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We Eat Tomatoes, Why Not Tornadoes? A New Kids' Book Clears Up The Confusion

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:53pm

Can I Eat That? by food critic Joshua David Stein gets young readers curious about their food. And it's fun for adults, too!

50 Shades Of Shakespeare: How The Bard Used Food As Racy Code

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:30pm

The eggplant and peach emoji are standard code for racy thoughts these days, but food has been used for sexual innuendo for centuries. Shakespeare was a pro. (Happy Shakespeare Week!)

A Thrilling TV Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Night Manager'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.

David Duchovny On Baseball And How 'X-Files' Made Him A Better Writer

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.

Tribeca Notebook: The Oddball's Journey

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:05am

Rachel Tunnard's first feature, Adult Life Skills, finds ways to expand on the familiar formula of the frustrated, frustrating misfit trying to grow up.

One Life Changes Forever On 'Mothering Sunday'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 6:00am

Graham Swift's slim, incantatory new novel centers around young Jane, a maid on a rural estate, and the day in 1924 that unexpectedly alters the trajectory of her life.

The Lonely Side Of James Brown

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:00am

When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown's legacy.

'It Takes A Lot Of Bravery To Be Kind,' Says Kids' Author Kate DiCamillo

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:58pm

DiCamillo says Raymie Nightingale, the 10-year-old protagonist at the heart of her latest novel, is a lot like she was as a child: "Very introverted, watching, worrying, wondering, but also hopeful.

How Social Media Smeared A Missing Student As A Terrorism Suspect

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:00pm

The documentary Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi explores what happened after a tweet misidentified a Brown University student as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

In Shakespeare's Plays, Mealtimes Were A Recipe For Drama

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:41pm

It's difficult to name a play in which Shakespeare doesn't cook up a bit of conflict around the table. The juiciest plot twists often happened when characters gathered for a meal.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Of Spirit And Bone

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:15pm

In this installment of All Things Considered's National Poetry Month series, we hear two poems from listeners — meditations on matter and soul — and a note from a teacher who's gotten involved, too.

#NPRpoetry Moment: The Watchful Dog, And A Falling Feather

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:15pm

All Things Considered has been inviting listeners to tweet their own poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Among them were two that caught our eye: one suspicious canine and a wisp of ancient myth.

You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:00am

Returning to a book you've read before can feel like getting a drink with an old friend. But even though the book's the same, you yourself may have changed — and that's what makes rereading so rich.

Richard Linklater Goes To College — 22 Years Later — In 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:27am

The director's new film follows a young baseball player through his first days of college; it's kind of an informal sequel to Linklater's 1993 last-days-of-high-school hit Dazed and Confused.

Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off, Flaunting More Than Movies

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:00am

The Tribeca Film festival starts this week and it's going to showcase a lot more than films.

3 Years After Boston Marathon Bombing, The Story Of A Wrongly Accused Student

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:00am

Brown University student Sunil Tripathi disappeared just before the Boston Marathon bombing, and was accused of being involved in the attack. A new documentary looks at the effects of the allegation.

What If 'Pride And Prejudice' Was Set In Cincinnati?

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:00am

In Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld's retelling of the classic, Mr. Bingley is a reality TV star and Jane Bennet is a yoga teacher.

This Is The Length Of Alex Trebek's Game Show Tenure — What Is 50 Years?

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 7:00am

The longtime Jeopardy! host got his start in 1966 on a show for Canadian high schoolers called Reach for the Top. Fifty years in, he says spending time with smart people is the best part of his job.

Horrors Pile Up Quietly In 'The Other Slavery'

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:18am

Andrés Reséndez' new book is a careful and scholarly examination of the enslavement of indigenous people in the Americas. It lays bare a shameful chapter of history, with a clear line to the present.

#NPRpoetry Moment: What Do Toddlers And Politicians Have In Common?

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:14pm

All Things Considered is celebrating National Poetry Month by inviting listeners to submit their poems on Twitter with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. This time around, we get some pointed political humor.




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