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Robot Birds Teach Kids To Program In 'Secret Coders'

NPR | Oct. 07, 2015

The first installment in Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes' new graphic novel series uses goofy art — and four-eyed robotic birds — to get kids excited about learning to code.

'Casual' Takes A Hard Look At A Busted Family

NPR | Oct. 07, 2015

The new Hulu comedy-drama gets much of its power from veteran actress Michaela Watkins' smart performance as a newly separated woman who moves in with her emotionally underdeveloped brother.

I Met A Girl Named Maria

NPR | Oct. 07, 2015

VIP Sonia Manzano leads a game for mother-and-son contestants on their Sesame Street expertise.

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Culture Talks To Culture In 'Slaughterhouse 90210'

NPR | Oct. 7, 2015 8:39 a.m.

Maris Kreizman's clever, slyly provocative book suggests that what we think of as art and what we think of as entertainment have much to say to each other.

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After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR | Oct. 7, 2015 6:24 a.m.

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

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'Death By Water' Will Pull You Under

NPR | Oct. 7, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Kenzaburo Oe's new novel is a literary mystery in no rush for a solution. It follows an aging novelist, a stand-in for Oe himself, who returns home in search of clues to his father's drowning.

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Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

NPR | Oct. 6, 2015 8:59 p.m.

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

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Fan Fiction Comes To Life In 'Carry On'

NPR | Oct. 6, 2015 3:43 p.m.

"Meta" isn't quite sufficient to describe Rainbow Rowell's latest, which brings a fictional Harry Potteresque series described in her previous novel Fangirl to warm, messy, beautiful life.


Spa Hookups, Korean Parents, And Coming Out On Screen: Q&A With Filmmaker Andrew Ahn

NPR | Oct. 6, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Andrew Ahn came out to his family in his last film, Dol. This time, he films in sanctified Korean spaces to tell the wider community, "We love being Korean as much as you love being Korean."

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A Mixtape Of Russian History In 'Love And Techno'

NPR | Oct. 6, 2015 11:48 a.m.

Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

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Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality'

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 4:35 p.m.

The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

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Meet The Man Who Invents Languages For A Living

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 11:38 a.m.

David J. Peterson has crafted languages for TV shows and films — even a whole language for a single giant, in Game of Thrones. For him, every language is a balance of the technical and the artistic.

Books | Arts

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 11:31 a.m.

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

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