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A Conversation With The Creator Of #OscarsSoWhite

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 11:24pm

The hashtag resurfaced this year as a protest against the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees. The woman who started it, April Reign, explains her frustrations — and her hopes for the future.

Finnish Authors Heat Up The Speculative Fiction World

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 9:00am

Finland hosts the World Science Fiction Convention in 2017 — but if you can't make it to Helsinki, hit the library: more and more Finnish speculative fiction authors are getting English translations.

Snow Cones Fresh From The Sky: Listeners Share Recipes

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin asks professor Staci Simonich if it's okay to eat snow. Also, our listeners called in with some of their favorite recipes using freshly fallen snow.

Death Memoirs: Why The Grave Subject Sells So Well

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

Why do we love to read about dying? NPR's Rachel Martin asks critic Michelle Dean about the enduring popularity of books like "The Last Lecture" and "Tuesdays with Morrie."

For Art's Sake, Minneapolis Man Freezes His Pants

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin notes an art installation, of sorts, by Tim Grotting. During the winter, the Minneapolis resident freezes pants and sets them upright in his neighborhood.

Passion And Obsession En Pointe In 'Girl Through Glass'

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:45am

Author Sari Wilson's new novel follows a young dancer in New York City in the 1970s, and a grown professor of dance years later — both of whom find their lives upended by dangerous relationships.

'The Road To Little Dribbling' Is A (Mostly) Pleasant Journey

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:00am

Bill Bryson follows up his classic travelogue Notes From A Small Island 20 years later — older, grayer, and definitely crankier. It's a charming trip, though marred by a little too much grumpiness.

Young Artists Find Home And Healing At Pittsburgh Art House

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 5:17am

Whenever artist Vanessa German worked on her porch, kids asked if they could help. Now, in a neighborhood struggling with poverty and crime, she's created a place where they can make art of their own.

Groucho Marx Spared No One — And His Biographer Isn't Pulling Punches, Either

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 4:04pm

Lee Siegel, author of Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence, wanted his biography to uncover the real man behind the iconic mustache. What Siegel found, he says, was "a thoroughgoing misanthrope."

Not My Job: We Quiz The U.S. Secretary Of Labor On Going Into Labor

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 8:54am

It's a little hard to play Not My Job this week because technically Thomas Perez's job is all the jobs.

From Streets To Stage, Two Dance Worlds See Harmonization And Chaos

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

When a San Francisco-based choreographer decided to take turf dancers off of the streets and trains of Oakland and put them on stage with ballet dancers, chaos ensued. Until she let them all improv together.

In First Novel, Former Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Tells A Story Of Captivity

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

The Blue Line follows a woman who is detained during Argentina's Dirty War. Betancourt says writing the novel helped her process the years she spent as a captive of Colombian revolutionaries.

After Long-Criticized Diversity Issue, Film Academy Votes To Change

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

The people in charge of the Oscars have announced reforms to increase diversity in their organization and in the awards. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Neda Ulaby.

'Black Wings' Is A Devilish Trip Worth Taking

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 6:00am

Elliott Chaze's classic 1953 noir about an escaped prisoner, a secretive blonde and one last big heist has just been reissued. Critic Michael Schaub says Chaze's writing stands out from the pulp pack.

Mulder And Scully On Why The World Is Ready For An 'X-Files' Reboot

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 5:17am

"People want a villain," says actor David Duchovny. "They want a reason, they want a cabal, they want a conspiracy." He and Gillian Anderson co-star in six new episodes of The X-Files.

Film Academy Votes To Increase Diversity

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:10pm

Following criticism of the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, the academy has voted to approve changes aimed at doubling the number of women and people of color by 2020.

Controversial Picture Books Surface Struggle To Help Children Understand Slavery

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:11pm

Experts say picture books that whitewash the history of slavery are just a symptom of an adult society. How can we explain it to kids, they argue, if we can't talk about it ourselves?

'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 12:20pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.

'X-Files' Reboot Brings Back Mulder, Scully And The Search For Truth

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:00am

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunite in Fox's six-episode revival of its famous science fiction series. TV critic David Bianculli says the new the X-Files is worth investigating.

'X-Files' Reboot Brings Back Mulder, Scully And The Search For Truth

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:00am

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunite in Fox's six-episode revival of its famous science fiction series. TV critic David Bianculli says the new X-Files is worth investigating.

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