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Adam West, Who Played The Dark Knight At His Brightest, Dies At 88

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:24am

The actor donned Batman's costume for TV in the '60s, giving an enduring rendition of the hero. Later in his career, West enjoyed a renaissance as a voice actor. His family says he died Friday night.

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Beach Reads You Need: Four Sandy Summer Romances

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 9:00am

Our monthly romance roundup rolls on with four beach-appropriate reads for June, from the supernatural to the astronomical to an old-fashioned tale of family lost and found when you least expect it.

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'The Essex Serpent' Spreads Its Wings

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 6:00am

Sarah Perry's historical novel is gloriously alive, teeming with bugs, moss and marsh, unconventional spirits and a darker undercurrent of fear about a legendary monster haunting the Essex coast.

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'Beatriz at Dinner' And 'Megan Leavey' Celebrate Women Warriors

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews two movies centered on women warriors — Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, and Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

'My Cousin Rachel' Spins A 19th-Century Melodrama About A Mysterious Young Widow

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:50pm

Rachel Weisz plays a widow who might have designs on her cousin's fortune in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel. Critic David Edelstein says the film will keep viewers in suspense.

The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:50pm

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.

'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:05am

Mark Kidel's new Showtime documentary tells the story of the man behind the debonair star. Off screen, Grant was "lonely, insecure and haunted by fears of being abandoned," says critic John Powers.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: When To Break Up With Culture And Advice With Mallory Ortberg

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:07am

This week's show combines two segments from our tour a few months ago, and they're both corkers. We talk to Audie Cornish about hanging in with culture, and Mallory Ortberg gives advice.

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Comic Jordan Klepper On His New Gun Documentary And Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 6:00am

In Jordan Klepper Solves Guns, the comedian dives into America's relationship with firearms. Klepper is also launching his own nightly show on Comedy Central this fall.

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'Beatriz At Dinner' Skewers A House Full Of Well-Off Guests

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White collaborate on a film featuring Salma Hayek as a healer who finds herself at a very uncomfortable meal.

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Peter Sallis, Voice Behind 'Wallace And Gromit' Films, Dies At 96

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:31pm

Peter Sallis, who was the voice of Wallace in the beloved Wallace and Gromit films, died last week. He was 96 years old.

For One Saudi Woman, 'Daring To Drive' Was An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:03pm

In 2011, Manal al-Sharif filming herself driving in a country where women are banned from getting behind the wheel. Driving, she says, is "a way to emancipate women. It gives them so much liberty."

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'Beatriz At Dinner' Serves Up A Barbed Satire About Race, Class And Culture

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:03pm

Salma Hayek plays a Mexican-American massage therapist who attends the dinner party of a wealthy client in Beatriz At Dinner. Reviewer Justin Chang calls the film an "elegantly acerbic new comedy."

All Over The World, Thirsty Muslims Have Their Ramadan Go-To Drinks

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:22am

After a long day of fasting, especially in summer, thirst can be stronger than hunger. The drinks of choice are usually sweet and fruity, but each country puts its own spin on a refreshing beverage.

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'Racial Impostor Syndrome': Here Are Your Stories

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:21am

We got more than 100 letters from our listeners about how y'all feel like fakes. Here are some of our favorites.

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'The Alice Network' Is A Crackling Tale Of Spies And Suspense

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 6:00am

Set in 1947, Kate Quinn's novel follows two indomitable women, a math whiz and a retired spy, in a truly fabulous car as they pursue a quest through war-torn Europe in search of a missing relative.

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'Better Call Saul' Actor Giancarlo Esposito On The Making Of An Iconic Villain

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:57pm

Six years after the demise of his Breaking Bad character, Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring. He says the current role allows him to take the character "back in time."

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'Opening Wednesday' Dusts Off Some Overlooked Cinematic Treasures

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 9:00am

Charles Taylor's new book collects his writings about cult classics of the 1970s — films like Two-Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point and Foxy Brown — and what they say about the culture of that era.

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H.P. Lovecraft's Monster Is Wrapping Family Game Night Up In Tentacles

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 7:01am

A century after the horror writer created Cthulhu, board game creators and players have resurrected the deep sea monster and brought it into pop culture. Why is this beast making a comeback?

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'Stephen Florida' Goes To The Mat — And Wins

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:00am

Gabe Habash's audacious coming-of-age novel follows a charismatic, troubled, sometimes repellent college wrestler who comes close to the edge of madness after an injury derails his final season.

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