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Lisa Feldman Barrett: Can We Really Tell How Other People Are Feeling?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Identifying basic emotions in others — like fear, sadness or anger — seems instinctive, but psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett says we're doing more guesswork than we think.

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Tiffany Watt Smith: Did People In The Past Experience Emotions Differently?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Did past generations experience and express emotions the same way we do? Probably not, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith — perceptions of our emotions depend on the time and place.

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John Koenig: What If There Were A Word For Every Emotion In The World?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

When we can't describe how we're feeling, we say we "have no words." But in his made-up dictionary, writer John Koenig has invented words to describe our most abstract and ephemeral emotions.

(Image credit: Courtesy John Koenig)

'Mommy, You Can Do That': Navigating Work-Life Balance Thousands Of Miles From Home

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:05am

Zoe Courville and Lora Koenig, colleagues and fellow climate scientists, spend weeks at a time away from their families doing research. At StoryCorps, they talk about their struggles as working moms.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Marilyn Koenig)

Tense, Stylish 'Thoroughbreds' Earns Place In Winner's Circle

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:01pm

Murder Most Foal: Two teenage girls — a champion horseback rider and a fashionable boarding school student — plan a bloody deed in this "blistering new comic thriller."

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A Good Man's Moral Compass Points South-Of-The-Border In 'Gringo'

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:01pm

Though it traffics in broad stereotypes, several funny performances nearly salvage this satiric tale of a faked kidnapping, greedy executives and dim-bulb criminals.

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Iannucci's 'The Death Of Stalin': Amid Chaos, Great Energy

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:00pm

Armando Iannucci directs this lacerating, frenetic dissection of the power vacuum left by Stalin's death. The director "never overtly winks at current parallels East or West. He doesn't have to."

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'A Wrinkle In Time' Will Delight Target Audience That Doesn't Have Too Many Wrinkles

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello discusses the star-studded film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, the sci-fi fantasy novel about light and darkness, time and tesseracts.

Mattel Introduces 17 'Shero' Barbies To Celebrate International Women's Day

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan about the new Barbie dolls Mattel made to mark International Women's Day. The special series celebrates famous women including NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and artist Frida Kahlo.

'Jessica Jones' Returns, Her Rage Especially Resonant In The #MeToo Era

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:35pm

Netflix's drama about a woman who rebels against conformity and power structures returns for a second season on Thursday. Critic David Bianculli says Jessica Jones "transcends the superhero genre."

Remembering Barry Crimmins, A Comic Who Advocated For Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:35pm

Crimmins, who died last week, mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. The two men spoke to Fresh Air in 2015 about their documentary Call Me Lucky.

On The Road To Women's Rights, Susan B. Anthony Stomached Plenty Of Bad Food

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 7:44am

For 45 years, Anthony traveled the U.S. relentlessly, stumping for women's rights. She endured ridicule, was hanged in effigy and faced many horrid meals on the road. Nevertheless, she persisted.

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In The White House Cabinet Room, Parallels To 'Apprentice' Boardroom

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 6:42am

A former producer from The Apprentice says he feels for White House advisors watching as President Trump goes off script in televised cabinet room listening sessions, much as he did on the show.

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Profiling History's Troublemaking Women, French Cartoonist Gets 'Brazen'

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 6:00am

Pénélope Bagieu's curly, pretty style is sometimes in conflict with her material; it works well when her "rebel ladies" meet happy ends, but she struggles to depict the hardships many suffered.

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If It's Awkward, 'My Instinct Is To Make Fun Of It,' Says Armando Iannucci

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:09am

The Scottish satirist's new movie, The Death of Stalin, spoofs the way the dictator's lackeys jostled each other after his death — all part of a lifetime of mocking the pompous and powerful.

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'Jessica Jones' Season 2 Is Full Of (Politically Inspired) Rage

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 5:00pm

Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg says, for season two, she and the show's writers channeled their anger over the 2016 election. "We walked in really pissed off," she says.

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New Book Dives Into How 'The Bachelor' Wooed The Nation

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:20pm

Amy Kaufman interviewed dozens of producers for her book Bachelor Nation. "They know your weak spots," she says. "That's really how they start to craft your narrative and turn you into a character."

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John Oliver Finds Humor In The News No One Wants To Hear About

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:26pm

On Last Week Tonight, Oliver dives into often obscure stories, like NRA TV and the laws that govern televangelism. He describes the show's style as "the slowest improv you've ever seen."

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Oprah In The Sky, With Wisdom: The Earnest, Imaginative 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:35am

Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images, and deeply moving.

(Image credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Walt Disney Pictures)

Life Hacking Life: The Scary Premise Of 'Annihilation'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:59am

As with Ex Machina, says Marcelo Gleiser, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?

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