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Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:28pm

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.

A Lifetime Of Finding Peace, Purpose And Voice In The Pages Of Comics

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:57am

Stephanie Williams discovered comics young, drawn early to X-Men, which she saw as an allegory for the persecution of black Americans. An adult now, she co-hosts a podcast about black superheroines.

(Image credit: Photo illustration by Claire Harbage/NPR and Paige Vickers for NPR)

Liz Smith, Longtime Gossip Columnist, Dies At 94

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 9:58pm

Smith gave millions a peek into the private lives of the rich and famous through her columns. While she scored big scoops, her insider's take allowed her to shirk the usual salacious brand of gossip.

In New Film, 'My Friend Dahmer' Author Portrays Serial Killer As Sympathetic Outcast

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:51pm

My Friend Dahmer, based on the best-selling graphic novel by John Backderf, tells a story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's high school years and the kids who knew him, including Backderf.

New Exhibit Shows Off Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen's Lasting Works

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:51pm

A new exhibition in Oklahoma City presents the work of pioneering stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. In an age of CGI and 3-D animation, his work still influences and delights.

A Book On 'Bunk' For Our Post-Truth Times

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:51pm

Poet and critic Kevin Young attempts to make sense of a worsening surge in hoaxes — from plagiarism to fake news — in a new deeply researched history.

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Tackling A Dark Subject For Young Readers

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 6:52am

Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Tracey Baptiste about her novel Rise of the Jumbies. Drawing on myths of her native Trinidad and Tobago, she tackles the history of the slave trade for young readers.

Julia Roberts Is Mom In 'Wonder,' And In Life

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 6:52am

In a new movie, Roberts plays mother to a child with facial differences about to enter fifth grade in a new school. She took the role in part because her family loved the book it's based on.

Robert Reich Shows Off His Cartooning Skills in 'Economics in Wonderland'

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 6:00am

"Economic concepts don't readily lend themselves to cartoons," says the former Secretary of Labor, a talented cartoonist who's put a lot of thought into drawing abstract ideas like tax expenditures.

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Paul Hollywood Recounts His 'Baker's Life,' From Ginger Biscuits To Fancy Cakes

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:07am

Paul Hollywood shot to fame as the gimlet-eyed judge on the Great British Bake-Off. His new book is a memoir in recipes, beginning with childhood favorites and ending with special-occasion bakes.

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Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:07am

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.

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In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:51am

Artemis imagines the first moon settlement as a mining town and tourist trap. "I had a lot of fun doing the world building," Weir says.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich About Taco Bell

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:48am

Since the Pixar director's new film pays homage to actual Mexican culture, we decided to ask him about the "Mexican" fast food chain.

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Terra Incognita: 'The Planet Factory' And 'The Undiscovered Islands'

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:00am

Two new books about unreal islands and yet-to-be-real planets have much to tell us about what human beings want to know when we look around at the world — life is uncertain, and our fears need maps.

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Spectacular Light Show At Notre Dame Cathedral Commemorates World War I

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 7:09pm

A stunning display of color and technology illuminates the medieval cathedral's facade and tells a story about history, war and survival.

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'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:03pm

The new anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, aims to make century-old stories — of flying Africans, quizzical animals and even Uncle Remus — available to new generations.

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Kenneth Branagh On His Meticulous Master Detective Role In 'Murder On The Orient Express'

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:31pm

Actor Kenneth Branagh has been Henry the Fifth, Iago in Othello, Victor Frankenstein, and now he's taken on another famous literary character, Agatha Christie's meticulous master detective, Hercule Poirot. Branagh both stars and directs the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express and talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the project.

Standing Up In The World Of Stand-Up: When 'Open Secrets' Finally Go Public

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:12pm

The culture of comedy is one in which women have had little recourse to address sexual misconduct. The now-public allegations facing Louis C.K. suggest this may be changing.

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'Murder On The Orient Express' Moves In Inspired Fits And Starts

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:44pm

Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel features a cast that rips into individual roles with gusto — but never fully jells as an ensemble.

'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:44pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war. Originally broadcast June 12, 2017.

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