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'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.

Maggie Smith Excels As 'The Lady In The Van'

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

Playwright Alan Bennett tells the unlikely but true story of a the homeless woman who parked her van in his driveway and lived there for 15 years.

Apocalypse Chow: We Tried Televangelist Jim Bakker's 'Survival Food'

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:13pm

Jim Bakker preaches that a catastrophe is imminent and will bring major food shortages. His "Survival Food" buckets sell for up to $4,500. We tested the contents of one so you don't have to.

How Chicago's Slaughterhouse Spectacles Paved The Way For Big Meat

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:10pm

Opened in 1865, Chicago's Union Stock Yard was the greatest livestock market the world had seen. Tourists watched masses of animals move through kill floors, a sight hailed as a miracle of modernity.

Movie Review: 'The Lady In The Van'

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:05pm

The Lady in the Van is the true story of a homeless woman who moved into a playwright's driveway for three weeks and stayed for 15 years. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's both funny and frail.

Death By Coconut: A Story Of Food Obsession Gone Too Far

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 2:15pm

August Engelhardt believed coconuts were a nutritional and spiritual panacea. So in 1902, he sailed to the South Pacific to start a utopian cult that survived only on the fruit. It ended calamitously.

Top CIA 'Spymasters' Agree: We Can't Kill Our Way Out Of Terrorism

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:42pm

Filmmakers Chris Whipple and Jules Naudet discuss their Showtime documentary, Spymasters, which features 12 former CIA directors discussing the tough choices they've had to make in fighting terrorism.

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