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Aug 22, 2017
Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.
Aug 21, 2017
Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both men were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from both men.
Aug 21, 2017
While America was consumed by the total eclipse of the sun, residents of Mexico City witnessed a spectacle of a different order: Godzilla attacked the metropolis. Scenes from the new film were shot in the Mexican capital.
Aug 21, 2017
Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. "I want to elevate the mundane ..." she says. "This is the way I live my life."
Aug 21, 2017
In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.
Aug 21, 2017
The new film is set in the near future, when people can purchase holographic versions of their dead loved ones. This drama isn't about technology — it's sci-fi as a means of exploring our inner lives.
Aug 21, 2017
In "Beyond the Wall," beardy bros go on a wight-hunt and struggle to get to know one another. Luckily, in this penultimate episode of Season 7, they find the perfect ice-breaker.
Aug 20, 2017
Funny man George Wallace remembers how comedian and activist Dick Gregory opened the door for black comics to enter the mainstream. Gregory died Saturday at age 84.
Aug 20, 2017
Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.
Aug 20, 2017
Lewis, whose comedic duo with Dean Martin launched him to the peak of showbiz, starred and directed in dozens of films. He was perhaps just as famous for his charity work fighting muscular dystrophy.
Aug 20, 2017
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz of The New York Times play the Sunday Puzzle with Shari Meyer of Sommerville, Mass.
Aug 20, 2017
Bruce Handy's new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children's books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web, which he calls "a mastery novel of ideas" about life and death.
Aug 19, 2017
Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like the Vietnam War and police brutality.
Aug 19, 2017
NPR's Dwane Brown speaks with director Geremy Jasper and lead actress Danielle Macdonald about the film's message of finding yourself.
Aug 19, 2017
This week gave late night television shows a lot of material to work with — a recap and review of how they did.