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'Eleanor Amplified,' An Adventure Podcast For The Whole Family

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:45pm

Fresh Air producer John Sheehan discusses The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified, a new comic podcast for kids featuring an intrepid radio reporter who foils plots and outwits crafty villains.

A Starkly Different Iron Man: Black, Female, And 15 Years Old

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:21am

Meet Riri Williams, a teenage genius who will be stepping into the Iron Man suit following the events of Marvel Comics' latest crossover event.

'Faith' Makes Fat A Force To Reckon With

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 9:00am

Valiant Comics' plus-size superhero is starring in her first solo book — and while the story (and her costume) underwhelm, Faith herself is a glorious creation; smart, compassionate, geeky and fun.

'Here Comes The Sun' Shows A Complex, Heartbreakingly Real Jamaica

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

Nicole Dennis-Benn's assured, gorgeous debut novel follows Margot, a worker at a rich Jamaican resort, whose home life is a series of sacrifices as she struggles with family and forbidden love.

Dine Like A Soviet Spy: Old KGB Haunt Opens Its Doors Again

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:48am

Soviet-era movie stars, cosmonauts and, yes, intelligence agents once socialized at Aragvi over chicken tabaka and Georgian wine. Now the restaurant has reopened for regular diners.

National Park Daguerreotypes Invite Viewers To 'Merge With The Land'

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Photographer Binh Danh melds early photographic materials and timeless landscapes to produce ethereal images of National Parks. He says it's his hope that viewers "see themselves in the picture."

From 'Runt Of The Litter' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 1:23pm

Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip flop" he says, "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."

In The Queer Kitchen: 'Food That Takes Pleasure Seriously'

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:00am

Writer John Birdsall firmly believes there is a queer aesthetic in modern food culture. He and other LBGT chefs discuss the role of sexual identity and race in the kitchen.

'Hell Gate' Is An Infectious But Unsatisfying Take On Typhoid Mary

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:00am

Dana I. Wolff's new novel digs up the story of infamous disease vector "Typhoid Mary" Mallon — it's a fun, fast read, but misses a rich opportunity to draw parallels to modern pandemic scares.

James Corden Takes His Turn Driving The 'Carpool'

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:40pm

James Corden tells NPR's Ari Shapiro how he keeps having fun with "Carpool Karaoke." This story originally aired March 8 on All Things Considered.

'This Is No Paradise': Author Explores The Side Of Jamaica Tourists Don't See

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:40pm

The characters in Here Comes the Sun are working class women, struggling with money, sexuality and the pressures of tourism. It is a debut novel for Jamaican author Nicole Dennis-Benn.

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:40pm

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm — a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel. Gibney talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about the film and the future of cyber warfare.

A Tribute To The Late American Composer Eubie Blake

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 8:00am

Blake's music is featured in the Broadway revival, Shuffle Along. Our tribute features live performances of his songs and interviews with pianist Dick Hyman, among others. Originally broadcast in '98.

Michael Cimino, Director Of 'The Deer Hunter,' Dies At 77

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 11:52am

Cimino received broad critical acclaim for the 1978 Vietnam War epic The Deer Hunter, which won five Oscars. He followed it up with Heaven's Gate, one of the most famous flops in film history.

As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am

The flavorful fruits originated in Central Asia; the wheat, in the Mideast. The lard? Courtesy of the Spanish. Spices came via the Banda Islands. Put them altogether for an all-American treat.

Not My Job: How Much Does Producer Norman Lear Know About Learjets?

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 10:17am

There was a time in the 1970s when the most-watched TV shows all had one thing in common: They were produced by Norman Lear. We've invited him to play a game that has nothing to do with any of that.

Overlooked But Undeterred, A 101-Year-Old Artist Finally Gets Her Due

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:38am

Carmen Herrera was making art in the '50s and '60s but her male counterparts were getting all of the attention. Now, she's still hard at work and finally getting some long overdue recognition.

Learn To Make Korean Food With A Charming Graphic Cookbook

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 6:00am

Robin Ha's Cook Korean! uses brightly colored illustrations to break down the process of making dishes like acorn jelly salad or kimchi stew.

The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 5:57am

Coloring books are everywhere. Some kids and parents love them. Even grown-ups are getting in on the fun. But do they have any educational value?

For Filmmaker Brian De Palma, It All Started With Alfred Hitchcock

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel uses a new documentary about film director Brian De Palma to talk to him about his career highs and lows, techniques, and how deeply he has been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock.

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