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We Eat Tomatoes, Why Not Tornadoes? A New Kids’ Book Clears Up The Confusion
Can I Eat That? by food critic Joshua David Stein gets young readers curious about their food. And it’s fun for adults, too!
Actress Doris Roberts Of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Dies At 90
Actress Doris Roberts was best known for playing an overbearing yet lovable mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. NPR has a remembrance of the 90-year-old character actress, who died this week.
‘The Lost Neruda’ Can Now Be Found In ‘Then Come Back’
In 2014, archivists were combing through Pablo Neruda’s files when they came upon some unknown works. These writings have been translated into English and are now being published in a new collection.
David Duchovny On Baseball And How ‘X-Files’ Made Him A Better Writer
The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master’s degree in literature before starting his TV career.
A Thrilling TV Adaptation Of John Le Carré’s ‘Night Manager’
Le Carré’s 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he’s seen on TV.
50 Shades Of Shakespeare: How The Bard Used Food As Racy Code
The eggplant and peach emoji are standard code for racy thoughts these days, but food has been used for sexual innuendo for centuries. Shakespeare was a pro. (Happy Shakespeare Week!)
Tribeca Notebook: The Oddball’s Journey
Rachel Tunnard’s first feature, Adult Life Skills, finds ways to expand on the familiar formula of the frustrated, frustrating misfit trying to grow up.
One Life Changes Forever On ‘Mothering Sunday’
Graham Swift’s slim, incantatory new novel centers around young Jane, a maid on a rural estate, and the day in 1924 that unexpectedly alters the trajectory of her life.
The Lonely Side Of James Brown
When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown’s legacy.
How Social Media Smeared A Missing Student As A Terrorism Suspect
The documentary Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi explores what happened after a tweet misidentified a Brown University student as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
‘It Takes A Lot Of Bravery To Be Kind,’ Says Kids’ Author Kate DiCamillo
DiCamillo says Raymie Nightingale, the 10-year-old protagonist at the heart of her latest novel, is a lot like she was as a child: “Very introverted, watching, worrying, wondering, but also hopeful.”
In Shakespeare’s Plays, Mealtimes Were A Recipe For Drama
It’s difficult to name a play in which Shakespeare doesn’t cook up a bit of conflict around the table. The juiciest plot twists often happened when characters gathered for a meal.
#NPRpoetry Moment: The Watchful Dog, And A Falling Feather
All Things Considered has been inviting listeners to tweet their own poems with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Among them were two that caught our eye: one suspicious canine and a wisp of ancient myth.
#NPRpoetry Moment: Of Spirit And Bone
In this installment of All Things Considered‘s National Poetry Month series, we hear two poems from listeners — meditations on matter and soul — and a note from a teacher who’s gotten involved, too.
You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading
Returning to a book you’ve read before can feel like getting a drink with an old friend. But even though the book’s the same, you yourself may have changed — and that’s what makes rereading so rich.
This Is The Length Of Alex Trebek’s Game Show Tenure — What Is 50 Years?
The longtime Jeopardy! host got his start in 1966 on a show for Canadian high schoolers called Reach for the Top. Fifty years in, he says spending time with smart people is the best part of his job.
What If ‘Pride And Prejudice’ Was Set In Cincinnati?
In Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld’s retelling of the classic, Mr. Bingley is a reality TV star and Jane Bennet is a yoga teacher.
3 Years After Boston Marathon Bombing, The Story Of A Wrongly Accused Student
Brown University student Sunil Tripathi disappeared just before the Boston Marathon bombing, and was accused of being involved in the attack. A new documentary looks at the effects of the allegation.
Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off, Flaunting More Than Movies
The Tribeca Film festival starts this week and it’s going to showcase a lot more than films.
Richard Linklater Goes To College — 22 Years Later — In ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
The director’s new film follows a young baseball player through his first days of college; it’s kind of an informal sequel to Linklater’s 1993 last-days-of-high-school hit Dazed and Confused.
Horrors Pile Up Quietly In ‘The Other Slavery’
Andrés Reséndez’ new book is a careful and scholarly examination of the enslavement of indigenous people in the Americas. It lays bare a shameful chapter of history, with a clear line to the present.
