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'Better Call Saul' Tops Critic David Bianculli's Picks For The Best TV Of 2017

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:39pm

Fresh Air's TV critic spends a lot of time watching television — in part because there are so many great shows to watch. Godless, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Fargo are also among his favorites.

For Many Caribbean Immigrants, It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Black Cake

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:39am

Many in New York's large Caribbean diaspora cling to the rich, molasses-spiced cake filled with drunken dried fruits. It takes months to prepare and is central to festivities throughout the islands.

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David Sedaris, Ira Glass And 25 Years Of 'Santaland Diaries'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

Writer David Sedaris talks about the 25th anniversary of the radio piece that launched his career as a writer. The original Morning Edition piece was produced by Ira Glass, who joins the conversation.

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9 Favorite New Podcasts Of 2017 (That Aren't 'S-Town')

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:00am

Big Listen host Lauren Ober recommends a drama set in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, an entire show about self-help books and a musical based on the 36 questions that allegedly lead to love.

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Why Is Egg The Only Nog?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

This season, we're tracking down the origins of favorite holiday traditions. Tuesday it was all about jelly donuts. Wednesday — eggnog. But, what exactly is eggnog?

A Look At The Evolution Of Sexual Harassment Training Videos

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

Sexual harassment training videos were once blunt and direct, almost laughably so. After studying 74 of them, a researcher says all the nuance in the newer videos might be why they aren't effective.

A Painting Stored Away And The Artist Who Wants It To See The Light Of Day

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

Critically-acclaimed when it was first shown, Simon Dinnerstein's painting The Fulbright Triptych has been in storage for 25 of its 41 years — and Dinnerstein is working to change that.

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Case Of The Missing London-Based Professor With Ties To Russia Investigation

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

One curious character in the Russia investigation is a mysterious London-based professor, who is said to have told a Trump campaign advisor that Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails.

Mexican Crime Reporter, Gumaro Perez Aguilando, Shot To Death

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

Twelve journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year, the latest Tuesday while at his 6-year-old son's school Christmas pageant. We explore why Mexico is such a dangerous place for journalists.

A Filmmaker's 'Quest' For A Quiet Family Portrait Is Pierced By Unforeseen Trauma

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:41pm

Jonathan Olshefski spent 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American section of North Philadelphia. Then their daughter was shot.

'The Post' Is A Crackling Newsroom Thriller With Electrifying Relevance

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:41pm

Steven Spielberg's new drama revisits The Washington Post's 1971 decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in defiance of the Nixon administration. Justin Chang calls it "terrifically entertaining."

After Scandinavian Spirit Shortage, American Distillers Give Aquavit A Shot

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:40am

A once obscure spirit unless you have Scandinavian heritage, new and old-style aquavit is exploding on the American craft liquor scene. Maybe the secret's in the spices.

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On Christmas Eve, Pass The Pierogi And The Memories

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 7:00am

Sometimes it takes years to get a family recipe right. And in the meantime, new holiday traditions emerge, like arguing over how to seal "Grandmom's" Slovakian pierogi perfectly.

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No Kitten Around: Museum Exhibit Celebrates 'Divine Felines'

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:01am

Ever feel fearful? Or brave? Protective? Aggressive? The ancient Egyptians had a cat for that! Ancient Egypt was full of animal deities, but cats reigned supreme, celebrated in sculptures and stories.

(Image credit: Brooklyn Museum/Gift of Dr. and Mrs. W. Benson Harer, Jr.)

A Slow-Moving Disaster Of Immodesty: Cameron's 'Titanic,' 20 Years Later

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 3:45pm

Twenty years ago today, the James Cameron movie "Titanic" opened in theaters in the U.S. It was a, forgive us, titanic success and, apparently, a cultural moment for many.

How Battles Over Sex, Gender And Sexual Orientation 'Fractured American Politics'

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:39pm

Moral Combat author R. Marie Griffith says the fight for women's suffrage and legal birth control in the early 20th century helped create a political divide in the U.S. that still exists today.

At Christmas, The Swedish Smörgåsbord Redefines Over The Top

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:43am

First rule of smörgåsbord: Pace yourself. You've got to make your way through dozens of dishes — fish courses, ham, cheeses, warm entrees. And don't forget dessert. Or should we say desserts?

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Return To 'B Planet' In this Timely New Anthology

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 6:00am

In Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, creators Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro turn a score of talented writers and artists loose in the world of their futuristic feminist dystopia comic.

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Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe And Toast With Eggnog

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 5:00am

The holiday season is full of traditions, but where did those come from? This year the staff of All Things Considered tracked down experts to find out.

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NPR's Favorite Movies Of 2017

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 4:00am

You may not agree that a given film belongs on this list, or we might have left your favorite off. But movies are meant inspire discussion and debate; why shouldn't year-end lists do the same?

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