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Jan 21, 2019
"A library can be a loud place," says a city official in charge of Moscow's 400-plus public libraries, which have begun attracting visitors with coffee shops, theater rehearsals and lectures.
Jan 21, 2019
In Olivia Hinebaugh's new novel, a girl gets fed up with her school's abstinence-only classes and sets herself up as a sex ed expert, handing out condoms and advice with help from her mom, a nurse.
Jan 21, 2019
A comedian, writer, actor, director and producer, Carl Reiner was part of the golden days of television. But these days, he's producing a lot of books.
Jan 20, 2019
You may not think the world needs another retelling of Jane Austen's classic, but Soniah Kamal's Unmarriageable has an undercurrent of social and political commentary that makes it a worthwhile read.
Jan 19, 2019
Karen Thompson Walker's new novel imagines a pandemic that puts victims into a deep sleep, giving them strange dreams from which they may not wake up — and panicking those still awake.
Jan 19, 2019
We've invited the longtime, late night talk show host to play a game called "Team Coco, meet hot cocoa!" O'Brien is now host of Conan on TBS, and has a new podcast called Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend.
Jan 19, 2019
While some bakers believe that soft wheat flour, found primarily in the American South, is the best for making light, flaky biscuits, others say the key to better biscuits comes down to technique.
Jan 19, 2019
The epistolary novel from author Amanda Sthers, newly available in English and now adapted into a feature film, is a story of reconciliation (and raising swine among Jews).
Jan 19, 2019
The 1976 movie Network struck a nerve with its darkly comic predictions about celebrity news anchors and the rise of infotainment. Now, a stage adaptaion is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway.
Jan 19, 2019
Marc Fernandez' noir has fascinating elements — a crusading journalist, a trans detective, and the tragic real-life snatching of thousands of babies in Franco-era Spain — but ultimately falls flat.
Jan 18, 2019
Shyamalan's latest film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy in an eccentric, perilously self-indulgent sequel that braids together two previous movies: Unbreakable and Split.
Jan 18, 2019
Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her transition into the mainstream in Educated. Originally broadcast Feb. 20, 2018.
Jan 18, 2019
The debut feature from Melissa B. Miller strains to endear itself to viewers — and some performances succeed. But the characters lack personality and the drama any conflict.
Jan 18, 2019
Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and America's Got Talent: The Champions host Terry Crews reflects on his football career, activist work, and his breakthrough in Hollywood.
Jan 18, 2019
After being elected to the Danish parliament, Özlem Cekic—a Muslim immigrant to Denmark—began receiving hate mail. To counter it, she did the unexpected: she met her harrassers face to face.