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William Faulkner's Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:33pm

As Melissa Block's "Our Land" road trip takes her to Mississippi, she visits William Faulkner's home: Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Miss. With curator William Griffith, they talk about Faulkner's running theme of the South in conflict with itself.

'Aisles Have Eyes' Warns That Brick-And-Mortar Stores Are Watching You

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:36pm

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says that now physical stores are doing it too.

'Explosive' Image Of An Assassination Wins World Press Photo Of The Year

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:05am

Photographer Burhan Ozbilici's image of the killing of Russia's ambassador to Turkey was described by one jury member as the "face of hatred." Jurors have made it clear that it was a heated debate.

(Image credit: Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

Looking For Thor's Hammer: Neil Gaiman On 'Norse Mythology'

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:00am

Author Neil Gaiman first encountered the Norse gods in the pages of old Marvel Comics reprints, when he was 6 years old. Now, he's written his own versions of these ancient tales of gods and monsters.

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This Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor With None Of The Burn

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:00am

Some breeders vie to grow ever more mouth-burning peppers. The guy behind the Habanada had a different goal: a habanero with no heat all. The aromatic, melon-like result is winning over top chefs.

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'There Is No Good Card For This': What To Say When 'Condolences' Isn't Enough

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:31am

Have you ever struggled with how to be there for a friend in pain? If so, you're not alone. Illustrator Emily McDowell says her new book is a "guide for how to show up ... after you've sent the card."

(Image credit: Emily McDowell Studio/Courtesy of Harper Collins)

Al Jarreau, Versatile Vocalist Who 'Played His Voice,' Dies At 76

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 12:48pm

Since the legendary singer began his career in the 1960s, he won Grammys in the jazz, pop and R&B categories. Just one clue that Jarreau, who died Sunday, was impossible to categorize.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Concord Music Group)

Reading The Game: The Flame In The Flood

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 9:00am

In The Flame in the Flood, you play as a young girl surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape, floating down a river on an improvised raft, with nothing but your wits and your faithful dog beside you.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Molasses Flood)

Galentine's Day: Celebrating Women, Waffles, And, OK, More Waffles

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 8:00am

Monday's the day to celebrate the best unofficial holiday made just for women: Galentine's Day. And for that, we thank our lady of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope.

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'Next Door' Neighbors Gradually Learn To Get Along In Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 6:45am

Yewande Omotoso's new novel follows two South African widows in their 80s: Hortensia is black, Marion is white and both are set in their ways.

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Late Playwright, August Wilson, Nominated For Academy Awards For 'Fences'

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:23pm

Constanza Romero Wilson speaks about continuing the legacy of her late husband, playwright August Wilson. His play-turned-film Fences, is nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Monk Spreads Buddhist Philosophy With 140-Character Tweets

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:23pm

Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim became Twitter-famous with his tweets about faith and mindfulness. His book, a compilation of tweets, went viral in South Korea, and the American edition is out now.

That's Me In The Spotlight, Losing My Religion

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:30pm

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who's nervous to tell her parents she's no longer religious.

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Not My Job: We Ask Stephen Colbert 3 Questions Meant For Lena Dunham

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 11:12am

We planned to have the creator and star of HBO's Girls on the show this week, but when a snowstorm kept her from joining us, we quickly tracked down someone who didn't have any Thursday evening plans.

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As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:36am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fires Burn — At A Distance — In Unnerving 'Separation'

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:00am

Katie Kitamura's new novel follows an unnamed narrator who tails her estranged, disappeared husband to Greece — while keeping the ominous surroundings and disquieting emotions at a cool remove.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Horror Tropes And Human Sadness In 'Universal Harvester'

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:00am

Musician and author John Darnielle's new Universal Harvester follows three connected stories in three different eras, in an unsettling fairy tale about mysterious images that appear on video tapes.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

'Lincoln In The Bardo' Pictures An American Saint Of Sorrow

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:18am

George Saunders — acknowledged as a master of the short story — moves into novel form with Lincoln in the Bardo, a supernatural tale of President Lincoln grieving the death of his son Willie.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Why Storytellers Of Color Ignore Usual Gatekeepers, Take A Chance On The Internet

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:01am

A diverse and creative generation of writers and actors is forging a new path to small and big screens by starting on the internet.

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After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 4:24am

The stroke left Christine Hyung-Oak Lee unable remember things for more than 15 minutes. As she slowly got better, she was surprised to find that grief and recovery were inextricably linked.

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