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Longtime Brooklyn Bartender Who Inspired 'Sunny's Nights' Has Died

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 4:39pm

Sunny Balzano was the genial and eccentric proprietor of a beloved bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He died Thursday at 81, just weeks after the publication of a new book about his life and times.

Canine Or Cuisine? This Photo Meme Is Fetching

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 1:19pm

Chihuahua or muffin? Labradoodle or fried chicken? These are the gnawing questions raised by the latest food images dogging the Internet. So we bit.

Gastronomy Of Genius: History's Great Minds, And The Foods that Fueled Them

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:33pm

From Pythagoras to Balzac, Darwin to Marie Curie, many a genius was inspired by certain edibles, repulsed by others — or had some very peculiar dining habits.

Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:23pm

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.

Meet 'Marguerite,' A Tone-Deaf Opera Singer Who's Determined To Perform

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 9:00am

Socialite Marguerite has no idea how bad she is — servants, friends and even other opera singers are too polite to tell her. Critic Bob Mondello says her story is both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hamilton,' Kanye And 'Gilmore Girls'

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 8:49am

With the panel on pause this week, we bring you three great conversations about theater, music and TV.

Tales Of Sex, Corruption And 'Peacekeeping' In A Fictional Haiti

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 6:00am

Mischa Berlinski's novel is about a failed Florida policeman trying to make a new life in Haiti. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book explores "the gray middles of everything."

Do You Sacrifice One For Many? Mirren's Latest Film Has No Easy Answers

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:58am

In her new film Eye in the Sky, Helen Mirren plays a colonel overseeing a secret drone operation in Kenya. Mirren and director Gavin Hood say the audience is the jury in this courtroom drama of sorts.

Sally Field Elevates The Tale Of A Woman Of A Certain Age

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Hello, My Name Is Doris is directed by sketch-comedy veteran Michael Showalter and stars Field as a woman who enjoys an unexpected moment among new young friends.

It's Not Really 'Cloverfield,' But It's A Lot Of Fun

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Searching for the connection between 10 Cloverfield Lane and the original Cloverfield is sort of pointless and needless, and in the end, the non-sequel stands on its own.

Reichardt's 'River Of Grass' Reissued: A First Film At A Fast Pace

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:00pm

A reissue of the 1994 first film from director Kelly Reichardt shows that her talent for transforming cheerless landscapes into backdrops for soulful journeys can be delivered with humor, too.

A War Seen In Unnerving Close-Up

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Drone warfare forms the backbone of Eye In The Sky, starring Helen Mirren as a British military officer arguing over the messy ethics of collateral damage.

New Set Of TV Shows Tackle Complexities Of Religion

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 2:54pm

NPR reviews the set of new TV shows that all have religious faith as a central theme. Just how does TV deal with that in 2016? The shows are Of Kings and Prophets and The Real O'Neals on ABC, The Path on Hulu and The Passion on Fox.

Sarah Paulson Strives To 'Get It Right' As O.J. Simpson Prosecutor

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:38pm

The actress set out to portray Marcia Clark in a "truthful way" in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. "I read, watched and listened to any and everything I could get my hands on," Paulson says.

The Forgotten History Of Fat Men's Clubs

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:44pm

These clubs of the late 19th and early 20th century were spectacular celebrations of wealth and girth. At their gatherings, networking and eating — a lot of it – were on the menu.

The Forgotten History Of Fat Men's Clubs

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:44pm

These clubs of the late 19th and early 20th century were spectacular celebrations of wealth and girth. At their gatherings, networking and eating — a lot of it – were on the menu.

Everyday Portmanteaus

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:53am

For this final round, every answer is a portmanteau — that's a word created when two words, and their meanings, are combined. Like our favorite meal of the day, brunch!

Jay And Mark Duplass: 'People Give Us Blazers!'

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:53am

For their VIP game, we quiz Jay and Mark Duplass on their specific knowledge of Academy Award Best Picture Nominees from 1976-1985.

You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:53am

In this game, we give our contestants a category (for example, the cast of Friends) and ask what comes alphabetically FIRST and alphabetically LAST.

It's A Gas Gas Gas

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:53am

We've rewritten the Rolling Stones classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash" to be about its original intention. That's right, gas gas gases!

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