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'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

NPR | April 25, 2017

The Facebook executive lost her husband in 2015. She says, "Rather than offer to do something, it's often better to do anything. Just do something specific." Her new book is called Option B.

Gripping Comics Memoir 'Hostage' Puts You In The Room Where Nothing Happens

NPR | April 25, 2017

Cartoonist Guy Delisle departs from the first-person travelogue format which has won him acclaim to chronicle the true story of a man kidnapped and detained for months in the Caucasus region in 1997.

The Good And Goofy 'Great News' Comes To NBC

NPR | April 25, 2017

A new NBC comedy has a lot of 30 Rock DNA, and it shows. While it's uneven at first, viewers who stick with it will get a satisfying blast of very silly jokes.

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Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

NPR | April 24, 2017 2:05 p.m.

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 melodrama.

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6 Films From New Portland Animators

OPB | April 24, 2017 10:30 a.m. | Portland

Here are six short, dynamic films that showcase Portland's modern animators. 

Arts | Books

In Ann Brashare's Latest, Two Kids From A Fractured Family Meet At Last

NPR | April 24, 2017 9:02 a.m.

The author behind the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series writes from experience — her parents divorced when she was young, and she says the divisions remain "to this day."

Arts | Entertainment | Food

Not My Job: We Quiz The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, On Footwear

NPR | April 22, 2017 9:45 a.m.

In 1978, Garten left her government job and bought a specialty food store in the Hamptons. That store grew into a career, a series of cookbooks and a popular show on the Food Network.

Arts | Books

David McCullough's Collected Speeches Will Give Your 'American Spirit' A Boost

NPR | April 22, 2017 7 a.m.

Speeches in book form are a reliable cash cow for publishers, and tend to fall into the "last minute gift idea" category. But David McCullough's new The American Spirit is a happy exception.

Arts | Books

Wanting More From 'Imagine Wanting Only This'

NPR | April 22, 2017 4 a.m.

Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.


City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City'

NPR | April 21, 2017 2:23 p.m.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.

Arts | Entertainment

From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

NPR | April 21, 2017 7:41 a.m.

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Fate Of The Furious' Plus Clapbacks And Feuds

NPR | April 21, 2017 6:42 a.m.

This week's show combines a chat about The Fate Of The Furious that we had with Gene Demby and Chris Klimek and a discussion of clapbacks and feuds from our Chicago live show, led off by Sam Sanders.


A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

NPR | April 20, 2017 2:53 p.m.

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."

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