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The Modern Lessons Of Martin Scorsese's 17th-Century Epic, 'Silence'

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Scorsese's new film follows a pair of Portuguese Jesuit priests in Japan. He says he's been trying to make it since the late 1980s.

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'Jeopardy!' Champion Dies Before Taped Episodes Air On TV

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 3:36pm

Jeopardy! champion Cindy Stowell recorded her episodes in August, but she died before the first episode aired.

2016 Had So Much Good TV, It Was Almost Too Much — We Pick Some Standouts

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 3:36pm

It has been a perplexing and wonderful year for TV lovers, with more good and great shows than ever, but that overload left viewers drowning in content. We've picked out some of the best for you.

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Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

The director's latest film is inspired by his desire to understand his mother. Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, it stars Annette Bening as a woman struggling to raise her teenage son on her own.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor, An Icon Of Camp, Glitz And Glam, Dies At 99

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 6:33pm

The screen siren was probably most responsible for the notion of "famous for being famous." NPR's Neda Ulaby looks back at Gabor's contributions to pop culture and to our ideas about celebrity.

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Dishing On Next Year's Food Trends

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 3:59pm

Food writer Mimi Sheraton talks about what she expects to see on people's plates in 2017.

NPR Taste Test: Upside Down Cake To Turn Your Holiday Party All The Way Up

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 10:14am

Pastry chef Aggie Chin talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about sweet treats to prepare for your holiday party. This week, it's pear upside down spice cake.

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Untangle These Geographic Features

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 7:34am

What a wonderful world this would be if you knew much about geography.

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2016 Book Recommendations, Tailored For Gifting

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 7:21am

NPR's Barrie Hardymon recommends her favorite books for these long winter days. She speaks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about her picks for 2016.

Marry The Right Fruits With This Holiday Upside-Down Cake

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 7:21am

Pastry chef Aggie Chin returns to share a recipe for a family-style holiday meal: a pear upside-down spice cake her family loves because it's cozy, seasonal and not too sweet.

'Hidden Figures,' 'The Glass Universe,' And Why Science Needs History

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 5:59am

Women's contributions to scientific progress are often ignored — but two new books, Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures are out to remedy that oversight.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Anthony Bourdain On A Bored Dane (Namely, Hamlet)

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 10:41am

The term "celebrity chef" term doesn't quite fit for Bourdain — after all, most of the restaurants where he's worked have closed. His new cookbook is called Appetites.

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Do The World's Oldest Jokes Still Hold Up?

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Is comedy timeless? Comedian Jim Gaffigan explores that question by delivering ancient jokes to an unsuspecting audience.

The Unsung Holiday Candies

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Have you heard of Chocolate Charlie, Black Cake or Cherry Mash? These traditional holiday candies and sweets are only made in certain parts of the country.

'Christmas Days' Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

For author Jeanette Winterson, Christmas is as much about food as it is about storytelling. So her new book Christmas Days combines stories with favorite recipes from her friends and family.

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NPR Holiday Leftovers Presents: A 'Stollen' Recipe

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Weekend Edition has been collecting holiday recipes from NPR staffers. This morning, we feature German Christmas Stollen, a favorite of NPR's Kim Bryant.

They Told Us So: Fantagraphics Turns 40

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 6:00am

Fantagraphics is the publisher that brought literary respectability to comics. Their mammoth 40th anniversary volume, We Told You So, tends towards self-congratulation — but deservedly so.

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'The Man In The High Castle' Returns To Amazon For Season 2

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

The show imagines what it would be like if the axis countries had won World War II, and America was divided between Germany and Japan. The show's heroes struggle against totalitarianism.

'Soup For Syria': Chefs Share Recipes To Raise Funds For Refugees

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

A charity cookbook featuring soup recipes from Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain and others, famous and not, has raised $300,000 so far for displaced Syrians. Why soup? It's a universal comfort food.

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'Longform' Podcast Names Best Magazine Articles Of 2016

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Max Linsky, editor of the podcast and website, "Longform," about three of the best magazine articles of 2016 and why they're worth a read.

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