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'Indentured' Explores Efforts To Fight Mistreatment Of College Athletes

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:28pm

College sports rake in billions, but the athletes' pay just covers college costs. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Joe Nocera about Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.

'Narconomics': How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald's

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:05pm

The cartels' business models are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises, says Tom Wainwright, former Mexico City bureau chief for The Economist. His new book is Narconomics.

'Saul' And The Limits Of Hustle

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 6:04am

Better Call Saul succeeds in part, Sarah Ventre writes, because the struggle to get by without losing yourself is one so many people understand.

What The Sitcoms Don't Tell You About New York City Friendships

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 6:00am

Kristopher Jansma's novel, Why We Came to the City, explores the dynamic between a group of friends who must confront cancer, alcoholism and the mirage of contentment created by New York City.

M.F.K. Fisher Conjured Good Times That Couldn't Last

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 6:00am

In this posthumous novel beloved food writer, M.F.K. Fisher, rouses the "perfect nothingness, lightness and frivolity of the days before tragedy" as well as the "squirming aftermath."

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 5:33pm

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Duplass Brothers On Sibling Rivalry

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:03am

Mark and Jay Duplass take a break from writing, directing, acting and producing to play a game called "Hating you is like hating myself."

Don't Be Fooled, 'The Vegetarian' Serves Up Appetites For Fright

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:49am

In "The Vegetarian," a young woman is tormented by violent dreams that drive her to give up meat. Author Han Kang says that extremes of human behavior compelled her to write the book.

In New Memoir, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Tells Of Life Before And After 'Sweet Dreams'

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:44am

"Life can change you on amazing trails if you let it," Stewart says. His new memoir tells the story of those changes — and his complicated relationship with Annie Lennox.

In A Novel Of Frustrated Young Love, Sexuality Comes To The Forefront

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

In Tender, Irish novelist Belinda McKeon takes readers through the infatuation and obsession that comes with a lopsided love affair.

#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.

'Trapped In Time,' The Last Showgirl Revue On Vegas Strip, Will Close

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:36am

With its elaborate headdresses, colorful sequined gowns and statuesque dancers, Jubilee was the classic Las Vegas show. But times and tastes change, and the last performance will be on Feb. 11.

Comic T.J. Miller: Trained Clown And Student Of Nietzsche

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:31am

The Silicon Valley actor, and former Shakespearean clown, says his latest role is right up his alley: "I'm interested in morality and mortality, and Deadpool kind of has all of these themes."

'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:27pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.

Navigating A Minefield Of Moral Quandaries And Consequences In 'A War'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:06pm

A War is a contender for the best foreign film Oscar. It's about a soldier in Afghanistan placed in an impossible situation, and NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it brings the big questions home.

Animated Show 'Bordertown' Explores Both Sides Of Immigration Debate

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Bordertown is about two families on both sides of the immigration debate. One is a white border patrol agent and his family and the other is a Mexican-American immigrant family.

To Sorkin A Mockingbird: Screenwriter Will Adapt Novel For Broadway

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

How will Aaron Sorkin's rapid-fire dialogue fit with Harper Lee's tale of racism and justice in the South?

Is John Oliver's Show Journalism? He Says The Answer Is Simple: 'No'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:16pm

"Everything we do is in pursuit of comedy," Oliver says. But to get the comedy right, you have to get facts right: "You can't be wrong about something, otherwise that joke just disintegrates."

Bob Odenkirk Mixes Laughter And Law In 'Breaking Bad' And 'Better Call Saul'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The actor's fast-talking, sleazeball character Saul Goodman has been known to bend the law — and to break it. The second season of Better Call Saul begins Feb. 15. Originally broadcast Aug. 6, 2013.

'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The show's co-creator says it was a writers' room joke that if something didn't fit on Breaking Bad, it would go on the Saul Goodman show (now Better Call Saul). Originally broadcast March 9, 2015.




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