Melissa Gray

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From 'Magnum, P.I.' to dancing with royalty, Tom Selleck shares his journey in new memoir

Saturday, May 04, 2024

Tom Selleck became a TV star in the 1980s as the Hawaii-based detective of "Magnum, P.I." He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what it took to get there and his new memoir, "You Never Know."


GennaRose Nethercott on her short story collection 'Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart'

Sunday, February 04, 2024

NPR's Elissa Nadworny talks with GennaRose Nethercott about the power of folklore and her collection of strange and fantastic short stories, "Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart."


NPR staffers share their favorite memoirs from the 2023 Books We Love list

Sunday, December 31, 2023

We have five biography and memoir suggestions from NPR's Books We Love: "Spare," "Congratulations! The Best is Over," "Sunshine," "Thicker Than Water," and "Sure, I'll Join Your Cult."


Cher releases her first Christmas album

Saturday, November 04, 2023

A new first in a career spanning 7 decades: Cher now has a Christmas album. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the singer/actress/icon about why she's finally recorded one.


Rachel Harrison on her new horror novel 'Black Sheep'

Sunday, September 17, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with Rachel Harrison about her new horror novel, "Black Sheep," which asks what must be sacrificed in order to go home again.


Stephen Buoro on his comic novel 'The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa'

Sunday, April 23, 2023

A Nigerian teen obsessed with the West comes of age in a dangerous country. NPR's Camila Domonoske talks with Stephen Buoro about his comic novel, "The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa."


NPR staff recommend the fiction books we love

Sunday, December 18, 2022

NPR staff recommend four novels from our Books We Love list: "A Merry Little Meet Cute," "The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen," "The Devil Takes You Home," and "Lapvona."


Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' comes alive in a new collection of stories

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The artist builds on the Afrofuturistic world from her 2018 album in a new short story collection titled The Memory Librarian. She tells NPR about her nightmare that inspired the project.


Louisiana program helps young adults transition out of foster care

Saturday, March 26, 2022

A program in Louisiana helps young adults who've aged out of the foster care system. It gives them guidance on how to meet basic needs like housing, work and healthcare on their own.


Famed author Jodi Picoult novelizes the pandemic in new book 'Wish You Were Here'

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Picoult's pandemic-inspired story focusing on a character stranded in the Galápagos Islands highlights how events can change us — and offer perspective.


As they elect a governor, Virginia voters show how all politics have become national

Monday, November 01, 2021

Arguments over race, the pandemic and the impact on schools have taken center stage. Democrats fight back voter disaffection as a Republican candidate gains traction in a state that's trended blue.


Billie Eilish Can't Wait To See The Future

Sunday, August 01, 2021

With lyrics poking at the ways young women are scrutinized and exploited, Happier than Ever finds Eilish in some dark corners — but the pop supernova tells NPR she's got lots to feel hopeful about.


Making Super Bowl Guacamole? Be Careful To Avoid The Pits Of An Avocado Hand Injury

Sunday, February 02, 2020

The Super Bowl is a big day for guacamole, which could also mean more ER visits. A recent study links avocado consumption to hand injuries.


Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

Friday, December 14, 2018

Though best-known for his auteur work, the mastermind of Hamilton and In the Heights says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical.


How Slick Rick And Queen Latifah 'Breathed Life Into Hip-Hop' In 1988

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia of NPR's podcast What's Good explain why they think 1988 was a banner year for hip-hop.


Black Thought Sets Out On His Own

Friday, June 01, 2018

Streams of Thought Vol. 1, the debut solo project from the voice of The Roots, shows off a side of the rapper fans rarely get to hear.


What Makes A Jazz Standard?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Christian McBride of Jazz Night in America joins NPR's Audie Cornish with a few criteria for what turns a regular composition into a canonized classic.


Questlove Aims To Save Your Brain: 'Creativity Might Be In Jeopardy'

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The Roots bandleader and Renaissance man has a new book called Creative Quest, in which he advises readers on how to consider creativity, how to pursue it and how to channel it.


Lucibela Channels The Joy Of Cape Verde On 'Laço Umbilical'

Monday, April 23, 2018

The 32-year-old singer shows off a liquid voice rich with the music and culture of her native country for her debut album.


Kelela On Taking Herself Apart

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Washington, D.C.-born R&B singer, whose debut studio album landed on many critic's lists of the best music of 2017, says music taught her to be fearless.