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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.

'Music Was Always My Anchor': A Story Of Soul And Struggle

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 1:00pm

Rashod Ollison's memoir Soul Serenade is a coming-of-age story and playlist combined. He says he "could always tell" his mother's mood "by which Aretha Franklin song was on."

Nurse Kellye Of 'M*A*S*H' Still gets Fan Mail For Breakthrough Role

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 6:21am

After a blog post goes viral, Rachel Martin catches up with Kellye Nakahara of M*A*S*H, whose role was a favorite for many. Her fans still say she broke barriers and made them smile.

How To Hook Kids On Books? Try Poetry

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 6:21am

Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander's newest effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy, that's written in verse. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin that poetry is a surefire way to reach kids.

A Spanish Comic Book Exposes Franco's Orphanages

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 6:00am

Carlos Giménez's graphic novel Paracuellos is an unflinching memoir of his time in the orphanages of Franco's Spain; it makes the experiences of a few boys in the 1950s inescapably universal.

Jimmy V, Coach K And Dean Smith: The 3 Legends Of N.C. Basketball

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:22pm

Sports columnist John Feinstein talks about his new book, The Legends Club, which follows the rivalry and friendship between three of college basketball's biggest coaches in the '80s.

'I Think That I Shall Never See, A Poem As Lovely As ... One On ATC'

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 3:54pm

For National Poetry Month, All Things Considered asked listeners to tweet poems of their own — including the rhyme that tops this story. The plot thickened when a high school English class jumped in.

Not My Job: We Quiz R.L. Stine On Ralph Lauren

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:23am

Since horror author R.L. Stine isn't the only famous R.L. out there, we've invited him to answer three questions about fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, who was born Ralph Lifshitz.

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis: The Latest "Badass" Black Man On Screen

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 8:30am

Don Cheadle personifies jazz genius Miles Davis in his new film "Miles Ahead." Badass black men rarely show up as leads in mainstream movies.

104-Year-Old Gets First Tattoo — For Good

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 7:06am

Jack Reynolds turns 104 on April 6th. To mark the occasion, and to raise money for charity, he's getting his very first tattoo. NPR's Scott Simon asks him about his late-in-life first.

The Biggest Sticklers For Typos Tend To Be 'Jerks'

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 7:06am

A new study points out that people who are sensitive to typos and grammatical errors aren't that well liked.

Healing And Horror Sit Side By Side In 'Little Red Chairs'

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 6:00am

Edna O'Brien's new book is set in a little Irish village disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, a war criminal in hiding whose murderous hands can heal as well as kill.

Love, Sandwiches And Impulse Jewelry Purchases In 'Lust And Wonder'

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:22am

Writer Augusten Burroughs has grown up on the page, in a series of unvarnished (and sometimes unhinged) memoirs. His latest is the story of a man trying to stay sober, stay in love and not blow it.

When It Comes To Talking Sex, Young Adult Books Can Be A Parent's Best Friend

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 3:22pm

Today's young adult novels deal with consent, sexual assault and the pressures of sexting, among other things. For parents who aren't comfortable broaching those subjects, these books can help.

Upending Troubled-Teen Conventions In 'Standing Tall' And 'The Dark Horse'

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 3:05pm

France's Standing Tall and the Maori drama The Dark Horse both feature adults reaching out to teens in unorthodox ways.

In 'Francofonia,' The Ugly Collision Of Art And War

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:40am

Director Alexander Sukurov blends the real history of the Louvre with a fictional tale of a ship under threat while considering the fate of art and the costs of war.

A Great Director's Last Look At Her Mother And Herself

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:28am

Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie captures conversations the filmmaker had with her mother, which take on additional weight given that both women have died since the film was made.

'Standing Tall' Tells Of Troubled Kids And Those Who Try To Help Them

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:22am

Emmanuelle Bercot's sympathetic drama follows a young man who encounters a variety of well-meaning allies, including a judge played by Catherine Deneuve.

When Is A Biopic Not A Biopic? When Don Cheadle Meets Miles Davis

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:20am

Cheadle takes on the jazz great in an uneven but inventive film that struggles at times to bring clarity to its idea of Davis but experiments intriguingly with past, present, fact and fiction.

'Diver's Clothes' Is A Cautionary Tale (And A Fantasy) About Travel

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is a novel about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Originally broadcast on June 30, 2015.

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