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NFL Live Streams Thursday Night Football On Twitter

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

The NFL's Thursday night game streamed on Twitter's platforms on a variety of devices this week. Over 800 million Twitter users worldwide had free, live access to the game.

Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:42pm

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.

Writer Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:42pm

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson identified as black, but looked white. His latest novel is about a man returning to his childhood home. Originally broadcast June 29, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:34am

NPR Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders joins the gang to discuss the IFC series. Then, we each pick, watch and describe a documentary we'd never seen. And, of course, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Hari Kondabolu Says His Mom Is Hilarious - And Not Because Of Her Accent

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:39am

The immigrants rights organizer turned comedian won't impersonate his parents' Indian accents. For many people, he says, "immigrants are funny voices," and he's not interested in playing into that.

Into The Woods, But Out Of Ideas: A Tedious, Ugly, Pointless 'Blair Witch'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

Ding-Dong, a Witch Retread: A sequel to the "found-footage" horror sensation The Blair Witch Project never manages to find a compelling reason to exist.

'Operation Avalanche': A Fake Documentary About A Faked Moon Landing

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

A cleverly constructed but narratively sluggish mockumentary exposes a NASA conspiracy to stage Man's first steps on the moon.

In Chilling Documentary 'Command And Control,' A Nuclear Explosion Narrowly Avoided

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

In 1980, a socket dropped from a worker's wrench nearly spelled nuclear disaster at a Titan II missile silo outside Little Rock, Arkansas.

'Bridget Jones's Baby' Is High-Spirited And Playful

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00pm

Our critic Ella Taylor loves this "generous, candid" sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, in which the now fortysomething Bridget willfully faces down new professional and romantic challenges.

LeBron James Helps Young Entrepreneurs In 'Cleveland Hustles'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Small business entrepreneurs typically get money from family or friends. But an approach taken from the pages of Silicon Valley is being used in Cleveland. A new reality television show called Cleveland Hustles is the idea of basketball superstar LeBron James. The show documents this process as four companies try to create jobs and a business model that can be replicated across the country.

Despite Controversy, Dr. Oz Maintains Wide Appeal

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Dr. Oz's television show has an enormous fan base, despite the fact that his health claims have come under attack by many in the medical profession. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with W. Douglas Evans, director of the Public Health Communication and Marketing Program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, about the role that celebrity doctors play, and why Dr. Oz has such a loyal following despite the controversy surrounding him.

In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

The D.C. public library has hidden books throughout the city in stores, libraries and cafes. They're covered in black dust jackets with labels like FILTHY, TRASHY and PROFANE. Can you find all six?

Behold The Throne: There's A Golden Toilet At The Guggenheim

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:35pm

Museum-goers, prepare for "unprecedented intimacy with a work of art." Starting Friday, visitors will be able to use Maurizio Cattelan's America, a gold-cast, working toilet at the New York museum.

Jack Daniel's Heralds A Slave's Role In Its Origin Story

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:33pm

Jack Daniel learned how to make whiskey from a preacher. That's how the story goes. But a new figure is gaining prominence in the brand's corporate history.

The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 1:07pm

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says Blood at the Root author Patrick Phillips.

Language Is Home In 'When In French'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:00am

When New Yorker writer and native North Carolinian Lauren Collins married a French man, she set herself to the task of learning French. Her new memoir is a meditation on language and identity.

Colson Whitehead, John Lewis, Rita Dove Among National Book Award Nominees

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 8:33am

And then there were 40: This week, the National Book Foundation revealed the writers who are still in contention for its literary prize. It capped the rollout Thursday with the fiction nominees.

'Jerusalem' Is Alan Moore's Really Big Book — In Every Way

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:00am

The legendary comics creator spent ten years on his latest work, a 1200-page-plus epic about everything, nothing and Northampton, his home town and sacred ground — which serves as the main character.

Tim Gunn: The Fashion Industry Is Not Making It Work For Plus-Size Women

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 5:43pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Tim Gunn, a fixture in the fashion world, about his article in The Washington Post in which he blasted the industry for ignoring plus-size women.

First Woman And African-American Sworn In As Librarian Of Congress

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:28pm

On Wednesday in Washington D.C., Carla Hayden became the first woman and the first African-American to be sworn in as the Librarian of Congress. She's facing a huge change in how we interact with information.




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