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'Imagine Me Gone' Paints Mental Illness Through Five Fictional Voices

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

NPR's Scott Simon asks Adam Haslett about his latest novel. Haslett says he "needed that imaginary space to investigate" his family history of mental illness.

Stars Tell The Story Of This Fairy Tale-Inspired 'Queen'

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:00am

Roshani Chokshi's smooth and assured debut draws on folk and fairy tales — Bluebeard, Persephone, Beauty and the Beast — for the story of a young girl whose ominous horoscope sends her on a journey.

Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 5:49am

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

'Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon': Amanda Peet Explores Aging In Hollywood

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with actress Amanda Peet about her Lenny Letter essay, "Never Crossing The Botox Rubicon," and how to navigate aging in the image-obsessed entertainment industry.

The Art Of McGyvering For Sleep-Deprived Moms And Dads

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

New parents need all the help they can get. Author and mom of two Asha Dornfest has compiled a book of 134 handy hacks for parents. That roll of blue painter tape? A "magical multitasker," she says.

The Art Of MacGyvering For Sleep-Deprived Moms And Dads

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

New parents need all the help they can get. Author and mom of two Asha Dornfest has compiled a book of 134 handy hacks for parents. That roll of blue painter's tape? A "magical multitasker," she says.

West Wing Fans: 'C.J. Cregg' Returns To The White House Briefing Room

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:26pm

Actress Allison Janney, who played the White House press secretary in the NBC drama made a surprise appearance during the daily press briefing to talk about opioid addiction.

A White House Meeting Brings Together 2 Lost Souls In 'Elvis & Nixon'

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:29pm

A new film imagines what happened when Elvis Presley met President Nixon on Dec. 21, 1970. Film critic David Edelstein says Elvis & Nixon "shows the crazy-making insulation of celebrity."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Silicon Valley' And 'Bob's Burgers'

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:14am

This week, the roundtable discusses the HBO comedy Silicon Valley and Stephen Thompson sits down with Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard.

That's What I Hate About You

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:01am

Jonathan Coulton plays the bad guy! In this game, we've rewritten The Romantics song "What I Like About You" from the perspective of famous fictional villains, complaining about their arch-enemies.

Celebrity Reboots

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:01am

In this game, we mash-up famous directors and celebrities. For example, "The captain from the TV series Enterprise finds out he's a replicant" is a description of "Ridley Scott Bakula."

Able Was I

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:01am

Buckle up in your racecar and get ready to ride, because this game is all about palindromes! Each answer is a word that can be read the same both forwards and backwards.

Stump Jonathan Coulton

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:01am

In this installment of Stump Jonathan Coulton, we ask him to tell us what color the sun is from space.

50/50 Chance

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:01am

The answer to every clue is either "more than 50," or "fewer than 50." That's all you need to know. May the odds be in your favor.

Netflix And NOT Chill

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:01am

This game is a play on the slang term "Netflix and Chill," but every answer ends with a word rhyming with "Chill."

A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 6:06am

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.

'The Family Fang' Makes Art Together, Falls Apart Together

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Jason Bateman directs a cast including himself, Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken in the story of a family where the parents' experimental performances included the kids from an early age.

'Keanu' Finds Key And Peele On The Hunt For A Kitty

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:00pm

The sketch comedy duo Key and Peele pull off the difficult feat of translating their sensibility into a feature film that recalls out-all-night sagas like Adventures In Babysitting.

A Maternal Melodrama Unfolds Around An Unusual Girl In 'Viktoria'

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:00pm

A dictator commandeers and pampers a young girl in Maya Vitkova's boldly visceral fairy tale.

'L'Attesa': Two Women Wait, Perhaps In Vain

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Juliette Binoche plays another in a string of grieving-survivor roles in the visually powerful story of a mother who meets her son's girlfriend.

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