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'Winter' Balances Dark Days With Flashes Of Joy And Light

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 6:00am

The second volume in Ali Smith's seasonal quartet takes place over a tense family Christmas in Cornwall that reunites two sisters whose lives have taken vastly diverging paths.

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Former White House Social Secretaries On The Value Of 'Treating People Well'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:12pm

Lea Berman worked for President George W. Bush; Jeremy Bernard for President Obama. They draw on their White House experiences for a book about the importance of civility in getting things done.

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For The Men #MeToo Has Toppled, Redemption Will Take More Than An Apology

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:52pm

Some see restorative justice as a way forward. But it takes courage to hold yourself accountable, and the men called out by the #MeToo movement might not be there yet.

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Legendary Voice Actor Alan Bleviss Dies At 76

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:18pm

Voice artist Alan Bleviss read movie trailers, political ads and product commercials. He was one of the top-notch performers in his field. Bleviss died on Dec. 30, 2017 at age 76.

Where Author Jacqueline Woodson Would Like To Take Young People's Literature In 2018

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:18pm

The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang passed the baton to his successor Jacqueline Woodson on Tuesday. NPR takes a look at where young people's literature is now and where the new ambassador would like to take it in the coming year.

Posthumously Published 'Sea Maiden' Affirms Denis Johnson's Eternal Voice

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:54pm

A new collection features five stand-alone stories by Johnson, who died in 2017. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is "the kind of work every writer would like to go out on."

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Girls Auto Clinic Owner: 'I Couldn't Find A Female Mechanic, So I Had To Learn'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:47pm

There was a time when Patrice Banks avoided taking her car in for routine maintenance. Now, she's a trained mechanic, and the owner of a garage that caters to women.

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For 'The Immortalists' Knowledge Of Death Changes Lives

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 6:00am

In Chloe Benjamin's new book, four siblings growing up on the Lower East Side amid the upheavals of the 1960s gain forbidden, life-changing knowledge: The exact year and date of their deaths.

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'Fire And Fury' Author Michael Wolff Discusses Bannon's Role In White House

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:15pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and author Michael Wolff about his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Wolff discusses Steve Bannon's role in the White House and his future relationship with the Republican party.

Want A New You For The New Year? These Books Might Actually Help

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:15pm

Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer live by a new self-help book for each episode of their podcast By the Book, so they're experts on which ones might really help us keep our New Year's resolutions.

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At The Golden Globes, Not Just Another Red Carpet

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:39pm

This year, industry reports of sexual harassment and abuse echoed on the red carpet. Some celebrities chose to wear black to convey their support for people who have reported misconduct.

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The Real Molly Bloom

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:01pm

Aaron Sorkin's new movie Molly's Game tells the story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic skier who ends up in the world of underground poker. NPR's Michel Martin talks to the real-life Bloom about her story.

After A Year Of Reckoning, Can Hollywood Change?

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:01pm

In the wake of the "MeToo" movement, NPR's Michel Martin asks New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear if Hollywood will change its attitude toward sexual harassment. Goodyear wrote about the industry's reckoning in her latest article for the magazine.

Joe Morton, Scheming Father Of 'Scandal,' On Playing Dick Gregory On Stage

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:01pm

In addition to his role on the hit TV drama, he also stars in a one-man show on the comedy pioneer: "I was looking for parts ... that had some greater reverberation than just entertainment," he says.

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The Call-In: Sharing Your Passwords With Your Partner

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:06am

Sharing passwords with a partner can be tricky. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with tech experts Nancy Baym and Woodrow Hartzog while Becky McDougal from Malden, Mass. shares her experience

A Missed Connection At Piano Practice

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:06am

Greta Pane had a musical "missed connection" in a musical practice room years ago. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with her and with the mystery pianist, Noah Farber, who was on the other side of the wall.

'Gnomon' Starts Simply — And Then It Goes Sideways

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 6:00am

Nick Harkaway's big, ambitious new book is about pretty much everything, from ancient Egypt to a future utopia that actually seems utopian at first, until an inconvenient death disrupts everything.

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Molly Bloom And Aaron Sorkin On The Real Story Behind 'Molly's Game'

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 5:09pm

After a bad crash, Molly Bloom went from competitive skier to high-stakes poker game runner. "I was looking for this thing that would make me feel validated," she says. " ... And I sort of found it."

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Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List Of Nominees

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 5:00pm

The 75th Golden Globe Awards air Sunday on NBC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

(Image credit: Top left: Get Out: Universal Pictures; Top right: Big Little Lies: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Courtesy of HBO; Bottom left: Dunkirk: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros; Bottom right: Insecure: Justina Mintz/Courtesy of HBO)

Trump Exposé Has Plenty Of 'Fire And Fury,' Maybe A Little Less Substance

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 1:53pm

Michael Wolff's incendiary new book about the first year of Donald Trump's presidency has plenty of juicy detail about chaos, infighting and cheeseburgers — but it's best read with a grain of salt.

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