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Is 'You Are Having A Good Time' Beautiful Or Grotesque? Yes

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 6:00am

Amie Barrodale's debut collection is packed with ill-advised relationships and broken, mean characters in ugly, funny scenarios; these stories live at the intersection of discomfort and pleasure.

'I Write About Awful People,' Says Gay Talese

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 11:02am

"I'm a little bit drawn to what is forbidden," Talese adds, and he draws readers along with him in his latest book, The Voyeur's Motel, based on the journals of an innkeeper who spied on his guests.

Poet Claudia Rankine On Latest Racial Violence

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 7:30am

Claudia Rankine's acclaimed 2014 poetry book "Citizen" was a potent and incisive meditation on race. Rankine speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about where the national conversation about race stands today.

'He Had Many More Films To Make': Remembering Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 7:30am

Kiarostami began making films in 1970 and continued after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. His work helped make Iranian cinema a major international force. The director died Monday in Paris at age 76.

In Search For Answers, Author George Sanders Covers Trump Campaign

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 7:30am

The author, a self-professed liberal, traveled to Trump rallies to try to understand the candidate's appeal. He talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about what he's learned about American politics.

In Search For Answers, Author George Saunders Covers Trump Campaign

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 7:30am

The author, a self-professed liberal, traveled to Trump rallies to try to understand the candidate's appeal. He talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about what he's learned about American politics.

Stuck Inside With The AC On? Try These Five Cool YA Reads

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 6:00am

Summer can seem slow for eager readers — not much on the shelves, and not much coming. But we've got some recommendations for great young adult reads to while away the long hot days.

The Making Of A Propaganda Film In 'Under The Sun'

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 6:18pm

Director Vitaly Mansky started out working on a government-sanctioned film about children in North Korea. But when approval was withdrawn, he made a different documentary entirely.

Floral Arrangements

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

Each of these answers contains the name of a flower or flowering plant. If we were to say, "British singer who recorded the albums "It's Not Me, It's You" and "Sheezus," you would reply, "Lily Allen."

Movie-Rap Mash Up

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

Contestants must mash up movie titles with the names of famous hip-hop and rap artists.

State the State

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

Contestants guess which U.S. state we're talking about based on a list of clues. Jell-O is the official snack of what state?

Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

This week Big Freedia bounces onto the scene! The queen diva of bounce music gives advice to aspiring twerkers and reveals what it's like to get a phone call from Beyoncé.

Stump Jonathan Coulton

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they wore spacesuits developed by a company well-known for making a piece of everyday clothing. Can Coulton guess what piece?

Did Ya Ever Notice?

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

We test how well you remember things that you've seen many, many times. How many dots are on a Domino's Pizza box — three or four?

A Neeeeeeew Game

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:26pm

The answer to every question is something that starts with or sounds like the word "new." If we said, "Your prize is someone who constantly inconveniences you!" You'd answer... "A nuuuuuuu-isance!"

Comic Jim Gaffigan On Stand-Up, Faith And Raising Five Kids

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:16pm

The Catholic stand-up comic says faith is a central part of his humor. He stars in the TV Land series, The Jim Gaffigan Show. Originally broadcast Sept. 24, 2015.

A Longing For Lentils, Or How I Learned To Find Home Where The Daal Is

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:01pm

Daal, yellow, red, brown, or black, is a staple across India. It is often described, inadequately, as lentil soup. Except it's so much more. For a lifelong expat, it's an anchor in an shifting world.

Floral Arrangements

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:41am

Each of these answers contains the name of a flower or flowering plant. If we were to say, "British singer who recorded the albums "It's Not Me, It's You" and "Sheezus," you would reply, "Lily Allen."

State The State

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:41am

Contestants guess which U.S. state we're talking about based on a list of clues. Jell-O is the official snack of what state?

Movie-Rap Mash Up

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:41am

Contestants must mash up movie titles with the names of famous hip-hop and rap artists.

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