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How Director David O. Russell Discovered 'Joy'

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 7:21am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with director David O. Russell about his new comedy "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

The American Political Invention That 'Let The People Rule'

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 7:21am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Geoffrey Cowan, author of "Let the People Rule," on Teddy Roosevelt's invention of the modern political primary.

2015 In TV: A Couple More Under The Radar Picks

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 7:21am

Linda Wertheimer talks with Slate critic June Thomas about her underrated television pick. She chose two dramas, "Cucumber" and "Banana," about the lives of a group of gay men in Manchester, England.

With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 7:21am

Early in his career, Stella's goal was to not depict anything. In 1958, he notoriously achieved that. Since then, Stella has continued to push the possibilities of his art.

A Tale Of Two Titles: A Girl, A Train And Thousands Of Confused Readers

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 5:29am

It's a psychological thriller, with a female protagonist, set in contemporary London. You've probably heard of it — Girl on a Train. Or is it The Girl on the Train you're looking for?

'Our Gang' Chronicles Lives Of African-American Actors In 'The Little Rascals'

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 3:10pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to author Julia Lee about her book Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals. She chronicles the story of the African-American actors in the films. They were hailed as heroes of the black community for a time but were later reviled for their roles.

Song From Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Celebrates Founding Mothers

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 3:10pm

As part of NPR's year-end series "One That Got Away", reporter Jeff Lunden tells us about his favorite song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It's not about the founding fathers; it's about some founding mothers.

Santa For President In 2016

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 3:10pm

His resume is unimpeachable and he has great approval ratings. Santa Claus sounds like the perfect candidate — so what if he ran for president? That's the question in this radio drama by The Truth.

'Revenant' Reveals A Breathtaking, Punishing Saga Of Survival And Revenge

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 10:47am

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews The Revenant, a harrowing survival tale from the director of last year's best picture Oscar winner.

In Peru, Sipping The Season With A Cocktail De Algarrobina

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 9:20am

This eggnog-like beverage contains pisco; sweetened, condensed milk and a special syrup from a tree Peruvians call "the tree of life."

Smoking Bishop: A Boozy Christmas Drink Brimming With English History

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 6:00am

This clerically named quaff plays a starring role in Scrooge's transformation in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. And port, its key ingredient, also tells a story of English politics and class identity.

A Holiday Favorite: David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries'

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 3:30am

Writer David Sedaris is back reading from his "Santaland Diaries." It's the story of his time as a Macy's elf.

Tarantino Holes Up A Few Outlaws In 'The Hateful Eight'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 4:00pm

Quentin Tarantino makes a three-hour Western pastiche with help from Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and a cast of other old and new associates.

A Sagging 'Joy' That Doesn't Live Up To Its Inspiration

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 4:00pm

David O. Russell re-teams with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a film based on the story of a real-life inventor. Unfortunately, the story is neither believable nor particularly interesting.

A Marriage Upended In '45 Years'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 4:00pm

Charlotte Rampling takes the lead in the story of a couple whose long and stable union is thrown off-balance by news that dredges up the past.

Encore: Among Santa And Mistletoe, A British Christmas Includes Comedy

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 3:16pm

For many people in the United Kingdom, the Christmas season includes a visit to a pantomime or a silly comedy musical. This story originally aired on Dec. 25, 2014 on All Things Considered.

Why Miami Cubans Roast Christmas Pigs In A 'Chinese Box'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 3:16pm

La Caja China is a device inspired by Chinese rail workers in Cuba. And in Miami, it has become the de rigueur way to cook the traditional Noche Buena pig roast. Only in America.

Is Santa An Elf? Discuss

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 3:16pm

In which a reporter and an editor get into a heated argument over Santa's classification, and it ends up on the radio.

Eddie Redmayne: Reading 'Danish Girl' Script Was Like Getting 'Sucker-Punched'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 3:16pm

The film centers on Lili Elbe, one of the first people known to have had gender reassignment surgery. Redmayne says it's "about love not being defined by gender ... but really being about souls."

Film Critic David Edelstein Says 2015 Offered An 'Embarrassment Of Riches'

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 10:44am

Fresh Air's movie critic had no shortage of material to consider when it came time to make his top 10 list this year.

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