Germany and comedy have not been synonymous, to say the least, since World War II. But, now, German comedy is making a comeback.

Williams joined The Daily Show when she was 22. She says, "I was younger and I was black and I was a woman, so ... I'm like, I have something to prove." She now stars in The Incredible Jessica James.

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Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice as a "masterpiece of indirection" that is frequently repurposed, but whose irony is never matched.

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Using excerpts from letters and diaries, historian and critic Bill Goldstein follows writers Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot through the tumultuous literary year of 1922.

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Stand-up comedy is late coming to Mexico, but Sofia Nino de Rivera, with self-deprecating humor, sells out shows and has a one-woman hit on Netflix.

It was only a matter of time before fans of the Broadway hit sought out culinary tributes to their most treasured folk hero. Here are historically minded ideas to eat like the Founding Father.

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In "Stormborn," lots of long-hoarded information was finally shared, and in a massive sea battle, buckles got gruesomely swashed.

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Alisyn Camerota's book is about a political newcomer fresh from Hollywood facing off against a female senator. But 2016 similarities aside, the CNN anchor says she wrote it long before the election.

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Sam Kean's funny, conversational new book reminds us not to take the air we breathe for granted — our atmosphere can tell stories about everything from dinosaurs and Julius Caesar to space flight.

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During the Detroit riots, three young black men were killed by white police officers at the Algiers Motel. The year was 1967, but Bigelow says, "It feels very much like it's today."

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The Egyptian satirist got his start on YouTube, so we're going to see how much he knows about actual tubers. Youssef will answer three questions about potatoes.

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Breaking up is hard to do, as the song says. If you're stuck, you can always call Natalia Juarez, a breakup expert based in Toronto. NPR's Scott Simon talks with her about her business.

What's the best way to get people reading comics? Hook 'em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.

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Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.

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NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Moziah Bridges, the 15-year-old CEO of Mo's Bows, who just entered a licensing deal with the NBA. Bridges started his bow tie company with his mom when he was 9.

Several game shows from the '70s and '80s have been revamped for summer TV, including Battle of the Network Stars, The Gong Show and Match Game. NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast talks about whether these shows are diversionary fluff or filling a summertime need.

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews director Christopher Nolan's new World War II film, Dunkirk, which opens this weekend.

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She created and stars in the HBO series Insecure. Originally broadcast Nov. 8, 2016.

When the late Spanish painter was exhumed for a paternity suit, experts discovered his distinctive mustache had kept its shape. "Checking it was a very exciting moment," says the head of his estate.

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Christopher Nolan's war drama about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops has immediacy, scope, and a sense of the unique terrors inherent in war.

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