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Do Not Pass Go: Interview With The Monopoly Thimble

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:47am

Monopoly is dumping one of its traditional game pieces: the thimble. We reached the thimble for a completely imaginary conversation about obsolescence.

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WATCH: Is This Proust? Scholars Say They've Finally Found Author On Film

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 9:15am

The French novelist Marcel Proust is regularly listed among the greatest writers of the 20th century. But how did the man move? A professor says the answer is on a wedding film over 110 years old.

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Peter S. Beagle Finds Magic In 'Calabria'

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 6:00am

Beagle has spent his career writing about unicorns — and he returns to that enclosed garden with In Calabria, the tale of a grouchy farmer who finds a pregnant unicorn investigating his fields.

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Zach Galifianakis Says 'Baskets' Isn't For Everyone, 'And That Was The Point'

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

The comic plays a clown school dropout who finds work with a rodeo. He describes the show as "a weird mix" of drama and comedy. "It's an acquired taste," he says.

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Nokia's Famously Indestructible Phone Rumored To Be Returning To Shelves

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:11pm

Launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 was a rugged little brick that won Internet fame for its durability. There are rumors, which HMD Global won't confirm, that the company is bringing the phone back.

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Beyonce Is Not The Magical Negro Mammy

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:13pm

Just imagine Beyonce, one of the world's most celebrated, recognized and highest-paid stars, being asked to 'mother' Adele and Faith Hill. Not happening.

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Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:24pm

The new documentary by filmmaker Ceyda Torun focuses on seven cats as they make their way around the Turkish capital. Critic John Powers calls Kedi a "pleasurable refuge from our daily cares."

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Funny, Profane 'Dark Flood' Doesn't Go Gently

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:14am

Margaret Drabble's new novel follows a 70-something woman as she travels around England for her job — working with old age homes — and grumbling about how sad, funny and genuinely absurd aging is.

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Lady Gaga, Jack Antonoff Among 142 Artists Opposing Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:22am

The Texas legislature is considering a bill that bans transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identities.

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Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:56am

The musician and multimedia artist has created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY."

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The First #BoycottAdele Wasn't Over A Grammy, But On How To Make Tea

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:11pm

Calls for a boycott are not new for Adele. And now, embroiled in the politics of both left and right, she will likely think longingly back to her first, uncomplicated boycott — about her tea-making.

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Director Raoul Peck: James Baldwin Was 'Speaking Directly To Me'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:08pm

Baldwin "gave me very early on the instruments I needed to ... deconstruct the world around me," Peck says. His documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, chronicles the life of the civil rights era writer.

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The Purely Accidental Lessons Of The First Black 'Bachelorette'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:23am

Television shows don't have to be good or smart to tell you something about the culture that spawns them, and you might be surprised how much The Bachelor has to say about power.

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'Insomniac City' Is A Valentine To New York, Oliver Sacks And Life Itself

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:00am

Bill Hayes was Sacks' partner during the renowned author and neurologist's last years, and Insomniac City is a charming, intimate portrait of their relationship, full of sweet, unguarded moments.

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3 Romances To Remind You That Love Is All Around — All Year Long

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 6:00am

Sure, it's Valentine's Day — the day we set aside for flowers, chocolates, wine and declarations of love. But love is more than one day, so here are three romances you can enjoy any time of year.

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Drawn From The Heart: Your Most Memorable Valentine's Day Cards

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:27am

No snark or anti-commercialism rantings here, just a dose of simple sweetness. Readers share stories and photos — and an NPR artist re-creates a couple of valentines that live on only in memories.

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How Chocolate Became A Sweet (But Not So Innocent) Consort To Valentine's Day

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:26am

From the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac. (Casanova certainly thought so.) But it took many centuries for it to become the taste of the love holiday.

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William Faulkner's Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:33pm

As Melissa Block's "Our Land" road trip takes her to Mississippi, she visits William Faulkner's home: Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Miss. With curator William Griffith, they talk about Faulkner's running theme of the South in conflict with itself.

'Aisles Have Eyes' Warns That Brick-And-Mortar Stores Are Watching You

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:36pm

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says that now physical stores are doing it too.

'Explosive' Image Of An Assassination Wins World Press Photo Of The Year

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:05am

Photographer Burhan Ozbilici's image of the killing of Russia's ambassador to Turkey was described by one jury member as the "face of hatred." Jurors have made it clear that it was a heated debate.

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