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'Suicide Squad' Falls Far Short Of Its Goals

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 4:00pm

DC's "rogues-do-good" answer to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy lacks that film's energy and charm; the result is a squalid, confusing mashup of tones and characters.

An Argentine Jew Returns Home In 'The Tenth Man'

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 4:00pm

Set in a Jewish neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Daniel Burman's latest film sweetly spotlights the strained relationship between a returning son and his ostentatiously selfless father.

Remembering Zelda Fichandler, Matriarch Of American Regional Theater

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 3:26pm

When the co-founder of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., made her theater a nonprofit, hundreds of small regional stages followed suit. Fichandler died July 29 at the age of 91.

For James Corden, 'Carpool Karaoke' Has Been An Incredible Ride

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 1:07pm

The Late Late Show host talks about belting out songs with celebrities like Elton John, Steve Wonder and Adele. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross he doesn't know what he did to deserve this great gig.

Investigating Complicated Family Myths In 'I'm Supposed To Protect You'

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 6:00am

Nadja Spiegelman is insightful about the power and malleability of memory in her new memoir, but the book is weighed down by an aggressively artificial poignancy, all ashtrays and meaningful silences.

C Is For Contract: Longtime Actors In Grown-Up Dispute With 'Sesame Street'

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 5:15pm

Bob McGrath, who has worked on the show since 1969, says he and two other original cast members have been let go. Sesame Workshop is calling it a "misunderstanding."

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:28pm

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances."

There Could Be No Other Way: 'Blue Monday' Is Back

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 9:00am

Chynna Clugston-Flores' cult comic about a music-crazy high-schooler and her mad mod friends is back after more than a decade. It's a largely autobiographical look at teen life in the early '90s.

At These Museums, Tragedy Is A History Lesson

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:00am

How do you explain the toughest parts of history to children? We asked leaders from memorial museums around the U.S. to help us understand the best way to do so.

'I Am Providence' Is A Love/Hate Letter To A Literary Subculture

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:00am

Nick Mamatas takes on the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft — both Lovecraft's notorious racism and sexism, and the zealous fandom that's sprung up around him — with scathing humor in his latest novel.

Pack These Pages: 7 Professional Booksellers Select Your Summer Reading

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:50pm

We asked booksellers across the country to share recommendations for books that you can take with you on vacation — or just to the nearest shade tree.

For Olympian Frank Shorter, Running Was An Escape From A Troubled Home

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:32pm

He won the Olympic marathon in Munich in 1972, a dramatic triumph that helped fuel the running boom in the United States. But as he writes in a memoir, running helped him deal with a dark secret.

Detroit Bookseller Picks 3 Nonfiction Books For Your Summer

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:30pm

Janet Webster Jones recommends Why Grow Up? by Susan Neiman, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and A History Of Food In 100 Recipes by William Sitwell.

'The Fire This Time': A New Generation Of Writers On Race In America

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:07pm

Author Jesmyn Ward invited prominent writers from her generation to pen essays for The Fire This Time. It's a nod to James Baldwin's work of a similar name, which warned of today's racial tension.

Publishers' Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor's Gut?

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 2:31pm

Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story.

TSA Reminds Passengers: No 'Batarang' Superhero Weapons On Flights

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:33pm

The TSA has repeatedly reminded air travelers to put sharp Batman and other superhero paraphernalia in checked baggage.

At TV Press Tour, Actors And Producers Of Color Speak Of Hollywood Struggles

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:30pm

More faces of color are turning up on TV, but at this year's Television Critics Association summer press tour, actors and producers spoke out about how hard it still is to get a foot in the door.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

Marriage And Motherhood Are A 'Source Of Power,' Says Comic Ali Wong

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Wong was 7 1/2 months pregnant when she filmed her first comedy special, Baby Cobra. She says that the birth of her daughter changed her career for the better.

The Workings Of Nature: Naturalist Writing And Making Sense Of The World

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:00am

Humans have always been curious about the natural world; nature provides enough order to soothe and enough wildness to escape. We've got a roundup of great nature writing from all over the world.




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