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In Damascus, The Bars Are Packed And The Wine Is Flowing

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 8:17am

Revelers drink, dance and listen to music in the Syrian capital's Old City bars. "No one talks about the war anymore," a bartender says. "We got used to it."

Beware The Hair: Trolls Hit The Big Screen — And Bring Scrapbooks With Them

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

The movie Trolls features not just big hair but surprisingly great music — and a fair bit of scrapbooking. The film, by a veteran animation director, aims to balance feel-good fun with offbeat humor.

For Tippi Hedren, Hitchcock's Scares Came Off-Screen

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

In her new memoir, Tippi, the actress speaks frankly about Hollywood, her career, and her complicated relationship with Alfred Hitchcock — who made her a star, but also made her life hell.

Francine Prose's 'Mister Monkey' Novel Inspired By Her Granddaughter's Cheeky Comment

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

Mister Monkey is the latest novel by award-winning writer Francine Prose. NPR's Scott Simon chats with Prose about the novel which was inspired after a seeing a play with her granddaughter.

Remembering Sheri S. Tepper, Eco-Feminist Sci-Fi Firebrand

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 6:00am

Tepper wrote several classics of '80s sci-fi, but she's curiously unknown today. Her work is didactic and often uncomfortable, mixing eco-feminist politics with gripping characters and world-building.

'Loving' Tells Story Of Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Interracial Marriage

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Jeff Nichols, writer and director of the new film Loving, which tells the story of the interracial couple at the heart of the Supreme Court case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws in the country.

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:47pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his spy novel The Sympathizer. Originally broadcast May 17, 2016.

Syria's Leading Sculptor Keeps Creating In A Time Of Destruction

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:12pm

Mustafa Ali hunkers down in Damascus' Old City and sculpts figures that have made him famous in the Mideast and Europe. But his work has grown darker as the war grinds on.

Meet Mumbai's Iconic Veggie Burger

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 12:45pm

Invented by a street vendor in the 1960s, vada pav is Mumbai's most loved street food. But now, there are vada pav chains selling frozen and fried versions of this iconic dish.

'Loving' Shows A Quiet Couple In The Eye Of History's Storm

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:26am

Jeff Nichols' new film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the Virginia couple at the center of the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage.

The Real 'Hacksaw Ridge' Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:46am

Conscientious objector Desmond Doss became a World War II hero during one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater. Now he's the subject of a new film directed by Mel Gibson.

Jason Reynolds, C.E. Morgan And Susan Faludi Win 2016 Kirkus Prize

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:46pm

Reynolds' As Brave as You won in the literary award's category for young readers' literature; Morgan's The Sport of Kings won for fiction; and Faludi's In the Darkroom won for nonfiction.

'Loving' Provides A Graceful, Intimate Portrait Of A Marriage That Changed History

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple whose interracial marriage propels them to the forefront of the civil rights movement — and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 'Dog Eat Dog,' A Scabrous, Stylized Tale Of Drug Dens — And Diapers

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Cage, Matched: Willem Dafoe teams with Nicolas Cage (and Christopher Matthew Cook) to kidnap a gangster's newborn baby in Paul Schrader's latest uber-violent caper comedy.

A Brave Army Medic Saves Lives In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' Mel Gibson's Return To Directing

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Andrew Garfield plays a conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor in World War II. This "sturdy, muted, unsurprising" film is the first movie Mel Gibson has directed since 2006's Apocalypto.

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange': A Long, Strange, Trippy Origin Story

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:00pm

Have Cloak, Will Astral-Travel: Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Marvel's Master of the Mystic Arts in a film that's visually stunning but doggedly familiar in structure.

In The Mountains Of Georgia, Foxfire Students Keep Appalachian Culture Alive

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:25pm

For 50 years, high school students in Rabun County have chronicled their region's disappearing traditions and mountain people, from blacksmiths to moonshiners, in publications and a living museum.

New Smithsonian African-American History Museum Overwhelmed With Visitors

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:22pm

A month after the National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., crowds are non-stop. Smithsonian staff expected it to be popular, but never expected visitors to stay so long.

Mel Gibson Pours Fever And Passion Into Every Frame Of 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:22pm

Gibson's new movie tells the story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. Critic David Edelstein says Hacksaw Ridge is the work of a remarkable filmmaker.

'Refugee Coffee' Serves Up Gourmet Drinks — And Community

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Half of the 13,000 residents of Clarkston, Ga., are foreign born – many of them resettled refugees. A nonprofit food truck helps them get job training, work experience and network with neighbors.

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