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'Blood, Sweat, And Pixels': For Designers Of Video Games, It's Always Crunch Time

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:00am

Journalist Jason Schreier walks readers through the development of 10 recent games, finding marked similarities in the essential infrastructure of their design and production.

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In 'A Legacy Of Spies,' John Le Carré Goes Back Out In 'The Cold'

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:04am

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says pop culture doesn't usually get espionage right — but le Carré comes close. His new novel is a kind of prequel to 1963's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

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Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 3:50pm

Broadway casting directors are seeking to unionize like their colleagues in Hollywood, who are already represented. But Broadway producers are resisting and have even threatened to sue, despite support for the casting directors throughout the Broadway community.

Acclaimed Poet John Ashbery Dies At 90

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 3:50pm

John Ashbery began winning awards with his first collection of poems. He went on to earn a Pulitzer, the National Book Award and many, many others. Despite his often challenging style, he was one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

John Ashbery, Celebrated And Experimental Poet Of The 20th Century, Dies At 90

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 5:57pm

Although his enigmatic poems confounded literary critics and peers who heaped praise on him, his abstract, modernist style reinvented literature for a generation of writers.

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Actress Chloe Bennet Wants To Change The Narrative For Asian-Americans In Hollywood

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 4:24pm

Actress Chloe Bennet speaks with NPR's Michel Martin about her decision to change her last name from Wang to Bennet, so she could increase her chances of getting an acting job in Hollywood.

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For September, 3 Twisty, Turny, Thrill-Packed Romances

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 9:00am

As the weather turns cooler and we start to emerge from summer's torpor, it's time for some faster-paced romances with plenty of exciting twists and turns on the way to the happily-ever-after.

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Poems For Houston

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston's first poet laureate, about the spotlight on the city during Hurricane Harvey.

In 'World Of Tomorrow,' A Novelist Found Echoes Of 1939, Today

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

Brendan Mathews' debut novel is a sprawling story of three Irish brothers and their adventures in America on the cusp of World War II.

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'Sourdough' Rises Like A Good Loaf

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 3:42am

Robin Sloan's latest is a beautiful, small, sweet, quiet book that takes a deep dive into the world of food, underground restaurants and markets, and the magic power of a good sourdough starter.

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Not My Job: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator Gets Quizzed On Centaurs

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 10:42am

Raphael Bob-Waksberg had a friend who liked to draw people with animal heads, so he did what anyone would do: He created a TV show about a washed-up '90s sitcom star who happens to be a horse.

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Nathan Englander Says His New Book Is 'A Turducken Of A Novel'

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 7:04am

Englander describes Dinner at the Center of the Earth as "a political thriller that's wrapped up in a historical novel that's really a love story that ends up being an allegory."

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Reading The Game: 'What Remains Of Edith Finch'

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 6:19am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with What Remains of Edith Finch, a complex, time-skipping family tragedy that'll leave you with scars — but trust us, it's worth it.

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Comic Shelley Berman Dies At 92

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 7:04pm

Along with Bob Newhart and Lenny Bruce, Shelley Berman helped change the tone and tenor of American humor.

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Celia Perez's New Novel 'The First Rule Of Punk' Comes With Advice For Adolescents

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Celia Perez about her book, The First Rule of Punk for middle-grade readers. The first rule? Be yourself.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director John Waters

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:40pm

Once called the "King of Bad Taste," Waters is known for his off-beat cult films Pink Flamingos and Polyester, as well as the more mainstream Hairspray. Originally broadcast in 1988.

'Tulip Fever': A Lush Portrait Of A Florid Affair

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:00pm

Based on Deborah Moggach's best-selling 1999 novel, this slightly overstuffed period romance features a clever screenplay by Moggach and playwright Tom Stoppard.

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Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:11am

House musician Jonathan Coulton leads a music game that turns Queen's classic We Will Rock You into an ode to famous rocks. Then contestants compete in a ménage à trois-themed final round.

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Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:11am

We talk to sex columnist Dan Savage in San Francisco, then contestants play a round of This, That, or the Other featuring prescription drugs, Harry Potter spells, and Ikea products.

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Opening Act

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:11am

This first game plays on the slang term "Netflix and Chill," where every answer rhymes with the word "chill." Then, a game where contestants identify the movie based on the redubbed swear word.

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