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Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Scientists believe at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Jedidah Isler describes how gamma ray telescopes have expanded our knowledge of this mysterious aspect of space.

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Natasha Hurley-Walker: How Do Radio Telescopes Reveal The Universe We Can't See?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Natasha Hurley-Walker explains how a new radio telescope helps us "see" without light. She says these telescopes can tell us about millions of galaxies — and maybe even the beginning of time.

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Sara Seager: How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

In our galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of planets. And Sara Seager is looking for the perfect one, a "Goldilocks" planet— neither too hot nor too cold— that could support life.

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Allan Adams: Can Gravitational Waves Tell Us How The Universe Began?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves— ripples in space caused by massive disturbances. Allan Adams says this discovery helps answer some of our biggest questions about the universe.

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How To Watch The 2018 Winter Olympics

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:45pm

It's time to take stock of your technology: Do you have a digital TV antenna? How about a cable or satellite subscription? We also have a use for your virtual reality headset.

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'Atlanta Monster' Podcast Hopes To 'Close The Door' On 1970s Child Murders

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:28pm

The true crime series re-examines the killings of 28 young black males. "It was the largest task force ever assembled ... it ended up getting the nation's attention," co-creator Donald Albright says.

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We Have Met The Anomie, And It Is Us: 'Golden Exits'

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:01pm

Young, directionless Brooklynites have their lives (slightly) complicated by the arrival of a beautiful young woman (Emily Browning) in Alex Ross Perry's "precociously fretful" new film.

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'Fifty Shades Freed' Is Out Of Tricks As It Ties Up Loose Ends

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:00pm

'Fifty Shades Freed' is not a good movie. Not because it couldn't be one, but because it's artless, boring and not even particularly sexy.

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Reviewed: This Year's 5 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:00pm

This year's nominees include a sobering and deeply personal drama about the impact of an infamous lynching and a light farce that probes the divide between psychiatrist and patient.

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Reviewed: This Year's 5 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:00pm

A plague of frogs, a sentient lost-and-found, a poignant father-son story, a mordant Roald Dahl fairy tale and Kobe Bryant's ode to basketball are up for the animated short film Oscar this year.

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A Debut Author Imagines Herself Into Other Lives In 'Asymmetry'

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:28pm

Lisa Halliday's new novel is made of stories that seem to have little to do with each other — partly autobiographical, and partly about lives and cultures that are far from her own.

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Indian Couples Navigate A 'Shifting Sea' Of Love And Marriage

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:57pm

PBS Newshour reporter Elizabeth Flock spent nearly a decade following the lives of three couples in Mumbai. She chronicles their stories in The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai.

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Building A Latino-Muslim Coalition With #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:47am

It's just what it sounds like. Food trucks show up at mosques to hand out free halal tacos after religious services. The goal: to foster unity between two communities facing increasing discrimination.

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For February, 3 Swooningly Romantic Reads

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:00am

As Valentine's day approaches, we bring you three novels that take ideas of romance far beyond flowers and chocolate — from a wicked wager with a hot rogue to a fake date that turns into real love.

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'The Line Becomes A River' Chronicles Life In The Border Patrol

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:00am

Francisco Cantú's new book about his years in the Border Patrol combines brutal personal reminiscences with detached academic interludes, a dreamlike narrative halfway between memoir and tone poem.

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In True Meta Fashion, These Are Shoes For Your Shoes

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:49am

These shoes for shoes latch onto your first pair via Velcro straps. The brand's publicist says they are practical, not just fashion for fashion's sake.

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Denis Johnson's Final Collection Of Short Stories Is Published

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:22pm

Denis Johnson died of liver cancer last year. Now a final collection of short stories by the National Book Award-winning author has been published posthumously. Johnson's first collection of stories, Jesus' Son attracted a devoted following that includes Philip Roth and Zadie Smith.

Comic Jordan Klepper Assumes An Anti-Fact Persona On 'The Opposition'

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:22pm

Klepper delivers satirical commentaries from the point of view of a far-right conspiracy theorist on his Comedy Central show. He says his character "creates his own reality."

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'Self-Portrait With Boy' Explores The Narcissistic Ambition That Fuels Success

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:54am

An artist's photograph of a young boy's death leads to a terrible dilemma in Rachel Lyon's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book a "striking debut."

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Immortality, Sadness And Drinking With Shakespeare In 'How To Stop Time'

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 6:00am

Matt Haig's new novel isn't exactly about time travel — it's about a slow-aging man who travels through time just by staying alive for centuries. And yes, he meets Shakespeare (who has bad breath).

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