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Candice Hoyes Sings Blackness, Womanhood And History On Her New Jazz Album

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:44pm

When Candice Hoyes sings, she's channeling a legacy of black women in jazz. Her debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, celebrates the genre's storied roots.

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 1:08pm

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

'Weiner' Is An Intriguingly Nuanced Look At An Easy Punch Line

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:11am

Two years after he was caught texting crotch shots, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was back in the spotlight, running for mayor. A new documentary chronicles his scandal-plagued campaign.

From Duke To The Dead, Ralph J. Gleason Loved It All

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 6:00am

Two new volumes of work by the legendary music writer Ralph J. Gleason are out this spring. Though he grew up during the Jazz Age, Gleason loved acts like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead too.

Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:31am

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person.

Teaching The Intangibles: How To Ingrain 'Grit' In Students

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Author Paul Tough's book, Helping Children Succeed, lays out what he calls the tools for helping children succeed, particularly through attributes like perseverance and grit.

On The Ever-Present Trauma Of Rape: 'You Are Not Alone. Don't Give Up'

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

More than 30 years after he says he was raped by a priest, Raymond Douglas wrote about his trauma. He hopes it will help more male victims to speak up and authorities to better address the issue.

'Smoke' Author Dan Vyleta Keeps It Messy

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 9:00am

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines a world where inner faults and sins are made visible by black smoke curling from bodies. He says his big, sprawling narratives were inspired by the works of Dickens.

Now At Your Comic Shop: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michael Chabon And Margaret Atwood

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Acclaimed authors — including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Chabon — have begun penning comic books, to great acclaim. Coates' first issue of Black Panther is the year's top-selling comic so far.

Joe Hill On 'Fireman,' Family And ... Fart Cookies?

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Novelist Joe Hill's latest, The Fireman, is an apocalyptic plague tale about a pathogen that makes sufferers explode. He says his father Stephen King has had a great influence on his storytelling.

Now At Your Comic Shop: Ta-Nehisi Coates And Michael Chabon

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

Acclaimed authors — including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Chabon — have begun penning comic books, to great acclaim. Coates' first issue of Black Panther is the year's top-selling comic so far.

From 'Apprentice' To 'MacGyver,' TV Raids Old Shows To Excite Advertisers

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 7:00am

The TV networks recently tried to sell their new shows to advertisers at the 2016 upfronts. But most of the shows being sold are things you've already seen.

'Letters To Kevin': What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 6:00am

Stephen Dixon's new book is a loopy, madcap tale with a simple premise: A young man is trying to call an old friend. But he's foiled at every turn, by a series of events that get increasingly weird.

'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 5:40am

You may be familiar with Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. But did you know Mendelssohn's sister Fanny and Schumman's wife Clara were accomplished composers, too?

Coming Up Sunday: The Directors Of 'Weiner'

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 4:18pm

On Sunday's All Things Considered, we will take a look at Weiner, a new documentary that chronicles the political failure of Anthony Weiner as he ran for New York City mayor.

Anthony Mackie On Portraying Martin Luther King Jr. In 'All The Way'

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 4:18pm

All The Way is a drama from HBO that chronicles President Lyndon B. Johnson's struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act. Michel Martin speaks with Anthony Mackie, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr.

The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World's Oldest Libraries

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 4:18pm

After a four-year restoration, Morocco is poised to reopen the Qarawiyyin Library, founded more than a millennium ago by a pioneering woman and home to some of the earliest works of Islam.

Ode To Indy 500: Track Poet Tradition Returns

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 12:01pm

Cars, Coors, and... Coleridge?/ "For Those Who Love Fast, Loud Things,"/ words to inspire/ the track bard brings.

Not My Job: 'Top Gear' Driver Ben Collins Gets Quizzed On Richard Gere

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 11:16am

Collins has written a book called How to Drive so that you, too, can come to a screeching stop right at the edge of a cliff. (Or so we hope.)

Sebastian Junger's Examines Veteran Life After Leaving 'Tribe'

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 7:29am

Sebastian Junger's new book, "Tribe," looks at soldiers returning home from war. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that veterans often don't feel like they belong to the society they fought for.

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