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Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Broadway's Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, joins us to talk about the show's meteoric rise and his path to Broadway as a high school student.

Leslie Odom Jr.: Shake It Up

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

With the help of Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan retools Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," to be about THINGS THAT YOU CAN SHAKE. Such as, your groove thing.

'British Bake Off' Winner Takes On The Toughest Judge Of All: The Queen

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:52am

This year the task of coming up with a birthday cake fit for a queen fell to Nadiya Hussain, the winner of the most recent season of the wildly popular TV show The Great British Bake Off.

Cooking With The Bard: We Suss Out Shakespeare's Forgotten Foods

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 4:04pm

References to obscure foods abound in Shakespeare. Know your codlings from carbonadoes? Your umbles from jumbles? We crack open Renaissance cookbooks to figure out how to feast like the Bard.

'You Belong To The Universe' Explores Visionary Spirit Of Buckminster Fuller

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Jonathon Keats on his book, You Belong to the Universe, which looks at famed inventor Buckminster Fuller.

Angels, Mobsters, Monsters: This 'Box' Really Does Have Everything

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:22pm

Richard Kadrey kicks off a new series about a magic-immune thief in a magic-soaked Los Angeles with The Everything Box. It's a madcap ride in which the end of humanity is just the beginning.

'Scary Old Sex': Stories Of Love From The Aged

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Seventy-four-year-old author Arlene Heyman discusses her debut short-story collection, which focuses on the sex lives and intimate relationships of characters in their 60s and 70s.

From A Whaling Ship To A Mysterious Painting, New Novels Deliver Big Thrills

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:18pm

Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Ian McGuire's The North Water and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos are suspenseful historical novels that may just give readers nightmares.

Tribeca Notebook: An Uncommon Baseball Movie

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:00am

The Phenom follows a major league pitcher who finds himself suddenly unable to pitch and troubled by his history with his abusive father, played by Ethan Hawke.

Humanity And Technology Merge In Uneven But Intriguing 'Join'

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:00am

Steve Toutonghi's new novel imagines an America where people can fuse their psyches together and share a single body — but the story's compelling urgency is sometimes buried in exposition and theory.

'The Lost Neruda' Can Now Be Found In 'Then Come Back'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:35pm

In 2014, archivists were combing through Pablo Neruda's files when they came upon some unknown works. These writings have been translated into English and are now being published in a new collection.

Actress Doris Roberts Of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Dies At 90

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:31pm

Actress Doris Roberts was best known for playing an overbearing yet lovable mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. NPR has a remembrance of the 90-year-old character actress, who died this week.

We Eat Tomatoes, Why Not Tornadoes? A New Kids' Book Clears Up The Confusion

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:53pm

Can I Eat That? by food critic Joshua David Stein gets young readers curious about their food. And it's fun for adults, too!

50 Shades Of Shakespeare: How The Bard Used Food As Racy Code

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:30pm

The eggplant and peach emoji are standard code for racy thoughts these days, but food has been used for sexual innuendo for centuries. Shakespeare was a pro. (Happy Shakespeare Week!)

A Thrilling TV Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Night Manager'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.

David Duchovny On Baseball And How 'X-Files' Made Him A Better Writer

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:13pm

The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.

Tribeca Notebook: The Oddball's Journey

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:05am

Rachel Tunnard's first feature, Adult Life Skills, finds ways to expand on the familiar formula of the frustrated, frustrating misfit trying to grow up.

One Life Changes Forever On 'Mothering Sunday'

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 6:00am

Graham Swift's slim, incantatory new novel centers around young Jane, a maid on a rural estate, and the day in 1924 that unexpectedly alters the trajectory of her life.

The Lonely Side Of James Brown

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:00am

When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown's legacy.

'It Takes A Lot Of Bravery To Be Kind,' Says Kids' Author Kate DiCamillo

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:58pm

DiCamillo says Raymie Nightingale, the 10-year-old protagonist at the heart of her latest novel, is a lot like she was as a child: "Very introverted, watching, worrying, wondering, but also hopeful.




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