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'Dr. Who' Is A Woman: Jodie Whittaker Chosen To Play Lead In British Sci-Fi Series

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:28pm

The 13th actor to play Dr. Who in the long-running British sci-fi series will be Jodie Whittaker. She is the first woman to play the role. The move is long overdue for some and an outrage for others.

How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:20pm

James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community.

Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Two entitled young women vacationing on a chic Greek island get involved with a mysterious stranger in Lawrence Osborne's new novel. Critic John Powers calls it a "seductively menacing new thriller."

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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere: 'Shall We Begin?'

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:00am

'Dragonstone' saw the disparate plot threads of HBO's hit series pulling together as Daenerys Targaryan returned to Westeros to claim the Iron Throne.

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Academy Award-Winning Actor Martin Landau, Known For 'Mission: Impossible' Dies At 89

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:18pm

He's known for film roles in North By Northwest and Ed Wood, died Saturday. Rollin Hand's character in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, captured Landau's gift for playing a variety of roles.

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HBO Summer: 'Game Of Thrones' And More Return

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:08pm

Game of Thrones returns to HBO Sunday night. And next Sunday, Ballers and Insecure will also come back for another season of must-watch viewing.

Artist Louie Gong Brings Authentic Native American Art To Mainstream Business

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:08pm

Louie Gong is a Native American visual artist and designer who got his start decorating Vans sneakers. Today he's one of the most successful Native entrepreneurs in the country.

'City Of Ghosts' Shows Everyday Horrors Of Living With ISIS

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:08pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with director Matthew Heineman about his new film City of Ghosts, which follows a group of citizen journalists from Raqqa on life in ISIS-occupied Syria.

'American Fires' Tells A True Story Of Love And Arson In Rural Virginia

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:08pm

In 2012 and 2013, Accomack County, Va., was plagued by arson. The culprits, it turned out, were a local man and his girlfriend. In a new book, journalist Monica Hesse tells their story.

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Not My Job: Aubrey Plaza Gets Quizzed On The Plaza Hotel

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 1:58pm

In Parks and Recreation, Plaza played an intern who hated everybody and everything. In The Little Hours, she plays a nun who hates everybody and everything, so it's nice to see her branching out.

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Doctor Who Is A Woman: Jodie Whittaker Announced As 13th Time Lord In BBC Series

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:32am

Actress Jodie Whittaker will succeed Peter Capaldi, becoming the first woman to play the role of the eccentric time-traveler.

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Graceful 'Hollow' Is Solid All The Way Through

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 9:00am

The title of Owen Egerton's new novel refers — mostly — to the old fable that the earth is hollow. But there's nothing hollow about this suspenseful tale of a religion professor's fall and rise.

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Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 6:45am

This art studio works with adults who have a disability of some kind to make their art their employment. But all this takes money. And the new health care bill may impact the studio's funding.

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New Novel Explores 'What We Lose' When We Lose A Parent

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 5:35am

When Zinzi Clemmons was taking care of her dying mother, she only had time to write brief vignettes — and those fragments became the core of her new novel about identity and loss, What We Lose.

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Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe Brings Dance Education To Paris' Underserved Communities

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 4:08pm

When the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe tours, they do community outreach. This summer they're in Paris, holding classes for disadvantaged, young dancers.

For July, 3 Romance Heroines Who Want It All

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 9:00am

So many romances explore what we'd do for love — but as summer heats up we're bringing you three heroines who'd do a lot for love, and even more to keep their business ventures going.

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In 'Meddling Kids,' The Scooby Gang Grows Up — Hard

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 6:00am

Edgar Cantero's head-kick of a novel about damaged adults who used to be spunky kid detectives mixes bright, pulpy cartoon nostalgia with some seriously dark trauma-survivor subtext.

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'Lady Macbeth' Turns Sound And Fury Into Victorian Noir

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 5:23pm

It's not Shakespearean but the no-nonsense leading lady of the new movie Lady Macbeth lives up to her name.

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Lawrence Osborne Doesn't Care If You Like His Characters In 'Beautiful Animals'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 4:59pm

"Likable characters are usually completely forgettable ... " he says. "We love villains ... because they show us these disturbing complexities." His sun-drenched summer novel is set on a Greek island.

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In 'Planet Of The Apes,' Caesar Embodies A Flawed But Fearless Leader

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:37pm

In the Planet of the Apes trilogy, Caesar is the noble, compassionate leader of the Apes. In the third and final movie, he must lead the apes to find a home safe from the humans who want to kill them. But Caesar also grapples with intense feelings of revenge. For actor Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves, this simian creature embodies what it means to be a flawed but fearless human being.

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