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'Rich And Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam Captures Lives Very Different From His Own

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

The new novel "Rich and Pretty" follows two women who find themselves at a crossroad. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to author Rumaan Alam about writing characters that are nothing like oneself.

May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:41am

Winners for the 70th Annual Tony Awards are announced Sunday night. Every year, NPR's Jeff Lunden talks to some of the hardworking people in the theater biz who aren't eligible for Tony nominations.

Yes, All Men (And Everyone Else) Need To Read 'Sex Object'

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 6:00am

Jessica Valenti's powerful new memoir examines the toll sexism takes on women's lives. Sex Object doesn't offer solutions; instead, it bears witness to the daily grind of harassment and hatred.

Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

Anthropologist Discovers 100-Year-Old Graffiti By 'America's Most Famous Hobo'

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:07pm

In 2000, anthropologist Susan Phillips found markings made by hobos near the Los Angeles River. Phillips talks about the possible author of those marks from 1914, one of America's most famous hobos.

Not My Job: The Blue Man Group Turns 25

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:43am

In the early 1990s, Chris Wink and Phil Stanton were two underemployed guys in New York City. So they came up with an idea: They'd shave their heads, paint themselves blue and put on a show.

Denmark Martyr Museum Draws Controversy For Including Terrorists In Exhibit

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

"The Martyr Museum" features historic heroes like Joan of Arc alongside some perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks. The idea is to try to understand what drives some to give their life to a cause.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Well, He Doesn't Have To Be

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived? In Ryan North's new "chooseable-path adventure" Romeo and/or Juliet, you can make sure the two never meet — or have them take over Verona in giant robot suits.

The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:27am

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.

The Future Of Cuban Sci-Fi Is 'Super Extra Grande'

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 6:00am

In Super Extra Grande, Cuban sci-fi author Yoss imagines a world where faster-than-light travel has brought humanity into contact with a vast array of strange and marvelous intergalactic creatures.

'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 4:09pm

The editor Maxwell Perkins discovered and nurtured authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The new movie Genius has him wrangling thousands of pages from the writer Thomas Wolfe.

Annie Proulx's Bloody New Novel 'Barkskins' Is About More Than Deforestation

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:34pm

Barkskins follows two loggers' stories over three centuries. Proulx says the forest is the hero of her book, but it's also "one facet of larger things, like climate change and the melting of the ice."

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