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Le Carre Adaptation Takes 'Our Kind of Traitor' On A Tour Of The Underworld

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

A professor (Ewan McGregor) gets drawn into a seedy and violent world of criminal intrigue by a boisterous Mafioso (Stellan Skarsgard).

Encore: 'Future Shock' 40 Years Later

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

Future Shock by Alvin Toffler was a huge sensation when it was published in 1970. The book perfectly captured the angst of that time and prepared society for more changes to come.

Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Invites New Members

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to UCLA professor Darnell Hunt about the new class of members on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

In District Merchants, Shylock is still Jewish, but half of the other characters are freed slaves. The playwright says he was inspired but a reference to slavery in Shakespeare's original text.

Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

The BFG is the new Steven Spielberg movie based off the Roald Dahl book. It's about a girl and a friendly giant triumphing over bullies and adversity. And it's got something familiar about it, too.

In Prison, The Passion That Drove A Yogurt-Maker To Arson Still Burns

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 2:39pm

The yogurt entrepreneur who set fire to his factory remains in prison, but he's in better spirits now. "He's dreaming again," says his wife.

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:28pm

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:29pm

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"

'A Hundred Thousand Worlds' Might Be A Few Too Many

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:45pm

Bob Proehl's sprawling novel follows actor Valerie and her son Alex on an epic road trip, punctuated by stops at comic conventions. It's a charming but messy debut that crams in too many ideas.

'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:13pm

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

'The Big Sheep' Plays Hardboiled Sci-Fi To The Hilt

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 6:00am

It's not hard to parse the two main influences on Robert Kroese's new novel The Big SheepL Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler. But Kroese's knack for humor helps elevate their gonzo grimness.

In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:37pm

It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it's his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.

'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.

Remembering Michael Herr, Whose 'Dispatches' Brought The War In Vietnam Home

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:55pm

Herr's 1977 book, Dispatches, was based on his time covering the Vietnam War. He also contributed to the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Herr died last week. Originally broadcast in 1990.

'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika's First Summer In The U.S.

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:49pm

Author Donald. G. McNeil Jr. predicts that 2016 will be the worst for Zika transmission in the U.S. "After this year, a fair number of people will be immune, and ... immunity will grow," he says.

'Icon' Keeps The Shutters Clicking And The Danger Growing

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 6:00am

We first met diplomat Suyana Sapaki in Persona; she was a C-lister in a world where statecraft and celebrity are interchangeable. But now she's on the rise — and the stakes are getting higher, too.

Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:52am

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Meet William Merritt Chase, The Man Who Taught America's Masters

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:52am

Chase taught some of America's greatest artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper. On the centennial of the great teacher's death, a new exhibit in Washington, D.C., celebrates his life.

'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 3:28pm

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:14pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is Then and Now.

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