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In 'The Martian,' Matt Damon Tries To Make It Back From The Red Planet

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 3:57am

Director Ridley Scott's new movie, "The Martian," stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. He must fend for himself on the Red Planet. Film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.

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Ruling Class And Revolution Clash In Sumptuous 'Indian Summers'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:11pm

While the British gossip over gin and tonics, the Indian streets are brewing with calls for independence. The new 10-part British TV drama has just had its U.S. debut.

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'Taxi': A Banned Filmmaker Works From The Road

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:08pm

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has continued to make films since being officially barred from doing so. His latest finds him driving a cab, picking up passengers.

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Ridley Scott Finds An Optimistic Space In 'The Martian'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:03pm

Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, The Martian retains the humor and ingenuity of Andy Weir's novel, even if Damon's crewmates are a bit too good-looking after months in space.

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An Activist Examined In 'He Named Me Malala'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:03pm

A new documentary follows the well-known young activist who survived being shot, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and still advocates for education for girls.

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Suspense And Emotion Teeter Alongside Each Other In 'The Walk'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:03pm

Aside from a shaky French accent from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walk is pretty compelling once it actually gets to the story of a famous wire walk between the Twin Towers.

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Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 2:49pm

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. His new book is The Beast Side.

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A Broken-Hearted Heroine Picks Up The Pieces In Jojo Moyes' 'After You'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 2:04pm

Moyes' follow-up to her 2012 novel Me Before You explores the depths of grief and the paths of resilience. Maureen Corrigan calls After You "an affecting [and] entertaining female adventure tale."

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'Tacopedia': A Mouth-Watering Tour Of Mexico's Taco Culture

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 1:01pm

From the smoked marlin tacos of Baja California to the fried flower tacos of Chiapas, Mexico is home to endless interpretations of this essential dish. A new tome documents this vibrant taco cuisine.

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Guest DJ Rita Moreno On Fighting Back And Winning

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:03am

The iconic actress and singer joins Alt.Latino to discuss the life of a Latina in Hollywood, as well as what the original West Side Story lyrics said.

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'Six Of Crows' Is A Well-Turned Heist Tale

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 9:03am

Leigh Bardugo's latest invites comparison to Ocean's 11, one of the best heist stories ever told. Critic Jason Sheehan says the teenaged crows seem too mature, but praises the immersive worldbuilding.

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'The Heart Goes Last' Is A Swiftian Satire Of Imbeciles In The Apocalypse

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 6:03am

Margaret Atwood's new novel started life as a digital serial about a young couple who join a strange prison-based planned community. But their hapless shallowness makes the book deeply frustrating.

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When Facebook Crashes, The Police Get Called

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 4:55am

In both Britain and the U.S., police say they get calls from the public when Facebook goes down.

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A Model In A Hijab Talks About Her Faith And Fashion

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:58am

Fashion retailer H&M featured non-fashion types in its latest video ad, including a London woman wearing a hijab. Mariah Idrissi, 23, talks about why she chooses to wear the head scarf.

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From Syria To South Africa, A Passion For Wine Flows Bottle By Bottle

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:58pm

A wine writer travels the world to uncover the stories behind 12 bottles of wine. Each bottle offers insight into politics, environment, economics and community.

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How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:25pm

The movie about a stranded astronaut is being hailed for its scientific realism. Andy Weir, who wrote the book the film is based on, is a longtime computer programmer who sees romance in numbers.

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Jazz Saxophonist Phil Woods Dies At 83

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:25pm

Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods was a disciple of Charlie Parker, one of the pioneers of bebop. But Woods reached millions of ears through his playing on pop songs by Paul Simon, Billy Joel and others. Woods died Tuesday at the age of 83.

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'Uniquely Nasty' Remembers The U.S. Ban On Gay Federal Workers

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Michael Isikoff and Charles Francis about their documentary Uniquely Nasty, which explores the government's campaign against gay workers starting in the 1950s.

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Now Is Not The Time For Realistic Fiction, Says Margaret Atwood

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:25pm

The celebrated Canadian author has a new book out, The Heart Goes Last, that began as an experimental digital serial. It's a wacky dystopian satire on economic decline and the private prison industry.

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Journalist Discusses The Rise Of ISIS And Its Future In Syria And Iraq

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:34pm

Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags, traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.

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