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Move Over, St. Patrick: St. Joseph's Feast Is When Italians Parade

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:00am

The wearing of the red honors the patron saint of Sicily. But the real celebrating centers around extravagant altars filled with traditional food, religious symbols and tributes to loved ones.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Italian American St. Joseph Society)

From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:00am

There are 63 artists in this year's Biennial, including An-My Lê, whose photography touches on immigration, and Raúl de Nieves, who made a stained glass window with tape, paper, beads and more.

(Image credit: Matthew Carasella/Courtesy of The Whitney Museum)

Both Pointless And Playful, 'The Idiot' Is Like A Long Dream

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:00am

Elif Batuman has sung the praises of "long novels, pointless novels," and she puts her money where her mouth is with The Idiot, a tale of youthful confusion that can be both boring and beautiful.

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Netflix's 'Iron Fist' Stumbles In Depiction Of Asian Culture

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:30pm

Netflix releases another Marvel superhero series, Iron Fist. This one features a white martial arts expert who fights bad guys, most of whom are Asian. After successful shows like Jessica Jones, this one misses the mark.

Time Loops Back On Itself (Even Without Heroin) In 'T2 Trainspotting'

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:30pm

20 years ago, a low-budget film with a great soundtrack became a huge hit. Now, director Danny Boyle is getting the old (much older, in fact) Trainspotting gang back together for a sequel.

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With 'T2: Trainspotting,' Director Danny Boyle Proves You can Go Home Again

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:25pm

More than 20 years after the release of the original film about a band of thieving Scottish junkies, Boyle returns to the same characters. Critic David Edelstein calls the new film "tremendous fun."

'Fresh Air' Marks The 90th Birthday Of Broadway Composer John Kander

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:25pm

Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. Kander spoke to Terry Gross in 1991 and 2015.

Louise Erdrich, Matthew Desmond Lead National Book Critics Circle Winners

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:05pm

The authors — who won awards in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively — were just two of the writers who emerged Thursday with one of the literary world's most renowned prizes.

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Julie Andrews Teams Up With Henson Puppets In Netflix's 'Greenroom'

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:15am

Andrews presides over a quintet of youngsters who are putting on a play in her new Netflix series. Critic David Bianculli calls Julie's Greenroom a celebration of creative collaboration.

(Image credit: Ali Goldstein/ Netflix)

Zero G

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

In this final round, every answer is a two-word phrase where the first word ends in "I-N-G" and the second word sounds like the first word, with the last G removed.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

This episode's Mystery Guest, Autumn Stanford, just started an interesting late-night business. Can you figure out what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

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Literal Songs

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Jonathan Coulton makes songs with one-word titles even more straightforward, by changing their lyrics so that each song is quite literally about the title. Contestants buzz in to identify the song.

This, That Or The Other

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Contestants are given the title of a book and must guess if it was written by an FBI agent, an Olympic athlete, or a participant on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

Judy Gold: Very Special Episodes

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Comedian Judy Gold talks about coming out to her audience, and her podcast "Kill Me Now," where celebrities reveal what makes them angry. Then we quiz her on strange episodes of classic sitcoms.

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Mr. Shouty

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Hollywood's most famous yeller, Samuel L. Jackson, finally stars in his own game! Contestants must identify movies starring Mr. Jackson just from clips of him shouting.

Toy Joy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

In this game, every answer is a toy or game paired with a word that rhymes with that toy.

The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:00am

Foxfire started as a class project at a Georgia high school in the '60s, but soon became a magazine, then a book, and even a way of teaching about the region's simple, self-sustaining way of life.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Foxfire Fund, Inc.)

Derek Walcott, Who Wrote Of Caribbean Beauty And Bondage, Dies At 87

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:39am

The Nobel Prize winner celebrated his Caribbean homeland and described its brutal colonial history. "You didn't make yourself a poet," he said. "You entered a situation in which there was poetry."

(Image credit: Brooks Kraft/Sygma via Getty Images)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Memes, Fads And A Chat With Neil Gaiman

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:55am

This week, we bring you two segments with comedian Guy Branum from our fall tour, and our friend Petra Mayer chats with author Neil Gaiman about Norse mythology.

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Want To Eat Green For St. Patrick's Day? Do It The Irish Way — With Seaweed

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:00am

Algae was long a part of Irish cuisine. Nutrient-rich, it helped some survive the Great Famine. Irish cooks reviving the practice say it's not just good for you – it's a zap of flavor from the sea.

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