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'Full Frontal' Showrunner: 'It's A Feminist Show Because We Are All Feminists'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:40pm

"But it's not a show about women stuff," Jo Miller says. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee covers refugees, mental health, prison and climate change, among other things.

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:26pm

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.

Video: UCLA Gymnast Sophina DeJesus Whips, Nae Naes, And Slays

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:03pm

The viral video of DeJesus' routine doesn't show an athlete dominating in a traditionally white sport despite her race. She's an athlete celebrating her identity in the sport she loves.

Left To Fend For Himself, 'Pax' The Fox Must Find His Human Friend

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:40pm

To research her new novel for young readers, author Sara Pennypacker consulted with a red fox expert. Her takeaway? "They're brilliant. Foxes are so brilliant," she says.

'Every Anxious Wave' Is A Wise, Witty Romp Through Time — And Indie Rock

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:46pm

Packed with music references and enough science to keep its time travel premise plausible, Every Anxious Wave "rings with a uniqueness that transcends the tropes of time travel and indie romance."

Duplass Brothers On Filmmaking, Siblings And Parenting's 'Fugue State'

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:28pm

The brothers' latest project, Togetherness, is about four people in their late 30s who live in Los Angeles. Mark Duplass describes it as a "deeply personal television show."

American Musicals Are So Popular In Paris, They're Coming Back To The U.S.

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:58am

French audiences have flocked to Paris productions of American musicals like Kiss Me, Kate, which closes this week. France's versions of some of these plays are also being exported back to the U.S.

In Beyoncé's 'Formation,' A Glorification Of 'Bama' Blackness

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 7:30am

Beyoncé's latest song is for the black Southern woman, says National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who's from Mississippi. It's a message she needed to hear.

From Junkyard To Museum: The Journey Of A JAWS Shark

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 7:00am

From terrifying man-eater to fish-out-of-water, a sole surviving full-scale model of the 1975 JAWS shark is on his way to a museum.

When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:02pm

"It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.

Chess Wars: 20 Inmates, 5 Weeks, 1 Champion

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:22pm

Deep in the woods of New Hampshire, 20 inmates are engaged in a fierce chess tournament in a secluded prison. The prize may be just a paper certificate, but even then, winning means a lot.

Birmingham Chefs Test Appetite For New Flavors With Supper Clubs

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:52pm

Pop-up dining experiences are cropping up across the country. While diners savor an exclusive meal, chefs get to try out recipes and gauge the local market for their food before opening a restaurant.

'Luncheon In Fur': The Surrealist Tea Cup That Stirred The Art World

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:03pm

In 1936, the surrealist Meret Oppenheim wrapped a teacup, saucer and spoon in fur. In the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable. Even today, the work triggers intense reactions.

Not Ready To Stop Obsessing Over Beyoncé and 'Formation'? We Got You

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:52pm

So you've watched the music video, and the halftime show, eleventy million times. Now, let these smart takes help you parse all the feels.

At 82, Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:29pm

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. His memoir is Master Of Ceremonies.

'Morning Star' Brings 'Red Rising' Trilogy To An End ... Eventually

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:00am

Pierce Brown finishes his trilogy with a lot of exposition, and a really satisfying bang.

Beyonce's 'Formation' Is A Visual Anthem

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 5:00pm

Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce's provocative new video is "about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic."

Small Batch: The Super Bowl, From Peyton vs. Cam To Twitter vs. Coldplay

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:45pm

We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.

'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:39pm

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.

Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:39pm

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.

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