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Perfectly Cromulent Words

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

In this game, contestants must decide whether the clues we give them are real words we found in the Oxford English Dictionary, or something we made up.

Three Separate, But Equally Important Initials

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

For this game, we've rewritten the intro to Law & Order: SVU to be about other things known by three initials.

Bigger Budgets Boost 'Star Trek: Beyond,' But Small Screens Might Work Better

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:00am

Chris Klimek says the fancy effects and swooping camera work of the new Star Trek film are fun to watch, but the story's civilization-seeking imperatives might still be better served by TV.

'Don't Think Twice' Scripts Improv With Ease

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 8:37am

Sad sacks and stage hogs chase stardom in Don't Think Twice. But rest assured writer/director Mike Birbiglia keeps it funny.

Astrophysicist, Wine Lover, Foodie: The Neil deGrasse Tyson You Didn't Know

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:00am

He's the man with a seemingly endless stream of science fun facts at his command. He's also a great gourmet. We talk to the famed scientist about how his two great passions collide in the kitchen.

In 'The Darkroom,' A Writer Comes To Grips With Her Dad's Gender Transition

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:45am

Susan Faludi says that, growing up, her father was a "domineering, hyper masculine patriarch." In her new book, she tries to understand his past and his decision to become a woman.

Comedy Really Is Hard Among Friends In 'Don't Think Twice'

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Mike Birbiglia wrote and directed this affecting story of the members of an improv troupe whose commitment to working together is mixed with rivalries and jealousy.

The Enduring 'AbFab' Picks Up Right Where It Boozily Left Off

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:00pm

For Absolutely Fabulous to return as a movie 20 years after its sitcom phenom phase might seem absurd, but it's in line with the show's commitment to Patsy and Eddy's timeless lack of cachet.

A Love Story Set In France's Heady Political Past

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Catherine Corsini sets the story of two women in love against a moment in the early 1970s when France was in a period of leftist ferment.

'To The Secretary' Tries To Unwind The Tangles Of Diplomacy

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:00am

State Department veteran Mary Thompson-Jones sifts through a few choice WikiLeaks cables and parses them for a lay audience in To The Secretary, a fascinating primer on a complex and difficult field.

Henry Winkler On Garry Marshall: 'He Was An Unstoppable Creator'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:08pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to actor Henry Winkler, who starred in Happy Days, about his memories working with writer and director Garry Marshall.

'The Battle For Home' Traces Syria's History Through Architecture

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Homs-based architect Marwa al-Sabouni, about her new book The Battle for Home, which traces Syria's past, present and possible future through the lens of architecture.

Hollywood Legend Garry Marshall Dies At 81

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

Hollywood legend Garry Marshall died Tuesday at the age of 81. He was responsible for some of the biggest TV hits of the 1970s including The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. He also made Julia Roberts a superstar with Pretty Woman.

Hollywood And The Middle Class: Selling Dreams Of 'Somewhere That's Green'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

We don't call Hollywood a "Dream Factory" for nothing. If you have a vision of the sort of place you'd like to live, Tinseltown can bring it to life.

Fresh Air Remembers Garry Marshall, Creator Of 'Happy Days' And 'Laverne & Shirley'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

Marshall, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was a noted writer and director of both television and film. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1991, shortly after the release of his movie, Frankie and Johnny.

'Veep' Showrunner On Politics And The 'Thankless Task' Of Being Second In Command

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:42pm

David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series Veep, discusses the current season of the show, his work on SNL and the 2016 presidential election.

Remembering Garry Marshall, For Whom We Stayed Up Past 8 O'Clock

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:13am

Garry Marshall was the creator of Happy Days and the director of Pretty Woman and The Flamingo Kid. We look at his long career as a producer, director, writer and actor.

'The House At The Edge Of Night' Is A Comforting, Familiar Place

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:00am

Catherine Banner's new novel takes familiar tropes — it's a multigenerational family saga set in Sicily, and yes, there's limoncello and dancing in the piazza — and makes them fresh and inviting.

Garry Marshall, A Master Of Comedy On TV And In Film, Dies At 81

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:33am

The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Flamingo Kid, Pretty Woman: If you had to live on a deserted island, you could do far worse than to take the work of Garry Marshall with you.

Steinbeck Is An Influence — And A Character — In 'Monterey Bay'

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:00am

Lindsay Hatton makes a bold move in her new novel: She lifts a character from John Steinbeck's 1945 classic Cannery Row -- and then the author himself — for a tale of thwarted romance by the sea.

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