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'The Ballad Of Black Tom' Offers A Tribute And Critique Of Lovecraft

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:44pm

Growing up, Victor LaValle loved reading the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft. It wasn't until later that LaValle recognized the racism in Lovecraft's work and felt the need to respond.

Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of 'Secret Lives' And Misogyny

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:44pm

Author Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.

A Big Night For 'Spotlight,' DiCaprio And Earned Discomfort

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 11:56pm

Sunday night's Oscars gave best picture to Spotlight, best actor to Leonardo DiCaprio and a lot of opportunities to host Chris Rock.

Oscars 2016: Follow Along With NPR's Live-Blog

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:14pm

When the stars take the stage at the Academy Awards, NPR's Pop Cultural Happy Hour crew will be tweeting all the action. Check here throughout the night for their reactions and news on the winners.

Some Diverse Views From Academy Members On #OscarsSoWhite

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

The organization plans to increase diversity after criticism of a very white cast of nominees. A big difference in how some members feel about the changes is based on how they view the Academy's role.

Brie Larson Channeled Own Childhood Experience Into Oscar-Nominated Role

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

Brie Larson is nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Room." Today we bring an alternate cut of Rachel Martin's October conversation with her.

'Black-Ish' Opens Conversation About Race And Police Brutality

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

Wednesday's episode of the ABC comedy "Black-ish" took a risk: It presented a dramatic look at race and police brutality. Rachel Martin talks with showrunner Kenya Barris.

'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Dramatizes War Reporter's Experience

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:39am

In "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," Tina Fey stars as reporter Kim Barker, on assignment in Afghanistan. Barker joins Rachel Martin to talk about the movie and war reporting.

Why An Ebola Body Collector Will Be Watching The Oscars Tonight

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:00am

Garmai Sumo is a 29-year-old mom and health worker who collected bodies of Ebola victims during the epidemic — and the main character of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Thin Mint Mashup: Grind Those Girl Scout Cookies Into Cheesecake

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 5:05am

Many of us cheer Girl Scout season, but after plowing through several sleeves of Samoas, fatigue can set in. Here, Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, offers recipes meant to rekindle the cookie love.

Brazilian Singer Seu Jorge: On Music, Race, And Luck Versus Hard Work

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

The celebrated musician stopped by NPR's Alt.Latino to chat about his incredible musical journey.

A Bridge To Hollywood Legend: Saying Farewell To The Sixth Street Viaduct

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

The bridge starred in so many iconic scenes — in films from Grease to Terminator 2 — it had become an icon unto itself. Due to safety concerns, though, the Sixth Street Viaduct is getting torn down.

Not My Job: Singer Trisha Yearwood Gets Quizzed On Unhappy Couples

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:30am

Yearwood had a hit song called "How Do I Live Without You," so we've invited her to play game called "How Do I Live With You?" Three questions about unhappy marriages.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Hap And Leonard'; 'All My Yesterdays'; Maggie Smith

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:00am

Joe R. Lansdale worked as a janitor before finding success as a writer. Kevin Whitehead reviews a two-CD set featuring Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Maggie Smith discusses the pressures of acting.

Comedian Ben Bailey Smith Weaves Rapping Into Children's Book

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 6:52am

What does rapping have in common with a good children's book? A lively beat and rhyme. Rapper, comedian and actor, Ben Bailey Smith speaks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about his book, "I Am Bear."

Placid Madonnas Please Antisocial Men Of Genius In 'Almanac'

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 5:00am

In A Doubter's Almanac, Ethan Canin tells the story of a book-smart man — "a topologist, who can map the world but not the heart."

A Writer-Engineer's Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:23am

Before her first book, Naomi Novik was a programmer who wrote Napoleonic-era fan fiction on the side. Then she had an idea: "What could make the Napoleonic wars more exciting? Dragons!"

In Animated, Oscar-Nominated Doc, A Man Turns His Brother In For Murder

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:07am

Last Day of Freedom uses more than 30,000 hand-drawn images to tell the story of Bill and Manny Babbitt. The film raises questions about trust, family, mental illness and the criminal justice system.

Written Behind Bars, This 1850s Memoir Links Prisons To Plantations

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 3:08pm

The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is the earliest known prison memoir by an African-American writer. Written by Austin Reed in the 1850s, it was discovered at an estate sale in 2009.

When Beef Is Off Limits, Beaver And Muskrat Make It To Lenten Menu

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:36pm

Medieval theologians used to distinguish between land vs. water creatures, not mammals vs. fish. That's good enough for some restaurants — and parishes — in places with large Catholic populations.

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