Ryan Benk

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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.


A new drug is worsening the opioid crisis in Philadelphia

Saturday, October 28, 2023

The Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia has been dealing with an opioid crisis for years. A drug known as "tranq" is further complicating an already fraught situation.


Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key on their new book about the history of sketch comedy

Saturday, October 07, 2023

NPR's Scott Simon asks Keegan-Michael and Elle Key about their new book, "The History of Sketch Comedy."


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.


The Library of Congress's latest addition is a guide to African American banjo music

Sunday, August 27, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with researcher Joe Johnson and musician Jake Blount about the new Library of Congress guide to African American banjo music resources in its collection.


How the brain processes music, with a little help from Pink Floyd

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Scientists at University of California Berkeley have recreated a Pink Floyd song using previously recorded brain waves. In the process, they've learned a lot about how the brain processes music.


Author Daniel Kraus on his new thriller 'Whalefall'

Sunday, August 13, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe and bestselling author Daniel Kraus speak about his new thriller, "Whalefall."


Black Opry founder Holly G. is fighting for Black country music to be recognized

Saturday, July 22, 2023

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Black Opry founder Holly G. about Jason Aldean's latest single and the fight to recognize Black contributions to country music.


Nicolle Horbath sings about the pandemic with a bossa nova twist

Saturday, July 22, 2023

NPR Tiny Desk Contest entrant Nicolle Horbath composed songs about the pandemic but gave them a bossa nova twist.


Bettye LaVette's new album is brimming with soulful confidence

Sunday, June 18, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to soul singer Bettye LaVette about her new album, "LaVette!" and her years of performing on the club circuit.


'Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares' profiles Freddy Krueger actor

Sunday, June 18, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to actor Robert Englund about his new documentary, "In Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares:The Robert Englund Story" in which he explains why he doesn't fear being a genre icon.


'Killing It' on stage turns literal for these comics in Mike Bockoven's new novel

Sunday, May 28, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks to author Mike Bockoven about his new book "Killing It," a darkly funny story about four standup comedians who face literal death in a comedy club.


1,500 service members will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border this week

Sunday, May 07, 2023

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with Alex Aviña, of Arizona State University, about the history of US troops along the border with Mexico. 1,500 service members will be deployed this week.


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."


Streaming changed the Hollywood landscape. Now its writers are voting to go on strike

Sunday, April 16, 2023

As members of the Writers Guild of America wrap up voting on whether to authorize a strike, NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks to two writers about the changing content landscape in Hollywood.


Rachel Eve Moulton on her horror novel 'The Insatiable Volt Sisters'

Sunday, April 02, 2023

A Victorian mansion on a Lake Erie island and half-sisters with a terrifying legacy: NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with Rachel Eve Moulton about her new horror novel, "The Insatiable Volt Sisters."


The Federal Government Is Making HIV Prevention Treatment Free — But There's A Catch

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The brand-name version of the once-daily pill that is 99% effective at preventing HIV used to cost upwards of $1,800 a month. Federal guidance now makes getting the drug with insurance cheaper.


Stonewall Survives The Pandemic And Celebrates Another Pride Month

Monday, June 28, 2021

Fifty-two years ago, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York which catered to LGBTQ customers. COVID-19 almost closed the bar, but during Pride Month, people have been celebrating there.


Skepticism Of Science In A Pandemic Isn't New. It Helped Fuel The AIDS Crisis

Sunday, May 23, 2021

It's been 40 years since the first U.S. AIDS cases were were reported, and some who experienced the early years of the crisis say the effects of denialism then have carried into the COVID-19 pandemic.


'It's A Sin' Brings A Lost Generation Of Gay Men To Life

Friday, February 19, 2021

A new British TV drama looks at the lives of gay men in London at the very start of the AIDS crisis — back when no one wanted to stop the party, and no one thought the virus could touch them.