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'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 2:31pm

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

Protesting Through Poetry

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:52am

Morning Edition co-host Rachel Martin talks to authors Kwame Alexander and Nikki Giovanni about protesting through poetry.

Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 6:01am

Christopher Marley only uses specimens that have died from natural causes or been caught as fishing bycatch. Then he freeze-dries them, which is why they seem so alive in his artwork.

(Image credit: Christopher Marley Studio)

Superhero 'Black Lightning' Brings Social Conscience And Swagger To Primetime

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 4:41pm

Black Lightning is the first modern TV show about a black superhero. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans visited the set in Atlanta and spoke with the actors and producer Salim Akil.

Kaveh Akbar Is Poetry's Biggest Cheerleader

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 9:00am

Akbar, a poet himself, waves his pom poms for the form at DiveDapper, a site dedicated to in-depth interviews with his favorite poets. He says he wants to live his life "in joyful service" to poetry.

(Image credit: Charles Bakofsky)

When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 6:51am

Leila Slimani's breakout novel, inspired by true stories of killer caregivers, chronicles the complex relationship between a mother and her babysitter.

(Image credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

'This Could Hurt' Is A Workplace Saga With Heart

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 6:00am

Jillian Medoff has spent years in the corporate world, and she puts that experience to good use in this story of a hard-charging boss whose devoted staff has to cover for her when she starts to slip.

(Image credit: Brittany Mayes/NPR)

Reproductive Freedom Lies Just Outside The U.S. Border In 'Red Clocks'

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 6:46am

Leni Zumas' new novel follows five women in an Oregon town near the Canadian border, in an alternate reality where abortion and IVF are illegal — a world that Zumas says "could happen next week."

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Not My Job: We Quiz 'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson On 'Storage Wars'

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 6:30am

The man behind The Last Jedi answers three questions about the reality show where people guess the contents of repossessed storage lockers.

(Image credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

'Grist Mill Road' Bears Witness To Horror — And Its Aftermath

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 6:00am

Christopher J. Yates' new novel begins with an awful crime — and the teenaged boy who stands by and watches as his best friend commits it. But what becomes of everyone involved as the years pass?

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Give Us Your Moments Of Love; We'll Give You A Poem

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:58pm

For Valentine's Day, we offer a love poem request line. Tell us about a moment in your life involving love, and NPR's Rachel Martin and author Kwame Alexander will find a poem to capture that feeling.

Netflix Brings David Letterman Back To The Interview Chair — With A Few Twists

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:59pm

The former late night host returns to what he does best — interesting, unpredictable talk — in his new series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

(Image credit: Joe Pugliese/Netflix)

Comic Pete Holmes Draws On His Early Career And 'Churchy' Roots In 'Crashing'

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:59pm

Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he was "basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club" during the early stages of his career. Originally broadcast March 21, 2017.

Movie Sandwiches

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

In this final round, we took movies with three-word titles and removed the middle word. Contestants tell us what the missing word is.

Stuck Singing "The Middle" With You

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

This one goes out to all you Jimmy Eat World superfans! We've rewritten their song "The Middle" to be about other things that are in the middle.

Appiness Is A Warm Pun

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

We redesigned popular smartphone applications to do exactly what their names suggest. Contestants guess the app based on its revised, more literal description.

Luka Kain: Pikachu, Strike A Pose

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

Luka Kain talks about his breakout role in the movie Saturday Church, about a genderqueer teen finding community in the NYC ballroom scene. Plus, he's gotta guess 'em all in a Pokémon challenge!

Whistle While You Work

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

In this audio quiz, contestants hear clips from popular songs that feature whistling and ring in with the name of the song or artist.

For Your Amusement...Park

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

Is the Screamin' Gator Zip Line a real or fake amusement park attraction? We describe a park or attraction, and our contestants guess if it's real, or one we made up.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:14am

Amy Webb has an interesting job that incorporates data and advice. Can you guess what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

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