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Not My Job: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Gets Quizzed On Actual Islands

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 10:41am

We're taping the show in Providence this week, and we can't help but notice — Rhode Island isn't actually an island.

The Ultimate Latin Dictionary: After 122 Years, Still At Work On The Letter 'N'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 7:29am

Work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae began in 1894 and carries on to this day in a Bavarian palace in Munich, Germany. There's still a long way to go for a project with a soft deadline of 2050.

Kate Beckinsale Talks Film Adaptation Of Jane Austen's 'Edgy' Novella 'Love & Friendship'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

"Love & Friendship," a new comedy of manners set in 18th century England, opens this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with actress Kate Beckinsale, who plays Lady Susan Vernon.

For Pulitzer Prize-Winner Gregory Pardlo, Poetry Offers 'Intimacy' Between Strangers

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

In the latest conversation marking the centenary of the Pulitzers, NPR's Scott Simon asks Gregory Pardlo what it means for a poet to win the prize and how it affects his poetry.

When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.

Madness And A Search For Healing In 'Albina And The Dog-Men'

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:00am

Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinatory new novel follows two women on the run — one suffering from a monstrous affliction. Though disturbing in places, it has the feel of an ancient fireside tale.

'The Lobster': A Rom-Com With Satirical Claws

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:26pm

The Lobster is a comedy in which single people are given 45 days to fall in love before being turned into an animal of their choice.

The Case Of The 3 Monkeys Is Tearing Twitter In Two

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 1:30pm

Is it one monkey, hearing, seeing and speaking no evil? Or is it three separate monkeys, each displaying but a single virtue? Twitter icon @jonnysun asked his followers and caused a minor uproar.

Remembering Michael S. Harper, A Poet With An Ear For Jazz

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Harper, who died Saturday, was known for his jazz-influenced poems. His first volume of poetry, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1978. Originally broadcast in 2000.

Jane Austen's 'Love & Friendship' Comes To Screen, And It's An Absolute Treat

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

An impoverished widow has designs on a married lord — and a plans for her own teenage daughter — in Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Austen novella, Lady Susan. Critic David Edelstein has a review.

Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:58pm

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Russo Brothers

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 8:23am

We're going all-Cap for this episode, in which a panel discussion about Captain America: Civil War is followed by an excerpt from Linda Holmes' talk with the film's directors.

With A 2-Km. Pizza, Naples Aims To Deliver A Slice Of History

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 4:07am

On Sunday, this Italian city — birthplace of the Margherita pizza — will try to swipe Milan's record for the world's longest pie.

Jodie Foster On Roles For Strong Women, On-Screen And Off

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:42am

Foster is behind the camera on her latest film, Money Monster. She's found that directing allows her to execute a complete vision: "It's a full expression of who I am and what I think," she says.

The Haves And Have-Nots Have At It In 'High-Rise'

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

Based on J.G. Ballard's novel, the film stars Tom Hiddleston as a man who finds himself in an apartment building that invites class warfare between the upper and lower floors.

Big Money Bad Guys Are Back In 'Money Monster'

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in a tale directed by Jodie Foster in which a cable TV host finds himself held hostage.

'Last Days In The Desert' Finds Truth Away From The Path

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

The most intelligent and engaging film about Jesus since The Last Temptation Of Christ, Rodrigo Garcia's film finds Jesus in the desert, where he faces doubts from within.

After A 'Sunset Song,' Tomorrow Is Another Day

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

Terence Davies' Sunset Song is the tacitly feminist tale of a woman, played by Agyness Deyn, who is at least partially freed by owning land and acting on her own anger.

Actor Gary Cole On 'Veep' And Why 'Office Space' Endures

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

The actor, who plays a political consultant on Veep, tells Fresh Air he landed his first major TV role only after a number of other actors turned it down. "It was very, very fluke-ish," Cole says.

Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.




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