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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich About Taco Bell

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:48am

Since the Pixar director's new film pays homage to actual Mexican culture, we decided to ask him about the "Mexican" fast food chain.

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Terra Incognita: 'The Planet Factory' And 'The Undiscovered Islands'

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:00am

Two new books about unreal islands and yet-to-be-real planets have much to tell us about what human beings want to know when we look around at the world — life is uncertain, and our fears need maps.

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Spectacular Light Show At Notre Dame Cathedral Commemorates World War I

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 7:09pm

A stunning display of color and technology illuminates the medieval cathedral's facade and tells a story about history, war and survival.

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'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:03pm

The new anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, aims to make century-old stories — of flying Africans, quizzical animals and even Uncle Remus — available to new generations.

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Kenneth Branagh On His Meticulous Master Detective Role In 'Murder On The Orient Express'

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:31pm

Actor Kenneth Branagh has been Henry the Fifth, Iago in Othello, Victor Frankenstein, and now he's taken on another famous literary character, Agatha Christie's meticulous master detective, Hercule Poirot. Branagh both stars and directs the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express and talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the project.

Standing Up In The World Of Stand-Up: When 'Open Secrets' Finally Go Public

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:12pm

The culture of comedy is one in which women have had little recourse to address sexual misconduct. The now-public allegations facing Louis C.K. suggest this may be changing.

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'Murder On The Orient Express' Moves In Inspired Fits And Starts

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:44pm

Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel features a cast that rips into individual roles with gusto — but never fully jells as an ensemble.

'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:44pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war. Originally broadcast June 12, 2017.

'The Stories Are True,' Louis C.K. Says, After Women Described His Sexual Misconduct

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:59pm

C.K. says the stories reported in The New York Times about him masturbating in front of shocked female comics are true, and that he feels remorse. He said he wielded his power "irresponsibly."

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The Aleppo Sandwich: Searching For The Flavors Of A Home Lost To War

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:12am

For decades, a legendary sandwich shop in the Syrian city was a pilgrimage site for locals and visitors. Could it have survived the civil war? It would mean some part of Aleppo is still there, too.

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Benjamin Zander: How Does Music Transform Us?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:19am

Years of conducting a world-famous orchestra have shown Benjamin Zander the power of classical music. He says music speaks to our emotions — and has the ability to reach everybody.

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Magda Sayeg: What's The Emotional Power Behind "Yarn Bombing"?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:19am

From door handles to double-decker buses, Magda Sayeg "yarn bombs" inanimate objects by wrapping them in handmade knitting. She wants her bright, fuzzy artwork to make the world a little friendlier.

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eL Seed: Can The Beauty Of Arabic Calligraphy Shift Perspectives?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:19am

Using Arabic calligraphy, eL Seed paints messages of hope on the sides of buildings. He says the beauty of Arabic script — even if you can't read it — can change negative perceptions of Arab culture.

(Image credit: Courtesy eL Seed)

Dre Urhahn: How Can Public Art Projects Transform Rough Neighborhoods?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:19am

Artists Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas strive to change perceptions of "bad neighborhoods" by arming locals with paintbrushes and a vision: to turn their neighborhoods into open-air art galleries.

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Titus Kaphar: How Can We Address Centuries of Racism In Art?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:19am

Western art contains countless paintings and sculptures that reveal a painful history of racism. We can't erase that history, but artist Titus Kaphar has begun the long and hard work of amending it.

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Joe Ide: Creating A Complicated Hero From the Hood

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 5:00am

Joe Ide and his brothers hung out almost exclusively with the neighborhood kids in South Los Angeles. Years later, the city's old haunts and characters worked their way into his books.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Redux: 'This Is Us' And 'Speechless'

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 5:00am

Listen to two of our favorite segments from last year, featuring two of our favorite fourth chairs (Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish), about two of our favorite shows.

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The Case For 'Grey's Anatomy,' 300 Episodes In

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:00am

Aside from an episode recap or a mention of the latest character Shonda Rhimes has written off, critics don't pay much attention to Grey's. But there's a reason it's still so popular.

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In 'Wonder Valley,' There's More Than One Los Angeles

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:59am

Ivy Pochoda's latest was informed by creative writing classes she teaches on L.A.'s Skid Row. "My L.A. experience, it was a little bit different, and I think the book sort of reflects that," she says.

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Costa Rica Dances With The Stars

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:56am

When the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica was asked what he would do after Trump asked for his resignation, he joked that maybe he would go on Dancing with the Stars. That's just where he has landed.

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