‘Barbershop’ Returns, With Shears In Hand And New Twists In Mind
The latest in the Barbershop movie franchise is out this weekend. Screenwriter Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the screenplay, talks with NPR’s Michel Martin.
In ‘Confirmation,’ A Scathing Take On Our Troubles Discussing Race And Gender
The new HBO movie, which details the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Clarence Thomas, offers a powerful look at how badly the world handled the allegations against him, says NPR’s Eric Deggans.
#NPRpoetry Moment: What Do Toddlers And Politicians Have In Common?
All Things Considered is celebrating National Poetry Month by inviting listeners to submit their poems on Twitter with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. This time around, we get some pointed political humor.
Not My Job: NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth Gets Quizzed On Golf Carts
We’re recording in Milwaukee this week, so we’ve invited a Wisconsin native to the show. We’ll play a game called “Get a move on, pal!”
God And Sex Workers — Plus Cartoons — In ‘Mary Wept’
Chester Brown’s new graphic novel is hard to categorize — a work of lay scholarship about prostitution in the Bible that’s simultaneously ideosyncratic, meticulous, imaginative and heretical.
Pulitzer Prize Honors 100 Years Of Public Service Journalism
Monday, the Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced, and this year will mark the Pultizers’ centennial. Scott Simon talks with Roy Harris, who’s written a book about the awards, “Pulitzer’s Gold.”
A Talk With Pulitzer Prize Winners Past
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, Scott Simon will speak with past Pulitzer winners over the next few months. Simon previews this week’s conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed.
“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” Digs Into Thomas Jefferson’s Hypocrisy
Thomas Jefferson is one of America’s founders, and even after all these years, a mystery. Annette Gordon-Reed talks with Scott Simon about her book, with Peter Onuf, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs.”
#NPRreads: 3 Great Reads To Contemplate This Weekend
Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.
Mowgli Takes Convincing Lumps In The Digital World Of ‘The Jungle Book’
A new version of the classic Disney animated movie The Jungle Book features a live-action Mowgli in a digital jungle.
Why Do Some Pop Songs Become American Bar Classics?
NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks to writer Kenny Herzog about why some songs turn into American bar classics.
Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney’s New ‘Jungle Book’ To Life
A new version of the classic Disney animated movie features a live-action Mowgli and digitally created animals. It’s feat of animation and technical magic — the new smoke and mirrors of Hollywood.
Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains
Research shows that teenagers’ brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘The Mindy Project’ And Romantic Comedies
This week’s show brings in Audie Cornish and Margaret Willison to talk about Mindy Kaling’s just-returning OB/GYN comedy and about the state and ways of romantic comedy in general.
‘It’s So, So Complicated’: Kerry Washington On Clarence Thomas’ ‘Confirmation’
Washington stars as Anita Hill in the new HBO film Confirmation. She was 14 during the 1991 hearings, and says it was the first time she remembers her parents having different points of view.
Seamus Heaney’s Translation Of ‘The Aeneid’ Gets Posthumous Publication
NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with poetry critic Tess Taylor about the publication of the sixth book of The Aeneid translated by Seamus Heaney and published posthumously.
Political Thriller Series ‘Occupied’ Parallels Russia’s Actions In Ukraine
The new political thriller series, Occupied, was ahead of its time. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks to one of the show’s creators, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, about how the show parallels Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
‘Our Last Tango’: A Dance Movie With A Personal Storm At Its Center
Argentina’s premier tango couple is the subject of an ambitiously structured film that mixes dance with the story of a relationship that was both passionate and problematic.
Hey, They’re Moving Ryan Reynolds’ Consciousness Around Again
Criminal is the second film in a year that separates mind from body when it comes to poor, gorgeous Ryan Reynolds. In this case, his mind goes in Kevin Costner.
‘Green Room’: A Choreographed Thriller With A Spontaneous Beat
Green Room, from the director of the well-regarded thriller Blue Ruin, is the violent and inventive story of a touring punk band that gets in way over its head.
An Updated ‘Jungle Book’ Deftly Juggles Wonders And Threats
Jon Favreau directs a new version of The Jungle Book, in which Bill Murray and Christopher Walken help out with the voice work and the story considers the threats to the animals’ way of life.