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Margaret Atwood: 'I Finally Got To Do My Cat With Wings'

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 3:31pm

As a child, Atwood loved drawing flying cats. Now, nearly 70 years later, Atwood's dream has been realized in a graphic novel called Angel Catbird. "I'm very fond of him," she says.

'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:27pm

Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism. Originally broadcast Sept. 2, 2015.

An Unforgettable 208-Second Flight Creates A Bureaucratic Frenzy In 'Sully'

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:08pm

A new film stars Tom Hanks as the airline caption who made an emergency landing on the Hudson in 2009. Critic David Edelstein says that Sully's flight sequence is by far the best part of the film.

TIFF Diary, Day 1: 'Loving,' 'Magnificent Seven,' 'Salesman,' 'Jean of the Joneses'

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:00am

In Linda Holmes' first dispatch from the Toronto International Film Festival, she reviews films about a civil rights case, gunslinging, a strained marriage and a warm, talky family.

Cameron Esposito: Every Action Movie Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction Movie

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:46am

Comedian Cameron Esposito tells us about her new series Take My Wife, inspired by her and her wife Rhea Butcher.

Hail To The Chief

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

In this final round, every answer contains the last name of a U.S. President.

Get The H Out Of Here

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

Shaver saver, tenth tent, hit it. We'll hint at two word phrases like these. Get the second word by removing the letter "H" from the first. That's it!

Craig Robinson: One For The Ladies

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

Comedian Craig Robinson talks about his new movie Morris From America. Then he joins Jonathan Coulton in a rewrite of Styx's "Lady" about famous people or things that start with the word 'lady.'

Ghandi Or Jolie?

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

"I kinda wanted to be a vampire." Was that said by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Mahatma Gandhi, or Academy Award winner and star of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie?

Dude Stole My Invention

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:40am

We were inspired by true stories of men who took credit for a woman's invention or discovery, and wrote those accounts as if they appeared in a crime blotter.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: HGTV And Cooking Shows

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 6:00am

This week, the discussion takes a decidedly domestic turn as Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Kat Chow and Barrie Hardymon talk real estate shows, home renovation shows, and cooking shows.

On 'London Road,' Murder, Music And British Lower-Middle-Class Manners

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:00pm

In a British film based on an award-winning 2011 stage musical, a suburban community is riven by paranoia in the wake of the murder of five sex workers.

'Come From Away' Musical Tells Story Of Resilience After 9/11

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:37pm

As the extent of the 9/11 attacks became known, 38 planes were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. More than 6,000 passengers and crew were taken in by families there. Their story is the subject of a new musical called, Come From Away, which runs at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., in September and October before heading to Broadway.

BBC Editor Highlights Often Overlooked English Language Rule

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:37pm

When the BBC's Matthew Anderson tweeted this week the rules the English language has for the order in which adjectives should appear before a noun, he was retweeted 47,000 times. He says foreigners struggle with this concept, but native speakers do it naturally. The quote comes from a book called, The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase, by Mark Forsyth.

Ann Patchett Calls 'Commonwealth' Her 'Autobiographical First Novel'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:37pm

Commonwealth is actually Patchett's seventh novel, but it draws heavily on her own family experience, and she compares it to the classic thinly-veiled autobiography often written by young authors.

Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' Is Both Dazzling And Draining

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:28pm

A failing marriage and a catastrophic earthquake take center stage in Safran Foer's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Here I Am a profound work about the claims of history, identity and family.

How NYC's First Puerto Rican Librarian Brought Spanish To The Shelves

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:53pm

When Pura Belpré became a librarian in 1921, she couldn't find Spanish language books for kids — so she wrote them herself. Belpré would go on to become a champion of bilingual library programs.

In This Globe-Trotting Dessert, Many Immigrants Find A Taste Of Home

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:55am

Many Asian countries have a version of a multi-layered, milk-based snack called falooda. Now, a mother-daughter pair with roots in Myanmar have brought this global dessert to Washington, D.C.

Comedy Is Old And New Again: 'Superstore' And 'You're The Worst'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:15am

Today, a TV's show's style doesn't tell you as much as it used to. A traditional network workplace sitcom slyly breaks with tradition, and an edgy cable sitcom hides a beating human heart.

'Razor Girl' Is Carl Hiaasen Doing What He Does Best

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 7:00am

Gleefully obscene, violent and shockingly funny, Razor Girl follows an ex-cop turned restaurant inspector on the tail of a car-crash con artist, a kidnapped TV agent and a loud-mouthed reality star.




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