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Ira Sachs And Jennifer Ehle: Stage And Screen Collide

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

To celebrate Ehle's two Tony wins and Sachs' cinephilia, we curated a challenge in which the worlds of stage and screen collide.

The Long And The Short Of It

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

In this game, contestants insert the letter 'E' into a common phrase to turn it into a completely different phrase.

Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

For Doré's special challenge, we read quotes from famous people, and she must guess if they're about Paris, or New York City.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

We took the Tears for Fears hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and rewrote it to be about power-hungry fictional characters and organizations.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Part Zwei

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

The German language has a lot of long, crazily specific words. We give contestants words and their definitions, and they have to figure out: are these real German words, or words we made up?

The New York Review Of Children's Books

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

Contestants guess the piece of classic children's literature based on imagined hoity-toity reviews.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Steven Universe' And The Games We Play

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 5:00am

Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on a groundbreaking Cartoon Network series and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Hell Or High Water' Is A Smart, Substantive Heist Film

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Director David Mackenzie's film about two brothers who rob banks while being chased by Texas Rangers is small, solid and sharply-observed.

Warmly Emotional 'Pete's Dragon' Soars In A Summer Of Darkness And Despair

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

David Lowery's remake of a minor 1977 Disney feature improves on the original by dialing down the slapstick and dialing up the humanity — and the tears.

Aria Woman Makes Good: In 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' A Weak Voice, A Strong Heart

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Meryl Streep stars in a new biopic about a much-mocked (but well-financed) amateur opera singer whose love of music sustains her — and the film.

This Food Is Tasteless, But Never Bland: 'Sausage Party' Is Gleefully Profane

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Ain't no party like a Sausage Party 'cause a Sausage Party don't stop ... being blithely offensive. But this animated film for adult audiences is made with true passion and technical skill.

TV Networks Unveil Fall Lineup At Summer Press Tour

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:33pm

Broadcast and cable networks unveiled their fall lineup to television critics. NPR looks ahead at the good, the bad and the ugly for the upcoming TV season, and how the business is changing.

Japanese 'Naked' Festivals Keep Centuries-Old Tradition Alive

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:31am

In a Japanese mountain town, schoolboys in traditional loincloths keep up a 300-year tradition. The hadaka matsuri festivals take place across Japan to bring purification, luck and prosperity.

In Defense Of Bronze: The True Mettle Of The Metal Of The 3rd-Place Medal

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:02am

In the Olympics, and in many other areas of life, from comic-book eras to health care plans, "bronze" has come to signify the least of three things. It shouldn't.

Like These TV Series? Here Are 70+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 6:00am

Did you just watch the last episode of your favorite TV show? NPR is here to help you find the next thing to watch, read or listen to. Browse our handpicked list of books, movies, podcasts and more.

Beats Bubble Up In The Latest Volume Of 'Hip Hop Family Tree'

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 6:00am

Ed Piskor is back with another volume of his popular Hip Hop Family Tree series, this time chronicling the acts — from the Beastie Boys to one-hit wonders — that rose to the top in 1984 and 1985.

Hacking Is 'A Bit Of A Super Power,' Says Creator Of 'Mr. Robot'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:12pm

Sam Esmail believes hackers have immense power — the trouble is, superhero psychology isn't always sound. He says his vigilante hacker is driven by narcissism, paranoia, loneliness and pain.

Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

Best known for her kids' and young adult books, Woodson has written her first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is a dreamlike narrative about friendship, memory and dealing with death.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:30pm

In her new film, Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her less-than-great voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Streep says she can relate to that kind of passion.

'Playing Dead' Teaches You How To Disappear

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 6:00am

Elizabeth Greenwood thought about faking her own death to get out of a massive student debt — but decided instead to write a book about all the ways people try (and usually fail) to disappear.




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