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Author Finds A Counter-Narrative Of Equality In Adam And Eve Story

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:26:20 -0400

Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, "The First Love Story," and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.

'Wait Till You See Me Dance' Is A Marvelous Waltz Of Misdirection

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:16 -0400

Deb Olin Unferth's story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.

Actor, Director And Writer Andrew McCarthy Takes On Young Adult Fiction

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to actor and director Andrew McCarthy about his new young adult novel, Just Fly Away.

Jay Chandrasekhar Of 'Super Troopers' On His Memoir 'Mustache Shenanigans'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

Jay Chandrasekhar of Super Troopers fame talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his new memoir about how he made it in Hollywood. The book is called Mustache Shenanigans.

How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

Forget F. Scott: In 'Z,' Christina Ricci Tells Zelda Fitzgerald's Story

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

There's a common misconception (popularized by Ernest Hemingway) that Zelda Fitzgerald ruined her husband's life. The truth, Ricci says, is much more complicated.

Duncan Hines: The Original Road Warrior Who Shaped Restaurant History

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The name on that box of cake mix belonged to a real person. Hines was a traveling salesman who just wanted to find a decent meal on the road — and ended up being America's go-to restaurant expert.

Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of 'Beauty And The Beast'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:31:00 -0400

Disney's new live-action extravaganza is just the latest retelling of this classic fairy tale. But why do Beauty and her Beast have such a hold on us? And why are there so many versions of their tale?

Students Serve Up Stories Of Beloved Family Recipes In A Global Cookbook

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:03:00 -0400

Many students at D.C.'s Capital City Charter School are first-generation Americans. For a creative writing project, a literacy nonprofit picked a topic everyone could relate to: food from home.

Atoning For The Past In 'The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley'

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:36 -0400

In Hannah Tinti's new novel, a daughter discovers her father's dark past by investigating the 12 bullet scars on his body. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tinti about The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.

These 'Women In The Castle' Provide New Perspectives On Nazi Germany

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:00 -0400

Jessica Shattuck's novel follows three German women — all war widows, and all of very different political persuasions — who take refuge in a ruined Bavarian castle at the end of World War II.

'Girl In Disguise' Is A Spunky Spy Saga

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Little is known about the real life of Kate Warne, the first female detective in America — but Greer Macallister's romp of a novel paints her as a live wire, an ace in a dangerous man's world.

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:46:01 -0400

In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles. Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.

Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."