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A Haunting '60s Film About Mental Illness And Incarceration Becomes A Ballet

7 hours 15 min ago

Frederick Wiseman's controversial 1967 documentary Titicut Follies exposed conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Fifty years later, the filmmaker, now 87, has adapted it to dance.

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'Obit' Documentary Follows Journalists Who Tell Lively Stories Of Death

7 hours 15 min ago

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Obit, a documentary about obituary writing at The New York Times.

Fyre Festival Fiasco: Luxury Music Experience Turns Into Vacation Nightmare

7 hours 15 min ago

Attendees to the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas were promised a luxury music festival experience. Instead they found themselves in a vacation nightmare.

Listening Back To A 2009 Conversation With Director Jonathan Demme

9 hours 23 min ago

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who died Wednesday, directed The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and Stop Making Sense. We'll hear a clip of his 2009 conversation with Dave Davies.

In 'The Circle', What We Give Up When We Share Ourselves

9 hours 34 min ago

The film, based on the book by Dave Eggers, presents a dystopian view of where Silicon Valley is taking the world and captures the tech industry's failure to acknowledge the downside of its creations.

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19th Century Princess And Cookbook Author Was Also Georgia's First Feminist

10 hours 7 min ago

Princess Barbare Jorjadze is renowned for her cookbook. But she spent most of her life writing letters, poems and essays, to fight for a greater public role for Georgian women.

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Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

10 hours 20 min ago

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

10 hours 20 min ago

Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin says Hearst, who was abducted in 1974 and declared allegiance to her captors, "responded rationally to the circumstances." Originally broadcast Aug. 3, 2016.

Are We There Yet?

12 hours 3 min ago

In honor of our long flight from Brooklyn to Phoenix, this final round is called, "Are We There Yet?" Every answer contains something that sounds like a method of transportation.

Mystery Guest

12 hours 3 min ago

Our Mystery Guest Stacey Gordon has an interesting job that takes her from Phoenix to a street in New York City. Can you guess what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

Things With Wings

12 hours 3 min ago

Inspired by the 1980s band from Phoenix, Arizona, we rewrote the Mr. Mister hit song "Broken Wings" to be about things...with wings.

Rinse, Pete, Repeat

12 hours 3 min ago

We invented alternate definitions for words that start with "re." If we said, "I GIVE UP trying to WRITE MY NAME at the bottom of this letter," you would say, "Re-sign" or "resign."

Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once

12 hours 3 min ago

Ask Me Another rises from the ashes in Phoenix, AZ with Penn Jillette! He pulls back the curtain on his distaste for magic, his strictly working relationship with Teller, and his love of being fooled.

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Daylight Saving Time Travel

12 hours 3 min ago

Fun fact! Phoenix, Arizona does not recognize Daylight Saving Time! So we wrote an audio quiz with clips from famous works involving time travel.

Click-Bait And Switch

12 hours 3 min ago

To get more people interested in history, we've written clickbait-style headlines for important historical events. Contestants ring in to guess the event — but what happens after that will SHOCK you.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Great Big Summer Movie Preview

14 hours 6 sec ago

Every year at this time, we sit down to make reckless box office predictions and talk up the films we're most excited to see. This time around, we're joined by Audie Cornish of All Things Considered.

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What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue

16 hours 46 min ago

In ancient Rome, food was a bargaining chip for position for slaves and nobles alike. At the center of Feast Of Sorrow is real-life nobleman Apicius, who inspired the oldest surviving cookbook.

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Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

18 hours 42 min ago

Author Paula Hawkins was down on her luck when her 2015 book The Girl on the Train became a smash hit. Now she's grappling with success and preparing to launch her followup, Into the Water.

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The Journalists Who Wring Life Out Of Death: 'Obit'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Andrew Lapin says this documentary about the New York Times' Obituaries desk is "a touching inquiry on the nature of public legacy amid the ceaseless march of time."

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A Behind-The-Scenes Couple Get Star Treatment In 'Harold And Lillian'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00pm

A new documentary charts the long and loving marriage of a production designer and a film researcher; critic Scott Tobias calls it "sublime and inspiring."

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