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'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride

1 hour 27 min ago

Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.

Michael Bond, The 'Giant' Behind Paddington Bear, Dies At 91

2 hours 24 min ago

"Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform" — and readers first met Paddington with those words in 1958. Bond, who died Tuesday, turned that bear into an unforgettable friend.

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Actor Michael Nyqvist, Of Swedish 'Dragon Tattoo' Films, Dies At 56

5 hours 6 min ago

Nyqvist, whose other films include John Wick and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, died of lung cancer, according to his representative.

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Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

5 hours 40 min ago

Recently, the New York Times published an essay defending cultural appropriation as necessary engagement. But that's a simplistic, misguided way of looking at appropriation, which causes real harm.

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Multiple Narratives Mean Non-Stop Action In 'The Child'

8 hours 40 min ago

Fiona Barton's latest — a followup to last year's hit The Widow — picks up with journalist Kate Waters as she digs into another cold case, this one an infant skeleton found at a building site.

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In 'Baby Driver,' The Action, The Script And The Music Go Full Throttle

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:00pm

"This is a squealing-tires symphony that owes more to Jacques Tati ... than to Justin Lin or Michael Bay," says critic Chris Klimek.

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'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

The Chinese artist created Trace while under house arrest, and he wasn't allowed to travel to their San Francisco debut. Now, he has his passport back, and was finally able to see it on display.

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For The First Time, Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei Views His Work In The U.S.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

For the first time, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will see his Lego portraits of political prisoners and fellow activists on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Ai Weiwei was under house arrest in China when the work was installed at Alcatraz.

'The Strange Death Of Europe' Warns Against Impacts Of Immigration

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Douglas Murray about his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. He argues that European civilization is dying as a result of immigration.

Documentary Giant Albert Maysles' Last Film, 'In Transit,' Is Still In Limbo

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

Before he died, Maysles (who also made Grey Gardens) said In Transit was his "dream film." But questions about who owns the rights has made it difficult to see.

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'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

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In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.

From Film Stars To Naturalists, These Lives Have Become Boozy Inspirations

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:32am

Breweries and distilleries are collaborating with artists and fashioning their drinks after influential people to try to better connect with customers or bring attention to the drink's origin.

In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:00am

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.

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With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:33am

Armed with cotton swabs, strong solvents and a lot of training, conservators are entrusted with restoring priceless works of art. At the National Gallery of Art we learn that varnish is enemy No. 1.

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Tituss Burgess Says He Plays The Most 'Everyman' Character On 'Kimmy Schmidt'

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 4:15pm

Titus Andromedon "doesn't have money to pay the rent; he can't keep a job; he gets racially profiled," Burgess says. "I mean, so what that he ... wears women's clothes?"

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 3:28pm

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

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Video: K-Pop Dance Routines Are A Workout For Body And Brain

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 3:58am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode from Seoul, K-pop dance steps prove too complicated for completion.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Sasha Velour Cut From A Different Fabric

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 3:43pm

"I try to tune out all the drag that's out there and tap into the drag I was doing when I was a little kid — when I didn't even know the word 'queer' or that gay people were out there," Velour said.

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The Call-In: Your Questions About Making Relationships Last

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 7:06am

It's wedding season! For this week's Call-In, Mandy Len Catron, author of the new book How to Fall in Love with Anyone, answers your questions about love and relationships.

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