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'Carry On' Tells The Story Of Unlikely Bond Between 2 Athletes That Changed 3 Lives

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:21am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Lisa Fenn, the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family," and the two athletes Fenn profiled, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton.

Debut Novel Takes On The American Dream ... Racism, Recession And All

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:07am

Like the protagonists in her novel, Imbolo Mbue came to the U.S. from Cameroon. She says the recession "laid bare a lot about the way in which the American dream is not that accessible to everybody."

Hugo Nominee Nnedi Okorafor Breaks Down Her Sci-Fi Writing

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 4:16pm

Host Farai Chideya speaks with science-fiction writer and Hugo Award nominee Nnedi Okorafor about diversity in the genre.

In The Midst Of Future Calamity, A Different Kind Of Ark: The London Zoo

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

In Bill Broun's dystopian Night of the Animals, zoo-bound creatures ask the main character to let them out. "It's a kind of fulcrum between the old world and a kind of liberating cataclysm," he says.

In Singapore, First Street Food Vendor Earns Earns A Michelin Star

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

A Singapore chef is the first street vendor to earn a Michelin star. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Michelin Guides' International Director Michael Ellis about Chef Hin Meng's cheap culinary delights.

Glen Miller Hit, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Marks Its 75th Anniversary

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

On 8/21/41, the movie "Sun Valley Serenade" had its world premiere and featured the song, "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Playwright Murray Horwitz tells NPR's Scott Simon why the song became a monster hit.

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Veronica Roth

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

Veronica Roth is the best-selling author of "Divergent." For our "Next Chapter" series, she talks about a relationship that consumed her life and how she finally left it behind.

In 'Ghost Talkers,' The Spies Are Actual Spooks

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 6:00am

Mary Robinette Kowal's new book imagines a version of World War I where mediums serve in the British Army, and newly dead soldiers are vital sources of information about what's happening at the front.

Who Are The Duffer Brothers? 'Stranger Things' Creators On Netflix's Summer Hit

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Netflix's surprise summer TV hit, Stranger Things, is full of scares and 1980s nostalgia. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Matt and Ross Duffer, the relatively unknown brothers behind the show.

A Samurai's Son Makes Stop-Motion Magic With Music And Origami

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Kubo and the Two Strings is a sprawling new fantasy film from Laika animation studios. Filmmaker Travis Knight says it's all about merging brand new technology with age-old art and craft.

What Makes A Jam A Jam? Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Savory jams tap into a love affair with foods that marry salt and sugar. They let people eat local fruits and vegetables year-round and lower the sugar levels found in traditional jams.

'War Dogs' Puts A Satirical Spin On The Business Of War

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Todd Phillips' new comedy, which is loosely based on a true story, follows two 20-somethings from Miami who become international arms dealers. Critic John Powers calls War Dogs "jauntily enjoyable."

Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa," she says. Originally broadcast Feb. 5, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Get Down' And What's Coming In TV

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:38am

Brittany Luse and Kiana Fitzgerald join the roundtable for a chat about Netflix's The Get Down and what Linda Holmes learned at the annual Television Critics Association press tour.

Q&A: How Does The New 'Ben-Hur' Compare With Its Predecessor(s)?

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 6:00am

Critic Chris Klimek gets so excited about the various film versions of an epic set in the Roman Empire that he opens a Socratic dialogue with his editor. (Yes, Socrates was Greek, not Roman. We know.)

Amy Schumer Bares Her Soul In 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo'

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:38am

Schumer's new essay collection is revealing, packed with personal diary entries going back to her pre-teen years — and funny. But she doesn't shy away from difficult topics like her sexual assault.

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