400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare’s First Folio Goes Out On Tour

January 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.

‘Downtown Abbey’ Begins Its Sixth And Final Season

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

And it’s about time the mansion closed its doors for the last time, says reviewer Eric Deggans.

With Iowa Less Than A Month Away, Candidates Enter Crunch Time

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As candidates kick off the final month before primaries and caucuses, NPR’s Rachel Martin checks in with political correspondent Sarah McCammon. She’s just off the campaign trail in all-important Iowa.

In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins to See: A 2016 Poetry Preview

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

2016 brings with it an exciting crop of poetry books. Here are our picks for the best verse of the new year.

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

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When Carnegie Mellon launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It’s a lightweight, sturdy “portrait of humanity,” carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When a company named Astrobotic launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It’s a lightweight, sturdy “portrait of humanity,” carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

George R.R. Martin Admits ‘Winter’ Isn’t Coming — At Least, Not For A While

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.

New Year, New Laws: States Diverge On Gun Rights, Voting Restrictions

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In North Carolina, you’ll need ID to vote; in Oregon, people will be automatically registered. California has a new way to block a person’s access to firearms; in Texas, expect to see more handguns.

Absorbing Mystery Novel Offers A Glimpse Into Mormon Utah

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The second mystery by Mette Ivie Harrison boasts details about contemporary Mormon life that most of us aren’t privy to. NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates says His Right Hand is is her “one that got away.”

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best TV, Books, Movies And Music Of 2015

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

David Bianulli picks the best TV shows of the year. Short books dominate Maureen Corrigan’s best book list. David Edelstein recommends the year’s best films. Ken Tucker assesses the best music of ’15.

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