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Dispelling The Myth Of A Classless Society In 'White Trash'

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:39pm

Is America really a classless society? As part of the All Things Considered series, "The New Middle," NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to author Nancy Isenberg about her new book, White Trash which argues the notion of a classless society is a myth that hides an ugly truth about how we view the poor.

'Underground Airlines' Is An Extraordinary Work Of Alternate History

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 3:17pm

In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."

'Underground Airlines' Presents A Scarily Realistic Alternate History

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 2:00pm

Ben H. Winters' new novel is set in a modern-day America in which almost everything seems normal — except for the fact that the Civil War never happened, and slavery is still legal in four states.

'Unbroken Brain' Explains Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:21pm

"We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough ... to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case," journalist Maia Szalavitz says.

QUIZ: What Does Food Symbolize In Art? Test Your Knowledge

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:33am

Artists have been painting food into their work since ancient times. You know it looks delicious, but how well can you decipher what foods mean in art? Take this quiz to find out.

In Chile, 'Marraqueta' Is The Daily Bread

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 9:24am

This crusty bread likely originated with French immigrants of centuries past, but it's =become deeply entwined with Chilean identity, diet ... even language. Yet most people don't make it at home.

About Face: On Beauty, Characters, And Threading The Needle

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 8:43am

The looks and faces of actresses provide endless fodder for debate and fascination. But some care is called for in where we take these arguments.

In 'Ten Years,' A Dystopian Vision Of Hong Kong's Future Under China

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 8:16am

The Hong Kong movie industry is best known for martial arts and crime thrillers, but this year's hottest film is a dark meditation on what Hong Kong could be like in 2025.

'I Am No One:' Feels Like Somebody's Watching Me

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 6:00am

In Patrick Flanery's new novel, the border between mental illness and justified paranoia grows porous as average guy Jeremy begins to fear he's under surveillance. But is he? It's never quite clear.

'Eleanor Amplified,' An Adventure Podcast For The Whole Family

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:45pm

Fresh Air producer John Sheehan discusses The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified, a new comic podcast for kids featuring an intrepid radio reporter who foils plots and outwits crafty villains.

A Starkly Different Iron Man: Black, Female, And 15 Years Old

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:21am

Meet Riri Williams, a teenage genius who will be stepping into the Iron Man suit following the events of Marvel Comics' latest crossover event.

'Faith' Makes Fat A Force To Reckon With

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 9:00am

Valiant Comics' plus-size superhero is starring in her first solo book — and while the story (and her costume) underwhelm, Faith herself is a glorious creation; smart, compassionate, geeky and fun.

'Here Comes The Sun' Shows A Complex, Heartbreakingly Real Jamaica

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 6:00am

Nicole Dennis-Benn's assured, gorgeous debut novel follows Margot, a worker at a rich Jamaican resort, whose home life is a series of sacrifices as she struggles with family and forbidden love.

Dine Like A Soviet Spy: Old KGB Haunt Opens Its Doors Again

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:48am

Soviet-era movie stars, cosmonauts and, yes, intelligence agents once socialized at Aragvi over chicken tabaka and Georgian wine. Now the restaurant has reopened for regular diners.

National Park Daguerreotypes Invite Viewers To 'Merge With The Land'

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Photographer Binh Danh melds early photographic materials and timeless landscapes to produce ethereal images of National Parks. He says it's his hope that viewers "see themselves in the picture."

From 'Runt Of The Litter' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 1:23pm

Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip flop" he says, "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."




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