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Eli Saslow Traces A 'Straight Line' From White Nationalism To The Synagogue Shooter

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 2:26pm

"In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy," the journalist says of the suspect in the Pittsburgh shooting Saturday.

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Hasan Minhaj Breaks Through Dunk Fatigue With 'Patriot Act'

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 4:00am

The comic has a new news and current events comedy show on Netflix. There's no desk, no interviewing and no taped segments. There's just a guy off to a very good start.

(Image credit: Cara Howe//Netflix)

Inside The Ever-Expanding Wizarding World: Harry Potter At 20

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 7:17am

It's hard to remember a world before Harry Potter. But it's been 20 years since readers in the U.S. were first introduced to the boy wizard, whose story has captivated audiences since.

(Image credit: Mary GrandPré/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Corporate Archive)

Feathered Friends Large And Small Flock On Cornell's 'Wall Of Birds'

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 7:17am

Artist Jane Kim was nicknamed "Michaelangela" for her work on Cornell's massive Wall of Birds mural — 40 feet high and 100 feet wide, capturing 375 million years of avian evolution in paint.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Ink Dwell)

'Little' Considers Power, Personhood, And Wax Artistry

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 6:00am

Edward Carey's new novel is about the life of wax museum pioneer Madame Tussaud — but it's also about the French Revolution, about humans, bodies, art and loneliness, and it's deeply, painfully sad.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)

Not My Job: We Quiz Robert Siegel On Seagulls, Nina Totenberg On Tote Bags

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 9:54am

This week, in honor of Wait Wait's 20th birthday, we will subject two public radio legends to terrible puns about their own names.

(Image credit: © Rob Grabowski)

The Times Bodies Rested In Pieces, Or Not At All

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 7:13am

In anticipation of Halloween, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer A.J. Jacobs about instances throughout history of people who just couldn't stay dead.

Bob Cousy, 90, Still Rues The Assists He Didn't Make To Bill Russell

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 7:13am

The great Boston Celtics point guard and his fellow Hall of Fame center won six NBA titles together — in the shadow of widespread racism. Gary Pomerantz documents that history in The Last Pass.

(Image credit: NBA Photos/NBAE/Getty Images)

In 'Red Moon,' Too Much Information Eclipses The Story

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 6:00am

Kim Stanley Robinson's new book kicks off with a murder on the moon — which sounds exciting, but Red Moon spends too much time wandering off on digressions about science, technology and politics.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)

'Suspiria': A Cult-Horror Remake Dances To A Confusing Beat

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 2:22pm

Director Luca Guadagnino follows up last year's Call Me By Your Name with a "punishing" and "confounding" remake of Dario Argento's beloved horror film about a dance troupe of witches.

(Image credit: Alessio Bolzoni/Amazon Studios)

Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:28pm

"It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis, author of Lou Reed: A Life, told Fresh Air in 2017. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game."

Twitter Star Jonny Sun Draws 'Positive, Hopeful Things' Into Being

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 5:00am

The comedian and illustrator joined forces with Lin-Manuel Miranda for Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You. Sun says he filled the book's 100+ drawings with peace and quiet optimism.

(Image credit: Christopher Sun /Courtesy of Kovert Creative)

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Kirkus Prizes

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 6:06pm

Ling Ma's debut, Severance, won for fiction. Crown earned Derrick Barnes and Gordon James the young readers' prize. And Rebecca Solnit's essays, Call Them by Their True Names, won nonfiction laurels.

(Image credit: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Agate Bolden; Haymarket Books)

The Remarkable Photos Of Lynsey Addario

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:31pm

The award-winning photographer tells the stories behind the profoundly moving images in her new book, Of Love & War — and confesses that she still gets nervous before a new assignment.

(Image credit: Lynsey Addario)

Documentary Unearths America's Rural Roots: 'Monrovia, Indiana'

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:01pm

Documentarian Frederick Wiseman aims his camera at the daily rhythms of life in and around a small town — and holds his focus long enough to find something beyond media stereotypes.

(Image credit: Zipporah Films)

Swedish Film Cleverly Blurs The 'Border' Between Reality And Folklore

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:00pm

Tina (Eva Melander), a Swedish customs official, can smell when someone's lying. When she meets a stranger (Eero Milonoff) who knows more about her than he's saying, she sets out to find answers.

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In Lee Chang-dong's Dreamlike 'Burning,' Dread Is A Fire That Burns Slow And Cold

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:00pm

Director/co-writer Lee Chang-dong adapts a haunting Murakami short story about a young man drawn into the lives of a woman, her cat and a handsome, mysterious stranger.

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In The Documentary-Like 'Life & Nothing More,' A Family Struggles To Get By

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:00pm

Director Antonio Mendez Esparza brings a static, theatrical approach to this story of a black single mother and the teenage son who attempts to shoulder his absent father's responsibilities.

(Image credit: California Film Institute )

New, Magnificently Obsessive 'Suspiria' Is More Rebirth Than Remake

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:10pm

Luca Guadagnino's version of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic departs from the original in every way imaginable. Critic Justin Chang says the 2018 Suspiria showcases an "astounding level of craft."

Corruption, Scandal And The Multi-Billion Dollar Business Of College Basketball

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:10pm

Writer Michael Sokolove explains how college basketball programs manipulate young athletes for the benefit — and profit — of adults. His new book is The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.

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