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'The Throwback Special' Tackles Middle-Age Manhood

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

Rachel Martin speaks with Chris Bachelder. His novel tells the story of a group of friends who gather each year to re-enact the gruesome injury sustain by quarterback Joe Theisman.

Seeking Adventure And Gold? Crack This Poem And Head Outdoors

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

An eccentric millionaire from Santa Fe hid a chest full of gold and precious gems in the Rocky Mountains six years ago. Today, thousands of treasure hunters are obsessed with finding it.

Tilting Toward Fun: A Museum For Pinball Wizards To Come And Play

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

The Museum of Pinball in California has more than 600 machines and only opens a few times a year. It attracts those who are nostalgic, and those who long for a game not contained within a screen.

No Paper Tiger, This 'Menagerie' Is Full Of Fierce Feeling

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:00am

Ken Liu's new The Paper Menagerie, collects fifteen of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning stories. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "stupendously good work" that strikes chords profound enough to hurt.

'Zimerican' Playwright Danai Gurira Brings African Stories To American Stages

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 4:00pm

You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she's also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York.

Not My Job: 'You Raise Me Up' Star Josh Groban Gets Quizzed On Elevators

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 11:28am

Groban had a big hit with the song "You Raise Me Up" so we've invited him to play a game called "You Bring Me Down" — three questions about elevators and escalators.

Author Interview: Annie Dillard, Author of 'The Abundance'

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:59am

NPR's Melissa Block asks Annie Dillard about the celebrated author's "masculine mind," her decision to write less, and her baseball skills. Dillard's new collection of essays is called The Abundance.

'I Ate A Lot Of Apples': Tracy Chevalier On Writing Her 'Orchard' Novel

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

The author's latest book, At the Edge of the Orchard, follows a pioneer family growing apple trees in Ohio. Chevalier says she got the idea after hearing the real story of Johnny Appleseed.

Afghanistan Show Aims To Fix City Problems

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

"Cleaning Your City" is a radio show in Afghanistan where the hosts field complaints from citizens, and call people in power to fix the problems. NPR's Melissa Block talks to co-host Massood Sanjer.

Bravery Among The Ruins In 'Noonday'

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 6:00am

Pat Barker's latest novel completes the trilogy she began with Life Class. Her first foray into the World War II era is rich with evocative language, though it occasionally verges on soap opera.

Feds Recover Stolen Indian Antiquities From Major New York Auction House

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:34pm

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations seized two ancient sandstone statues just days before they were scheduled to go to auction.

Longtime Brooklyn Bartender Who Inspired 'Sunny's Nights' Has Died

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 4:39pm

Sunny Balzano was the genial and eccentric proprietor of a beloved bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He died Thursday at 81, just weeks after the publication of a new book about his life and times.

Canine Or Cuisine? This Photo Meme Is Fetching

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 1:19pm

Chihuahua or muffin? Labradoodle or fried chicken? These are the gnawing questions raised by the latest food images dogging the Internet. So we bit.

Gastronomy Of Genius: History's Great Minds, And The Foods that Fueled Them

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:33pm

From Pythagoras to Balzac, Darwin to Marie Curie, many a genius was inspired by certain edibles, repulsed by others — or had some very peculiar dining habits.

Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.

Meet 'Marguerite,' A Tone-Deaf Opera Singer Who's Determined To Perform

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 9:00am

Socialite Marguerite has no idea how bad she is — servants, friends and even other opera singers are too polite to tell her. Critic Bob Mondello says her story is both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hamilton,' Kanye And 'Gilmore Girls'

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:49am

With the panel on pause this week, we bring you three great conversations about theater, music and TV.

Tales Of Sex, Corruption And 'Peacekeeping' In A Fictional Haiti

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:00am

Mischa Berlinski's novel is about a failed Florida policeman trying to make a new life in Haiti. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book explores "the gray middles of everything."

Do You Sacrifice One For Many? Mirren's Latest Film Has No Easy Answers

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:58am

In her new film Eye in the Sky, Helen Mirren plays a colonel overseeing a secret drone operation in Kenya. Mirren and director Gavin Hood say the audience is the jury in this courtroom drama of sorts.

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