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'Desert Bus': Even In Virtual Reality, It's Still 'Boring'

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 5:03pm

Desert Bus may be the world's most boring video game. Players drive a bus from Arizona to Nevada in real time, an eight-hour trip. Now the game has a sequel - just as boring, but in virtual reality.

Reaction To Trump's Appearance At Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 5:03pm

President Trump appears at the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum even as the NAACP and civil rights activists say his presence is an insult.

How To Not Spoil Your Kids This Christmas

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 5:03pm

Parents have the conflicting desires to give their kids everything they want but not leave them entitled and spoiled. Two experts gave us some advice about how to manage this balancing act.

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Opening The Hottest Fake Restaurant In Town

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

Vice U.K. writer Oobah Butler created a fake restaurant that became the hottest eatery in London on TripAdvisor. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about how he executed his prank.

In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.

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SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is directed by Tina Landau. Even in the face of a dangerous volcano, she says SpongeBob "really reminds us to experience each moment with joy."

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A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.

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How A Fake Restaurant Became London's Top Spot On TripAdvisor

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

Vice U.K. writer Oobah Butler created a fake restaurant that became the hottest eatery in London on TripAdvisor. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about how he executed his prank.

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Hurricane Harvey Flooded Houston's Theater District, But It Won't Stop The Shows

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:44am

Bayou water and sewage flooded the city's opera, ballet, and theater companies, ruining wigs, costumes and props. Losses and costs to rebuild may total more than $60 million.

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Not My Job: Method Man Gets Quizzed On Method Acting

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:18am

The TV host and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan answers questions about the dramatic technique of becoming the character one plays.

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'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:13pm

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.

Biopic About Figure Skater Tonya Harding Reviewed

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews I, Tonya. The film depicts the life of Tonya Harding who's controversial figure skating career was marked by her rivalry with her chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.

In 'I, Tonya,' Allison Janney Is An Olympic Mom Who Doesn't Play By The Rules

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

In the new film, the actress plays Tonya Harding's mother, a complex role written specifically for her. "I had to understand what she wanted for her daughter," Janney says. "And the humanity in that."

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Radio Replay: Loving the Lie

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00pm

If you believe something is real — if you can fall in love with someone or stand in awe of a painting — is it possible that it doesn't actually matter whether the object of your affection is fake?

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Season 2 Of 'The Crown' Exposes The Royal Family's Fitful Evolution

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00am

The best episodes of this season are layered and complex; they juggle questions of whether a good marriage is possible in a royal setting, and how forgiveness has its limits.

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Mystery Solved: Saudi Prince Is Buyer Of $450M DaVinci Painting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:01pm

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the buyer, according to U.S. intelligence sources who talked to the Wall Street Journal. It will be displayed in the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Purple Is The Color Of The Year For 2018

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:41pm

Specifically, "Ultra Violet" is the "provocative and thoughtful" hue for 2018, Pantone says. What does it mean? Maybe mystery or royalty ... or, perhaps, high odds of fiery destruction.

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'The Shape Of Water': An Elegant Fable Of Starfish-Crossed Lubbers

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:01pm

Guillermo del Toro's fish story may play like The Carol from the Black Lagoon, but the director's penchant for lyricism make it "a transporting, lovingly made specimen of escapism."

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'I, Tonya,' You, Implicated

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Craig Gillespie brings bold innovation to the biopic genre, using various tones and approaches to tell the tale of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) — and satirize our love of spectacle in the process.

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'Quest': Documentary Captures The Music Of One North Philly Family's Life

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Filmed over four years, Jonathan Olshefksy's bracing and beautiful film follows Christopher and Christine'a Rainey as they invite local rappers into their basement music studio.

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