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When new CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller faced TV critics in August to talk about the network's new fall shows, the first question he got was straight to the point. "Why is it so difficult to get more inclusion for people of color in the top level of casting at CBS?" asked Maureen Ryan, chief TV critic for the trade magazine Variety . "And what message does it send that the leads of your shows are all heterosexual white men?" Ryan kicked off a grilling about diversity that...

Poem: Gift

Dec 6, 2016
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In a city like Milwaukee, summertime brings mixed blessings. For many, summer heat means the return of festivals, outside dining, and long walks in the park. For others, it's a season rife with danger. Local poet and teacher, Jenny Benjamin, reflects on a summer night that changed her life forever. Last human thing felt
A toothache,
It carried him home from
The Pick-N-Save early.
He thought he'd cut across the park
On foot, his car in the shop,
Broken water...

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Open the app now! Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Sarah Lohman has made everything from colonial-era cocktails to cakes with black pepper to stewed moose face. She is a historical gastronomist, which means she re-creates historical recipes to connect with the past. That moose-face recipe dates back to the 19th century, and it wasn't easy. She recalls spending hours trying to butcher the moose from Alaska in her kitchen in Queens, New York. She tried scalding the face in hot water to remove the fur, but it didn't quite work and her apartment...

NPR's annual Book Concierge is back. And to mark the occasion, correspondent Lynn Neary joins Morning Edition 's Rachel Martin to talk about the year in fiction — and to share a couple of her favorite titles from 2016. If you're looking for the books mentioned on-air, here are links to: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Mothers by Brit Bennett...

Seventy-five years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, some Americans have never stopped believing that President Franklin Roosevelt let it happen in order to draw the U.S. into World War II. "It's ridiculous," says Rob Citino, a senior researcher at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. "But it's evergreen. It never stops. My students, over 30 years — there'd always be someone in class [who'd say], 'Roosevelt knew all about it.'" Conspiracy theories, half-truths and full-on...

Eleven Americans describe what it's like to be transgender in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new HBO documentary, The Trans List . Though the individuals in the film come from varied backgrounds, there is at least one common thread to their experiences: "We all come out publicly," lawyer Kylar Broadus tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross. "There is no hidden way to come out as a trans person." Broadus, who is profiled in the documentary, was born female but has been living as a man since the 1990s. "I...

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET on Dec. 6 The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota is asking people camping near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline to go home. "I'm asking them to go," Dave Archambault III told Reuters on Monday , saying that the Obama administration "did the right thing," and that he hoped to "educate the incoming administration" of President-elect Donald Trump. "Nothing will happen this winter," he said. In an interview with Fargo, N.D., radio station...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: For writers of crime fiction, those vulnerabilities in the Internet of things present an opportunity. NPR's Art Silverman realized that when he picked up some of the new books coming into our office. ART SILVERMAN, BYLINE: Each week, I produce this All Tech Considered segment. It's a lot of work to keep up with the tech world, so when the day's over, I look for an escape. I grab a good book, even a bad book. As...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Everyone knows French artist Claude Monet's "Water Lilies," which he painted in his garden. You find the images everywhere from galleries to dorm rooms and dentists' lounges. Today is the 90th anniversary of Monet's death. And reporter Karen Michel visited his house outside of Paris to see why the work has lasted. KAREN MICHEL, BYLINE: Claude Monet made his home in Giverny, a brief train ride from Paris. It was...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: French actress Isabelle Huppert has been in over a hundred film and television productions in the 40 years she's been acting. In her latest films, "Things To Come" and "Elle," Huppert plays women suffering under very different circumstances. In "Things To Come," her character Nathalie has to redefine her identity after her mother's death and the crumbling of her decades-long marriage. In "Elle," Huppert plays a...

Season One of HBO's Westworld ended with several bangs last night, so Audie Cornish and I headed into a studio to unpack what happened, and, given the events of the finale, what seems likely to happen when the show returns ... in 2018. We touch on the show's puzzle-box narrative infrastructure, its use of sex, violence and sexual violence, and how just how meta things get. (Spoiler: a whole lot.) Westworld seems a show engineered for our cultural moment, inviting viewers to trade clues and...

Meat was seldom on the menu when I was a kid. When we did eat it, my family's go-tos consisted of hot dogs (consumed once per year at my dad's work picnic), kung pao chicken from various local Chinese establishments, and my mom's tandoori chicken slathered in yogurt sauce. These dishes all followed my formerly vegetarian, reluctantly omnivorous Hindu parents' Cardinal Rule for Eating Meat: Meat should not resemble animal. Skin and bones were to be avoided, which meant that chicken wings and...

After one of the founders of Corona beer died last summer at age 98, some news went viral: In his will, he'd apparently left his fortune to the tiny, hardscrabble village in northern Spain where he was born. Each resident — mostly retired farmers and miners of meager means — would receive more than $2 million. The inheritance, first described in a local Spanish newspaper and then picked up by international media , seemed incredible — a heartwarming act of generosity toward the man's childhood...

The people of southern Madagascar are on the brink of a famine and need immediate humanitarian aid, according to United Nations food agencies. A three-year drought, exacerbated by this year's El Niño, has caused harvests to continue to fail. And people are left with no money and almost nothing to eat. Just over half the region's population, about 840,000 people, is severely affected. And 20 percent of the population is in an emergency situation, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase...

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