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A secret shelf of banned books thrives in a Texas school, under the nose of censors

A high school teacher in Houston has a library in her classroom of books she's not supposed to have, per state legislation. Students say she's helping them survive. (Story aired on ATC on 1/29/24.)

Wed Feb 21, 2024 12:20
Omotara James releases her debut poetry collection: 'Song of My Softening'

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to poet and author Omotara James about her collection which explores self-love in a Black, fat body. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Lambda literary fellow.

Wed Feb 21, 2024 12:20
Writer Phillip B. Williams brought the power of conjuring into his debut novel 'Ours'

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with writer Phillip B. Williams about his debut novel, Ours, a sprawling American epic that centers on a woman who frees enslaved people and builds a hidden town for them.

Wed Feb 21, 2024 01:41
Jada Pinkett Smith, the artist

Jada Pinkett Smith is the kind of celebrity that makes headlines just by breathing. But looking at those headlines — mostly about her marriage to fellow actor, Will Smith — made host Brittany Luse think that most people have gotten Jada all wrong. A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Jada's best known for her acting, but she's also a...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 00:53
'Splinters' is a tribute to the love of a mother for a daughter

In different variations of her signature, beautifully frank language, Leslie Jamison writes about her fantasy of stability and her uncertainty as to whether it's a dream she actually wants fulfilled.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 18:24
Award-winning Arab American journalist writes about her search for belonging

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Emmy Award winning journalist Hala Gorani about her memoir, But You Don't Look Arab, and what it's like to cover the world as a Syrian-American journalist.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 14:13

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