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In Mexico, The Crowd Loves To Hate Pro Wrestler Who Plays Trump Supporter

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:43pm

For Sam Polinsky, a Pittsburgh wrestler who performs as a loud Trump supporter, the enraged reaction his character elicits from Mexican audiences is exhilarating. He aspires to be Mexico's Hulk Hogan.

(Image credit: James Fredrick for NPR)

'Black Edge' Recounts The Biggest Insider-Trading Scandal In History

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22pm

Sheelah Kolhatkar discusses the investigation of billionaire hedge-fund trader Steven A. Cohen. She says the ways Wall Street elites accumulate wealth often negatively affect the rest of the country.

'Legion' Is A Fun, Fast-Paced TV Adaptation Of The Marvel Comic

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:22pm

Noah Hawley's FX new series centers on a man who doesn't yet realize he's a superhero. TV critic David Bianculli calls Legion an "impressive, unpredictable trip."

(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

It Was The Best Of Fries, It Was The Worst Of Fries: Charles Dickens, Food Scribe

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:33am

Charles Dickens, born Feb. 7, 1812, was likely inspired by his own hunger to write some of the finest descriptions of Victorian food and cooking that have ever been recorded in literature.

(Image credit: Alex Reynolds/NPR)

The World's Foremost Authority Has Died: Prof. Irwin Corey Was 102

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:18am

Who else could have appeared in the 1976 film Car Wash — and also accept a National Book Award on behalf of the reclusive Thomas Pynchon?

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Culture Clash, Survival And Hope In 'Pachinko'

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:00am

Min Jin Lee's sprawling family epic spans decades and two clashing cultures — Korea and Japan. It's honest, unadorned writing that acknowledges horror but ultimately carries a message of hope.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

In 'Universal Harvester,' Mountain Goats Lyricist Reaps A Creepy Crop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:05am

John Darnielle used some tricks of the horror trade to write his latest novel, which is set in 1990s Iowa and involves some cornfields. What's scary about cornfields? Mostly, the unknown.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

If America's No.1, Who's No. 2? European Nations Compete For The, Uh, Honor

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:15pm

"We totally understand it's going to be America First," a Dutch show said two weeks ago. "But can we just say The Netherlands Second?" Now they've got competition, as other countries join the fray.

(Image credit: zondag met lubach/Screenshot by NPR)

1 Character, 4 Different Lives In Paul Auster's '4 3 2 1'

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:30pm

One character, four different lives. That's the idea behind Paul Auster's new novel, 4 3 2 1. From the day Archie Ferguson is born in 1947, he follows four separate fictional paths. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Auster about the book.

'Glass House' Chronicles The Sharp Decline Of An All-American Factory Town

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Once a bustling town, Lancaster, Ohio, is now beset by unemployment, low wages and drug abuse. Brian Alexander chronicles the rise and fall of his hometown in his new book, Glass House.

(Image credit: Shelly Metcalf)

Remembering Bharati Mukherjee, An Indian-Born American Writer

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 1:35pm

Mukherjee, who died Saturday in Manhattan, grew up in India, Switzerland and England. Her work explores the thoughts and experiences of immigrants from many countries. Originally broadcast in 2002.

Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:26am

Super Bowl LI, won by the New England Patriots with a huge fourth-quarter push, also featured a high-flying halftime show from Lady Gaga, who mixed traditional Americana with doing her own thing.

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'Pachinko' Is A Family Saga Of Exile, Discrimination ... And Japanese Pinball

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:40am

The multi-billion dollar pinball industry is dominated by Korean Japanese, an immigrant community that has been ill-treated for generations. Author Min Jin Lee explores that history in a new novel.

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Documentary Focuses On 'Voicelessness And Helplessness' Of Solitary Confinement

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 5:42pm

Filmmaker Kristi Jacobson talks about her new documentary Solitary, an in depth look at life as a prisoner in solitary confinement at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia.

At New York Fashion Week, Ungendered Clothes Make Appearance On Runway

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 5:42pm

Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan discusses ungendered fashion and other trends she's seeing at New York Fashion Week.

Did I Get James Baldwin Wrong?

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 5:04pm

The new film I Am Not Your Negro paints a picture of the prophetic writer's racial outlook that challenges the feeling of hope I once found in his words.

(Image credit: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

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