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Escaping Boko Haram In 'A Gift From Darkness'

Writer Andrea Hoffmann tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro the story of Patience Ibrahim, a teenager captured and brutalized by Boko Haram. Ibrahim and Hoffmann co-authored the book A Gift from Darkness.

Ten Years After The Rising, 'Iron Gold' Asks: What Now?

Pierce Brown's rip-roaring Romans-in-space series Red Rising seemed to come to a triumphant end with last year's Morning Star. But what was the cost of that triumph, and where will it lead?

With A Show Of Hands, Filipino-American Chefs Rekindle Kamayan Feasts

Kamayan is the traditional Filipino way of eating — without utensils. But it's also a generous shared meal of time-honored colorful foods that creates camaraderie. And it's catching on in the U.S.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Crime Is Down In American Cities, And 'Uneasy Peace' Explains Why

Contrary to what you might see on TV, homicide, assault and rapes have decreased in big cities since the 1970s. Patrick Sharkey attributes the change, in part, to something that happened in the '90s.

Weekend Edition Saturday

How The Man In The Apartment Hit Big With 'The Woman In The Window'

Take a pinch of Hitchcock, a bit of Gone Girl, stir in a mysterious author and you've got the recipe for something unusual: One of the rare debut novels to hit number one its first week on the market.

Weekend Edition Saturday

In 'The Alienist,' Dakota Fanning Plays The NYPD's First Woman Hire

Fanning says the struggles her character faced on the police force in 1896 are still relevant to women in the workplace today — though at least today's women aren't stuck in restrictive corsets.

PHOTOS: To Brighten Dreary Winter Nights, A Festival Lights Up London

Winters in London can be damp and dreary, and it gets dark early. The "Lumiere London" light festival features more than 50 outdoor installations by artists from Europe and North America.

Denis Johnson Leaves Us With His Best In 'Largesse Of The Sea Maiden'

Denis Johnson finished his first story collection in 25 years just before he died. The pieces in it are stunning, dark, sometimes as bleak as anything he's ever written — but miraculous to read.

LA Coroner: Tom Petty's Death Was Due To An Accidental Overdose

Family members said they hoped that the cause of his death would spark discussion about the power and danger of opioid drugs.

All Things Considered

Films At Sundance Reflect Vast Cultural Shifts Across The World

The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah, the first since the Harvey Weinstein story broke. This year's slate of films reflect vast cultural shifts across the country and the world.

The Modern, Mixed-Up Music Of Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper

June 10, 2016

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

Week In The News: Hillary Makes History, Modi Meets Congress, Remembering 'The Greatest'

June 10, 2016

Hillary’s milestone. Obama meets Sanders. Mourning Muhammad Ali. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Huntington Theater Company Will Remain At BU Theatre

June 9, 2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined leaders of the Huntington Theatre Company to announce the company’s new home, which will be its old home.

Huntington Theatre Company Will Stay On Huntington Avenue

June 9, 2016
Huntington Theatre Company will not have to move from its home on the Avenue of the Arts. (Courtesy Boston University)

The Huntington Theatre Company announced Thursday that it will retain control over its longtime home, the BU Theatre.

The Hair Apparent—Stylist Adir Abergel Takes Over The Red Carpet

June 9, 2016

Abergel is the “it man” of hair, and joined us in our studio to discuss his hair philosophy and worldly inspirations.

What Price Convenience? Twin Peaks, And The Rewards Of Delayed Gratification

June 9, 2016

One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights… And I was told to leave the room.

Judy Collins Reflects On Addiction, Mental Health And Music

June 9, 2016
Singer and songwriter Judy Collins at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Collins has long been known for voice, but she’s also been a long-time advocate on mental health issues.

It’s Good To Be A Fly On The Wall For These Remarkable ‘Dressing Room Stories’

June 9, 2016
Actor Alvin Epstein, seen in a 1997 production of "When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable)" at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy American Repertory Theater)

Carolyn Clay reviews “Dressing Room Stories,” a collection of Alvin Estein’s reminiscences from a life in the theater.

Chuck Klosterman Asks The Right Question: What If We’re Wrong?

June 8, 2016
Author Chuck Klosterman (Courtesy of Kris Drake)

Chuck Klosterman’s new book, “But What If We’re Wrong?” discusses what our world will look like in the future.

A Soprano Song Of Searing Passion And Heartbreaking Honesty — Remembering Phyllis Curtin

June 8, 2016
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf acknowledges soloist Phyllis Curtin onstage at Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed in 1965. (Courtesy Heinz-Weissenstein/BSO)

Lloyd Schwartz, classical music critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” remembers soprano Phyllis Curtin, who died at her home in the Berkshires Sunday.

Boston Ballet Moves Forward With A Sure Step

June 8, 2016
Misa Kuranaga and Irlan Silva in Karole Armitage's "Bitches Brew." (Courtesy of Gene Schiavone/Boston Ballet)

Entering its 53rd season, the Boston Ballet is focusing on its future, with two recent announcements to entice its audience: a new work for 2017-’18 by Wayne McGregor and a five-year partnership with choreographer William Forsythe.

Why The ‘Roots’ Remake Matters (And What Stays The Same)

June 7, 2016

The recent remake of “Roots” on the History Channel makes important changes, Morehouse College’s Stephane Dunn argues. But it also holds true to the original story.

Africa, America And Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing'

June 7, 2016

One African sister is sold as slave to America. One stays in Africa. Celebrated debut novelist Yaa Gyasi compares their descendants’ stories with us. Plus, looking at the new “Roots” miniseries.

Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop — Dance For World Community And Social Change

June 7, 2016

More than 100 dance and social activism organizations will descend on Harvard Square as part of Dance for World Community, an event presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre, in an effort to enact change.

Yaa Gyasi’s Debut Novel ‘Homegoing’ Weaves A Tale Of Trauma And Resilience

June 7, 2016
Cover of Yaa Gyasi's novel "Homegoing." (Courtesy Knopf Publishing)

Epic but intimate, “Homegoing” is less a novel than a chronological collage of individual lives over three centuries and seven generations — through enslavement and freedom.

Yale University Lab Provides A Peek Into The Future Of Music

June 6, 2016
Yale student Bobby Berry talks to Yale instructor Thibault Bertrand as he works on his musical instrument project, a rotating glass harp. (Ryan Caron King/WNPR)

If you could transport yourself to the 23rd century, what would the instruments look like?

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