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Family Flees To 'Schitt's Creek' — That's 'Schitt' With An H

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Eugene Levy and his son, Daniel Levy, star in Schitt's Creek on the CBC and Pop TV. The Levys talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the comedy, family dynamics and what it's like to work together.

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Grammys Show Producer Explains The Origin Of Onstage Mashups

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift are just a few of the musicians up for Grammy Awards. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the executive producer of the award show, Ken Ehrlich.

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An Expansive View Of Vietnam In 'She Weeps Each Time You're Born'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

Poet and author Quan Barry — born in Vietnam but raised in America — says she wants her new novel to help get rid of some of the preconceptions Americans have about Vietnam as a quagmire.

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'Alphabetical' Tells The Story Behind Every Letter, A To Z

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:47am

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen looks for answers in his new book Alphabetical.

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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:45am

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.

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Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:10pm

"I like to interject, and there's no interjections here," says the comedian behind Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's "very unnatural for an interrupter." David makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark.

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Missing Your 'Breaking Bad' Fix? 'Better Call Saul' Will Hit The Spot

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

This Sunday, AMC debuts Better Call Saul, the backstory behind Breaking Bad drug kingpin lawyer Saul Goodman. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's so good, TV lightning just might strike twice.

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Bob Odenkirk Brings Some Laughs To 'Breaking Bad'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:18pm

Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.

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Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:18pm

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.

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How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says as dangerous as envy can be, it can teach us a lot about who we are and what we really want.

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Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

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What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

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What Does Losing To A Computer Tell Us About Pride?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson — and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.

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How Should We Distribute Our Wealth?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.

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How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Empire' And The Importance Of Different Voices

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:37am

This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices.

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Out Of The Shadows, TV Star Shines A Light On Immigration

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:57am

Actress Diane Guerrero now stars on shows Jane the Virgin and Orange is the New Black. But when she was a teenager, her parents were deported. She tells Michel Martin how it shaped her life.

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On Board A City Bus, A Little Boy Finds The Route To Gratitude

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:54am

In Last Stop on Market Street a little boy goes on a journey with his Nana. Along the way he meets many interesting passengers, and learns to recognize the blessings right in front of him.

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:19pm

Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

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