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'The Red Parts' Offers No Easy Answers

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:00am

Author Maggie Nelson's aunt was murdered decades ago; her new book chronicles the trial that ensues when the old, cold case is reopened. It's an uneasy masterpiece that avoids quick catharsis.

A Radiologist And Poet Explains How He Sees The World In Patterns

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:47am

Amit Majmudar, Ohio's first Poet Laureate, spends his days looking for abnormalities in X-rays, CT scans and PET scans. He's given his latest poetry collection a provocative name: Dothead.

A Reluctant King: Ta-Nehisi Coates Takes On Marvel's 'Black Panther'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:56pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about his new series of Black Panther comics that explore the character of an African-prince-turned-superhero.

In 'Neon Bull,' A Strange, Dreamy Road Movie Reveals A Vanishing Way Of Life

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:15pm

Set amidst Brazil's version of rodeo, Gabriel Mascaro's new film blends hope, melancholy, humor and poetry. Critic John Powers says Neon Bull is a remarkable feature that is filled with funny moments.

The Agonizing Collision Of Love And Slavery In 'Thomas Jefferson'

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:00am

The real, historical Thomas Jefferson never wrote anything about Sally Hemings, his slave and companion for decades. But she comes to life in a complex new novel from author Stephen O'Connor.

Encore: Author Explores The Murder Of Kitty Genovese

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:25pm

Winston Moseley, the man who brutally murdered Catherine "Kitty" Genovese in March 1964, has died in prison at age 81. This story originally aired on March 3, 2014, on All Things Considered.

22 Years After Famous Firing, Kathleen Battle Returns To Metropolitan Opera

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:25pm

The opera singer Kathleen Battle is set to return to the Metropolitan Opera — 22 years after she was famously dismissed for "unprofessional actions."

Meet The 'Rocket Girls,' The Women Who Charted The Course To Space

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:25pm

Before there were digital computers, there were "human computers," women who used pencils and paper to do the math that helped carry the U.S. into space. Nathalia Holt tells their story in a new book.

This Novel Doesn't Find Meaning In Cancer, It Gives Its Malevolence Full Due

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Charles Bock could have chosen to write this story as an autobiography. Alice & Oliver is based on a real-life nightmare in which his wife — then, a young mother — was diagnosed with leukemia.

Laid-Off Tech Journalist Joins A Start-Up, Finds It's Part Frat, Part Cult

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:22pm

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he lost his job reporting on the tech industry. He took a job at a start-up, where he was the old guy. His new book is Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

'Star Wars' Voice Actor Who, As Admiral Ackbar, Warned 'It's A Trap!' Dies At 93

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 8:23am

Erik Bauersfeld's amphibious rebel commander was far from the biggest role that the Star Wars movies had to offer. But three words transformed a bit part into a fan favorite: "It's a trap!"

Wax Tablets, Chicken Rustling And The Medieval Roots Of The Modern University

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 6:00am

Universities have changed significantly since the Middle Ages. James Axtell describes just how far higher education has come in his new book, Wisdom's Workshop.

It's Love That's Important In 'The Truth About Death'

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 6:00am

Robert Hellenga's new collection contains nine searching, mature stories about grand passions, fleeting romantic adventures, and facing the end of life with few illusions.

Unraveled: The Mystery Of The Secret Street Artist In Boston

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:56am

Someone has been using Lego blocks to repair the corner of a crumbling brick building in Boston. Reporter Tovia Smith set out to investigate who this person is and what else he has been up to.

Gay Glam Comes To HBO

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:23pm

Is Vinyl's latest fictionalized New York music character a tribute to Jobriath, the post-Bowie 'space clown' who was rock's first openly homosexual performer?

Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:01pm

An architect looked at communities that serve older adults, and didn't like what he saw. By changing habits earlier in life, he says, we can create vibrant communities that will sustain us.

When Is It OK To Profit From Cooking Other Cultures' Food? You Weighed In

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:04pm

We started a conversation about food and race. Who gets to cook and become the face of a culture's cuisine? While our question was prompted by an interview with Rick Bayless, the issue transcends him.

'Going Green' Is Really 'Going Native': Western Apache Chef Nephi Craig

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:29am

Chef Nephi Craig of the Apaches in the Kitchen blog reflects on what the "mainstream" culinary world has to learn about Native foodways.

#NPRpoetry, Part Deux: Listeners Bare Their Souls In Stanzas

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 4:13pm

April is National Poetry Month. And the audience is sending All Things Considered original poems in 140 characters or less on Twitter. Here's an update from the curators who have been reading along.

The Surprising Story Behind Spam (The Food)

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 4:13pm

Author Ted Genoways traces the origins of canned spam in his book The Chain; Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food.

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