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John Leguizamo Plays Professor In 'Latin History For Morons'

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

John Leguizamo has been in over 90 films and written and starred in six one-man shows. His latest project is called "Latin History for Morons," which tells the story of his search for an understanding of Latin history. NPR's Audie Cornish sat down with Leguizamo at the Public Theater in New York to talk to him about the process of learning Latin history.

'The Souls Of China' Documents Country's Dramatic Return To Religion

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

When the author Ian Johnson first visited China in 1984, he says religious life appeared to be dead. Today, he says China is experiencing a dramatic return to religion, and he documents this in a new book called The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.

In 'Exes,' The Losses Pile Up Like New England Snowdrifts

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:00am

Max Winter's bleak, powerful debut novel is haunted by missing people — and those who feel their absence. It centers around a man trying to piece together his estranged brother's last years.

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New 'Mystery Science Theater' Coming To Netflix In The Not-Too-Distant Future

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 7:00am

The show originally aired in the '90s and helped spawn the entire attitude of the Internet. Sure, it had a silly premise — but it also had a cult following. The reboot's first season drops on Friday.

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'Nixon: The Life' Humanizes — But Doesn't Rehabilitate

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:00am

John A. Farrell's new biography of Richard Nixon contains a bombshell about Nixon's interference in a Vietnam peace deal — and that's just one of the book's many extensively-researched revelations.

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Trump Organization Says It's Closing Its Modeling Agency

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:46pm

While Trump Model Management "enjoyed many years of success," the Trump Organization said in a statement that it was choosing to focus on its core businesses of real estate, golf and hospitality.

Nearly 40 Years Later, Jonestown Offers A Lesson In Demagoguery

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 1:19pm

In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana. In his new book, The Road to Jonestown, journalist Jeff Guinn details how Jones captivated so many.

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Long-Buried Secrets, Scampering Dreams And A Cat That Talks: 'Eartha'

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:01am

In Cathy Malkasian's gorgeous, melancholic graphic novel, a woman travels to a distant city to learn why its residents have stopped dreaming.

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'Brimstone' Burns Brightly, Despite A Few Flaws

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 9:00am

Set in a real Florida town with a real history of devastating fires, Cherie Priest's Brimstone is a deeply loving story about a witch and a grieving veteran with a strange connection to the fires.

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'Where The Water Goes' Is Effortlessly Engaging — And Also Scary

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:00am

In Where the Water Goes, David Owen uses the history of the Colorado River to lay out the immense complexity of America's water situation, reminding us that both water and time are finite resources.

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New York Daily News And ProPublica Win Pulitzer For Public Service Journalism

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

Writers, editors and artists took home Pulitzer Prizes across 21 categories on Monday. Among the winners was author Colson Whitehead for his novel, The Underground Railroad.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:45pm

Among the winners were Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad for fiction, The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold for national reporting and The East Bay Times for breaking news reporting.

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WATCH LIVE: 2017 Pulitzer Prizes Get Doled Out At New York Ceremony

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:45pm

Now in its 101st year, the award recognizes writers, artists and musicians of nearly every bent, from breaking news and criticism to fiction and drama. Here are the 21 winners, announced in real time.

Preserving Memories: In Emails To A Toddler, A Window Into Her Parents' Love

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:42pm

TO: Ava / FROM: Dad / SUBJECT: Your very first email ever! / "Hi Ava Bean! This is your dad (who is still getting use to that title) emailing you."

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'Better Call Saul' Launches Its 3rd Season, Still The Best Drama Series On TV

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:23pm

The Breaking Bad spinoff returns Monday, telling more of the origin story of lawyer Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman). Critic David Bianculli says the series "more than stands on its own."

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Oaky, With Notes Of BS: Why Wine Tasting Struggles To Get It On The Nose

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 8:00am

Unlike food — which gives us sensory cues like crunchy and hot, as well as tasting, say, salty — with wine, it's all about tiny differences in taste and smell. The danger is in getting too poetic.

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'Alive And Kicking' Chronicles Deep History Of Swing Dancing

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 5:18pm

Filmmaker Susan Glatzer and swing dance legend Norma Miller discuss the new documentary Alive and Kicking. The film chronicles the birth, decline and renewal of American swing dancing.

It's A Beautiful Day For Some Sunny #NPRpoetry From Listeners

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 5:18pm

Listeners have sent in more poems as part of our month-long poetry series, #NPRpoetry. Today's poems reflect on nature and springtime, from sandhill cranes in Michigan to rainstorms in Hawaii.

Actor Jaime Camil On How 'Jane The Virgin' Humanizes Its Telenovela Characters

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:02am

Camil plays Jane's telenovela star father, Rogelio De La Vega. He says the show's storylines may be ridiculous, but every character comes from a sincere place.

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Laura Kipnis Tackles Campus Sexual Politics In 'Unwanted Advances'

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 6:55am

Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern, argues that Title IX investigations of sexual misconduct on campus are vastly overexpanded, to the point of chilling intellectual freedom and academic debate.

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