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Amid Isolation, Two Cubans Develop Island's First Video Game

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

Video game enthusiasts in Cuba face big obstacles with limited access to the Internet. With the opening to the U.S., two young Cubans hope to release the first independent game produced on the island.

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Titanic Documentary Suggests Engine Room Fire Led To Sinking

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Senan Molony about his documentary, which presents evidence that a fire in the engine room could have also led to the sinking of the ship and the loss of 1,500 lives.

Titantic Documentary Suggests Engine Room Fire Led To Sinking

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Senan Molony about his documentary, which presents evidence that a fire in the engine room could have also led to the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of 1,500 lives.

A Diplomat Reflects On Moderate Islam In 'Letters To A Young Muslim'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:58pm

Omar Saif Ghobash was 6 when an assassin killed his father, who was a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates. His new book is a collection of letters to his sons, urging them to reject extremism.

How Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Is Leaving His Mark On Celebrities

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:55pm

Tattoo artist Keith, "BANG BANG" McCurdy was a high school dropout who went from tattooing outside of a Delaware trailer park, to becoming the personal tattoo artist of supermodels and pop stars.

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'The Strays' Invites You To A Disturbing, Magical World

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 6:00am

Emily Bitto's new novel is set in the overheated avant-garde art scene of Depression-era Melbourne, where two girls — conventional Lily and sharp-tongued, exotic Eva — form a complicated bond.

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'Selection Day' Tells Tale Of Cricket Playing Brothers In Mumbai

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

The author Aravind Adiga has never glossed over the challenges facing people in India. His latest book, Selection Day, is about two brothers who grow up in a Mumbai slum being told that their only way out is through cricket.

'Bambi' Artist Tyrus Wong Dies At 106

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

The Hollywood artist and calligrapher who designed Disney's Bambi has died at age 106.

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:35am

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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How One Video Game Unflinchingly Tackles Racism With History And Raw Interactions

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:39am

Creators of Mafia III, set in a fictionalized Louisiana, took a documentary approach to confronting players with prejudice and bigotry of the 1960s South from the perspective of a black protagonist.

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Beautiful, Icy 'History Of Wolves' Transcends Genre

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:00am

Emily Fridlund's electrifying debut novel History of Wolves is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a young woman — but it avoids the familiar story arc so common to other novels in that genre.

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Bigly Listicle Of Banished Words For 2017 Unveiled

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 3:23pm

Lake Superior State University has released its annual list of banished words for 2017. John R. Shibley, who curates the list, talks to NPR about the bete noires that made the bigly listicle of guesstimates.

New York's East Village Ushers In New Year With Feast Of Language

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 3:23pm

The Poetry Project celebrates its 50th year of supporting contemporary poets. For the 43rd time, it held a marathon poetry reading on New Year's Day at St. Mark's Church-In-The Bowery.

Having Thick Skin Is A 'Survival Technique,' Says Comic Jeff Ross

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:01pm

Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, NJ. He likens celebrity roasts to "a party where everybody goes and has a good time." Originally broadcast Sept. 13, 2016.

In Mexico City, A Technicolor Borough Serves Up Tasty Street Foods — On Water

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 6:00am

The ancient canals of Mexico City's Xochimilco borough are packed with colorful barges, centuries-old floating gardens, and boats selling an array of local street foods.

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'M*A*S*H' Actor William Christopher Dies At 84

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 1:50pm

The actor, who was best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on the television sitcom M*A*S*H, died after a battle with lung cancer.

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In The Market For A New Year's Resolution? Let Us Sell You Some Ideas

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:35am

You've already tried exercising, drinking water or eating better. This year, resolve to make room for joy — not just self-improvement — with compliments, meditation or home cooking.

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From Bill Clinton To Trump, The Impersonator That Keeps On Giving

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Tim Watters made a career for himself impersonating Bill Clinton. That impersonation has become less relevant, but lucky for him, the 2016 election presented him with some new material: Donald Trump.

To Appeal To A Modern Palate, Native Chef Gives Tradition A Little Twist

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

More Native Americans are revisiting indigenous ingredients and methods of cooking. It's a natural calling for chefs, like Navajo Freddie Bitsoie, who have found themselves in a cultural tug of war.

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'Midnight Without A Moon' Fictionalizes Civil Rights Moment Through Eyes Of A Teen

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

One of the most tragic moments in civil rights history, the murder of Emmett Till, unfolds from the viewpoint of a young girl in Linda Williams Jackson's new YA novel. She talks to NPR's Ailsa Chang.

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