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Unlikely Headbanger, 82, Goes From Singing Karaoke To 'America's Got Talent'

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:17pm

An octogenarian delivers a face-melting version of a song that's been a hallmark of pro wrestling and action movies.

This Is How Much Celebrities Get Paid To Endorse Soda And Unhealthy Food

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:57pm

Beyonce got $50 million to push Pepsi. Justin Timberlake: $6 million in a deal with McDonald's. A study describes the lucrative deals celebs popular with teens and young adults inked to sell food.

'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:39pm

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the books when they came out. Their experience — maturing alongside Harry — was unique.

'The Fractured Republic' Explores How Nostalgia Led To Polarized Politics

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Yuval Levin about his latest book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. He argues both liberal and conservative Americans' nostalgia for the past has led to today's polarized national life.

Revisiting The Tenure Of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, The 'Jewish Jefferson'

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:22pm

One hundred years ago, Brandeis became the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court. Author Jeffrey Rosen says that Brandeis was also the most far-seeing progressive justice of the 20th century.

In 'Homegoing,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:40am

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homegoing a strong work with versatile language.

In 'Homecoming,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:40am

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homecoming a strong work with versatile language.

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Slate's Black Film Canon

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:31am

We talk to Slate's Aisha Harris, the co-author of the publication's Black Film Canon. She tells us some of her favorites on the list, why make a canon at all, and including genre films with high art.

'Homegoing' Is A Sprawling Epic, Brimming With Compassion

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 6:00am

Yaa Gyasi's debut novel traces the terrible impact of slavery on generations of an African family, beginning with two sisters in 18th century Ghana — one who stayed, and one shipped to America.

Chicago's Fine Arts Building Has 10 Floors But Innumerable Stories

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:02am

On a prime block of Chicago's Michigan Avenue stands the Fine Arts Building. Producer and violinist David Schulman takes us on an audio tour with the people who know the building the best.

British Playwright Peter Shaffer, Who Wrote 'Equus,' Dies At 90

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 3:26pm

Playwright Peter Shaffer has died. He was best known for Equus and Amadeus, both of which became movies.

Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:00pm

Rudin, who started in theater age 15, owes a lot to the producers who taught him his craft. "They were giants," he says. All five of Rudin's current shows have been nominated for Tony Awards.

Nutrition In 'The First 1,000 Days' Of Life Can Shape A Child's Future

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 1:53pm

In his new book, journalist Roger Thurow chronicles the obstacles that women around the globe face in raising healthy babies.

Muhammad Ali: A Poet In And Out Of The Ring

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 1:00pm

"The Louisville Lip" was famously as fast with his words as with his fists — years before the birth of hip hop, he was a battle rapper flipping similes and metaphors in a language all his own.

'Angie Tribeca,' Comedy Backscratcher, Returns For New Adventures

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:22pm

The TBS slapstick cop comedy is back for a second season, and it's just as ridiculous and fast-paced as it's been all along.

How John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Is Using Stunts To Tell Stories

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:01am

HBO's Last Week Tonight ended with a surprising display of how, as they put it, "any idiot" can buy and sell other people's debts.

'UnREAL' Returns With Three Little Words And No Apologies

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 8:57am

Lifetime's UnREAL brings its fictional reality-show producers back for another season of take-no-prisoners television.

'Black Gods Of The Asphalt' Takes Basketball Beyond The Court

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 4:45pm

When you see a bunch of guys playing street basketball you might not just see a game. In his new book Black Gods of the Asphalt author Onaje Woodbine shows how it's also a spiritual experience.

Cat Videos And All, The Internet May Be Humankind's Greatest Masterpiece

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 6:46am

In her new book Magic and Loss, Virginia Heffernan makes the case for the Internet as art. Just look at Twitter, she says. "It's hard to think of a time when poetry was more powerful."

Exploring The 'Quiet New York' With Emma Straub

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 6:44am

Straub's new book, Modern Lovers, is a tale of old friendships, secrets and family entanglements set in a part of Brooklyn writers often ignore: leafy, largely residential Ditmas Park.

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