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Ecuador's Fanesca Is A Lenten Soup Flavored With Centuries Of Tradition

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:11am

This thick, creamy stew features 12 "grains" that represent the Twelve Apostles and cod (for Jesus). It takes days and many hands to prepare, a meal befitting Ecuador's elaborate Lenten traditions.

(Image credit: Amy Robertson for NPR)

'High Noon' Takes Aim At The Hollywood Blacklist

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 6:00am

Glenn Frankel's new book about the making of the classic Western sets its tumultuous production against the backdrop of the Hollywood "Red Scare," drawing parallels between celluloid and reality.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

America's 'Complacent Class': How Self-Segregation Is Leading To Stagnation

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:08am

Economist and author Tyler Cowen worries that Americans' desire to keep changing has gone away. "The forward march of progress," he says, "is not the main story today."

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'Priestess Of Polka Dots' Yayoi Kusama Gives Gallerygoers A Taste Of Infinity

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 4:06pm

The Japanese artist is known for her "infinity rooms," which have mirrored walls that make the space feel endless. Six of those rooms are now on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

(Image credit: Tomoaki Makino/Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama)

Unemployed, Living In A Caravan — And Now, Winner Of A $165,000 Literary Prize

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 2:05pm

Ali Cobby Eckermann, an Australian indigenous poet forcibly taken from her family as a child, discovered without warning last week she had just won one of the richest literary prizes in the world.

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A Fatal Hit-And-Run Leads To A Collision Of Cultures In 'Waking Lions'

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:09pm

A doctor is forced into secret medical service in Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's new novel. Maureen Corrigan calls it "a psychological suspense tale mashed with a social novel about the refugee crisis."

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Escaping A World On Fire In 'Exit West'

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 6:00am

Mohsin Hamid's new novel imagines a country, never specified, swollen with refugees from an ongoing conflict — and a series of mysterious doors that appear, offering escape, but also displacement.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Starbucks To Open In Italy, Home Of Espresso, In 2018. Italian Cafes Say Bring It

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:51pm

The coffeehouse giant plans several stores in Milan. But Italian coffeehouse owners aren't particularly worried. As one told us, they're not even in the same business.

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The British Celebrate Pancake Day With Sweet Races

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:31pm

The last day of February is called Pancake Day in the United Kingdom, and it is marked by pancake races. Teams run pan in hand toward the finish line in a tradition going back hundreds of years.

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'River On Fire' Explores Genius, Madness And The Poetry Of Robert Lowell

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:45pm

Kay Redfield Jamison's new book describes how Lowell's manic-depressive illness influenced his life and work. "His manias tended to lead him into writing a fresh kind of poetry," she says.

New 'Chimes At Midnight' DVD Recalls Orson Welles' Autobiographical Turn As Falstaff

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:45pm

Welles moved Shakespeare's mostly peripheral character to the center of this 1965 film. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says the performance "may be the most profound moment of Welles' entire film career."

PHOTOS: In Sri Lanka's Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 6:00am

The island nation is one of the world's biggest exporters of tea, an industry that employs a sizable part of the population. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

(Image credit: Victoria Milko for NPR)

'To Be A Machine' Digs Into The Meaning Of Humanity

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 6:00am

Mark O'Connell's new book is a lucid, soulful look at the transhumanist movement — a group who believe that direct interface between humans and machines is the only way forward for our species.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Encore: Mahershala Ali Plays An Unlikely Father Figure In 'Moonlight'

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers spoke to Ali in October about his experience working on the film, which won the Oscar for best picture.

'La La Land' Producer Reacts To Best Picture Blunder

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

A major blunder at the Academy Awards left La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz literally handing over his award to its rightful owner, the producers of Moonlight. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Horowitz about the mistake.

Remembering Actor Bill Paxton, Of 'A Simple Plan' And 'Twister' Fame

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 1:20pm

Paxton, who died Saturday due to complications with surgery, appeared in the TV series Big Love, as well as in blockbuster films like Titanic, Aliens and Apollo 13. Originally broadcast in 2002.

In NYC, 'Sweeney Todd' Baker Serves Up Some Bloody Good Pies

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 1:14pm

The off-Broadway play, in which a barber's clients become filling for meat pies, may make you lose your appetite. But former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses bakes a tempting pre-theater treat.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus )

Photographer Builds A 'Photo Ark' For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:52pm

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document every captive animal species in the world. He talks about getting an arctic fox to hold still, and Photoshopping out poop.

(Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

A Shocking Ending Caps A Big Oscar Night For 'Moonlight'

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 1:08am

It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.

(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Oscars 2017: Follow Our Live List As The Winners Are Announced

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 8:02pm

The 89th Academy Awards airs Sunday. Check back here as we update the our post with the complete list of winners.

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