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Tristan Harris: Do Our Devices Control More Than We Think?

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 8:21am

When Tristan Harris worked in Silicon Valley, his job was to direct users online to a particular website or service. Now, he speaks out against tech companies who manipulate their users' attention.

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VIDEO: Harvesting A Wild Lunch With A Master Forager

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 6:00am

When most of us are hungry for lunch, we pick up supplies at the grocery store or stop by the nearby cafe with the best lunch specials. Nick Spero? He heads into the wilderness.

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Exclusive First Read: Philip Pullman's 'The Book Of Dust'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 5:00am

Philip Pullman returns to the world of his beloved Dark Materials trilogy in The Book of Dust. We have an exclusive first peek at young protagonist Malcolm, his canoe, and the day his life changes.

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Jackie Chan Jumps Back Into The Action With 'The Foreigner'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:24am

Though he said he was retiring in 2012, Jackie Chan is back in The Foreigner, his first American action movie in seven years. But what he really wants is to "make a drama film without one punch."

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As Allegations Mount, Weinstein's Problems Move Beyond Tattered Reputation

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:42pm

London police are investigating an allegation against Weinstein of sexual assault in the 1980s. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will meet Saturday to discuss taking action against him.

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Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:08pm

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly planned the play, then quietly dropped it from the schedule. Now, it's finally getting its U.S. premiere.

A Major Work Of Friction: 'The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm

While not as tightly structured as his previous work, writer-director Noah Baumbach's latest dissection of men whose egos outstrip their talent is just as closely observed as ever.

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A Couple Confronts Polio In 'Breathe'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm

The directorial debut of actor Andy Serkis features strong performances from Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy but opts for inspiration over intimacy.

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'Professor Marston And The Wonder Women' Is Strangely Subdued

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Angela Robinson's biopic of the colorful sexual triad behind the comic-book character is sweet, but so concerned with rendering their kinkiness as bold and important that it forgets to have fun.

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The Man Behind All Those Behinds: 'Tom of Finland'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Despite its dutiful, box-checking nature, this biopic of the Finnish artist who brought gay sexual imagery out of the shadows finds room to let its characters breathe.

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'The Foreigner' Is Cold As Ice

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Martin Campbell's first film since Green Lantern stars Jackie Chan, but the joyless proceedings drain the actor of his trademark charisma.

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FBI Profilers Pursue Serial Killers And Their Motives In 'Mindhunter'

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:10pm

A new Netflix series explores the formation of the FBI serial crime unit and the psychology of mass murder. Critic David Bianculli says Mindhunter's emphasis on motive results in a compelling show.

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 1:22pm

"There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much,' " Fallon says. "I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at."

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Historical Veggies Take Root In D.C. War Garden

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:00am

To commemorate 100 years since the U.S. entered WWI, the gardens outside the Library of Congress have been transformed into a traditional war garden — producing heirloom vegetables of the past.

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With 'Voices In The Dark,' An Artist Missteps

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 6:00am

Comic artist Ulli Lust's unique, surreal style proves a bad match for this adaptation of a historical novel about the children of Joseph Goebbels and their last days in Adolf Hitler's bunker.

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Last Da Vinci Painting In Private Hands Will Be Auctioned Next Month

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:03pm

The portrait of Jesus Christ, Salvator Mundi, was recently confirmed to be a da Vinci that had been thought to be destroyed. It's not clear where the painting was, exactly, for more than a century.

(Image credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Christie's Auction House)

Anthropologist Jason De Leon Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with anthropologist Jason de Leon, who was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in recognition of his work which shines a light on the human toll of U.S. immigration policies. His Undocumented Migration Project involves collecting artifacts left behind by migrants living and dead, from the Sonoran Desert.

Smithsonian Night Market Celebrates The Art Of Asian Cuisine

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 3:24pm

Food is central to culture, but museums often overlook it. So for their grand reopening, the Smithsonian's Asian art museums are giving center stage to cuisine from across Earth's largest continent.

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75 Years Later, A Look At The 'Life, Legend, and Afterlife' Of 'Casablanca'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:20pm

Film historian Noah Isenberg revisits the making of the classic Hollywood film in his new book, We'll Always Have Casablanca. "Seventy-five years after its premiere, its still very timely," he says.

Noah Baumbach Explores Love, Resentment And Anger In 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:20pm

Baumbach's new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor. Baumbach's previous films include The Squid and the Whale.

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