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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:04pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Amy Tan Revisits The Roots Of Her Writing Career In 'Where The Past Begins'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:01pm

In a new memoir, the Joy Luck Club author searches her past for the sources of her creativity. She says, "I certainly think that the bad experiences ... shaped me as a writer."

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Director Agnes Varda And French Artist JR Team Up In Road Picture 'Faces Places'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:54pm

The odd couple travels around France in the new documentary, photographing strangers and making murals out of their portraits. Critic David Edelstein calls it an "entirely down to earth" art film.

In His 15th Season At 'SNL,' Kenan Thompson Still Knows How To Play It Funny

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:00am

Thompson has lasted longer than any other performer in Saturday Night Live history. He's so likeable that the writers sometimes use the action line "Kenan reacts" when they need to get a joke in.

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Tom Hanks Is Obsessed With Typewriters (So He Wrote A Book About Them)

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:53am

The actor's new collection of short fiction — his debut book as an author — is called Uncommon Type, and each story has something to do with the machine close to his heart.

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From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

After the incredible success of his last book, which inspired an award-winning Broadway musical, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow is back with a new biography on leader of both the Union and the country, Ulysses S. Grant.

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro Once Wrote A Screenplay About Eating A Ghost

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:39pm

Written in the '80s, The Gourmet is an absurdist satire exploring the politics of food and the hedonistic culture of consumerism that treats it as a recreational drug. It's still strikingly relevant.

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Mortician Explores Cultures' Many Paths For 'Sacred Transition' Of Death

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Caitlin Doughty, whose Los Angeles funeral home specializes in alternative ceremonies, traveled the world to collect stories about how different peoples send loved ones off to the great beyond.

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'Skinful Of Shadows' Delights Without Reservation

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 6:00am

Frances Hardinge's captivating tale follows a girl during the English Civil War who discovers she has the power to invite ghosts into herself — a power that puts her in danger, but can also save her.

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'SNL' Goes After 'Well-Dressed Skin Tag' Weinstein, Stages Pence Walkouts

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56am

Slammed for last week's silence on Weinstein, the show ripped into sex abuse allegations against the producer. Elsewhere, Kate McKinnon revived Kellyanne Conway as an eerie Pennywise from It.

Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 7:12pm

For decades, Johnny Fox has been a beloved figure at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Even as he battles serious health problems, Fox is back on stage this fall, thanks to support from friends.

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Actor Chadwick Boseman On His New Role As 'Marshall'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:12pm

Chadwick Boseman has made a name for himself in Hollywood playing prominent African-American figures like Jackie Robinson and James Brown. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the actor about his latest film,Marshall, which follows an early case in the career of eventual Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: At 6:30 into the piece, Boseman says he's been called a "nigger," a word some may find offensive. The word is not bleeped.

'More Than A Political Status': Ai WeiWei's Captures Scale Of Global Refugee Crisis

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:05pm

For his new documentary, Human Flow, the Chinese artist-activist traveled around the world to document the scope and human toll of the international refugee crisis.

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Weinstein Expelled From The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 3:24pm

The film academy's 54-member board of governors, including Oscar-winning actors Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Hanks, voted to strip the legendary producer of his membership.

'Lady Killers:' Cherchez La Femme Fatale

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:00am

An FBI investigator once famously said "There are no female serial killers," but Tori Telfer sets out to prove him wrong with this gruesome new account of multiply-murderous women throughout history.

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For October: 3 Romance Heroes Who Bare It All

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:00am

There's one thing romance heroes have in common — whether a duke, a workaholic billionaire or reality TV hunk: They look really good with their shirts off. Here are three of our favorites this month.

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Hollywood's Biopic Fever: Five Fact-Based Films Released These Week

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 4:28pm

It's a big week for movie biographies. Opening today: Fact-based films about a supreme court justice, two semi-famous authors, an infamous artist, and a man who refused to let polio defeat him.

'The Meyerowitz Stories' Is A Squirm-Inducing Comedy About Family Dysfunction

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:26pm

Writer-director Noah Baumbach's new film is a collection of loosely connected episodes that offer a revealing glimpse into the heart of a lively and fractious New York Jewish family.

'Human Flow' Offers A Searing Look At The Global Refugee Crisis

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:04am

Using aerial photography and intimate, one-on-one interviews to document the plight of migrants in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, artist Ai Weiwei's documentary is grim but vital.

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The End

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

In this final round, contestants must endure an impending letter trend that portends the end: every answer contains the letters "E-N-D" in consecutive order.

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