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'Manners And Mayhem': A Darker, Snarkier Side To Domesticity

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Helen Ellis, author of the book American Housewife. The book of short stories begins with the line - "Inspired by Beyonce, I stallion walk to the toaster."

Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!'

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 6:00am

British writer Diana Athill is 98 — by her own account, a very old woman. In this slim but lovely volume, she recounts the moments that have lingered: heartbreak, yes, but also hills of bluebells.

'Geography Of Genius' Explores How Surroundings Influence Ideas

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:18am

Author Eric Weiner identifies Renaissance Florence, Classical Athens and Silicon Valley as "genius clusters." And he explains how the right amount of friction and competition can help geniuses thrive.

Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:15am

Organizers of Under the Radar regularly search the globe for cutting-edge theater that is urgent and relevant. This year's festival features works from Rwanda, the U.S. and Japan.

Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 4:39pm

In Cold War Russia, getting your hands on an American rock record was close to impossible. But a few bootleggers found a way to hide their contraband in the last place anyone would think to look.

Not My Job: Ice Cube Answers 3 Questions About Very Bad Days

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 8:49am

One of Ice Cube's biggest hits was called "It Was a Good Day" so we're going to quiz him on the opposite.

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