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Some Directions with George Takei

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

VIP George Takei has such a smooth, deep voice, anything he says goes down like a fine whiskey.

Teenage Theme

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

In a tribute to the Katy Perry song, we ask contestants to channel their inner teen and guess the less romantic teenage things we're singing about.

This, That Or The Other

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

Is Holiday in the Sun an Agatha Christie novel or a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie? Those are the categories in this installment of "This, That or the Other."

Creature Feature

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

In this adorable rhyming game, each answer is two words: an animal, and a word that rhymes with that animal.

National Park Service Launches Search For Next Ansel Adams

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

The National Park Service is hiring a full-time photographer to document the country's natural landscapes. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Rich O'Connor of the National Park Service photography program about the position, which some are comparing to the job held by Ansel Adams in the 1940s.

Streaming Services Shake-Up Market At Sundance Film Festival

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Video streaming services like Amazon and Netflix are adding a new dimension to the Sundance Film Festival. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Tatiana Siegel, senior film writer for the Hollywood Reporter, about the competition with traditional movie studios for distribution rights to some of the festival's most anticipated films.

Strange Lives Unfold In Dreamy, Atmospheric 'Sleep Garden'

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:00am

Jim Krusoe's new novel is hard to summarize. It's about the odd inhabitants of an odd, bunker-like apartment building — but also about life, death, and the importance of stories.

Forgotten Beatrix Potter Tale Of 'Kitty-In-Boots' To Be Published

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:07pm

Peter Rabbit — older and stouter — returns this fall in a newly published Beatrix Potter story, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. It was probably written just before World War I and then abandoned.

Actor Abe Vigoda Of 'The Godfather,' 'Barney Miller,' Has Died

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

Abe Vigoda, the distinctive looking character actor and inspiration for dozens of Internet hoaxes, has died. Vigoda was known for his work in The Godfather and the television series Barney Miller.

Young Theater Fans Find Their Tribe At The First Ever BroadwayCon

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

For one 14-year-old fan, BroadwayCon was a chance to meet people who understand her theater obsession. "We can share what we love," she says.

100 Years Later, Beatrix Potter's Tale Of A Fanciful Feline To Be Published

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 2:18pm

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is set for release in September. It features a favorite Potter character — Peter Rabbit — "albeit older, slower and portlier."

'Portable Veblen' Puts A Quirky Spin On Marriage And Family

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:56pm

Elizabeth McKenzie's new novel about the pitfalls of approaching marriage is a sharply written romantic comedy with elements of experimental fiction. Maureen Corrigan calls it "totally endearing."

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:22pm

Science writer Jo Marchant says that the mind can play an important role in dealing with a variety of health concerns, including pain, heart disease and depression. Marchant's new book is Cure.

'Lolita' And Lollipops: What Nabokov Had To Say About Nosh

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:12am

Vladimir Nabokov was an indifferent eater, but his writing made sumptuous use of food. Fans will enjoy unearthing links between his fiction and private life in a new collection of letters to his wife.

'All The Birds' Overturns Sci-Fi And Fantasy, Gently

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 6:00am

Charlie Jane Anders' debut novel follows a girl with magical powers and a technically brilliant boy, uneasy friends since childhood, who get caught up in an apocalyptic war between science and magic.

Harvey Weinstein Promises His 'War And Peace' Miniseries Isn't Homework

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:10pm

Weinstein's new miniseries is an updated retelling of Leo Tolstoy's Russian classic. Nevermind the daunting page-count — "It's got honest to god great action, great sex, great love story," he says.

Encore: Films To Beat A Bone-Chilling Blizzard

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:13pm

As the mid-Atlantic region recovers from a blizzard, these films will transport you to warmer, steamier and sandier locales. This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2015 on All Things Considered.

The Mystery Of The Listeria That Lurked In Bags Of Dole Salad

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:13pm

Foodborne illness investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies have identified the source of a Listeria outbreak that sickened 12 people and led to one death.

PEN American Center Awards Free-Speech Prize To J.K. Rowling

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:46pm

The PEN/Allen award is given annually to big-name authors who embody the organization's mission "to oppose repression in any form." Rowling is a frequent target — and vocal opponent — of censorship.

Deconstructing Gov. Chris Christie's 'Bridge To Redemption'

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:45pm

Journalist Matt Katz discusses Christie's rise to power in New Jersey, the "Bridgegate" scandal and his performance in the '16 Republican presidential primary. Katz is the author of American Governor.




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