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Cochran Would Be 'Leading The Charge' In Ferguson, Says Actor Courtney Vance

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:25pm

Actor Courtney B. Vance plays lawyer Johnnie Cochran in the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson. "Finally, on the biggest stage, a black man worked the system," Vance says.

Author Yann Martel On 'That Deeply Unreasonable Phenomenon' Of Faith

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:25pm

Martel's new book, The High Mountains of Portugal, shares some themes with his 2001 novel, Life of Pi: Both feature animals (in this case, a chimpanzee) and both struggle with questions of faith.

'Madoff' Tells Its Tale To The Camera

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:21pm

Richard Dreyfuss plays Bernie Madoff in a new ABC miniseries as a con men who — like many of his kind — looks right at the viewer.

'The Yid' Puts A Brash, Screwball Spin On Soviet Anti-Semitism

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Paul Goldberg's debut novel is an ambitious historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Yid is a wildly inventive "what if" story.

Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others.

New Orleans: A City In The Grip Of King Cake Madness

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

In New Orleans, Carnival is a month-long season where the colorful brioche cakes dominate the diet and culture. King cakes fuel workplace rituals, inspire contests and drive a collective obsession.

A Blizzard, Meth And A Missing Mom Make 'Sweetgirl' A Harrowing Read

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:00am

A story about violence, drug addiction and family dysfunction could have been too bleak, but Travis Mulhauser's Sweetgirl is nuanced, with sympathetic characters and carefully built suspense.

The Iowa Caucuses Explained ... By Broadway?

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:54pm

Critic Bob Mondello has never been to Iowa, but he learned a lot about the state from The Music Man. The classic American musical follows a travelling salesman who finds himself in River City, Iowa.

Farm Subsidies Persist And Grow, Despite Talk Of Reform

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:45pm

The Farm Bill promised to cut subsidies to farmers. Instead, farmers will continue getting about $20 billion a year thanks to new programs that compensate farmers when corn and soybean prices fall.

'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

FX resurrects the "trial of the century" in its new season of American Crime Story. Critic John Powers says every single episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson "is an embarrassment of tawdry riches."

How China's One-Child Policy Led To Forced Abortions, 30 Million Bachelors

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43pm

Journalist Mei Fong tells Fresh Air that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is One Child.

Portraits Of L.A.'s Female Artists Send A Powerful Message: 'You Are Here'

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:48am

Rebecca Campbell's portrait series documents the women artists who go unnoticed or under-represented. "I made it so that they didn't disappear," she says.

Symphony Of The City: Nigerian Artist Draws Songs From The Bustling Market

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 4:06pm

Emeka Ogboh's exhibition, "Market Symphony," brings listeners the rich sounds of a Lagos market. "There are stories in the soundscape," he tells NPR's Michel Martin. "There are stories from the city."

To Rebuild 'The Collapse Of Parenting,' It's Going To Be A Challenge

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 7:44am

Parents struggle with the balance of being a friend versus being a taskmaster. Their job, says Dr. Leonard Sax, is to "keep your child safe" and "give kids choices in some domains but not in others."

How Do We Read Books Embedded With Racism?

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 7:30am

We received a lot of criticism for a story on reading racist and difficult material to your children, and it's clear it's a topic you'd like us to revisit.

Following The Fad, Live "Grease" Hits The Silver Screen

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 6:45am

A new, live TV performance of the hit musical "Grease" airs this weekend. Rachel Martin talks about it with Linda Holmes, host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

South Korea's Newest TV Stars Are North Korean Defectors

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:12am

North Korean defectors star on talk shows, dating shows and compete in campy challenges. They're giving South Koreans an unprecedented glimpse of the North's experience. But it's not the full picture.

Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety And Warhol As A Hoarder

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:11am

Journalist Claudia Kalb uses biographical material and modern-day mental health to get inside the heads of history's great personalities. Her new book is called Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder.

A Sampler Of Web Comics To Keep You Clicking

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:07am

Web comics have matured a lot in recent years. They're more confident and more willing to experiment with the medium. We've got a sampler of the most absorbing for your weekend reading pleasure.

Not My Job: We Ask 'Madoff' Star Richard Dreyfuss About Fonzie Schemes

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 11:05am

Since Dreyfuss will be portraying the financier behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, we'll see how much he knows about Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days.

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