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How Heartbreak Helped Garry Shandling Find His Comedic Voice

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

The comic, who died Thursday, told Fresh Air that it took him years to develop a style — and then he got dumped. "That was really the beginning of the Garry Shandling dating years in stand-up."

Sing It Now: 'One-A-Penny, Two-A-Penny, Hot Cross Buns'

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 12:25pm

Many in the U.S. know this Easter treat mainly from song. But in the U.K. and many former British colonies (even the U.S.), they're big business.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Life-Changing Songs

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:33am

On this week's show, we talk through the Austin experience and air some stories of songs that made big differences in our lives.

NRA Rewrites Fairy Tales With More Firearms, Less Bloodshed

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 6:00am

The NRA is publishing a series of twists on classic tales — picture Gretel with a rifle in the witch's gingerbread house. The stories themselves are remarkably devoid of violence.

Why Sen. Patrick Leahy Takes Batman's Side

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 5:01am

The senator from Vermont has a cameo in Batman V. Superman playing a lawmaker in a congressional hearing on whether Superman is a tyrant or a hero. The Batman fan frequently trades D.C. for DC Comics.

'Batman V Superman"s Female Producer Working To Get More Women Behind Camera

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:04am

The new superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, opens Friday <>. Producer Deborah Snyder is in it for the long haul with Warner Brothers and DC Comics, working on Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Justice League, The Flash and Aquaman, as well.

Is Shakespeare's Skull Missing Or No?

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:04am

Archaeologist Kevin Colls says Shakespeare's skull is not in his grave. While this has been rumored for more than a century, not everyone agrees with Colls' conclusion.

Comedian Garry Shandling Dies At 66

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 6:20pm

Garry Shandling, the comedian and actor who starred in The Larry Sanders Show, died on Thursday at age 66.

Actor And Comedian Garry Shandling Dies At 66

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:45pm

Best known for his work on the pioneering cable television comedy series, The Larry Sanders Show, Shandling died following a "medical emergency," the Los Angeles Police Department said.

'Batman v Superman': Superheroes Adrift In A Grim Sea Of Studio Money

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man Of Steel shows little inventiveness or spirit, and smells suspiciously like a studio's attempt to chase a rival, rather than a project allowed to develop creatively.

'Born To Be Blue' Finds Truth In Inventive Riffs

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

An intriguing and partly fictionalized portrait of jazz legend Chet Baker runs on an inventive structure and a strong central performance from Ethan Hawke.

A 'Big Fat Greek' Family Reunion Short On Ambition But Long On Charm

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

There's not much to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, but for those who've missed the raucous Portokalos clan since 2002, it's fun to visit with them again.

'Lolo' Is A Comedy Of Female Bad Manners

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

Julie Delpy directed and co-wrote the film in which she stars as a woman whose son is determined to break up her relationship with her new boyfriend.

A Hank Williams Biopic That Doesn't Quite Sing

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

Tom Hiddleston does his own singing in the story of a country music legend, but the film strains to get its figurative arms around the man's complicated legacy.

Fun And Entertainment Are Collateral Damage in 'Batman V Superman'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 3:30pm

Batman V Superman positions DC Comics' best known heroes as tragic Greek figures. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it tries to go big on the psychological nuances but skimps on fun.

Eggs Become Art To Celebrate Life's Rebirth

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 1:30pm

Cultures around the world decorate eggs to celebrate spring. Modern artists continue those traditions, reflecting the fragility and beauty of life.

Time Warner, Others Join Disney In Opposing Georgia's 'Religious Liberty' Bill

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 1:14pm

Disney and its Marvel subsidiary have threatened to boycott the state if the governor signs the controversial measure. Other companies are now urging the governor to veto the bill.

In 'Navel Gazing', Michael Ian Black Lays It All Out, Insecurities And All

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:33pm

"When I'm acting, I always imagine myself as looking totally different than the person that appears onscreen," Black says. The comic writes about family, masculinity and vanity in his new memoir.

Batman Takes On Superman In A Dour, Bombastic 'Dawn Of Justice'

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:31pm

Director Zack Snyder layers subplot on top of subplot in his film of battling superheroes. Critic David Edelstein says Batman v. Superman is full of fragments and teases, and overall, "just awful."

The Produce Section

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01am

In this final round, answers contain an item that you might find in your supermarket's produce section. For example, "This satirical newspaper's motto is Latin for 'you are dumb,'" is "The Onion."

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