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Hitler Couldn't Defeat Churchill, But Champagne Nearly Did

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 6:00am

During the 1930s, as Hitler was rising to power in Germany, the man who would turn out to be his most implacable foe was drowning – in debt and champagne. A new book recounts the unbelievable excess.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Batman V. Superman' And The Objects We Desire

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 5:00am

We look at a big new movie and discuss what we want from our blockbusters. Then it's on to a discussion of the pop-culture objects we covet, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

New Museum Will Mention Sexual Assault Accusations Against Bill Cosby After All

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:00pm

After days of criticism, the Smithsonian says the National Museum of African American History and Culture will make reference to the assault accusations against the comedian.

Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

Architect Zaha Hadid died on Thursday at age 65. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor.

'Rush Hour' On CBS Reimagines Classic Buddy Action Films

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

On Thursday night, CBS premieres Rush Hour, a reimagining of the buddy action flicks. Not much has changed as the show relies on stereotypes of the old film franchise.

Injuries Increase As Pitchers Throw Harder, Faster And Younger

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

In The Arm, baseball columnist Jeff Passan explains how competitive pressure on young players is making them more vulnerable.

In 'Everything Is Copy,' Nora Ephron's Son Tries Her Philosophy

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:02pm

Jacob Bernstein named his documentary about his mother after an Ephron family saying — "everything is copy," meaning that anything and everything that happens to you is fair game to write about.

What's Over The Horizon? Cartographer Traces 'Beyond The Sea'

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:54pm

From the beaches of New England, you could be looking toward Africa, Australia, Europe or South America. Andy Woodruff has illustrated the surprising paths we'd trace if we could follow our gaze.

Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:18am

Hadid was first famous for spectacular designs that were never built — but later proved her ideas worked in the real world, not just on paper. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker prize.

'Empire Of Things' Surveys How, What And Why We Consume

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:00am

Frank Trentmann's sprawling new history looks at several centuries worth of consumerism. It's a huge, and hugely readable survey of all the ways we accumulate — and exhaust — material goods.

'You Cannot Shame Me': Two New Books Tear Down 'Fat Girl' Stereotypes

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:39am

Authors Sarai Walker and Mona Awad were tired of the way fat characters were — and weren't — portrayed in fiction. Dietland and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl attack a culture of stigmatization.

Sense Of Place Asheville: River Arts District

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:56pm

Take a tour of Asheville's creative hub and hear how local artists respond to a changing community.

Ray Romano Gets Deep, Dark And Angsty For Martin Scorsese's 'Vinyl'

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:58am

Ever since Everybody Loves Raymond, the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO drama Vinyl, he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide.

Lurid And Ludicrous, 'Shock SuspenStories' Will Make Your Eyes Pop

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 6:00am

A new collection reprints the first six issues of EC Comics' classic 1950s pulp horror series. Packed with gore and goofiness, these may, in fact, be the comics your mother warned you about.

For 19th Century French Artists, 'Noir' Was The New Black

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:56am

After the Industrial Revolution, artists started getting creative with some newly available black materials. An exhibit at LA's Getty museum celebrates their exploration of the shadows.

Adopt A Beehive — Save A Beekeeper?

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 2:43pm

Many of the foods we eat depend on pollination from honeybees. But bees are in trouble, and so are beekeepers — replacing lost hives is expensive. Some have come up with a new source of funding.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 1:51pm

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken."

When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:38am

Author Sarah Hepola has complained for years about the random hatred of the Internet. Then, with one careless post, she became part of the problem.

Murder And Crows In 'Taxidermist's Daughter'

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 6:00am

Kate Mosse's new gothic thriller uses the concept of taxidermy as a clever skeleton on which to hang its scares. It's a dark and tangled tale that's definitely not for the squeamish.

Baked Alaska: A Creation Story Shrouded In Mystery

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 6:00am

In March 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska. This igloo-shaped, torched-meringue dessert came as a fringe benefit. Was it a sweet flash of genius, political satire — or maybe a bit of both?

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