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Rachel Bloom Upends Romantic Comedy Tropes On 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:41pm

Bloom talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about the CW musical comedy series, now in its second season, that she co-created and stars in. Bloom plays a woman who follows an ex across the country.

How Mormon Polygamy In The 19th Century Fueled Women's Activism

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:41pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, "plural marriages" were empowering in complicated ways.

Rest Your Greatness: Six Key Moments With DJ Khaled

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:15am

NPR's David Greene recently spoke with producer-musician-Snapchatter DJ Khaled about his jet ski adventure, his love of pillows, and all the things "they" don't want you to know.

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'Transit' Is A Journey You Won't Want To End

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 6:00am

Rachel Cusk's latest — the second in a trilogy that began with Outline — follows a writer unmoored by the breakup of her marriage, and the people she meets as she goes about her strange new life.

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'The New Odyssey' Allows Migrants Stories To Humanize The Crisis

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 5:05pm

The Guardian's Migration Correspondent Patrick Kingsley's book The New Odyssey follows several migrants on their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa to Europe.

A Wanderluster And A Wandering Eye

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:15am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts consider if it's worth it to have a short relationship away from home.

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After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:04am

After struggling to remain relevant amid public concern for animal welfare, coupled with high production costs, "The Greatest Show On Earth" will come to an end in May, the company announced Saturday.

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For This Relationship, It's Judgment Day

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:04pm

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts consider if it's OK to judge a man after he confessed to cheating in the past.

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Jennifer Holliday Won't Be Performing At Trump Inauguration Event After All

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 2:54pm

The Broadway singer had accepted an invitation to sing at a welcome event for Donald Trump as a "bi-partisan songbird." By Saturday, she backed out of that decision, "calling it a lapse of judgement."

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Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

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A Century-Old Poet Looks Back — And Fearlessly Forward — In 'Purgatory'

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 7:02am

Henry Morgenthau III had a long and eventful life even before he started writing poetry in his 90s. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first poetry collection, called A Sunday in Purgatory.

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In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 6:00am

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.

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For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:59am

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.

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William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:20pm

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.

Sky Arts Pulls Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths" Featuring Joseph Fiennes

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:30pm

An episode of the Sky Arts show Urban Myths, featuring Joseph Fiennes playing the role of Michael Jackson, will no longer be broadcast.

Last Call: Send Us Your Commercials For 'Nicer Living' Project

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:30pm

It's the last call for our commercials for Nicer Living. It's an update of a project NPR's Susan Stamberg ran 45 years ago, where listeners wrote commercials for the little joys that make life better.

The Man Behind Lemony Snicket Talks About Writing For Kids And His Childhood Fears

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:21pm

Lemony Snicket, AKA Daniel Handler, wrote the children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler spoke to Terry Gross in 2001 and in 2012, when he brought his accordion to the studio.

'Series Of Unfortunate Events' On Netflix Will Charm And Delight

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

Daniel Handler has adapted his popular children's book series for Netflix. Critic David Bianculli says A Series Of Unfortunate Events is "one of the best new TV shows in a long time."

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Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:15pm

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.

The Ethics Of Judges' Table: A 'Top Chef' Quandary

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:58am

Ethics show up in the strangest places. Thursday night, Top Chef took a trip into a very gray area of competition.

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