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Dutch King Reveals Secret Life As Part-Time Pilot On KLM Airline

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:36am

For more than two decades, King Willem-Alexander has regularly served as a co-pilot on commercial flights. He is rarely recognized, he told De Telegraaf newspaper.

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An American Abroad Searches For Self In 'Florence In Ecstasy'

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:30am

Jessie Chaffee's novel about a troubled young American woman in Florence is beautiful and exhausting; stick with it, and you'll find a thoughtful reexamination of a classic trope, the American abroad.

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Josh Groban Leaves Big Shoes To Fill In The Tony-Nominated 'Great Comet'

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:56am

For his role as Pierre, Groban had to be able to play the accordion while navigating multiple sets of stairs. His replacement, Okieriete Onaodowan, has about two months to master the instrument.

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TV Networks Unveil Fall Seasons At 2017 Upfronts

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:32pm

The upfronts are underway in New York. That's where networks show their fall season to advertisers to drum up business. NPR looks at what's coming and what's cancelled.

'The Color Of Law' Details How U.S. Housing Policies Created Segregation

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.

Food To Cure What Ails You: When Cookbooks Treated Meals As Medicine

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 7:00am

At the turn of the 20th century, when access to professional care was spotty, many cookbooks served up recipes for the sick — some (brandy) more appealing than others (toast water).

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It's The Nuggets That Shine In 'The Golden Cockerel'

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 6:00am

The title piece in Mexican master Juan Rulfo's The Golden Cockerel is a good story with a simple point: Life is short and then you die. It's the sketches and fragments that come after that amaze.

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A Lesser-Known Venus Visits The U.S. In New Botticelli Exhibit

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:30pm

Botticelli's most famous Renaissance painting shows the goddess Venus, standing nude on a clam shell. Now, an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts shows other works, seldom seen outside of Italy.

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After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:11pm

For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she's determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is Becoming Ms. Burton.

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In 'Bad Dreams,' Tessa Hadley Serves Up Satisfying Short Stories

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:00am

There are plenty of story collections out now to start your summer with, but Tessa Hadley tops the pile with Bad Dreams, ten richly complex tales of characters pushing the boundaries of their lives.

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In 'Lola's Story,' A Journalist Reveals A Family Secret

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:59am

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon died suddenly at 57 soon after he finished his story about Lola, writing "I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized she was my family's slave."

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Imagine What It Was Like To Sit Down At Simone De Beauvoir's Desk

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:55am

"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman," wrote the pioneering French feminist. The National Museum of Women in the Arts invites visitors to explore a replica of her cozy, cluttered workspace.

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Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 5:02pm

Unaccustomed to being targets, they are organizing and marshalling resources after one fateful killing.

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Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur: Legends Of The Sword' Flops At The Box Office

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:34pm

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword had a dismal opening weekend at the box office. Even director Guy Ritchie couldn't save this story.

The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:31pm

Paul Steinbeck's new book chronicles the antics, both on and off stage, of the storied jazz ensemble. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Message to Our Folks celebrates the band's success on their own terms.

'Fargo' Is A Series About The 'Things People Do For Money'

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:31pm

Noah Hawley says his FX series, now in its third season, explores the central premise of the Coen Brothers' iconic 1996 film. Hawley is also the creator of the FX series Legion.

Soul Queen Of New Orleans Has Been Performing On Mother's Day For 35 Years

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 4:56pm

In a New Orleans tradition dating back almost 35 years, soul singer Irma Thomas takes the stage at the Audubon Zoo to perform a special concert for fans on Mother's Day.

'The Captain Class' Defines The Greatest Sports Teams Ever Based On One Character

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 4:56pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Sam Walker about his book The Captain Class, which takes a look at the common qualities of elite athlete team leaders, and how they create winning teams.

Amandla Stenberg 'Infiltrates' Teen Romance World In 'Everything, Everything'

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 4:56pm

Amandla Stenberg stars in Everything, Everything as teenage girl who is forbidden to leave her home due to a rare illness. Stenberg talks about this role and her activism with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.

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Smithsonian Solves 150-Year-Old Mystery Death Of Collector And Puts Bones On Display

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 4:56pm

Explorer Robert Kennicott disappeared one day in 1866. For more than a century, the cause of his death has been a mystery — but the Smithsonian has solved it.

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