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'Standing Tall' Tells Of Troubled Kids And Those Who Try To Help Them

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:22am

Emmanuelle Bercot's sympathetic drama follows a young man who encounters a variety of well-meaning allies, including a judge played by Catherine Deneuve.

When Is A Biopic Not A Biopic? When Don Cheadle Meets Miles Davis

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:20am

Cheadle takes on the jazz great in an uneven but inventive film that struggles at times to bring clarity to its idea of Davis but experiments intriguingly with past, present, fact and fiction.

'Diver's Clothes' Is A Cautionary Tale (And A Fantasy) About Travel

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is a novel about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Originally broadcast on June 30, 2015.

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's The Miracle Worker. She died Tuesday at the age of 69. Originally broadcast in 1988.

'Miles Ahead' Shows A Dissipated Davis Who Still Burns Hot

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:47am

The new Miles Davis biopic begins in the 1970s, at the end of Davis' five-year hiatus from the music scene. Critic David Edelstein calls Don Cheadle's portrayal of the musician "electrifying."

Intentionally Awful Photos Of 'Dimly Lit Meals For One'

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:30am

Instagram food photos often offer a curated image of an idealized existence. This book is not that: It pairs grainy photos of culinary monstrosities with fictional tales of the sad sacks eating them.

Can A Massive Stroke Change A Life — For The Better?

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:55am

Photojournalist Kitra Cahana describes how her father dealt with a stroke that left his body completely paralyzed, and how his experience opened a world of opportunities for him.

How Can Text Messaging Save Lives?

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:55am

Activist Nancy Lublin explains how Crisis Text Line, the first 24/7 text line of its kind, has helped millions of people by providing direct support as well as anonymous data about people in crisis.

How Do You Make The International Community Care About The Refugee Crisis?

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:55am

Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UNHCR, tells the story of a young refugee who miraculously survived four days on a child's life ring after her boat was capsized in 2014.

What Lessons Can We Learn From Losing Our Life's Savings?

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:55am

Motivational speaker Matt Weinstein shares the lessons he learned after losing his life's savings to Bernie Madoff, a man who ran one of biggest investment scams in U.S. history.

When Crisis Strikes On Everest — How Do You Respond?

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 7:55am

Physician Ken Kamler describes his experience as a doctor on Mount Everest during one of its deadliest days in its history.

Hitler Couldn't Defeat Churchill, But Champagne Nearly Did

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 6:00am

During the 1930s, as Hitler was rising to power in Germany, the man who would turn out to be his most implacable foe was drowning – in debt and champagne. A new book recounts the unbelievable excess.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Batman V. Superman' And The Objects We Desire

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 5:00am

We look at a big new movie and discuss what we want from our blockbusters. Then it's on to a discussion of the pop-culture objects we covet, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

New Museum Will Mention Sexual Assault Accusations Against Bill Cosby After All

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:00pm

After days of criticism, the Smithsonian says the National Museum of African American History and Culture will make reference to the assault accusations against the comedian.

Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

Architect Zaha Hadid died on Thursday at age 65. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor.

'Rush Hour' On CBS Reimagines Classic Buddy Action Films

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

On Thursday night, CBS premieres Rush Hour, a reimagining of the buddy action flicks. Not much has changed as the show relies on stereotypes of the old film franchise.

Injuries Increase As Pitchers Throw Harder, Faster And Younger

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

In The Arm, baseball columnist Jeff Passan explains how competitive pressure on young players is making them more vulnerable.

In 'Everything Is Copy,' Nora Ephron's Son Tries Her Philosophy

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

Jacob Bernstein named his documentary about his mother after an Ephron family saying — "everything is copy," meaning that anything and everything that happens to you is fair game to write about.

What's Over The Horizon? Cartographer Traces 'Beyond The Sea'

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:54pm

From the beaches of New England, you could be looking toward Africa, Australia, Europe or South America. Andy Woodruff has illustrated the surprising paths we'd trace if we could follow our gaze.

Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:18am

Hadid was first famous for spectacular designs that were never built — but later proved her ideas worked in the real world, not just on paper. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker prize.

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