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One Meme To Rule Them All — And Maybe Get A Man Tossed In Prison?

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:34am

A man in Turkey is on trial for creating a meme that compares the character Gollum to Turkey's president. Michael Drough, a Lord of the Rings scholar, talks about whether Gollum is a true villain.

Not My Job: We Ask Actor Jeff Daniels About People Named Steve And Their Jobs

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:23am

Daniels portrays former Apple CEO John Sculley in the new film Steve Jobs. We'll ask Daniels about three other people named Steve, and what they do for a living.

Simple Number, Complex Impact: How Many Words Has A Child Heard?

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 9:21am

The Thirty Million Word Initiative, created by University of Chicago Hospital pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind, attempts to close the achievement gap between poorer and more affluent students.

Fresh Air Weekend: HBO's 'Leftovers'; Adele's '25'; Broadway Composer John Kander

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 8:04am

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the co-creators of The Leftovers, discuss the series. Rock critic Ken Tucker weighs in on Adele's popularity. John Kander reflects on a career of Hidden Treasures.

Moment Of Truth In 'Youth' Hits Home For Actor Harvey Keitel

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:55am

Harvey Keitel plays a film director spending time at a spa in the Swiss Alps in the movie, "Youth." He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the production and a chance meeting in Sarajevo, years ago.

New Exhibit Remembers Shakespeare's Silent Soirée

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:55am

Forget the Merry Wives of Windsor, NPR's Scott Simon recalls a time when Shakespeare spent the night with a groupie.

'The Game's Not Over' Takes On The Traumas Of Football

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:55am

The most popular sport in America causes head trauma. Some famous players have been convicted of domestic abuse, or accused of cheating. But author Gregg Easterbrook won't give up on the gridiron.

'The Blizzard' May Leave You Cold

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:03am

Vladimir Sorokin's surreal road trip novel follows a doctor rushing through a blizzard to deliver a vaccine to a zombie-plagued village — but that rich premise is let down by clunky, uneven prose.

Ghost Towns, Surreal Ebola Docs, Hip Hats: It's Africa's Big Photo Show

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 6:03am

This year, the Biennale of Photography is all about "Telling Time" — and it comes at a telling time for the host country of Mali.

NBC Raises Its Musical Game With 'The Wiz Live'

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says NBC's production of The Wiz was "fully and fearlessly filled with blackness."

Phila Hach, Who Spread The Gospel Of Southern Cuisine, Dies At 89

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:03pm

"What the Grand Ole Opry did for country music, she has done for Southern food," one writer says of Hach — host of the South's first TV cooking show, cookbook author and caterer for world leaders.

WATCH: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Take On 'Star Wars'

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 2:11pm

Their film Sisters comes out the same weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Are they worried about getting crushed? "R2-D2 is my bra size," Fey says in a Sisters trailer called "The Farce Awakens."

Spike Lee Pits Sex Against Guns In A Powerful Message Movie

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 1:12pm

Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, is an adaptation of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which women withhold sex to get their men to stop fighting. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "sexy, brash and potent."

'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 1:12pm

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. Originally broadcast March 24, 2014.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Good Dinosaur,' Pixar And Second Thoughts

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 9:01am

This week's show takes a look at the latest from Pixar — both the somewhat disappointing feature and the awesome short — and we consider the times we've changed our minds.

'A Confederacy Of Dunces Cookbook': A Classic Revisited In Recipes

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:59am

Set in 1960s New Orleans, A Confederacy Of Dunces centers around Ignatius J. Reilly, a glutton in a city known for its cuisine. A new cookbook looks at the food central to the heralded comedic novel.

Fey And Poehler: 'Sisters' Who Will Take Down 'Star Wars' — Or Laugh Trying

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:15pm

What film would be crazy enough to schedule its release on the same day as the new Star Wars? Why, it's Sisters, the new film from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

A Cloud Of Gloom Over 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:04pm

Directed by Wim Wenders, the film features James Franco as a man whose pain over a single tragedy follows him for years.

'Youth' In Themes And Variations

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:04pm

Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino creates a world of incidents and asides in a Swiss spa hotel, where pals played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel like to get away from it all.

Spike Lee Declares An Emergency In 'Chi-Raq'

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:04pm

Lee adapts Aristophanes' Lysistrata into the story of a Chicago woman who pledges to withhold sex as leverage to stop violence.

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