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Encore: Films To Beat A Bone-Chilling Blizzard

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:13pm

As the mid-Atlantic region recovers from a blizzard, these films will transport you to warmer, steamier and sandier locales. This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2015 on All Things Considered.

The Mystery Of The Listeria That Lurked In Bags Of Dole Salad

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:13pm

Foodborne illness investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies have identified the source of a Listeria outbreak that sickened 12 people and led to one death.

PEN American Center Awards Free-Speech Prize To J.K. Rowling

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:46pm

The PEN/Allen award is given annually to big-name authors who embody the organization's mission "to oppose repression in any form." Rowling is a frequent target — and vocal opponent — of censorship.

Deconstructing Gov. Chris Christie's 'Bridge To Redemption'

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:45pm

Journalist Matt Katz discusses Christie's rise to power in New Jersey, the "Bridgegate" scandal and his performance in the '16 Republican presidential primary. Katz is the author of American Governor.

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:31am

The Chef's Garden is a farm in Ohio that feels like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory of vegetables. It grows cutting-edge varieties for chefs like cucumelons and eggplants the size of a pea.

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:09am

Chef's Garden is a farm in Ohio growing vegetables to the specifications of the world's top chefs. It's a place where vegetables are artistic materials painstakingly tended and handled like jewels.

A Conversation With The Creator Of #OscarsSoWhite

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 11:24pm

The hashtag resurfaced this year as a protest against the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees. The woman who started it, April Reign, explains her frustrations — and her hopes for the future.

Finnish Authors Heat Up The Speculative Fiction World

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 9:00am

Finland hosts the World Science Fiction Convention in 2017 — but if you can't make it to Helsinki, hit the library: more and more Finnish speculative fiction authors are getting English translations.

Snow Cones Fresh From The Sky: Listeners Share Recipes

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin asks professor Staci Simonich if it's okay to eat snow. Also, our listeners called in with some of their favorite recipes using freshly fallen snow.

Death Memoirs: Why The Grave Subject Sells So Well

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

Why do we love to read about dying? NPR's Rachel Martin asks critic Michelle Dean about the enduring popularity of books like "The Last Lecture" and "Tuesdays with Morrie."

For Art's Sake, Minneapolis Man Freezes His Pants

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin notes an art installation, of sorts, by Tim Grotting. During the winter, the Minneapolis resident freezes pants and sets them upright in his neighborhood.

Passion And Obsession En Pointe In 'Girl Through Glass'

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

Author Sari Wilson's new novel follows a young dancer in New York City in the 1970s, and a grown professor of dance years later — both of whom find their lives upended by dangerous relationships.

'The Road To Little Dribbling' Is A (Mostly) Pleasant Journey

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:00am

Bill Bryson follows up his classic travelogue Notes From A Small Island 20 years later — older, grayer, and definitely crankier. It's a charming trip, though marred by a little too much grumpiness.

Young Artists Find Home And Healing At Pittsburgh Art House

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 5:17am

Whenever artist Vanessa German worked on her porch, kids asked if they could help. Now, in a neighborhood struggling with poverty and crime, she's created a place where they can make art of their own.

Groucho Marx Spared No One — And His Biographer Isn't Pulling Punches, Either

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 4:04pm

Lee Siegel, author of Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence, wanted his biography to uncover the real man behind the iconic mustache. What Siegel found, he says, was "a thoroughgoing misanthrope."

Not My Job: We Quiz The U.S. Secretary Of Labor On Going Into Labor

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 8:54am

It's a little hard to play Not My Job this week because technically Thomas Perez's job is all the jobs.

From Streets To Stage, Two Dance Worlds See Harmonization And Chaos

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

When a San Francisco-based choreographer decided to take turf dancers off of the streets and trains of Oakland and put them on stage with ballet dancers, chaos ensued. Until she let them all improv together.

In First Novel, Former Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Tells A Story Of Captivity

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

The Blue Line follows a woman who is detained during Argentina's Dirty War. Betancourt says writing the novel helped her process the years she spent as a captive of Colombian revolutionaries.

After Long-Criticized Diversity Issue, Film Academy Votes To Change

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

The people in charge of the Oscars have announced reforms to increase diversity in their organization and in the awards. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Neda Ulaby.

'Black Wings' Is A Devilish Trip Worth Taking

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 6:00am

Elliott Chaze's classic 1953 noir about an escaped prisoner, a secretive blonde and one last big heist has just been reissued. Critic Michael Schaub says Chaze's writing stands out from the pulp pack.

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