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Ilyon Woo's new book explores the relentless pursuit of freedom

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

In "Master Slave Husband Wife," Ilyon Woo describes the story of Ellen and William Craft escaping slavery.


Banned Books: Maia Kobabe explores gender identity in 'Gender Queer'

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Maia Kobabe set out to express an experience with gender identity. The graphic memoir Gender Queer is now the most banned book in the United States, according to the American Library Association.


Banned Books: Author Jerry Craft on telling stories all kids can identify with

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Jerry Craft published the Newbury award-winning graphic novel New Kid in 2019. The novel focuses on the experience of being Black and the "new kid" at a predominantly white school.


Banned Books: Author Susan Kuklin on telling stories that inform understanding

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Susan Kuklin published the award-winning Beyond Magenta in 2014. The collection of images and interviews with transgender and nonbinary teens and young adults centers their experiences and identities.


Banned Books: Author Ashley Hope Pérez on finding humanity in the 'darkness'

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Ashley Hope Pérez published Out of Darkness in 2015 to critical acclaim. The novel re-contextualized contemporary issues of race providing a historical framework in a not-so-post-racial America.


According to your pet: share a poem

Monday, December 05, 2022

One thing that's nice about having pets, they give you unconditional love. Poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander is asking you to share a poem in the voice of your pet.


Barbra Streisand remembers the first time she 'felt the warmth of a spotlight'

Friday, November 18, 2022

Recorded in 1962, the newly remastered Live at the Bon Soir was meant to be Streisand's debut album, despite the singer's aversion to public performance.


Meghan Trainor rediscovers her self-love as a new mom

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

The pop star first drew attention with the 2014 hit "All About That Bass" — she's back with a new full-length album hearkening to that era, called Takin' It Back.


Bono discusses his new memoir, 'Surrender,' and the faith at U2's core

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The veteran rock star speaks with Morning Edition about his new memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story — and in particular, his deep-rooted spirituality.


Their book is banned from dozens of districts, but has helped countless young readers

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Writer and LGBTQ activist George M. Johnson spoke with Morning Edition about what's lost when books like their 2020 memoir All Boys Aren't Blue are banned from school libraries.


A new school year begins. What are your goals for teachers and students?

Monday, August 29, 2022

With a new school year underway, we're wondering what goals you might be setting for yourselves. NPR poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander asks you to write about one of your goals in the form of a poem.


'1982' explores the complexities of love and war in Lebanon

Friday, June 10, 2022

1982 is a love story set against the backdrop of war, when Israel invaded Lebanon 40 years ago. Lebanese filmmaker Oualid Mouaness, inspired by his own memories, wrote the and directed the film.


Margarita Engle explores what it's like to be an outsider in 'Singing with Elephants'

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

NPR's A Martinez speaks with Cuban-American author Margarita Engle about her novel: Singing with Elephants.


Elif Batuman's sequel 'Either/Or' follows a young woman's sexual awakening

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Either/Or is Batuman's sequel to her bestselling Pulitzer finalist novel The Idiot.


'Mirror Made of Rain' looks at how patterns of self-destruction are inherited

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Naheed Phiroze Patel's debut novel Mirror Made of Rain is out in the U.S. this week.


In Appreciation of Teachers: Share a poem

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

As the school year draws to a close, is there a teacher who has inspired you? Share with us a poem showing your appreciation for educators who have inspired you.


These Ukrainian students are competing virtually in an international science fair

Monday, May 09, 2022

Students from Ukraine are among the finalists in this week's Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. They're researching topics from cancer treatments to cockroaches.


'Dreams do still come true' in a new novel by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Friday, April 29, 2022

Parton didn't just co-write the novel, she also recorded a whole album to go with it. Run, Rose, Run is about an aspiring country singer trying to shake a dark past and make it big in music.


Cypress Hill's impact comes into focus in new documentary

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Cypress Hill's '90s sensational hit "Insane in the Brain" is also the title of a new Showtime documentary out this week about the hip-hop group.


As an international march draws support for Ukraine, what else can the U.S. do?

Monday, February 07, 2022

U.S. officials say Russia has about 70% of its military in place for a full invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, people in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv marched against Russian aggression on Sunday.