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As Boy Peers Curiously Over Border Wall, His Artist Asks: 'What Is He Thinking?'

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:17pm

JR, a French street artist, hasn't answered that question — and that's the point. His massive artwork on the border, which coincided with the decision to rescind DACA, is the "start of a discussion."

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In 'Crash Override,' Zoe Quinn Shares Her Boss Battle Against Online Harassment

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:00pm

Having watched many colleagues attacked for speaking up, gamer Latoya Peterson offers a deeply personal review "I applaud Quinn for ... accepting that she is messy, imperfect, and, well: Human."

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Using Black Celebrities To Push Pop, Pudding And Politics

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:00pm

In the 1960s, Tom Burrell helped change advertising by convincing agencies to tailor their pitches to black consumers, but he also saw his marketing work as part of a larger social project.

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A Young Doctor Turns Detective In 'The Unknown Girl'

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:59am

A woman turns up dead the day after a doctor, Jenny, ignores the woman's after-hour visit to her clinic. Jenny's sense of guilt pushes her to conduct her own investigation.

'Top Of The Lake: China Girl' Takes You Places Cop Shows Usually Ignore

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:59am

The TV series' second season takes place four years after its first, and begins with an unknown Asian woman's body washing up (in a suitcase) on a beach near Sydney.

Actress Pamela Adlon Says 'Better Things' Is Dedicated To Her Daughters

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:59am

Adlon's FX series is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. Her daughters are very much a part of the show, she says. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2016.

New Season Of 'Outlander' Is So Much More Than A Hunky Face (And Rock-Hard Abs)

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 5:00am

On the eve of Outlander's third season, Pop Culture Happy Hour has thoughts on the Starz drama and its depictions of sex, intimacy and time travel.

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'Young People Who Do Extraordinary Things' Are The Norm In Marie Lu's YA World

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:15am

The bestselling young adult author specializes in dystopian fiction. Her latest, Warcross, is set in the not-too-distant future, and draws on Lu's time working in the video game industry.

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'Spettacolo' Lovingly Chronicles A Tuscan Theatrical Tradition In Decline

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Once a year, for 51 years, residents of the Tuscan hamlet Monticchielo have staged a play about their lives. A new documentary finds the town's younger generation is losing interest in the practice.

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You Can't Go 'Home Again' — Or At Least, You Shouldn't

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:00pm

The writing/directing debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer (daughter of Nancy Meyers) features tired tropes, stiff acting and lots of hand-wringing about how tough it is to break into Hollywood.

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A Knock Unanswered, A Body Unmourned: 'The Unknown Girl'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Sorry, Wrong Nombre: Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, known for stripped-down social realist dramas, bring their spare aesthetic to a surprisingly pulpy murder mystery.

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'It' Happens, Again And Again And Again

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Stephen King's tale of a shape-shifting clown who haunts a small Maine town gets an adaptation that features fine performances, but relies on a barrage of repetitive jump-scares.

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Biologist Jonathan Losos Explores 'Convergent Evolution' In 'Improbable Destinies'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jonathan Losos, author of the new book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, which explores the growing understanding of "convergent evolution."

Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:24am

In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."

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Two High-Profile Creators Pass The Baton From 'Twin Peaks' To 'The Deuce'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:08am

David Lynch's perplexing 18-hour revival just ended on Showtime, and David Simon's latest ambitious drama is about to begin on HBO.

Addiction Is A Family Affair In 'Mayhem'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:00am

Sigrid Rausing is heir to a packaging fortune and a global philanthropist, but her new memoir describes a painfully ordinary family tragedy: her sister-in-law's drug addiction, struggle and death.

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People And Animals, 'Falling And Flying,' Make For A Hypnotic Read

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:00am

Ben Loory's new story collection is dreamlike in the best way: both cheerfully surreal and cosmically unsettling, full of lovelorn cephalopods, discontented sloths and the occasional darker touch.

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Fiery And Nuanced, 'Tales Of Two Americas' Sheds Light On Economic Inequality

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 1:00pm

This collection of essays, poems, and short stories — edited by John Freeman — makes for a gripping and intensely personal examination of inequality, transience and displacement in America.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 9:36am

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes.

'The World Of Tomorrow' Is A Huge Story, Told Intimately

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

Brendan Mathew's The World of Tomorrow follows three Irish brothers having the best (or the worst) week of their lives, in 1939 New York. It's a serious literary novel, but full of madcap flourishes.

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