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Gene Wilder, Star Of 'Willy Wonka' And 'Young Frankenstein,' Dies

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:11pm

The actor and writer who brought his signature manic energy to comedy classics reportedly died at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:29pm

"No matter what we've done, there comes a point where you think, ... 'When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud?' " Hanks says. Originally broadcast April 26, 2016.

Remembering Juan Gabriel With NPR's Felix Contreras, Adrian Florido And Eyder Peralta

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:26pm

Join Code Switch and Alt-Latino today at 3pm EST for a Facebook Live chat about the late, great Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel.

A Beautiful Edition Of The Abridged 'Erudition'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am

A new translation of the 14th century Egyptian scholar Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's magnum opus, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, is a priceless glimpse at the medieval Muslim world.

The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:54am

Don't be fooled by his mild PBS persona; the beloved painter was actually an exacting artist and businessman with — brace yourself — naturally straight hair.

AfroPunk Acts To Free Your Mind And Your ... Ears

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 11:40am

This year's AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.

First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 8:06am

Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.

Herman Koch Gets Meta In 'Dear Mr. M'

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

Linda Wertheimer talks to the Dutch writer about his novel: A teacher has an affair with his student. She breaks it off. He disappears. And then a writer comes along, and turns the story into a novel.

Ed Sanders, Author Of Manson Family Biography, To Sell Massive Archive

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

Sanders wrote the definitive book on the Manson Family ("The Family.") He's currently working on a book about Robert Kennedy. He's decided to sell the assembled work on which he's based his research.

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Jacqueline Woodson

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

For our series "Next Chapter," the author of the award-winning YA novel "Brown Girl Dreaming" talks about how going to a largely white college made her aware of her blackness in a new way.

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:38am

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Nina McLemore's Clothes Are A 'Weapon' Of Powerful Women

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 4:07pm

Nina McLemore designs clothes for powerful women: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Janet Yellen, Elena Kagan and others. She talks about how fashion can help women stand out in political office.

In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 11:42am

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.

How Art Transformed A Remote Japanese Island

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 8:00am

The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. "The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably," says a resident.

#NPRreads: Take A Leisurely Trip Through These Four Stories This Weekend

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:56am

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

Langston Hughes' Harlem Home May Get Its Own Renaissance — As An Art Center

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:39am

The brownstone is a national landmark, but it's been mostly empty for decades. In an effort to keep it from becoming another high-end co-op, a nonprofit wants to use it to preserve Hughes' legacy.

Rachel Weisz Plays With Identity In 'Complete Unknown'

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:39am

Rachel Weisz plays a woman who reinvents herself through the years in her new movie "Complete Unknown." NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about the film.

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Neal Shusterman

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:39am

For our series "Next Chapter," author of award-winning YA novel "Challenger Deep," talks about the summer he was 16, when his parents uprooted him from their Brooklyn home and moved to Mexico City.

Everything Has Meaning In The Dream World Of 'Vellitt Boe'

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 6:00am

Kij Johnson's new novella follows an unlikely adventurer (and a small black cat) through a world built of dreams. It's a wonder-quest that will hold you spellbound from start to finish.

'Southside With You' Has Us Asking: Where Is The Love In Black Movies?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:01pm

The movie Southside with You is opening in theaters. The film follows Michelle and Barack Obama's very first date, and shows something we don't get too see too often in film: black romance.




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