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

NPR | March 26, 2017

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

NPR | March 26, 2017

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.

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

NPR | March 26, 2017

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.

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

NPR | March 26, 2017 1:31 a.m.

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?

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Not My Job: Country Singer Charley Pride Gets Quizzed On Shame

NPR | March 25, 2017 8:46 a.m.

Charley Pride, one of the first African-American stars in country music, has sold more records for RCA than anyone not named Elvis Presley.

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We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit

NPR | March 25, 2017 4:45 a.m.

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.

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'Girl In Disguise' Is A Spunky Spy Saga

NPR | March 25, 2017 4 a.m.

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.

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Meet Jenni Konner, The Off-Screen 'Grown-Up' Who Helped Make 'Girls'

NPR | March 24, 2017 1:32 p.m.

For six seasons, Konner has been a sort of den mother to the show's millennial actresses. Today, she and Girls creator Lena Dunham are creative partners and best friends.

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'Beauty And The Beast,' Music, And More From South By Southwest

NPR | March 24, 2017 8:14 a.m.

This week, we visit the new Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, and we all report back from Austin about the happenings at South By Southwest.

Arts | Music

How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated 'The Psalms'

NPR | March 24, 2017 5:04 a.m.

Lenny Kaye is an elemental force in music and a spiritually attuned diviner of sounds. On this episode, he walks us through his process and his inspirations.

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Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

NPR | March 24, 2017 4 a.m.

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.


A Curmudgeonly Know-It-All Meets The Daughter He Doesn't: 'Wilson'

NPR | March 23, 2017 2 p.m.

Director Craig Johnson's film, based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, wants us to invest in a misanthrope's grumbling attempts to reconnect to humanity. Yet its uneven tone keeps us at a distance.


'I, Olga' Charts One Woman's Path From Alienation To Brutal, Senseless Violence

NPR | March 23, 2017 2 p.m.

The film about a young woman who ran her truck onto a Prague sidewalk in 1973, killing eight pedestrians, is tough to sit through, and recent events lend it a chilling sense of relevance.