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In 'Intro To Alien Invasion' College Students Transform Into Insectoids

Sat, 09/19/2015 - 5:00am

Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier's new comic is a B-movie type portrait of college life interrupted by the arrival of alien beetles who feed on the shallowest kids.

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Set In Stone But Ever-Changing: Sculptures Reshaped By The Tides

Sat, 09/19/2015 - 4:43am

It's tough to see Jason deCaires Taylor's sculptures firsthand — unless you have scuba gear. Most of them rest under the sea. His latest work is fully visible only when the tide of the Thames recedes.

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Emily Blunt Says 'The Tides Are Turning' For Women In Action Films

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:31pm

Blunt says Hollywood creates films with teenage boys in mind and wants that to change. She's now starring in Sicario as an FBI agent investigating a drug cartel along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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For Arab Artists With Something To Say, This Sheikh Is A Loudspeaker

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:31pm

Media personality and art collector Sultan Al Qassemi spends a fortune on artworks by living, Arab artists; then he shows them to as many people as possible.

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In 'Black Mass' And 'Sicario,' The Collision Of Law And Violence

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 1:08pm

Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt lead two new gangster epics that feature extreme violence bumping up against both ethical and unethical law enforcement.

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The 2015 Ig Nobels: Studies That Make You Go 'Huh?'

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 9:32am

This year's prizes honored, among others, the brave researcher who subjected himself to 200 bee stings to determine where it was most painful.

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How Can Our Real Lives Be Ruined By Our Digital Ones?

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 8:05am

Writer Jon Ronson says Internet commenters can behave like a mob — and believes it's time to rethink how we interact when we go online.

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'Step Aside, Pops' Lampoons History With Humor And Wit

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 6:03am

From Kate Beaton (the creator of Hark! A Vagrant) comes a new collection of comics that combines deadpan humor with minimalist style, drawing inspiration from often surprising historical figures.

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The Broad Museum Is A Contemporary Art Collector's Gift To Los Angeles

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:58am

Eli and Edythe Broad have been buying works for more than 40 years. They wanted a permanent home for their art — so they've established a museum where anyone can see it for free.

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The Ups And Downs Of The Toronto International Film Festival

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with NPR's film critic Bob Mondello and pop culture blogger Linda Holmes about the films they loved — and didn't — at Toronto International Film Festival.

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Streamy Awards For Online Video Make Bid For More Respectability

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 3:31pm

The Streamy Awards are the Oscars of online video. Even though highly produced web videos have major followings — with numbers, in some cases, that exceed television shows — this year, the awards are making a bid for more respectability. NPR spoke with the creators of the Streamies and offers a view of the evolving online video landscape.

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Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:10pm

Nadia Bolz-Weber is stand-up-comic who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is Accidental Saints.

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Lauren Groff, Ta-Nehisi Coates Lead Longlists For National Book Awards

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:39am

The novelist and journalist are just two of the 40 nominees, across four categories, for the renowned literary prize. The fiction longlist rolled out Thursday morning, capping a week of nominations.

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'Killing Kind' Is Pure Thriller With A Smart, Vicious Twist

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 6:03am

Chris Holm's new novel is about an hit man who only targets other hit men. Critic Jason Heller says the book's somewhat outlandish setup results in lean action and breakneck execution.

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Comedian's Sept. 11 Lie Revealed

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 4:24pm

Steve Rannazzisi admits he lied for years about being in the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked it in 2001. A fellow comic, whose firefighter dad died that day, accepts the apology.

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Neil Patrick Harris Reimagines Variety Show Format In 'Best Time Ever'

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:51pm

Song and dance man Neil Patrick Harris premiered his new show, Best Time Ever, Tuesday night on NBC. It's an attempt to bring back the variety show format.

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Neil Patrick Harris' 'Best Time Ever': A Variety Show In Need Of More Variety

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:18pm

NBC's new live weekly show mixes mini-quiz shows, game shows, production numbers, stunt competitions and pranks. Despite all this, critic David Bianculli says it hasn't yet reached its full potential.

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Author Discusses Francis, A Pope Seeking To Change 'The Tone Of The Church'

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 12:18pm

On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change.

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N.H. Public Library Resumes Support Of 'Tor' Internet Anonymizer

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:50am

Homeland Security had warned the library supporting Tor could allow criminals to move child pornography anonymously. The library voted to continue its support of Tor, saying any freedom brings risk.

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From Mexico Kidnappings To Eric Garner, Hererra Writes Poetry Of The Moment

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:23am

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's new book of poems melds the political with the personal. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher says it makes for deep yet accessible reading.

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