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For Passover, These Orthodox Jews Are Cooking On Live TV

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:00am

Chabad-Lubavitch Jews don't watch TV, but they'll often appear on on local news across the U.S. during holidays. Their goal: to share recipes, promote Jewish observance and educate the general public.

(Image credit: Avremi Zippel)

In 'Hey Mom,' Louie Anderson Has A Laugh With His Leading Lady

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:58am

The actor and stand-up comedian has channeled his late mother in his work for years. Hey Mom is Louie's way of catching her up on everything that's been going on in his life.

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Burt Reynolds' 'The Last Movie Star' Is Semi-Tough To Get Through

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:01pm

Reynolds plays a vain, pathetic version of himself in a film full of moments so sappy and overplayed they feel "less like self-deprecation than elder abuse."

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'Finding Your Feet' Has A Nice Beat And Is Easy To Dance To

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:00pm

A upper-middle class snob goes to live with her bohemian sister and gets drawn into the world of seniors' dance classes in this "sweet-natured if overlong" British film.

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Move Over, Brisket. There Are Fresher Foods 'Too Good To Passover'

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:52am

If the idea of the same-old brisket is giving you the Passover blues this year, author Jennifer Abadi will inspire a lighter, brighter table with Jewish recipes from all over the world.

(Image credit: Jennifer Abadi)

Hot Agnostic Buns: A Proposal For A Pagan-Christian-Secular Easter Treat

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 7:00am

Hot cross buns have been an Easter treat for centuries. But before that, pagans exchanged them as part of a spring ritual celebrating the four seasons or the phases of the moon. Can they morph again?

(Image credit: Kim Vukovich)

Stumbling (And Texting) Toward Love In 'Emergency Contact'

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 6:00am

Mary H.K. Choi's new novel follows Penny and Sam, both so loaded down with emotional baggage that at first, all they can do is swap numbers and agree to be each other's emergency contacts.

(Image credit: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

3 Photographers Who Captured The Undersides Of Life

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:01am

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is currently exhibiting the work of Brassaï, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin, who all documented people far from the mainstream with profound intimacy.

(Image credit: Baron/Getty Images)

Congress Takes A Brush To The Budget, Barring Federal Funds For Portraits

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:57pm

President Trump signed the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act, or EGO Act, into law Tuesday, permanently banning the use of federal funds for painted images of government officials.

(Image credit: Washington Post/Getty Images)

'Ready Player One' Is Full Of '80s Nostalgia And 'Easter Eggs'

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:25pm

NPR critic Bob Mondello says Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is a match made in heaven. In it, '80s on screen nostalgia meets a novel about video-game nostalgia for the 1980s.

'Americanized' Recounts What It's Like To Grow Up Undocumented

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:30pm

Sara Saedi was two when her parents fled Iran to California. Her new memoir describes her 18-year-long path to citizenship, and the lingering anxiety of being undocumented.

Immigration Is (And Isn't) Black And White In 'Yellow Negroes'

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 6:00am

French cartoonist Yvan Alagbé uses a stark black and white palette to investigate the ways Western comics portray race — and the ways his country treats (and mistreats) its immigrant population.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Solo Karaoke Booths Open In China

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:13am

If you love the idea of singing but don't like other people hearing you, thousands of solo karaoke booths are opening in malls and airports in China.

In The Final Season Of 'The Americans,' Sleeper Agents Get A Wake-Up Call

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:00am

We review, with as few spoilers as possible, the beginning of the end of FX's starkly intimate series about: 1. Spycraft, 2. Marriage, 3. The 1980s and 4. Wigs.

(Image credit: Eric Liebowitz/FX)

An Americana Hymnal For The Doomsday Cult Of 'Far Cry 5'

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:06pm

Composer Dan Romer has created soundtracks for award-winning films. His latest project is creating hours of music for a video game which follows a sheriff's deputy into a religious cult in Montana.

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

British Travel Writer Jan Morris Weighs In On The 'Advantages Of Androgyny'

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:59pm

The celebrated writer transitioned from male to female in 1972 at the age of 46. In 1989, Morris told Terry Gross that she had shed "a lot of the emotions and the experiences of both genders."

Arcade Firewall: 'Ready Player One' REALLY Loves The '80s

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:50pm

Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. The nostalgia gets a bit overwhelming — and, frankly, sad — but the visuals are compelling.

(Image credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. )

Magnificent Book Captures The Beauty And Tragedy Of The Battleship Yamato

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:50am

Jan Morris chronicles the final days of the most powerful warship in the Imperial Japanese Navy in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Battleship Yamato a work of both power and restraint.

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A Feast For The Eyes: An Art-Inspired Food Tour At The Met

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 7:00am

An ancient Greek shopping list that reads like a modern text. Broken eggs that signal a "ruined" woman. The food depicted in the Met's collection is ripe with hidden references.

(Image credit: Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, 1966)

'Tangerine' Charts An Obsessive Friendship Turned Sour

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 6:00am

Christine Mangan's new novel, set in Morocco in the 1950s, centers on the sinister tension between two ex-friends — but the dusty, detailed Moroccan scenery sometimes gets in the way of the story.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

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