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Charlie And Lola Are Back In 'Absolutely One Thing'

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:55am

Lauren Child has a new "Charlie and Lola" book after a long hiatus. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that she needed a break, but then she missed her popular characters.

Sleep Deprived: We're Recharging Our Phones, But Not Ourselves

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:55am

Arianna Huffington says we're in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis and that Donald Trump really shouldn't be bragging about needing only four hours of sleep a night.

Why Hunting Down 'Authentic Ethnic Food' Is A Loaded Proposition

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:00am

In a new book, an NYU scholar explores how immigrants shape the American palate. He says it's time to ditch the phrase "ethnic food" — which lumps all nonwhite people and their cuisines together.

'Every Heart' Is A Doorway To Winning Fantasy

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 6:00am

Seanan McGuire's new novella takes the classic portal fantasy — a group of kids who stumble into magical worlds and are forever changed — and gives it poignant new life.

Will Superhero Movies Go The Way Of Old Westerns?

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

Western movies once ruled Hollywood the way comic book movies seem to now. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Brooks Hefner of James Madison University about how Westerns faded from popularity, and whether the same thing will happen to superhero movies.

Grief Goes Explosive In 'Demolition' And 'Louder Than Bombs'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 2:49pm

Louder Than Bombs and Demolition both deal with car crashes and grieving men, but the damage looks very different.

'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:33pm

Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for Gateway to Freedom, about the underground railroad. Originally broadcast Jan. 15, 2015.

From India To North Korea, Via Japan: Curry's Global Journey

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:04am

From British colonials who fell in love with "curry powder" in India, to Koreans who encountered the taste in Imperial Japan, the story of curry is one of globalization writ on a dish.

Some Relationship Advice From Pope Francis

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:01am

In his new exhortation, "The Joy of Love," Francis addresses marriage, sex and love. For a 79-year-old man who has taken a lifelong vow of celibacy, the pontiff has some pretty solid tips.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best Bad Movies And A Punishing Quiz

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 8:39am

On this week's show, original PCHH panelist Trey Graham returns to chat about bad movies and to be less humiliated than the rest of us by a quiz about pop culture returns.

An Ancient Route Rolls On: Questions For Peter Frankopan, Author Of 'The Silk Roads'

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

It's been centuries since camel caravans crisscrossed Eurasia along the Silk Roads. But historian Peter Frankopan's new book puts the fabled roads at the center of a new view of world history.

A Photographer's Family Left Behind In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00pm

A war photographer's death leaves behind a family of men battling their own demons in the unusually structured film from Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier.

A Widower, A House, And A Plot Hammer That Hits A Little Hard

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00pm

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man who starts literally destroying his surroundings out of grief in Demolition, from director Jean-Marc Vallee.

Melissa McCarthy Is Very Rich And Very Mean As 'The Boss'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00pm

McCarthy and Kristen Bell can't quite get the comedic fires going in the story of a super-wealthy woman whose unfortunate assistant winds up embroiled in her evil cookie-making scheme.

How Janice Min Transformed 'The Hollywood Reporter' Into A Glamorous Weekly

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:24pm

And they said print is dead. Janice Min turned around Us Weekly and now The Hollywood Reporter — transforming a trade daily into a glossy magazine relevant to advertisers and the movie community.

Samantha Bee On 'Full Frontal,' Feminism And The Freedom Of Her 40s

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Since leaving The Daily Show, Bee has been busy with two new TBS shows. "I knew that there was something else that I wanted to do," she says. "It's very good for me to be creating my own thing."

A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:45pm

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."

Look Under Your Seats

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

We've written clues about things found under seats in boring everyday life but Oprah-fied.

Snack Or Wack?

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

Mint-flavored Lays: are they an international food sensation or something we dreamed up? In this game, we name a food item and ask our contestants, "Snack or wack?"

Grooving Mountains

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:12am

Jonathan Coulton reworks "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to be about things that aren't high enough. Just kidding, this game is about real and fictional mountains.




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