Ari Shapiro

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Lawrence Osborne Doesn't Care If You Like His Characters In 'Beautiful Animals'

Friday, July 14, 2017

"Likable characters are usually completely forgettable ... " he says. "We love villains ... because they show us these disturbing complexities." His sun-drenched summer novel is set on a Greek island.

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'Stains On The Sidewalk': Photographer Remembers Year Of Murders In Baltimore

Thursday, July 13, 2017

For her project, "Stains on the Sidewalk," photographer Amy Berbert is memorializing each murder in Baltimore last year with a photograph taken on the "same day, same time, same place."

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Nevada Voters, Divided Over Health Care, Put Moderate Republican In Tough Spot

Friday, July 07, 2017

Amid protests during recess, Sen. Dean Heller stayed on the sidelines in his state's health care tug-of-war. Heller is one of the few moderate Republicans expected to have swaying power in the vote.

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How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Smithsonian's first brewing historian explores everything from immigration to urbanization through the lens of beer. And with the boom in microbrewing, she says beer's story has come full circle.

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Maryland Farmer Fights To Keep Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Alive

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Chesapeake Bay cleanup depends heavily on farmers taking steps to keep runoff from entering the bay. But the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to help them do it has been controversial. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to one Maryland farmer who changed his mind about the EPA efforts to clean up the bay.

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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

After years of failed attempts at cleaning up the dead zones, the Chesapeake Bay, once a national disgrace, is teeming with wildlife again. But success is fragile, and it might be even more so now.

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Tituss Burgess Says He Plays The Most 'Everyman' Character On 'Kimmy Schmidt'

Monday, June 26, 2017

Titus Andromedon "doesn't have money to pay the rent; he can't keep a job; he gets racially profiled," Burgess says. "I mean, so what that he ... wears women's clothes?"

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Confronting The Possibility Of Monsters In 'The Essex Serpent'

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The clash between science and religious belief lies at the heart of Sarah Perry's new novel, set in a marshy, windswept English town menaced by a serpentine monster that may or may not truly exist.

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Before The Rumble In The Jungle, Music Rang Out At Zaire 74

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela and producer Stewart Levine organized the 1974 festival and produced the new album Zaire 74: The African Artists, which captures performances by Miriam Makeba, Franco and more.

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alt-J Talk Chasing Excitement And Magic On A Confident New Album

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman tell Ari Shapiro about their songwriting process, how alt-J put its spin on a classic folk song and how the band has progressed over the years.

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'Praise The Lard': A Barbecue Legend Shows Us How To Master Smoked Chicken Wings

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mike Mills' chicken wings have been named the best in the country. He is even in the Barbecue Hall of Fame. His new book with daughter Amy Mills shares the gospel of barbecue with home cooks.

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This Simple Puzzle Test Sealed The Fate Of Immigrants At Ellis Island

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What did it take to get through Ellis Island? For a few years, it took passing a puzzle test. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Adam Cohen, who wrote about it in Smithsonian Magazine.

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Sylvan Esso On The Pressure To Make Magic — Again

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Once Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn became famous as Sylvan Esso, they immediately felt the burdens of replicating their success. Three years after their electro-pop debut, they're back with What Now.

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Female Marines Tackle What They Call A Corps' 'Culture of Sexism'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maj. Janine Garner's photo was swept into the online group in which users, including some fellow troops, graded or demeaned military women. Now she is joining with other Marines to return fire.

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'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Facebook executive lost her husband in 2015. She says, "Rather than offer to do something, it's often better to do anything. Just do something specific." Her new book is called Option B.

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Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

Monday, April 24, 2017

The duo met in college and loved right away how their voices "cradled one another. " They speak with NPR's Ari Shapiro about learning to work together, and perform selections from their debut.

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Woman Returns To Her Slave Cabin Childhood Home In The Smithsonian

Friday, April 14, 2017

This week, Isabelle Meggett Lucas got to visit her childhood home — in the Smithsonian, which moved the house from South Carolina to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Outgoing 'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Says 'Being Funny Is Being Awake'

Friday, April 14, 2017

After 20 years as the magazine's cartoon gatekeeper, Bob Mankoff is stepping down. He says humor helps us cope with hardship, get along with one another — and, in general, makes life more enjoyable.

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'Leftovers' Producer Says Final Season Is 'About The Stories We Tell Ourselves'

Friday, April 14, 2017

The HBO series is set a few years after 2 percent of the world's population suddenly vanishes. Executive producer Mimi Leder says the show revolves around some of life's biggest questions.

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Fitzgerald Didn't Satisfy This Author, So She Wrote Her Own 'Gatsby'-Inspired Novel

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Stephanie Powell Watts' No One Is Coming to Save Us isn't quite a retelling of The Great Gatsby; instead, it uses similar themes to tell a story about black characters in a declining furniture town.

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