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Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.

Colson Whitehead's 'Underground Railroad' Is A Literal Train To Freedom

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:43pm

Whitehead was recently awarded the National Book Award for his novel about a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north. Originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2016.

On Again, Off Again

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:14pm

All bets are off in this week's final round, where each answer contains the word "off."

The N-th Degree

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:14pm

Get ready to be exponentially impressed with this game, where contestants add the letter 'N' to common phrases, and turn them into less common phrases.


Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:14pm

In this music game, we rewrote the lyrics to David Bowie's "Changes" to be about things that change or get changed.

Taxonomy Anomaly

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:14pm

In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg tells contestants a bizarrely named animal, and they have to guess what kind of animal it actually is.

International Brands Of Mystery

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:14pm

In this game, contestants guess brands based on their overseas identities.

Therapist Discovers Surprising Cure For Election Stress: Mindful Muffins

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:47am

Food works better than valium but shouldn't be your sole comfort, therapist Jean Fain advises clients. But, she says, making muffins as a meditative practice is a reliable source of comfort and hope.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Arrival' And Pop Culture Mood-Boosters

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 9:54am

On this week's show, we talk about one of our favorite movies in a while and we offer some music and other stuff that can give you a boost when you need one.

Tribes Revive Indigenous Crops, And The Food Traditions That Go With Them

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00am

Members of some Native American tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once grew.

Mama Stamberg's Relish Faces Its Toughest Critics: NPR Staffers

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 3:37am

It's tradition: Every year, Susan Stamberg sneaks her mother-in-law's cranberry relish recipe onto the air. To be honest, we've given her a hard time about it, and this year, she's seeking redemption.

Teen Comedy 'The Edge Of Seventeen' Is Razor-Sharp

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

A sharp-tongued young woman weathers the sundry mortifications of teenage life in a film from first-time writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig.

In Lonergan's 'Manchester By The Sea,' Submerged Emotions Bubble To The Surface

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Casey Affleck delivers a haunted, searing performance as a guilt-ridden man unexpectedly forced to look after his teenage nephew.

Tom Ford Delivers Pristine But Portentous Pulp In 'Nocturnal Animals'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

This bifurcated film cross-cuts between the sterile existence of a coolly patrician L.A. gallery owner and the action of her ex-husband's raw-boned novel.

'Bleed For This' Captures The Grime And Grit Of A Boxer's Astonishing Comeback

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Miles Teller is light-middleweight boxer Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz in this intimate biopic that leans more into kitchen-sink realism than glossy uplift.

Nick Offerman Shares His Love Of Woodworking In 'Good Clean Fun'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Comedian and actor Nick Offerman became a star as the Libertarian Ron Swanson in the hit sitcom, Parks and Recreation. He's also pretty good in the woodshop. In fact, building things out of wood is a serious passion. And he's written about it in his latest book, Good Clean Fun.

Bob Dylan To Skip Nobel Prize Ceremony In Stockholm

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with David Gaines, author of In Dylan Town: A Fan's Life, about the news that Bob Dylan will not attend the ceremony to collect his Nobel Prize in Literature.

Before His Name Was Known At All, Seuss Put Creatures On The Wall

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Decades before he became a beloved children's book author, Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) created a series of whimsical sculptures he called "Unorthodox Taxidermy."

The Term 'Graphic Novel' Has Had A Good Run. We Don't Need It Anymore.

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:49pm

Coined in an era when comics were considered 'junk' culture, graphic novel is a hoary, meaningless, and often completely inaccurate term. Comics are comics; stop apologizing for them.




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