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Taut, Moving 'Black Girl' Helped Put African Cinema On The Map

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Fifty years after its debut, a restored version of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène's first film is now available. John Powers says Black Girl feels "as timely today as it did half a century ago."

The Joy (And Fear) Of Making 'Kindred' Into A Graphic Novel

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:59am

Nearly 40 years after it was published, Octavia Butler's time-travel novel Kindred has been adapted for a modern audience as a graphic novel. But reinterpreting the masterwork was a daunting task.

(Image credit: Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, and illustrated by John Jennings © Abrams ComicArts, 2017)

Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:42am

Hunger was Douglass' constant companion as a boy. As a young man, he escaped slavery and became a heroic abolitionist who revealed how food was a key tool in the immoral mechanics of slavery.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: LEGO Batman And Kids Who Cook On TV

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 8:34am

This week, we've got podcast cousins all over the place including Sam Sanders talking about 'The LEGO Batman Movie' and Kat Chow chiming in on 'MasterChef Junior.'

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Can The Internet Help You Get The Right Diagnosis?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors told Jen Brea that her symptoms were psychosomatic, so she filmed herself and turned to the Internet for guidance. She describes how her online community helped her find the right diagnosis.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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John Oliver On Facts, Donald Trump, And The Supreme Court For Dogs

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:44am

In an NPR interview, the comedian talks about why facts matter more to him as a comedian than the president he's about to lampoon. Oliver's Last Week Tonight returns for a new season on HBO Sunday.

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'The LEGO Batman Movie' Really Clicks

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00pm

The Dark Knight lightens up, already: In this frenetic, loosely structured Bat-sequel to 2014's The LEGO Movie, Will Arnett's arrogant Batman finally gets over himself.

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'A United Kingdom': A Tense Political Thriller Marred By A Dull Love Story

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Amma Assante's film about the backroom gamesmanship that led to the birth of a new African nation grows "vigorous and sharp" once it gets past its lead characters' cliche-ridden courtship.

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'Fifty Shades Darker' But Several Shades Short Of A Movie

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00pm

The sequel to the 2015 softcore BDSM film Fifty Shades of Grey gets a tiny bit smuttier than its predecessor, but its story and characters remain just as limp as ever.

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'John Wick: Chapter 2' Lives Its Life Like A Candle In A Hail Of Bullets

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00pm

This kinetically shot and stylishly art-directed sequel "walks right up to the edge of parody, and then judo-throws a fool over the side," says critic Chris Klimek.

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Students Seek To Recreate Ancient Beer Recipe Discovered In Pottery Vessels

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:38pm

Archaeologists discovered a 5,000-year-old beer recipe by studying the residue of pottery vessels found in an excavated site in northeast China. Now Stanford University students are recreating the recipe.

Soapmaker Dr. Bronner Releases Posthumous Album Of His Own Words

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:38pm

Walk into any health food store, and you'll find a bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap. It's famous not only for its cleansing power but for its label, which is full of Dr. Bronner's religious and philosophical writings. Now the company is releasing an album of his words set to music. He was a Holocaust survivor, business genius and a difficult family man.

George Saunders Re-Imagines A President's Grief With 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:24am

The acclaimed short-story writer sets his first novel in the cemetery where 11-year-old Willie Lincoln was buried. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Lincoln in the Bardo "searing, inventive and bizarre."

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Memory And Loss Haunt The Stories In 'The Refugees'

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 9:00am

Viet Thanh Nguyen's new collection looks at how it feels and what it means to be a refugee. It's a wonderful group of stories that prove fiction can do more than tell stories, it can bear witness.

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'Autumn' Champions Free Spirits And The Lifeforce Of Art

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:00am

Ali Smith kicks off a seasonally-themed quartet with this ultimately uplifting look at the lifelong friendship between a young woman and her unconventional childhood soulmate, an artistic gay man.

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Most Latino Films Still In No-Man's Land Despite Growing Audience

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 5:01am

"This is a group — a population — that supports and consumes the most entertainment. But yet they have no representation, almost. I mean, we have Jane the Virgin, but where are the movies?"

Atlanta Rolls Up, Moves An Old Oil Painting — All 374 Feet And 12 Tons Of It

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:13am

On Thursday, one of the world's largest oil paintings starts its trip to a new home. The immersive "cyclorama" puts viewers in the Battle of Atlanta, and is one of just a few of its kind in the U.S.

(Image credit: Sam Whitehead)

Poetry To Pay Attention To: A Preview Of 2017's Best Verse

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:00pm

2017 is turning out to be a year of big change. Critic Craig Teicher highlights some of the poetry that can help guide readers through it.

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'Tower' Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was 'Pushed Aside'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:16pm

Fourteen people were killed by a sniper at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966. But director Keith Maitland says people were "encouraged to move forward and not linger in the terrible tragedy."

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