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An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:22pm

Patti Niemi has been a percussionist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1992. She speaks with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about performance anxiety, muscle memory and her memoir, Sticking it Out.

Emmys Give Big Nods To 'Game Of Thrones,' 'Veep' And 'Lemonade'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:48pm

Fargo and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story pulled in more than a dozen Emmy Award nominations each. The comedy Black-ish was also listed in multiple major categories.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About French Food?

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:00pm

It's Bastille Day, so in honor of the home of the renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, we're testing your knowledge on some classic French ingredients and dishes. Test your knowledge.

Time Catches Up With Us All In 'The Heavenly Table'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:00am

Donald Ray Pollock's surreal, hardscrabble new novel is set in 1917, but it could just as well be 917; his characters are all lost in time and puzzled by the pace at which the future's coming at them.

Meet The Guy Who's Been 'A Hero,' 'A Pirate,' 'A Mountain Of Molten Lust'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:58am

Model Jason Aaron Baca has appeared on 475 romance book covers. By his tally, that's more than even Fabio. His is a story of hard work and luck in the swashbuckling, bodice-ripping world of romance.

Dalí Provides A Surrealist Shot In The Arm For A Fading Monterey Museum

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:43pm

A huge collection of Salvador Dalí's art is now open in a former history museum in Monterey, Calif. It's the work of real estate mogul Dmitry Piterman, who's amassed more than 570 Dalí pieces.

'The War At Home' Recounts The Tension Of Being A Military Spouse

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

As the wife of a Navy fighter pilot, memoirist Rachel Starnes has had much of her life — including where she lives and how often she gets to live with her husband — determined by his career.

'The Dream Life Of Astronauts' Is A Journey To Emotional Deep Space

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

Patrick Ryan's book of short stories is set around Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the 1960s and '70s. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's the best new short story collection she's read in light years.

What's For Dinner?: 10 Strategies To Help Busy Parents Get Food On The Table

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:41am

We asked food experts, parents, and nutritionists for their best tips for making weeknight meals happen.

What Price Happiness? Pretty Expensive, According To 'The Invoice'

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 6:00am

Jonas Karlsson's clever parable follows an average guy who's uncommonly content with his lot in life — until he gets an astronomical bill from a sinister entity trying to redistribute happiness.

Diversity Drives The Story In The Latest Incarnation Of Superman

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:55am

If you've been in a comics store lately, you've noticed the increasing diversity on the shelves: a biracial Spiderman, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and today, a Chinese man takes up the mantle of Superman.

Pokemon Go Stirs Controversy For Lack Of Digital Privacy

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

The new smartphone game, Pokemon Go, is stirring controversy for its lack of data privacy. But that isn't slowing down its growth.

'Almighty' Follows Activists In The Fight Against Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter and author Dan Zak about his latest book, Almighty, about anti-nuclear weapons activism.

Coney: The Hot Dog That Fueled Detroit's Middle-Class Dreams

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 2:10pm

Hundreds of eateries selling chili-topped hot dogs dot Detroit. The story of how this food became the city's signature dish is deeply entwined with its auto industry and the workers who flocked to it.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:21pm

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her new book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays.

Crunch Time: Can A Hip New Cereal Bar Help Kellogg's Revive Soggy Sales?

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 6:30am

Kellogg's has opened a cereal bar near New York City's Times Square. It's part of a strategy to energize a sagging cereal business by tapping into nostalgia while creating a refined dining experience.

Darkness And Magic Abound In 'Natural History Of Hell'

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 6:00am

Jeffrey Ford's new story collection is packed with fairies, demons, historical figures and death personified: not always the freshest concepts, but when the stories work, they're enthrallingly eerie.

As Bagged Salad Kits Boom, Americans Eat More Greens

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 4:03am

Americans buy twice as many packages of bagged salad greens as heads of lettuce these days. Is the bagged stuff just as good? If it gets you to eat more leafy greens, yes.

'Just Another Version Of You' Celebrates Norman Lear's TV Legacy

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to legendary television producer Norman Lear about some insights into his character featured in a new documentary about his life called Just Another Version of You.

At LA's MOCA, A Celebrated Chef Serves Up Dinner As Art Installation

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:59pm

Craig Thornton is behind some of the most coveted meal reservations in LA. For the past five months, he's been melding dining, sculpture and taxidermy at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art.

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