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The Pregame PB&J: How The Comfort Food Became The NBA's Recipe For Success

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 1:43am

"If there's a locker room that doesn't have it, I haven't seen it," says ESPN reporter Baxter Holmes, who expands on his recent story, which details professional basketball's obsession with the snack.

(Image credit: Sharon White/Getty Images)

The Pregame PB&J: How The Comfort Food Became The NBA's Recipe For Success

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 1:43am

"If there's a locker room that doesn't have it, I haven't seen it," says ESPN reporter Baxter Holmes, who expands on his recent story, which details professional basketball's obsession with the snack.

(Image credit: Sharon White/Getty Images)

A Middle-Aged Misanthrope Reconnects With His Long Lost Daughter In 'Wilson'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:46pm

Daniel Clowes' angst-ridden graphic novel is the basis for a new film starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Critic David Edelstein says Wilson's abrasive protagonist is worth getting to know.

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:46pm

In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles. Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.

Berlin Celebrates Its Jewish Revival By Having A 'Nosh'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:19pm

The German capital is experiencing growing Jewish immigration, despite a rise in anti-Semitism. Organizers of the city's first Jewish food festival are hoping it can help foster unity and pride.

(Image credit: Veronica Zaragovia for NPR)

'Beauty And The Beast,' Music, And More From South By Southwest

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:14am

This week, we visit the new Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, and we all report back from Austin about the happenings at South By Southwest.

(Image credit: Laurie Sparham/Disney)

Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:10am

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

(Image credit: Josh Hemond)

Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:10am

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/TED)

Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:10am

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:10am

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:00am

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.

(Image credit: Sparth/Tor Books)

Meet Jenni Konner, The Off-Screen 'Grown-Up' Who Helped Make 'Girls'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:00am

For six seasons, Konner has been a sort of den mother to the show's millennial actresses. Today, she and Girls creator Lena Dunham are creative partners and best friends.

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This Week In Race: ICE Sends Chills Across US, Kaepernick, Others, Write Big Checks

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:01am

while much of the focus has been on deportations of Latinx, other groups have been under increased scrutiny.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

The Reality Show No One Was Watching

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:40pm

Participants in the British show Eden spent a year in the remote Scottish highlands, living off their will and wits with cameras rolling. The only problem? No episodes have aired since August.

A Poem From A Syrian Psychiatrist: 'Cloud-Cafe'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:32pm

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul writes poems to capture his longing for his troubled homeland.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul)

'I, Olga' Charts One Woman's Path From Alienation To Brutal, Senseless Violence

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

The film about a young woman who ran her truck onto a Prague sidewalk in 1973, killing eight pedestrians, is tough to sit through, and recent events lend it a chilling sense of relevance.

(Image credit: Outsider Pictures)

'Life' Doesn't Quite Find A Way

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

In space, no one can hear you yawn: Technically impressive but dramatically airless, this monster flick set on the International Space Station is powered by "space-movie cliches old and new."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures)

In The Agreeably Schlocky 'Power Rangers,' 'Transformers' Meets 'The Breakfast Club'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

"Go, Go Power Rangers!" - but should you? The film's playful, earnest tone and "gung-ho chintziness" slowly won critic Scott Tobias over.

(Image credit: Lionsgate Films)

A Curmudgeonly Know-It-All Meets The Daughter He Doesn't: 'Wilson'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Craig Johnson's film, based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, wants us to invest in a misanthrope's grumbling attempts to reconnect to humanity. Yet its uneven tone keeps us at a distance.

(Image credit: Wilson Webb/Twentieth Century Fox )

An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:53pm

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.

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