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Adventurer Says 'Walking The Himalayas' Wasn't About 'Sticking Flags In Peaks'

NPR | May 29, 2016

Levison Wood, who previously walked the length of the Nile River, has now trekked 1,700 miles, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, along the Himalayan mountain range.

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

NPR | May 29, 2016

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.

Lonely 'Hope' Appears, But Is Quickly Forgotten

NPR | May 29, 2016

Claire North's moving new novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope centers on a young woman who cannot be remembered; only animals or people with brain damage can recall their interactions with her.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Craig Fugate, Head Of FEMA, On Zima

NPR | May 28, 2016 8:20 a.m.

This week we've invited Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the show. (So if a giant asteroid crashes into Earth while he plays our quiz, you're on your own.)

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'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

NPR | May 28, 2016 4 a.m.

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do.

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Check Out These Musicians Who Literally Play With Their Food

NPR | May 27, 2016 8:20 a.m.

It turns out beans aren't the only musical fruit. The London Vegetable Orchestra is one of many musical acts that use all sorts of fruit and veg to produce sweet (and savory) sounds.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live At The Vulture Festival

NPR | May 27, 2016 5:46 a.m.

Audie Cornish joins us this week for a chat about the things we pick over endlessly and the sometimes unsatisfying intersection of politics and pop culture.


Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

NPR | May 26, 2016 4:59 p.m.

After her 2008 movie, Punisher: War Zone, flopped, Alexander had a hard time getting new projects. She was in what's known as Hollywood's "movie jail," a common experience for female directors.


'X-Men' Issues: Hiding Oscar Isaac Is Only The Beginning

NPR | May 26, 2016 2 p.m.

The latest period installment of the mutant franchise gets the gang back together, but the time machine seems to be running out of juice.


In 'The Idol,' A Singer Faces More Than Just Harsh Judges

NPR | May 26, 2016 2 p.m.

Based on the real story of Mohammed Assaf's run on Arab Idol, the film follows a boy whose dreams as a singer eventually lead him into a tricky journey toward his big moment.


There's No Wonder Left For 'Alice'

NPR | May 26, 2016 2 p.m.

Other than brand extension, there seems to be no reason at all for Alice Through The Looking Glass to exist. And it shows in the final product.


Competitive Men Are At Sea In 'Chevalier'

NPR | May 26, 2016 2 p.m.

Athina Rachel Tsangari's black comedy about men who undertake a petty but brutal competition while aboard a yacht together may or may not be a political allegory.

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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

NPR | May 26, 2016 10:12 a.m.

The electronic musician's memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves.