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Amy Sedaris: Etsy Or Smithsonian?

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

We travel to the Philadelphia area with Amy Sedaris! She talks about finally starting her dream project, a TV show about hosting, and we put her crafting expertise in a game of "Etsy or Smithsonian?"

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Bald Eagles

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

In this game, Jonathan Coulton parodies songs by the Eagles, to be about people who are currently, or were at some point, bald. Contestants identify the bald person he's singing about.

Trip Revisor

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

Contestants guess the names of these fictional hotels from the fake reviews we've created for them.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Diversity In Comics And 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:09am

This week, while we recover from our live show, we bring you a segment from Code Switch about diversity in comics and we revisit our segment on RuPaul's Drag Race.

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Set 40 Years In The Past, 'Guerrilla' Speaks Strongly To Today

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:36am

Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley's new series is set in the U.K. during the 1970s, when immigrants of color from former colonies were coming there for work, but finding little opportunity.

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'The Fate Of The Furious' Runs On Diesel Fumes

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

This "bloated and listless" installment of the Furious franchise stays true to the series' "chop-shop aesthetic, in the sense that its flashiest parts are all stolen," says critic Chris Klimek.

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An Adventurer Seeks 'The Lost City Of Z' — And Finds Himself

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In director James Gray's rapturously realized historical drama, an explorer's obsession with finding a remote Amazonian civilization causes him to question his place in the world.

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In 'My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea,' The Strife's Aquatic

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

Comics creator Dash Shaw's animated, deadpan-absurdist take on the high-school movie genre is boldly experimental and darkly funny.

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'A Quiet Passion' Dazzles Gradually

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

Filmmaker Terence Davies has found his ideal subject with this Emily Dickinson biopic, and a fiery performance by Cynthia Nixon challenges notions of the poet as a dour recluse.

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Fitzgerald Didn't Satisfy This Author, So She Wrote Her Own 'Gatsby'-Inspired Novel

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:56pm

Stephanie Powell Watts' No One Is Coming to Save Us isn't quite a retelling of The Great Gatsby; instead, it uses similar themes to tell a story about black characters in a declining furniture town.

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New Film Celebrates Emily Dickinson's Poetry And 'Quiet Passion'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:55pm

Many people find fascination in Dickinson's mysterious, reclusive life. But British film director Terence Davies says it was her poetry, more than her personal life, that drew him in.

(Image credit: Johan Voets/Hurricane Films/Courtesy of Music Box Films)

Comedian Charlie Murphy Of 'Chappelle's Show' Dies At 57

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:33pm

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy made a name for himself as a writer on Chappelle's Show, with his witty sketches of his encounters with famous people like Prince and Rick James. Murphy died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 57.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Receives James Baldwin Letters

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, about receiving hundreds of James Baldwin's previously unreleased letters from his estate.

How Can The Colorado River Continue To Support 36 Million People In 7 States?

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

New Yorker staff writer David Owen says that convoluted legal agreements and a patchwork of infrastructure determine how water from the Colorado is allocated. His new book is Where The Water Goes.

To Get To 'SNL,' Comic Sasheer Zamata 'Followed The Fun'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

Zamata says her path from beginner to working comic happened in the best possible way: "I just followed the things I was really interested in, and it turned out to be what I needed to do."

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All Roads Lead Back To Florida In 'Sunshine State'

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 6:00am

Sarah Gerard's lucid, atmospheric essay collection draws on her experiences growing up in Florida for a candid memoir that mixes first-person memories with thoughtful big-picture reporting.

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File This Under Nostalgia: New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:37am

Today, people use the antique wooden cabinets to store their knick-knacks. But these card catalogs once held the keys to a world of information. A new Library of Congress book explores their history.

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Sculptor Of Wall Street Bull Says 'Fearless Girl' Horns In On His Work

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:28pm

Arturo Di Modica is not happy that the Fearless Girl now staring down his Charging Bull has effectively turned it into a villain. He and his lawyer are now asking that the new statue be removed.

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Richard Gere Is A One-Man Social Network In 'Norman'

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Mark Jenkins calls Joseph Cedar's tale of a cipher (Richard Gere) who finds himself at the center of a web of personal and political machinations "intricate, rollicking and sometimes sad."

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Trump's Win Changed The Game For Publishers On The Left And The Right

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:57pm

For years, conservative publishers thrived as their readers flocked to books aimed directly at taking down the party in power. Now, with Republicans in control, they have to rethink their strategy.

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