry Offers 'Intimacy' Between Strangers

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

In the latest conversation marking the centenary of the Pulitzers, NPR's Scott Simon asks Gregory Pardlo what it means for a poet to win the prize and how it affects his poetry.

When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.

Madness And A Search For Healing In 'Albina And The Dog-Men'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:00am

Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinatory new novel follows two women on the run — one suffering from a monstrous affliction. Though disturbing in places, it has the feel of an ancient fireside tale.

'The Lobster': A Rom-Com With Satirical Claws

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:26pm

The Lobster is a comedy in which single people are given 45 days to fall in love before being turned into an animal of their choice.

The Case Of The 3 Monkeys Is Tearing Twitter In Two

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 1:30pm

Is it one monkey, hearing, seeing and speaking no evil? Or is it three separate monkeys, each displaying but a single virtue? Twitter icon @jonnysun asked his followers and caused a minor uproar.

Remembering Michael S. Harper, A Poet With An Ear For Jazz

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Harper, who died Saturday, was known for his jazz-influenced poems. His first volume of poetry, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1978. Originally broadcast in 2000.

Jane Austen's 'Love & Friendship' Comes To Screen, And It's An Absolute Treat

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

An impoverished widow has designs on a married lord — and a plans for her own teenage daughter — in Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Austen novella, Lady Susan. Critic David Edelstein has a review.

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