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'Son Of Zorn,' 'The Last Man On Earth' And Ditching Sitcom Normalcy

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:54am

Both the new Fox comedy Son of Zorn and the returning The Last Man on Earth buck conventional sitcom tropes to build worlds where the humor is broader and the concepts higher.

TIFF Diary, Day 5: 'The Promise,' 'La La Land' And 'Jackie'

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:25am

On Day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival, Linda Holmes reviews a romance set amid the Armenian genocide, a musical about Hollywood, and a Jackie Kennedy biopic.

Don't Call It 'The New Ramen': Why Pho Is Central To Vietnamese Identity

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 6:00am

Pho has a rich role in Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and now, American culture. Which is why a video featuring a white chef explaining how to eat pho as the next trendy food angered so many.

'Children Of The New World' Aims A Cautious Eye At Our Technological Future

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 6:00am

Alexander Weinstein's debut story collection is a harrowing vision of the near future as a place of both technological wonder and dysfunction — and a nuanced look at where humanity might be headed.

Most Of This Year's Emmys Have Already Been Handed Out: Some Highlights

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:25pm

Last Saturday and Sunday, the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys — 91 of them — were handed out in Los Angeles. We review some notable winners.

How An Architect Used Striking Design To Capture New Smithsonian's Meaning

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:09pm

As the Smithsonian prepares to open its National Museum of African American History and Culture in a couple weeks, NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with the museum's architect, David Adjaye.

'Weapons Of Math Destruction' Outlines Dangers Of Relying On Data Analytics

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with data scientist Cathy O'Neil about her new book, Weapons of Math Destruction, which describes the dangers of relying on big data analytics to solve problems.

All Songs +1: A Devastating New Film About Nick Cave

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 2:42pm

Director Andrew Dominik captured the Australian singer and his band, The Bad Seeds, as they finished the album Skeleton Tree, just months after Cave's 15-year-old son fell to his death.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:20pm

In The Trainable Cat, feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night.

TIFF Diary, Day 4: 'Lion,' 'A United Kingdom,' 'I Am Not Your Negro,' And More

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:12am

On her fourth day at the Toronto International Film Festival, Linda Holmes saw five movies. Pour out some maple syrup for her. (Also reviewed: Boundaries, Just Not Married)

Can A Vegan Diet Give You All You Need? German Nutritionists Say 'Nein'

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:08am

Berlin has become a vegan mecca, with ice cream shops, restaurants and even butchers catering to a plant-based diet. Now Germany's nutritionists warn that a vegan diet can't provide all a body needs.

TIFF Diary, Day 3: 'Mascots,' 'All I See Is You' And 'Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!'

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 8:30am

On Linda Holmes' third day at the Toronto International Film Festival, she caught a new film from Christopher Guest, a lifeless movie starring Blake Lively, and a rock documentary.

'Cameraperson' Captures A Filmmaker's Memoir Through Snippets Of Her Subjects

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 7:03am

Kirsten Johnson has spent a quarter of a century as a documentary filmmaker. She joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about her own documentary that tells the story of her life behind the camera.

'Where Am I Now?' Mara Wilson Explains What Happened When Matilda Grew Up

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 7:03am

The former child actor says that the most complicated relationship she's ever had is with a fictional, 6-year-old girl. "I wanted to be her so badly," she says.

'Ghosts' Takes On A Tough Topic For Children

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 7:03am

Raina Telgemeier's new graphic novel follows teenager Cat and her irrepressible little sister Maya who has cystic fibrosis. The author says she hopes the story opens up conversations about loss.

This Hearty Stew Is A One-Pot Lesson In Grenada's History

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 6:00am

Just about every ingredient in oil down reflects Grenada's cultural melting pot: from the callaloo greens cultivated by early Amerindians inhabitants to the turmeric brought by South Asian immigrants.

Margaret Atwood Plays With The Superhero Genre In 'Angel Catbird'

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 4:09am

Atwood may be best known as a novelist, but she's also a creator of comics — her new comic, Angel Catbird, is the gleefully subversive tale of a DNA-altered, superpowered cat-bird-man.

TIFF Diary, Day 2: 'Nocturnal Animals,' 'Arrival,' 'A Monster Calls' And More

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 10:59am

In Linda Holmes' second dispatch from the Toronto International Film Festival, she covers movies that range from alien encounters and tree-shaped monsters to riffs on Shakespeare.

Actress And Broadway Star Kristin Chenoweth Plays Not My Job

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 10:00am

We've invited Chenoweth, who is 4 feet 11 inches, to answer three questions about 6-foot-1 model and actress Brigitte Nielsen.

'Missy Piggle-Wiggle' Brings Magical Cures To The Modern World

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 7:27am

60 years ago, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cured your parenting problems with Leadership Pills, well-mannered pigs and Ignorance Tonic. Now, her niece Missy takes up the mantle in a new series of books.




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