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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 2:19pm

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.

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Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 2:19pm

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."

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'Aurora' Journeys In A New Direction

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 9:03am

Veteran sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a tale of that classic genre trope, the generation ship. Critic Alan Cheuse says this story of spacefaring colonists goes to unexpected places.

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'Unnoticeables' Is A Raunchy Ride Through Punk, Horror And Pop Culture

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 6:03am

Robert Brockman's day job is helping to run Cracked.com, and he brings that site's irreverent wit to this lightweight but satisfying tale of a waitress and a punk rocker battling eldritch horrors.

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Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 4:02am

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.

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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 7:48pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.

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Cosby Admitted Giving Woman Quaaludes

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:20pm

The comedian testified in 2005 he got the sedative with the intent of giving it to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

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The Mornin' Ain't So Beautiful For This Dark 'Oklahoma!' Production

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:30pm

In upstate New York, an experimental staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic sets a key scene in total darkness and adds coldblooded murder to the plot.

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The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 1:01pm

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.

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Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:00pm

Summer and suspense fiction go together like the Fourth of July and firecrackers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends four books that are deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:44am

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.

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From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 5:08pm

It's an understatement to call the man busy. With a new book out, a movie due soon and another wrapping up on set, Apatow caught a breath and reflected on stumbling blocks, Freaks and Amy Schumer.

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From Blueprints To Betrayal: The Daring, And Downfall, Of A Cold War Spy

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 4:12pm

Initially, the CIA was suspicious of Soviet aviation expert Adolf Tolkachev. But he earned their trust — and provided blueprints, documents and plans that were crucial to the U.S.

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What's A Pirate's Least-Favorite Puzzle? One That Hates Arrrrs

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:03am

In each pair of clues, the answer to the first clue is a word that contains the consecutive letters A-R. Drop the A-R, and the remaining letters in order will form a word that answers the second clue.

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Alan Rickman Returns To Directing With 'A Little Chaos'

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

Alan Rickman has had a rich career as an actor. For the first time in nearly two decades, Rickman is behind the camera for the movie A Little Chaos.

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What To Do With Weird Farmers Market Vegetables

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

The farmer's market in July is a wondrous thing: juicy tomatoes, jewel-toned eggplants, sweet yellow corn. But then, you see greens that look like weeds, and suddenly, you feel intimidated.

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Do Try This At Home: Three Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.

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Baldwin And Bridges: Two Artists, Two Debuts, One Fire

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:03am

Reviewer Juan Vidal has had the debut album by Texas soul crooner Leon Bridges on heavy rotation, and it's making him think of parallels with James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell it On The Mountain.

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In 'Playing Scared' Pianist Grows Less Frightened Of Stage Fright

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 4:10am

Performance anxiety kept journalist Sara Solovitch away from the piano for several decades. Then one day she decided to search for the key to putting her back in tune with her performance side.

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If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.

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