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All Over The World, Thirsty Muslims Have Their Ramadan Go-To Drinks

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:22am

After a long day of fasting, especially in summer, thirst can be stronger than hunger. The drinks of choice are usually sweet and fruity, but each country puts its own spin on a refreshing beverage.

(Image credit: Amy E. Robertson for NPR)

'Racial Impostor Syndrome': Here Are Your Stories

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:21am

We got more than 100 letters from our listeners about how y'all feel like fakes. Here are some of our favorites.

(Image credit: Kristen Uroda for NPR)

'The Alice Network' Is A Crackling Tale Of Spies And Suspense

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 6:00am

Set in 1947, Kate Quinn's novel follows two indomitable women, a math whiz and a retired spy, in a truly fabulous car as they pursue a quest through war-torn Europe in search of a missing relative.

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'Better Call Saul' Actor Giancarlo Esposito On The Making Of An Iconic Villain

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:57pm

Six years after the demise of his Breaking Bad character, Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring. He says the current role allows him to take the character "back in time."

(Image credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures)

'Opening Wednesday' Dusts Off Some Overlooked Cinematic Treasures

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 9:00am

Charles Taylor's new book collects his writings about cult classics of the 1970s — films like Two-Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point and Foxy Brown — and what they say about the culture of that era.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

H.P. Lovecraft's Monster Is Wrapping Family Game Night Up In Tentacles

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 7:01am

A century after the horror writer created Cthulhu, board game creators and players have resurrected the deep sea monster and brought it into pop culture. Why is this beast making a comeback?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Petersen Games)

'Stephen Florida' Goes To The Mat — And Wins

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:00am

Gabe Habash's audacious coming-of-age novel follows a charismatic, troubled, sometimes repellent college wrestler who comes close to the edge of madness after an injury derails his final season.

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'Called To Rise': Dallas Police Chief On Overcoming Racial Division

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 6:28pm

Last year, Dallas Police Chief David Brown was the face of leadership after a gunman killed five police officers during a protest. He has since retired from the force and wrote a book about his life.

(Image credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Polar Photographer Shares His View Of A Ferocious But Fragile Ecosystem

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:59pm

Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic and the Antarctic. "I want people to realize that ice is like the soil in the garden," he says. "Without ice the polar regions cannot exist."

(Image credit: Paul Nicklen Gallery)

'Would Everybody Please Stop' Is Serious, Funny And Seriously Funny

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:09am

Jenny Allen's new essay collection is sarcastic, funny and astute, finding humor in everything from her battle with cancer to the indignities of aging to her many, many linguistic pet peeves.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

The Big Picture: How Food Photos Have Told Our Story Over The Decades

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 7:00am

The new book Feast for the Eyes is a collection of images that portray the many ways we relate to food: as advertisements, art and even political statements.

(Image credit: Chris Maggio)

Why East Africa Is Hooked On Telenovelas

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:38pm

Both Latin American and homegrown telenovelas are booming in East Africa. It's a trend that reveals kinship between long-suffering countries an ocean apart.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Lies That Bind)

'Wonder Woman' Smashes Domestic Box Office Record For Female Directors

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 2:05pm

As the first woman to direct a big-budget superhero movie, Patty Jenkins says she felt extra pressure to succeed. Her movie grossed more than $100 million in its opening weekend.

(Image credit: Clay Enos/Warner Bros and DC Comics)

50 Years Later, 'Loving' Revisits The Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:17pm

Author Sheryll Cashin's talks about the Loving v. Virginia ruling, which overturned state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Cashin grew up the child of civil rights activists in Huntsville, Ala.

John Grisham On His Latest Heist Novel, 'Camino Island'

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 7:01am

John Grisham's latest book isn't just beach reading; it's set in a beach town. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks the best-selling author about his new thriller, "Camino Island."

Alan Alda's Experiment: Helping Scientists Learn To Talk To The Rest Of Us

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 7:01am

The actor's new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, is all about communication — and miscommunication — between doctors, scientists and civilians.

(Image credit: Carlo Allegri/AP)

'Theft By Finding' Is As Mesmerizing As A Spinning Chicken (Trust Us)

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 6:00am

David Sedaris is great company in this new collected volume of his diaries. He buries emotions deep, but describes the world around him (and his love for IHOP) in chaotic and delightful fashion.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

Wonder Woman Shows Girls That Men Aren't The Only Superheros Who Rescue People

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:26pm

The original Wonder Woman film takes place during WWI, but Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, says the Princess of the Amazons has also been fighting a "war" off-screen.

Feminist Films Push Boundaries In India

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:26pm

Bollywood tends to portray women as sex objects or subservient sidekicks to male leads. But a few female directors of independent films have begun depicting women with complex or unconventional lives.

(Image credit: Julie McCarthy/NPR)

Enormous Rubber Duck In Canada Is Counterfeit, Artist Alleges

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 12:10pm

A Dutch artist says Ontario should be using his giant duck instead of a similar johnny-come-lately giant duck. But the skirmish raises bigger questions about copycats and public art.

(Image credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

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