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If I Could Turn Back Time

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

In this audio quiz, contestants have to identify some popular songs. The twist? All of these songs are themed around the concept of TIME...and we're playing them...BACKWARDS.

Robot Resumes

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

We describe robots that have been invented to perform specific tasks. Are they real, or fake?

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' And 'Tour de Pharmacy'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:37am

On this week's show, we go for a swing with the newest Peter Parker, and we contemplate an extremely silly Andy Samberg faux documentary about cycling.

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A Favorite In Waiting: Alison Bechdel's 'Dykes To Watch Out For'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:00am

Alison Bechdel is one of the few cartoonists who appears twice on our list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels — but many readers overlooked her beloved cult strip Dykes To Watch Out For.

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Italy's Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals And Mysterious Rules

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:57am

Can you drink cappuccino after breakfast? Should you take espresso in a cup or a glass? Italy, perhaps the spiritual home of coffee, has much to say about when and how to enjoy it.

(Image credit: Daniel Austin Hoherd/Flickr )

'You're Never Too Old To Screw Up': Keegan-Michael Key On 'Friends From College'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:27pm

Key's new Netflix show is about how even in your 40s, you can still make mistakes. The actor tells NPR he never expected to make it in the entertainment industry: "I stumbled up into this," he says.

(Image credit: David Lee/Netflix)

'Chasing Coral': Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Jeff Orlowski uses time-lapse underwater cameras to demonstrate the alarming extent of a worldwide coral bleaching epidemic now endangering marine ecosystems.

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In This Smart Drama About Eating Disorders, Dark Humor Cuts 'To The Bone'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In writer-director Marti Noxon's drama, a young woman (Lily Collins) battles anorexia at an in-patient facility. The film, rounded out by a great cast, offers a knowing, intimate take on the disease.

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'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Employs Small-Scale Gorilla Tactics

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

The latter-day Apes prequel trilogy concludes quietly, without cinematic chest-thumping. Critic Chris Klimek says the result is "suspenseful, mournful, grand and sensitively performed."

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'Lady Macbeth': A New Bride Flouts The Rigid Rules Of Society — And Humanity

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In this unsentimental, unflinching, increasingly harrowing film, a young woman in Victorian England internalizes the various cruelties visited upon her ... until she doesn't.

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'Saturday Night Live' And 'Westworld' Scoop Up Most Emmy Nominations

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives us his take on the 2017 Emmy nominations. With 22 nominations each, Saturday Night Live and Westworld are tied for the most Emmy nods of the season.

Documentary Reveals The 'Dirty Tricks' Of One Of Trump's Closest Political Advisers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:15pm

Morgan Pehme co-directed the new Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone, about the political operative who spent three decades trying to convince Donald Trump to run for president.

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Offers A Masterful Vision Of Humanity's Many Forms

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:15pm

There's nothing pretentious or inflated about the latest Planet of the Apes film. Rather, it's a suspense-driven movie in which it's "impossible not to root for these brave and beautiful apes."

Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma's Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:51pm

Enjoying a chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon? In the 1800s, Chinese immigrants helped introduce those iconic varietals to California's wine country. But as vineyards grew, so did anti-Chinese fervor.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Buena Vista winery)

Emmy Nominations 2017: 'Saturday Night Live' And 'Westworld' Lead The Way

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:43am

With 22 nominations each, NBC's Saturday Night Live and HBO's Westworld tied for the most Emmy nods for the 2016-2017 season. Netflix garnered 91 nominations — second among networks.

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The Old School: Classic Strips That Continue To Shape Comics

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 9:00am

When we asked readers to name their favorite comics, many classic, hugely influential newspaper strips got nudged out of the running. We thought we'd give them a shout-out.

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Truth Is A Fragmentary Thing In 'American Fire'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:00am

The rural Virginia county of Accomack was plagued by arson in the winter of 2012. The arsonist was caught, and in American Fire, Monica Hesse tries to tease out the elusive truth of why he did it.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

A Director's Struggle With Anorexia In 'To The Bone'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Marti Noxon first made a name for herself in Hollywood as a writer and producer on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now, she makes her directorial debut with To The Bone, a film about anorexia.

'Goodbye, Vitamin' Is Sweet — But Not Sugarcoated

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54pm

Rachel Khong's first novel is a heartwarming account of family devotion and dementia — which sounds sickly, but her offbeat sensibility and flair for wordplay keep the story from becoming saccharine.

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If Thoreau Were Alive, He'd Be 'Shouting From The Rafters,' Biographer Says

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:30pm

Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, was born 200 years ago in 1817. Biographer Kevin Dann says the philosopher's ideas about individual sovereignty remain relevant today.

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