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Be Your Own Self: The Lessons Of 'Do I Sound Gay?' And 'Tangerine'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:43pm

Do I Sound Gay? follows a documentarian as he delves into his voice and the stereotypes associated with it, while Tangerine delivers a cinematic portrait of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles.

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Judicial Differences Take Center Stage In 'Scalia V. Ginsburg'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:30pm

The opera Scalia/Ginsburg debuts this weekend at the Castleton Festival in Virginia. The story originally aired on July 10, 2013 on All Things Considered.

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#NPRReads: Wisconsin's First Lady And Syria's Dueling 'Godfathers'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:06pm

Also this week, an interview with John Lydon (you man known him as Johnny Rotten), race and Instagram filters, and the cost of living in Los Angeles.

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In Harper Lee's Return, First Chapter Swings From Homecoming To Heartbreak

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:22pm

The opening chapter of Go Set A Watchman, Lee's first novel in 55 years, is out. Reactions ran from joy to shock — as readers coped with a plot twist and lingering doubts on the timing of its release.

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:28pm

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.

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'The Fried Chicken Capital': Where Racial Progress Began Along The Rails

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:01pm

Fried chicken is a racially fraught food. But for African-American women in Gordonsville, Va., the dish became a route to financial independence after the Civil War.

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Remembering Omar Sharif, A Star In Two Skies

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 9:19am

Legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83. He became a global star in the 1960s with films like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago — but his career started in Cairo.

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A Very Silly '7 Days In Hell'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 8:32am

HBO's mock tennis documentary stars Andy Samberg as a brash American taking on a shy Brit in a fictional 2004 match that lasted a week.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Weighing In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'?

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 8:03am

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe discusses the so-called "gay voice" and reveals his own attempt (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay." Originally broadcast July 7, 2015.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks At The Physical Toll Of Being Black In America

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 2:50am

Coates writes about race and social issues for The Atlantic. His new book, Between The World And Me, brings to bear his fear that his life and the lives of his loved ones might end unnaturally.

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A Strong Central Performance Grounds An Uneven 'Boulevard'

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:03pm

In his final dramatic role, Robin Williams plays a man who tries late in his life to find happiness.

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A Documentarian Wonders: 'Do I Sound Gay?'

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:03pm

In a new documentary, a gay man tries to change the sound of his voice and wonders why, exactly, he thinks he should.

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Coming Back As A Better Slab Of Beef Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Self/less is a dull rumination on familiar themes about body-swapping and life-swapping, exploring none of the actually provocative questions it raises.

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From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music Universal

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 2:45pm

Can you hear what's similar about a Palestinian line dance and Swift's "Shake It Off?" Or The Sound Of Music's "Do-Re-Mi" and a Pygmy song? Scientists have finally decoded the language of music.

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'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:20pm

Sean Baker's bleak, boisterous farce follows two transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. David Edelstein says Tangerine is "brilliantly shaped, edited, scored and performed."

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There's Still Appointment Television, But The Appointment Is '@midnight'

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:03am

It's hard to get social media aspects of a TV show right, and it's hard to get people to watch a show when it's on. Comedy Central's fake game show is surprisingly good at both.

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Forget This Mother Father Game

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 6:58am

Can you identify the famous film by its redubbed iconic line? "Pardon my French, but you're an aardvark!"

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Tasty Sayings

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 6:58am

Everyone loves food, so naturally, many English idioms involve edible delicacies. We've put a literal spin on some of these yummy sayings.

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According to Jim (Gaffigan)

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 6:58am

Comedian Jim Gaffigan talks food, family, and his new TV Land show The Jim Gaffigan Show. Plus, his wife and writing partner Jeannie reveals Jim's deep dark secrets.

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Spell My Name

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 6:58am

G-L-O-R-I-A! Gloria! You know that Van Morrison song-- we've improved it by rewriting the lyrics to describe other women, real and fictional, whose first names have six letters and end in "i-a."

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