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How Mike Birbiglia Applies 'Yes, And ...' To Improv And Beyond

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:32am

Birbiglia's new film follows a fictional New York improv troupe. Don't Think Twice explores the tension between personal ambition and being an "endlessly generous" team player.

Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:29pm

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.

To Rebrand Itself, Greece Digs Deep Into Its Cultural DNA

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:41pm

The news out of Greece has been terrible. But with a large new exhibition of ancient artifacts at Washington, D.C.'s National Geographic Museum, the Greek government is trying an image reboot.

Graphic Novelist Marjorie Lui On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Author Marjorie Liu is nominated for two Eisners, the most prestigious awards in comics. She writes young adult fantasy books that cover topics that include war, women and steam punk gadgetry.

'Star Trek Beyond' Director Recalls Classic Show's 'Sense Of Family'

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to director Justin Lin about leading the third installment of the Star Trek reboot, directing popular movie series, and the growing importance of international movie markets.

3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Bookseller John Evans recommends three vacation reads: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and Under the Big Black Sun by John Doe and Tom DeSavia.

A Cast With Down Syndrome Brings Fresh Reality To Reality TV

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

With the Emmy-nominated Born this Way poised to begin its second season July 26, the cast, co-creator and fans explain why the show has become such a hit.

What Happens When You Ask Celebrities What They're Wearing ... In Klingon?

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Glen Weldon was with NPR's Nina Gregory when she asked some of the stars of the new film on the red carpet a standard question in a non-standard way.

Scraped, Splattered – But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 1:13pm

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Ghostbusters' And 'Mr. Robot'

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 1:07pm

On this week's show, we bust some ghosts — well, we don't, but we watch those who do — and we address the beginning of the second season of USA's Emmy-nominated conspiracy thriller.

Turns Out, Fighting Fat Shaming And Racist Trolls Is Also A Ghostbuster's Job

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 1:00pm

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones quit Twitter this week after getting her fill of racist and sexist trolls. But, as the saying goes, every goodbye is not gone.

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:49pm

The Enterprise has been destroyed and its inhabitants have been thrown to the winds in the latest of the Star Trek series. Critic David Edelstein calls it a well-made action-adventure film.

M-M Good

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

Every answer in this final round is a two-word phrase or name in which each word starts with the letter M, like "Mickey Mouse."

Share And Share Alike

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

This game is about music sharing: Every answer in this quiz is the name of a song whose title is shared by more than one artist.

Come Together

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

We've reworked The Beatles' hit "Come Together" to be about things that go together, like macaroni and cheese, or Bert and Ernie.

Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III joins us to read some clues and play some tunes, including a new song in which he imagines what a world in which Donald Trump became President.

Perfectly Cromulent Words

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

In this game, contestants must decide whether the clues we give them are real words we found in the Oxford English Dictionary, or something we made up.

Three Separate, But Equally Important Initials

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:00am

For this game, we've rewritten the intro to Law & Order: SVU to be about other things known by three initials.

Bigger Budgets Boost 'Star Trek: Beyond,' But Small Screens Might Work Better

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:00am

Chris Klimek says the fancy effects and swooping camera work of the new Star Trek film are fun to watch, but the story's civilization-seeking imperatives might still be better served by TV.

'Don't Think Twice' Scripts Improv With Ease

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 8:37am

Sad sacks and stage hogs chase stardom in Don't Think Twice. But rest assured writer/director Mike Birbiglia keeps it funny.

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