Authors Of ‘All American Boys’ Talk About How Book Has Sparked Race Discussion

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In All American Boys, a video of a policeman beating a black student goes viral. The book’s authors, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, talk about how their story is sparking conversations about race.

Harlan Ellison Returns With A ‘Can’tankerous’ New Collection

January 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The sci-fi legend is America’s national curmudgeon — and his rage, humor and a little sadness are all on display in a new collection of short pieces, interspersed with thoughts about his 2014 stroke.

100 Years On, Cleveland Play House Stays True To Its Regional Mission

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been called the oldest professional regional theater in the United States. The Cleveland Play House was founded in 1915 by a group of artists and social activists dissatisfied with the commercial fare that dominated theaters at the time. The theater has had its ups and downs, but it’s stayed true to its original mission of presenting challenging work with a primarily local cast and crew.

‘Concussion’ Forces Football Players To Contemplate Safety Risks

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The new film Concussion has many football players thinking about the possible long-term health risks of the game. But that hasn’t stopped two brothers from taking the field.

Encore: Artist Makes It Big With Adult Coloring Books

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As adult coloring books hit the bestseller list on Amazon, NPR’s Audie Cornish talks to illustrator Johanna Basford. This story originally aired on April 1, 2015, on All Things Considered.

Singer Natalie Cole Dead At 65

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Grammy award-winning singer and daughter of Nat King Cole died from complications with ongoing medical issues.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other, 2016 Edition

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Our now-traditional New Year’s show forces us to reckon with last year’s predictions and resolutions, and then we move on to this year’s versions.

In 2015, TV Broke Ground By Showing Relatable Women In Hijab

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When Muslim women in headscarves appear on TV, it’s often in the context of hate crimes, terrorism or politics. But in 2015, TV showed hijab-wearing women joking, coding and cooking up a storm.

‘Mein Kampf’ Enters Public Domain; Arguably, Anne Frank’s Diary May, Too

December 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

European rights to the two stark Holocaust artifacts may both expire on Friday. Reprints of Hitler’s manifesto have been received warily; the legal case around Frank’s diary is significantly murkier.

With ‘Sophia,’ A Forgotten Suffragette Is Back In The Headlines

December 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We get hundreds of books in the mail every week, and some always fall through the cracks. NPR’s Petra Mayer singles out a biography of a Sikh princess turned suffragette for a second look.

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