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Author Unravels Her Spy Dad's Life, One Secret Mission At A Time

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:28pm

Keggie Carew grew up with her father's stories of parachuting into the jungle and working as a spy in Burma. She wasn't sure how much to believe until she started researching her new book, Dadland.

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On Italy's Feminist Holiday, Women Have Their Cake And Eat It, Too

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:12pm

Leave it to the Italians to take a holiday steeped in women's rights and turn it into Festa Della Donna, when women leave menfolk behind to celebrate each other with flowers, wine and above all, cake.

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From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:00pm

"All of us who are writers are doing something that actually matters," Hamid says. His latest novel, Exit West, follows a couple who have to decide whether to flee their homeland.

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Fred Weintraub, Founder Of The Bitter End And 'Enter The Dragon' Producer, Dies At 88

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:04pm

As an impresario and producer, Weintraub fueled the careers of scores of important performers across music, comedy and film — from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen to Bruce Lee. He died Sunday at age 88.

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'All Grown Up' Is The Picture Of Someone Who Isn't (And A Voice That's Nothing New)

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 6:00am

Jamie Attenberg's newest novel follows a woman living her life unapologetically, and on her own terms. But that kind of life can is not necessarily a good one.

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How Do Americans Feel About The Courts? Let Hollywood Be The Judge

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:44pm

With all the recent talk about politics and the judiciary, NPR's Bob Mondello has been thinking about how judges are depicted on screen. He takes us on a tour from Duck Soup to Judgment at Nuremberg.

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Cold War Spy Series 'The Americans' Taps Into Today's Concerns About Russia

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:16pm

TV critic David Bianculli says the new season of the spy series about Soviet sleeper agents in Virginia has unexpected resonance given today's headlines: "The Americans deserves your attention now."

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Author Says Hitler Was 'Blitzed' On Cocaine And Opiates During The War

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:03pm

Author Norman Ohler says that Hitler's drug abuse increased "significantly" from the fall of 1941 until winter of 1944: "Hitler needed those highs to substitute [for] his natural charisma."

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Rebuilding A Father's Life — But Tearing Down His Myths — In 'Dadland'

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 6:00am

Keggie Carew's father was a genuine war hero, but he was on shakier ground close to home. And after he began to suffer from dementia, Carew set out to reconstruct — and demythologize — his life.

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'On Tyranny' Explores New Threats Facing American Political System

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with historian Timothy Snyder about his new book, On Tyranny, which explores the new threats faced by our political order and how we can look back to the 20th century for lessons on how to overcome them.

I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It, But She Didn't. What Do I Do?

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 9:00am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who thinks she's a lesbian but is married to a man.

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From Mom Jokes To Trump-Era Racism, Cristela Alonzo Aims To Skewer Latino Stereotypes

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 7:09am

The star of the new Netflix special Lower Classy talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how she writes her Mexican-American identity into comedy, along with stories from her childhood on the border.

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A Middle-Aged Coming Of Age In 'All Grown Up'

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 7:03am

Novelist Jami Attenberg tells the story of Andrea Bern — a failed artist who, as she turns 40, is seeking a path to personal and professional happiness.

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'The Wrong Dead Guy' Lives And Dies By Its Comedic Timing

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 6:00am

Charlie "Coop" Cooper is back for another action packed, kooky adventure — complete with dirty jokes, an octopus robot, and an overuse of dialogue — in Richard Kadrey's newest novel.

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'Time: The Kalief Browder Story' Depicts Issues With Solitary Confinement

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 5:54pm

Director Jenner Furst talks about his new documentary miniseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, on Spike TV. Browder served three years in Riker's Island jail after being accused of stealing.

Gary Lucas Uses Film Music 'To Shed Light On Obscure Corners Of Culture'

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Gary Lucas, known for playing with the late Captain Beefheart and as the late Jeff Buckley's songwriting partner, built reputation with film music. His latest is for an early Orson Welles comedy.

Míriam Colón, Puerto Rican Actress And Theater Pioneer, Dies At 80

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:36am

Since coming to the U.S., Colón acted in over 90 films, imbuing her often secondary roles with soul. Behind the scenes, as a theater producer, she also blazed a path for other Latino actors to follow.

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Not My Job: Jordan Peele Gets Quizzed On The Teletubbies

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:06am

The children's TV show marks its 20th anniversary this month. We'll see how much the creator of Get Out knows about Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.

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A Green Beret Sits For A Portrait By His Former Commander In Chief

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

After leaving office, President George W. Bush picked up painting — first fruit, then pets, then people. His book Portraits of Courage features paintings of more than 60 American service members.

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After 'Green Room' and 'Blue Ruin,' The Brothers Blair Keep Film Music In The Family

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

Composers Brooke and Will Blair got some notice last year for their music for the cult hit Green Room, starring their brother Macon. Now they're scoring his directorial debut.

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