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Other Pet Sounds

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a chipmunk? In this audio quiz, contestants must guess what animal is responsible for the sound in each clip.

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Late Starts

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:38am

We lopped off the first letter from a TV show's title, and imagined what the new plot would be. Based on that hypothetical summary, can you guess the title?

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An American Marriage: Redefining The American Love Story

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:00am

Tayari Jones' new novel tells a story of love, race, justice and what happens when "normal" people come face-to-face with the unthinkable.

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Jeffrey Tambor Officially Exits 'Transparent' Following Claims Of Misconduct

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:28pm

The actor earned plaudits for his turn as a trans woman in the Amazon series. But his future with the show had been in doubt since multiple sexual harassment claims surfaced against him last fall.

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A Missing Child, A Dying Marriage And A 'Loveless' Society

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:21pm

Russia's contender for a best foreign language film Oscar is a bleak and searing indictment of Russian society, told through the eyes of a rancorous married couple.

(Image credit: Roadside Attractions)

Ticket Sales For Marvel's 'Black Panther' Are Superhero-Sized

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:14pm

Advance ticket sales for super-hero movies are always super-sized, but even accounting for that, Marvel's Black Panther is breaking records. Civic groups have been buying out whole screenings so that African-American children can experience the film together.

'Early Man' Is A Mammoth Delight

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:01pm

In the age of digital animation, Nick Park and his team at Aardman are still animating with their actual digits; this lovingly made tale of a prehistoric soccer rivalry is full of charm.

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In 'The Party,' The Bourgeois Get Petty

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Sally Potter zeroes in on the hypocrisy of the British chattering-class but her aim wanders, so the characters stay flat and the satire never kicks in.

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In The Sexy, Silly 'Double Lovers,' A Woman Steps Through The Looking Glass

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:00pm

French director Francois Ozon's erotic thriller, an homage to the films of De Palma and Cronenberg, is all about mirrored surfaces, twinship and body horror.

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Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:25pm

As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait.

Director Ryan Coogler Says 'Black Panther' Brought Him Closer To His Roots

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:03pm

The new film imagines an African nation, rich in minerals and unscarred by colonialism and slavery; Coogler says he traveled to the continent to dig into the question of what it means to be African.

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Love Is All Around — Everyday — In 'Rookie On Love'

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:00am

"When we talk about love ... it's usually always referring to romantic partnerships. And I knew that I didn't want this book to just be about that," editor Tavi Gevinson says of the new anthology.

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'Asymmetry' Is A Guide To Being Bigger Than Yourself

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:00am

At first, Lisa Halliday's novel seems too familiar: It's about a young would-be writer who has an affair with a famous older man. But partway through, it turns into something else, something new.

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France Showcases Works Orphaned By Nazi Looting, Seeking Owners Or Heirs

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:33pm

Tens of thousands of artworks were recovered after World War II, and many are still in French possession. Now, the Louvre is stepping up efforts to return them to the heirs of their rightful owners.

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Long Haul Trucker Was 'Completely Seduced' By The Open Road

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:00pm

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country to their new homes. He describes life on the road as a "reaction against regimentation."

For Valentine's Day, Romance Writers Share Their Favorite Moments

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:00am

Who knows romance better than romance novelists? We've asked some of our favorites to share the moments that make them swoon, whether it's a snuggle on a snowy morning or a game of wheelchair hockey.

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Flynn The Bichon Wins Best In Show

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

Flynn, a bichon frise, has won best in show in the 2018 Westminter Dog Show.

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:36pm

Journalist Joshua Green describes the right-wing provocateur as a "very shrewd analyst of American politics." Right now, Green says, Bannon is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement.

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'Semla Man': The Pastry-Eating Superhero Sweden Needs On Fat Tuesday

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 8:27am

The Swedes are fiercely devoted to almond paste-and-whipped cream-filled semla. (One king died after gorging on them.) And the day before Lent is game time for feasting before the fast.

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Portraits Of Ex-President Obama And Former First Lady Unveiled

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:02am

The portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were revealed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Steve Inskeep talks to Kehinde Wiley about his portrait of the former president.

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