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The Meaning Of Meghan: 'Black' And 'Royal' No Longer An Oxymoron

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 9:00am

"Why do I have to choose? For people who are mixed-race, I think that this is really a big step forward. I'm so exited. I'm over the moon." Amal Fashanau, BBC reporter

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Two Towering Figures Collide On The World Stage In '1917'

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:00am

Arthur Herman's new book zooms in on Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, and the vast, conflicting historical forces they embodied — and which came to a head in the fateful year of 1917.

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For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:36pm

Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in a small town modeled after her own rural hometown. It centers on a biracial young boy confronting the South's racial legacy.

'The World Goes On,' With Tiny Moments Of Joy Amidst The Uncertainty

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 6:00am

Susan Sontag once called author László Krasznahorkai the "contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse," but his new book — while disturbing — isn't as hopeless as that might lead you to think.

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Bookseller's Foray Into Hollywood Is A Dickens Of A Tale

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:38pm

Mitch Kaplan runs Books & Books in Miami, and helped start the popular Miami Book Fair. Now, he's making movies based on books, like the new Charles Dickens biopic The Man Who Invented Christmas.

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Patton Oswalt: Falling In Love Again Was Like 'Getting Hit By Lightning Twice'

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:57pm

After the sudden death of his first wife in April 2016, Oswalt felt his life slipping away. But over the past year, things took a turn: He fell in love again and now he has a new Netflix special.

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'The Star' Brings Christianity To Hollywood In Animated, Nativity-Themed Film

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 4:46pm

A new children's film The Star tells the Christmas nativity story through the eyes of the animals involved. NPR's Michel Martin talks to producer DeVon Franklin.

The Call-In: Tension At The Holiday Dinner Table

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:57am

This week on The Call-In, NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with father and son Nicholas Creel senior and junior before and after their Thanksgiving feast about navigating tense political differences.

New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:57am

When Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with dementia, author Emily Kaiser Thelin set out to capture the chef's legacy, as well as her elaborate Mediterranean specialties, now featured in Unforgettable.

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'The Green Hand' Captures The Colorful Essence Of The Uncanny

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:00am

Previously, American comics fans would've been lucky to discover French artist Nicole Claveloux in old issues of Heavy Metal magazine. Now, her delightfully weird work has been compiled in a new book.

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Brush Up Your Shelley With 'Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years'

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 6:00am

Christopher Frayling's new celebration of Frankenstein is half art book, half scholarly study, tracing the famous monster's path from page to stage to screen, just in time for his 200th birthday.

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Even After 100 Years, People Are Still Reaching For The Moon(Pie)

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 5:58am

Though the marshmallow-chocolate-graham cracker treat began a century ago as a coal-miner's snack, it is still made by the same Chattanooga bakery and has since become a cultural icon of the South.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:31pm

Wainwright details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2017.

Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:07am

Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will toss almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone. Massimo Bottura helps us fight food waste by showing us how to turn leftovers into a world-class new meal.

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When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 6:56pm

The Larkspur Press in Kentucky is two years behind schedule, with no plans to catch up. Printer Gray Zeitz sets each letter of the book by hand and then prints on a press from the early 1900s.

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'Darkest Hour' Is A Grand, Ham-Fisted Showpiece For Gary Oldman's Churchill

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:34pm

Set during the early days of World War II, Darkest Hour chronicles the tense and tumultuous days following Winston Churchill's appointment as prime minister of England.

Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:34pm

As a kid, Fallon smiled even when he was in trouble: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much.' " Originally broadcast Oct. 12, 2017.

In Praise Of Difficult Mothers (And Their Difficult Daughters), Onscreen And Off

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:21pm

Two films now in theaters — The Tribes of Palos Verdes and Lady Bird — feature contentious mother-daughter relationships that inspired critic Ella Taylor to reflect on her own.

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As The Holiday Season Gets Started, A Look Back At Aprons And Their Stories

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 11:14am

For EllynAnne Geisel, aprons are a way to connect to past generations, often women, who once wore them. For years she has collected different designs and shared the joy they bring her with others.

(Image credit: Courtesy of EllynAnne Geisel)

'The End We Start From' Chronicles Motherhood In The Midst Of Crisis

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 3:44pm

Megan Hunter's new book follows a woman and her newborn who flee an epic flood. "What would it be like if there was an environmental crisis ... in London," she asks, "and where would people go?"

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