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Let's Lie To Celebrities: Questions For The New 'To Tell The Truth'

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 9:33am

To prepare for tonight's return of game show To Tell the Truth, we look back at what made the classic version so memorable, and ask if it's even possible to recapture its magic today.

Temeraire And Laurence, At Peace At Last In 'League Of Dragons'

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 6:00am

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine travels back to the era of the Napoleonic Wars for a look at Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which wraps up this week with the release of League of Dragons.

Regina King Reigns In Hollywood

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 4:04am

Actor Regina King has successfully navigated working both in front of and behind the camera. She's won an Emmy for her television work, and she's in demand as a director on shows like Animal Kingdom.

A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:54pm

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.

Aliens Attack And Congress Goes Extreme In CBS' Political Satire 'BrainDead'

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:02pm

The creators of The Good Wife mix comedy, politics and science fiction in their new summer series. TV critic David Bianculli says BrainDead is bizarre, fun and full of "intriguing little elements."

Celery: Why?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:36am

Considering humans' millennia-long struggle with famine, it's surprising anyone spent time or resources cultivating low-calorie celery. But the vegetable's original use had nothing to do with food.

On A Dark Day, The Tonys Double Down On Joy — And Pride

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 9:05am

The shadow of a mass shooting in Orlando cast a pall over the 70th Annual Tony Awards broadcast, but host James Corden offered a spirited paean to "every Broadway would-be."

Summer TV Preview: Which Shows Are Worth Staying Indoors?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:41am

A rush of new shows are coming to network, cable and streaming channels in June. We'll tell you what's worth tuning in to (or at least setting the DVR for) and when you should just go outside.

Tony Awards Honors Florida Victims; Hamilton Wins 11 Categories

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 11:47pm

The 70th Tony Awards ceremony was dedicated to people affected by Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

In Debut Thriller Novel, Iain Reid Delivers Shivers Without Reader Knowing Why

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing. Host Linda Wertheimer talks with the author.

'Rich And Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam Captures Lives Very Different From His Own

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

The new novel "Rich and Pretty" follows two women who find themselves at a crossroad. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to author Rumaan Alam about writing characters that are nothing like oneself.

May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

Winners for the 70th Annual Tony Awards are announced Sunday night. Every year, NPR's Jeff Lunden talks to some of the hardworking people in the theater biz who aren't eligible for Tony nominations.

Yes, All Men (And Everyone Else) Need To Read 'Sex Object'

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:00am

Jessica Valenti's powerful new memoir examines the toll sexism takes on women's lives. Sex Object doesn't offer solutions; instead, it bears witness to the daily grind of harassment and hatred.

Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

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