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Nigerian Artist Continues A Family Tradition With 'Sartorial Anarchy'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:46am

In Lagos, Iké Udé's family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer's work.

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Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:37pm

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

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How Does Play Shape Our Development?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research about the stark childhoods of murderers.

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Who's That Guy Riding The Subway In His Underwear?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.

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Small Batch Edition: Talking 'X-Files' With Kumail Nanjiani

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:03pm

On today's Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:20pm

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:07pm

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:22am

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:03am

With a name like Dong — and so few roles for Asian-American men on TV — it's understandable that this character has been raising eyebrows. But in the context of the show, Dong makes complete sense.

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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:03am

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:13am

In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.

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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

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James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."

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James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm

British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.

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Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:42am

Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:03am

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:36am

What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.

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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:46pm

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

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