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Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:18pm

A revival of the 1963 musical She Loves Me opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (whose Fiddler on the Roof is also back on Broadway) join Fresh Air.

Beautiful 'Breathing' Is A Nuanced Family Drama

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:27am

Elizabeth Poliner's book takes a familiar dramatic trope — the death of a child — and makes it the linchpin for an intricate tale that follows a close-knit family at a cultural turning point.

K.A.A.N. Is The Answer To All Of Your Rap Desires

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 1:16pm

If you enjoy rap, allow Brandon Perry, aka K.A.A.N., to make your day.

'Love', Maybe: Netflix Explores The Cringe-Worthy Beginnings Of A Relationship

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:29pm

Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust play two people on the brink of becoming a couple in Love, the new comedy series co-created by Judd Apatow, Rust and Rust's wife, Lesley Arfin.

Bad Luck Or Bad Genes? Dealing With BRCA And 'A Cancer In The Family'

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:25pm

Oncologist Theodora Ross discusses the hereditary nature of cancer and her own predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, which led her to have a double mastectomy and to have her ovaries removed.

In Tackling Bias In Policing, 'Zootopia' Veers Into The Uncanny Valley

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:59am

The hit animated Disney movie is an ambitious look at racial profiling and policing. It's also evidence that these issues don't neatly lend themselves to pop culture.

The Science Behind Baking Your Perfect Pie (Happy Pi Day)

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:43am

Great pumpkin pie is elusive. You could end up with a soggy crust or a grainy filling. Reporter Maanvi Singh embarked on a months-long quest to crack the code for the ideal pie.

Lessons From The School Where I Failed As A Teacher

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 4:00am

For years, NPR's Claudio Sanchez has struggled with his decision to leave teaching and the children he had grown so fond of.

What Would It Mean To Have A 'Hapa' Bachelorette?

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 2:00pm

ABC is set to announce a new lead for The Bachelorette Monday night. But would choosing Caila Quinn, who is Asian and white, be a sign of progress in casting diversity or something else?

Spoiler Alert: 'Reality Steve' Calls 'The Bachelor' Winner

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

The finale of "The Bachelor" premieres Monday night. Bachelor Ben has told two women he loves him, but who will he choose? Steve Carbone of the website RealitySteve.com knows and he spoils it for us.

'The Throwback Special' Tackles Middle-Age Manhood

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

Rachel Martin speaks with Chris Bachelder. His novel tells the story of a group of friends who gather each year to re-enact the gruesome injury sustain by quarterback Joe Theisman.

Seeking Adventure And Gold? Crack This Poem And Head Outdoors

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

An eccentric millionaire from Santa Fe hid a chest full of gold and precious gems in the Rocky Mountains six years ago. Today, thousands of treasure hunters are obsessed with finding it.

Tilting Toward Fun: A Museum For Pinball Wizards To Come And Play

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:59am

The Museum of Pinball in California has more than 600 machines and only opens a few times a year. It attracts those who are nostalgic, and those who long for a game not contained within a screen.

No Paper Tiger, This 'Menagerie' Is Full Of Fierce Feeling

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 6:00am

Ken Liu's new The Paper Menagerie, collects fifteen of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning stories. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "stupendously good work" that strikes chords profound enough to hurt.

'Zimerican' Playwright Danai Gurira Brings African Stories To American Stages

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 4:00pm

You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she's also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York.

Not My Job: 'You Raise Me Up' Star Josh Groban Gets Quizzed On Elevators

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 11:28am

Groban had a big hit with the song "You Raise Me Up" so we've invited him to play a game called "You Bring Me Down" — three questions about elevators and escalators.

Author Interview: Annie Dillard, Author of 'The Abundance'

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:59am

NPR's Melissa Block asks Annie Dillard about the celebrated author's "masculine mind," her decision to write less, and her baseball skills. Dillard's new collection of essays is called The Abundance.

'I Ate A Lot Of Apples': Tracy Chevalier On Writing Her 'Orchard' Novel

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

The author's latest book, At the Edge of the Orchard, follows a pioneer family growing apple trees in Ohio. Chevalier says she got the idea after hearing the real story of Johnny Appleseed.

Afghanistan Show Aims To Fix City Problems

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 8:00am

"Cleaning Your City" is a radio show in Afghanistan where the hosts field complaints from citizens, and call people in power to fix the problems. NPR's Melissa Block talks to co-host Massood Sanjer.

Bravery Among The Ruins In 'Noonday'

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 6:00am

Pat Barker's latest novel completes the trilogy she began with Life Class. Her first foray into the World War II era is rich with evocative language, though it occasionally verges on soap opera.

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