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'Barbershop' Returns, With Shears In Hand And New Twists In Mind

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:14pm

The latest in the Barbershop movie franchise is out this weekend. Screenwriter Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the screenplay, talks with NPR's Michel Martin.

Not My Job: NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth Gets Quizzed On Golf Carts

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:10am

We're recording in Milwaukee this week, so we've invited a Wisconsin native to the show. We'll play a game called "Get a move on, pal!"

#NPRreads: 3 Great Reads To Contemplate This Weekend

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:47am

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" Digs Into Thomas Jefferson's Hypocrisy

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Thomas Jefferson is one of America's founders, and even after all these years, a mystery. Annette Gordon-Reed talks with Scott Simon about her book, with Peter Onuf, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs."

A Talk With Pulitzer Prize Winners Past

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, Scott Simon will speak with past Pulitzer winners over the next few months. Simon previews this week's conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed.

Pulitzer Prize Honors 100 Years Of Public Service Journalism

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57am

Monday, the Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced, and this year will mark the Pultizers' centennial. Scott Simon talks with Roy Harris, who's written a book about the awards, "Pulitzer's Gold."

God And Sex Workers — Plus Cartoons — In 'Mary Wept'

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:00am

Chester Brown's new graphic novel is hard to categorize — a work of lay scholarship about prostitution in the Bible that's simultaneously ideosyncratic, meticulous, imaginative and heretical.

Mowgli Takes Convincing Lumps In The Digital World Of 'The Jungle Book'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 7:43pm

A new version of the classic Disney animated movie The Jungle Book features a live-action Mowgli in a digital jungle.

Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney's New 'Jungle Book' To Life

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:34pm

A new version of a classic Disney animated movie, The Jungle Book, opens Friday. It features a live-action Mowgli and digitally created animals. The new movie is a feat of animation and technical magic — the new smoke and mirrors of Hollywood. Combining multiple animating techniques into a seamless, life-like experience in the jungle, director Jon Favreau called on some of the industry's biggest talents to bring Rudyard Kipling's animals to life.

Why Do Some Pop Songs Become American Bar Classics?

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to writer Kenny Herzog about why some songs turn into American bar classics.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Research shows that teenagers' brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Mindy Project' And Romantic Comedies

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:24am

This week's show brings in Audie Cornish and Margaret Willison to talk about Mindy Kaling's just-returning OB/GYN comedy and about the state and ways of romantic comedy in general.

'It's So, So Complicated': Kerry Washington On Clarence Thomas' 'Confirmation'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:11am

Washington stars as Anita Hill in the new HBO film Confirmation. She was 14 during the 1991 hearings, and says it was the first time she remembers her parents having different points of view.

'Farm To Fable'? Tampa Probe Finds Many Restaurants Lie About Sourcing

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:11pm

Food critic Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times spent two months investigating where her local eateries were really getting their ingredients. Many of their "farm-to-table" claims proved bogus.

A Point-By-Point Response To BuzzFeed's Questions For Black People

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:05pm

A video titled "27 Questions Black People Have for Other Black People" misses a whole lotta history when it comes to black people in America.

An Updated 'Jungle Book' Deftly Juggles Wonders And Threats

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Jon Favreau directs a new version of The Jungle Book, in which Bill Murray and Christopher Walken help out with the voice work and the story considers the threats to the animals' way of life.

'Green Room': A Choreographed Thriller With A Spontaneous Beat

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Green Room, from the director of the well-regarded thriller Blue Ruin, is the violent and inventive story of a touring punk band that gets in way over its head.

Hey, They're Moving Ryan Reynolds' Consciousness Around Again

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Criminal is the second film in a year that separates mind from body when it comes to poor, gorgeous Ryan Reynolds. In this case, his mind goes in Kevin Costner.

'Our Last Tango': A Dance Movie With A Personal Storm At Its Center

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Argentina's premier tango couple is the subject of an ambitiously structured film that mixes dance with the story of a relationship that was both passionate and problematic.

Political Thriller Series 'Occupied' Parallels Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:31pm

The new political thriller series, Occupied, was ahead of its time. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to one of the show's creators, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, about how the show parallels Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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