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Landing Starring Roles At 50, Salma Hayek Enjoys 'Proving Everyone Wrong'

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Hayek's career hasn't been easy, but she's not complaining: "I'd rather have the hard road into excellence than the easy road into mediocrity," she says. Her current film is called Beatriz at Dinner.

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This Dinner Party Invites People Of All Faiths To Break Bread Together

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Iftar is the nightly meal breaking the Ramadan fast. The Open Iftar project stages meals outdoors, encouraging Muslims and non-Muslims to move beyond religious divides to get to know each other.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) Open Iftar in Portland, Ore.)

Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Off in the wings, stage managers coordinate cast and crew, calling hundreds of cues during Broadway performances. They may not win Tony Awards, but without them, not even the curtain would go up.

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Adam West Saved Batman. And Me.

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

NPR's resident Bat-scholar Glen Weldon offers a personal remembrance of the late Adam West, explains how the actor rescued the character of Batman from oblivion, and explores his enduring legacy.

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Grappling With Race, Class And Southern Food's Great 'Debt Of Pleasure'

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

In his book, The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge tells the story of modern Southern history through food — which means "explicitly digging into issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity," he says.

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'Last Kid Left' Is A Summer Read For People Who Hate The Light

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

Rosecrans Baldwin's new novel probably shouldn't have come out in summer: It's got the trappings of a beach read — a shore town, tourists, a murder — but it strays into some very dark territory.

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'The Great Comet': 'Hits All Of The Checkmarks' Of A Broadway Experience

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 4:51pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with director Rachel Chavkin and actress Denée Benton of Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which retells Tolstoy's War and Peace with a diverse cast.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Couples Therapist Esther Perel On The Monastic Life

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:42am

Relationship expert Esther Perel is the author of Mating in Captivity, and her new podcast Where Should We Begin, features real people talking about real problems.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Esther Perel)

Adam West, Who Played The Dark Knight At His Brightest, Dies At 88

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:24am

The actor donned Batman's costume for TV in the '60s, giving an enduring rendition of the hero. Later in his career, West enjoyed a renaissance as a voice actor. His family says he died Friday night.

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Beach Reads You Need: Four Sandy Summer Romances

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 9:00am

Our monthly romance roundup rolls on with four beach-appropriate reads for June, from the supernatural to the astronomical to an old-fashioned tale of family lost and found when you least expect it.

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'The Essex Serpent' Spreads Its Wings

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 6:00am

Sarah Perry's historical novel is gloriously alive, teeming with bugs, moss and marsh, unconventional spirits and a darker undercurrent of fear about a legendary monster haunting the Essex coast.

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'Beatriz at Dinner' And 'Megan Leavey' Celebrate Women Warriors

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews two movies centered on women warriors — Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, and Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

'My Cousin Rachel' Spins A 19th-Century Melodrama About A Mysterious Young Widow

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:50pm

Rachel Weisz plays a widow who might have designs on her cousin's fortune in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel. Critic David Edelstein says the film will keep viewers in suspense.

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:50pm

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.

'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:05am

Mark Kidel's new Showtime documentary tells the story of the man behind the debonair star. Off screen, Grant was "lonely, insecure and haunted by fears of being abandoned," says critic John Powers.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: When To Break Up With Culture And Advice With Mallory Ortberg

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:07am

This week's show combines two segments from our tour a few months ago, and they're both corkers. We talk to Audie Cornish about hanging in with culture, and Mallory Ortberg gives advice.

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Comic Jordan Klepper On His New Gun Documentary And Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 6:00am

In Jordan Klepper Solves Guns, the comedian dives into America's relationship with firearms. Klepper is also launching his own nightly show on Comedy Central this fall.

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'Beatriz At Dinner' Skewers A House Full Of Well-Off Guests

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White collaborate on a film featuring Salma Hayek as a healer who finds herself at a very uncomfortable meal.

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Peter Sallis, Voice Behind 'Wallace And Gromit' Films, Dies At 96

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:31pm

Peter Sallis, who was the voice of Wallace in the beloved Wallace and Gromit films, died last week. He was 96 years old.

For One Saudi Woman, 'Daring To Drive' Was An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:03pm

In 2011, Manal al-Sharif filming herself driving in a country where women are banned from getting behind the wheel. Driving, she says, is "a way to emancipate women. It gives them so much liberty."

(Image credit: Manal al-Sharif)




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