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Aria Woman Makes Good: In 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' A Weak Voice, A Strong Heart

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Meryl Streep stars in a new biopic about a much-mocked (but well-financed) amateur opera singer whose love of music sustains her — and the film.

This Food Is Tasteless, But Never Bland: 'Sausage Party' Is Gleefully Profane

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Ain't no party like a Sausage Party 'cause a Sausage Party don't stop ... being blithely offensive. But this animated film for adult audiences is made with true passion and technical skill.

TV Networks Unveil Fall Lineup At Summer Press Tour

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:33pm

Broadcast and cable networks unveiled their fall lineup to television critics. NPR looks ahead at the good, the bad and the ugly for the upcoming TV season, and how the business is changing.

Japanese 'Naked' Festivals Keep Centuries-Old Tradition Alive

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:31am

In a Japanese mountain town, schoolboys in traditional loincloths keep up a 300-year tradition. The hadaka matsuri festivals take place across Japan to bring purification, luck and prosperity.

In Defense Of Bronze: The True Mettle Of The Metal Of The 3rd-Place Medal

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:02am

In the Olympics, and in many other areas of life, from comic-book eras to health care plans, "bronze" has come to signify the least of three things. It shouldn't.

Like These TV Series? Here Are 70+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 6:00am

Did you just watch the last episode of your favorite TV show? NPR is here to help you find the next thing to watch, read or listen to. Browse our handpicked list of books, movies, podcasts and more.

Beats Bubble Up In The Latest Volume Of 'Hip Hop Family Tree'

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 6:00am

Ed Piskor is back with another volume of his popular Hip Hop Family Tree series, this time chronicling the acts — from the Beastie Boys to one-hit wonders — that rose to the top in 1984 and 1985.

Hacking Is 'A Bit Of A Super Power,' Says Creator Of 'Mr. Robot'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:12pm

Sam Esmail believes hackers have immense power — the trouble is, superhero psychology isn't always sound. He says his vigilante hacker is driven by narcissism, paranoia, loneliness and pain.

Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

Best known for her kids' and young adult books, Woodson has written her first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is a dreamlike narrative about friendship, memory and dealing with death.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:30pm

In her new film, Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her less-than-great voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Streep says she can relate to that kind of passion.

'Playing Dead' Teaches You How To Disappear

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 6:00am

Elizabeth Greenwood thought about faking her own death to get out of a massive student debt — but decided instead to write a book about all the ways people try (and usually fail) to disappear.

New Lucille Ball Statue Replaces 'Scary Lucy'

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

Lucille Ball's hometown of Celoron, N.Y., honored her with a statue in 2009, 20 years after death. But the statue was terrifying. The story of "Scary Lucy" went viral last year. Last weekend, Celeron unveiled a new, less scary Lucy statue.

3 Steps To Faking Your Own Death From The Author Of 'Playing Dead'

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

Elizabeth Greenwood has spent a lot of time researching the death fraud industry. She says the hardest step for many aspiring fraudsters would be cutting all ties with friends and family.

Jacqueline Woodson's 'Brooklyn' Is Full Of Dreams And Danger

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 12:19pm

The National Book Award winner's new novel is based in part on her memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Woodson describes the teen years as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life.

'Textbook' Tries To Extend Kid-Lit Playfulness To Adult Reading

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:00am

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's latest requires a high tolerance for whimsy; billed as "not exactly a memoir," it's a kind of noisy activity book for adults that's more Mad Libs than Speak, Memory.

You Can Eat It Here And There: Green Eggs And Ham Are Everywhere (On Menus)

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:58am

The Dr. Seuss book that made the dish famous turns 56 this month. But what does this meal taste like in real life? Chefs across the U.S. are tackling the question.

Diversity In Book Publishing Isn't Just About Writers — Marketing Matters Too

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:55am

For writers of color, the lack of diversity in book publicity departments can feel like a death knell.

'Underground Railroad' Traces The Terrible Wounds Of Slavery

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:00am

The Underground Railroad is a literal train running underground in Colson Whitehead's new novel, which follows escaped slave Cora. It's both brilliant fiction and searing historical document.

Vive Le Confort! For Corseted Courtiers, This Dress Was A French Revolution

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:45am

A really old French dress has sold for more than $150,000. The brocade gown is an exquisite example of the loose-fitting dresses that women — fed up with restrictive bodices — embraced in the 1700s.

An Alabama Museum You Can Enjoy From The Driver's Seat

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 8:22pm

Artist Butch Anthony has created a drive-thru museum in Seale, Ala. On display is a collection of odd items, decorated and displayed inside shipping containers that vehicles drive between.

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