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Craig Robinson: One For The Ladies

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

Comedian Craig Robinson talks about his new movie Morris From America. Then he joins Jonathan Coulton in a rewrite of Styx's "Lady" about famous people or things that start with the word 'lady.'

Ghandi Or Jolie?

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

"I kinda wanted to be a vampire." Was that said by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Mahatma Gandhi, or Academy Award winner and star of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie?

Dude Stole My Invention

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

We were inspired by true stories of men who took credit for a woman's invention or discovery, and wrote those accounts as if they appeared in a crime blotter.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: HGTV And Cooking Shows

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 6:00am

This week, the discussion takes a decidedly domestic turn as Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Kat Chow and Barrie Hardymon talk real estate shows, home renovation shows, and cooking shows.

On 'London Road,' Murder, Music And British Lower-Middle-Class Manners

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:00pm

In a British film based on an award-winning 2011 stage musical, a suburban community is riven by paranoia in the wake of the murder of five sex workers.

'Come From Away' Musical Tells Story Of Resilience After 9/11

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:37pm

As the extent of the 9/11 attacks became known, 38 planes were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. More than 6,000 passengers and crew were taken in by families there. Their story is the subject of a new musical called, Come From Away, which runs at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., in September and October before heading to Broadway.

BBC Editor Highlights Often Overlooked English Language Rule

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:37pm

When the BBC's Matthew Anderson tweeted this week the rules the English language has for the order in which adjectives should appear before a noun, he was retweeted 47,000 times. He says foreigners struggle with this concept, but native speakers do it naturally. The quote comes from a book called, The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase, by Mark Forsyth.

Ann Patchett Calls 'Commonwealth' Her 'Autobiographical First Novel'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:37pm

Commonwealth is actually Patchett's seventh novel, but it draws heavily on her own family experience, and she compares it to the classic thinly-veiled autobiography often written by young authors.

Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Is Both Dazzling And Draining

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:28pm

A failing marriage and a catastrophic earthquake take center stage in Safran Foer's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Here I Am a profound work about the claims of history, identity and family.

How NYC's First Puerto Rican Librarian Brought Spanish To The Shelves

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:53pm

When Pura Belpré became a librarian in 1921, she couldn't find Spanish language books for kids — so she wrote them herself. Belpré would go on to become a champion of bilingual library programs.

In This Globe-Trotting Dessert, Many Immigrants Find A Taste Of Home

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:55am

Many Asian countries have a version of a multi-layered, milk-based snack called falooda. Now, a mother-daughter pair with roots in Myanmar have brought this global dessert to Washington, D.C.

Comedy Is Old And New Again: 'Superstore' And 'You're The Worst'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:15am

Today, a TV's show's style doesn't tell you as much as it used to. A traditional network workplace sitcom slyly breaks with tradition, and an edgy cable sitcom hides a beating human heart.

'Razor Girl' Is Carl Hiaasen Doing What He Does Best

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 7:00am

Gleefully obscene, violent and shockingly funny, Razor Girl follows an ex-cop turned restaurant inspector on the tail of a car-crash con artist, a kidnapped TV agent and a loud-mouthed reality star.

Much More Than A Five-Year Mission: 'Star Trek' Turns 50

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:58am

Star Trek debuted on TV in 1966, and Starship Enterprise is still seeking strange new worlds. Co-star George Takei credits creator Gene Roddenberry's inclusive vision for Trek's enduring popularity.

The Choco Taco: Investigating The Mystery Behind A Classic American Treat

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:30pm

Food writer Jason Cohen took a deep dive into the history of the Choco Taco and how it is inspiring high-end chefs and ice cream vendors across the country.

Anna Dewdney, Author Of Beloved 'Llama Llama' Children's Books, Dies

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:39pm

Anna Dewdney, author of a popular series of children's books that included Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama Mad at Mama died this week at age 50. She was beloved for her writing as well as her illustrations.

'The Story Of A Brief Marriage' Provides Intimate Look At Sri Lanka's Civil War

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Anuk Arudpragasam about his debut novel, The Story Of A Brief Marriage, which takes place over the course of a single day at a displaced persons camp during Sri Lanka's civil war.

Let's Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 2:32pm

These faux-Polynesian bars first became popular in the 1960s. Now, they're making a comeback. But some Pacific Islanders say there is a darker side to these downtown slices of paradise.

'Sad And Absurd': The U.S.S.R.'s Disastrous Effort To Create A Jewish Homeland

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:00pm

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses the Soviet effort, in 1929, to create an autonomous Jewish state in the country's far eastern region. Gessen is the author of Where The Jews Aren't.

'Everfair' Looks Into Steampunk's Dark Heart

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 6:00am

Nisi Shawl's new alternative history novel imagines a group of socialists and missionaries who found a new nation — Everfair — as a safe haven for those fleeing Belgian atrocities in the Congo.

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