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When 'Your Heart Is A Muscle,' Empathy Is A Revolutionary Act

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:54am

Writer Sunil Yapa says his father taught him to have a global perspective from a very young age. Yapa's new novel was inspired by explosive global trade protests that took place in Seattle in 1999.

Police Tell Driver Half A Windshield Clear Of Snow Isn't Enough

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 5:55pm

The vehicle was barely visible beneath a deep blanket of snow when a policeman apprehended the 80-year-old daredevil in Brussels, Ontario. He got a fine and help clearing the car off.

Creative Director Of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, Steps Down

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:23pm

The 74-year-old stylist will scale back her role, becoming creative director at-large. She entered the fashion industry as a model at 17, then found an influential niche at the magazine.

Nielsen To Use Facebook And Twitter In New Social TV Ratings

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

Nielsen, the ratings company, says it has a way to track what TV shows are trending on Twitter and Facebook, which will give producers and advertisers a better way to measure audiences. NPR explores what this adds to the growing effort to measure online audience.

Francisco Alarcon, Whose Poetry Explored Chicano Life In The U.S., Dies

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

Francisco Alarcon was an important Mexican-American poet who influenced generations of Chicano writers, including the current U.S. poet laureate. Alarcon died of cancer last week.

Today's Slaves Often Work For Enterprises That Destroy The Environment

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:22pm

Kevin Bales' book, Blood and Earth, explains why slavery in the world's lawless zones is essential to operate mines that pose a grave threat to the environment.

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:44am

Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan.

Slain Photographer Sought 'To Give Life To The Forgotten'

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:17am

One victim of last week's attack in Burkina Faso was 33-year-old French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui. She "always wanted to work on important human dignity stories," a friend says.

Slain Photographer Sought 'To Give Life To The Forgotten'

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:17am

One victim of last week's attack in Burkina Faso was 33-year-old French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui. She "always wanted to work on important human dignity stories," a friend says.

'Medusa's Web' Tangles The Occult And Old Hollywood

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:00am

Tim Powers — best known for his time-travel classic The Anubis Gates — mixes up the decades again in Medusa's Web, a tale of an eerie estate in Hollywood and a family unmoored in time.

'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 7:05pm

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.

'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:24pm

Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, says the Kochs didn't grow up in "the usual cozy, all-American family." Their parents were away much of the time and competition between the brothers was fierce.

Aztec Gold: Watch The History And Science Of Popcorn

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:11pm

Popcorn has been around at least 4,000 years. The Aztecs even had a word for the sound of kernels popping — totopoca. On National Popcorn Day, ponder the story of this beloved snack.

Childhood Resentments Mix With Tragedy In 'The Past'

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:30pm

Four adult siblings agree to spend one final summer vacation together in Tessa Hadley's new novel. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says The Past is "as disturbing as it is diverting."

From Candy To Juleps, Persians Left Imprint On Many Edible Delights

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:07pm

With sanctions lifting, Iran is open for trade again. You might not realize we've been consuming the fruits of trade with Persians for centuries — in the names used for many common foods.

'Academy Has A Problem,' David Oyelowo Says At MLK Event Honoring Academy President

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:00am

"I am an Academy member and it doesn't reflect me, and it doesn't reflect this nation," the actor said Monday, in a speech that cited black performers' prominent roles in successful films.

'The Portable Veblen' Goes Enjoyably Nuts

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 6:00am

Elizabeth McKenzie's novel inverts the traditional romantic comedy formula — for her odd, brainy lovers, the engagement is only the beginning of their troubles. And did we mention the squirrel?

The Real Woods Behind Winnie-The-Pooh's Forest

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 3:30pm

Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood is based on a real forest in the English countryside. NPR's Ari Shapiro visits Ashdown Forest with Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Amid Controversy, Scholastic Pulls Picture Book About Washington's Slave

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 1:29pm

The book tells the story of Hercules, a slave who President George Washington used as a chef. The book shows Hercules and his daughter happy and taking pride in making Washington a birthday cake.

When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: 'All I Could Do Was Weep'

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 8:00am

Regina Mason's great-great-great-grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was a runaway slave and the author of what is now considered to be the first fugitive slave narrative.

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