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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:00am

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 9:00am

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 7:00am

Hard cider is having a hot moment. Hotter still, if it's locally made and distributed. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig On Female Birds

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:44am

The acclaimed actor and screenwriter (and now director) faces questions about hedge sparrows, cuckoos and palm cockatoos.

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Newly Discovered Andy Warhol Art Up For Auction

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

A Massachusetts auction house is selling newly discovered Andy Warhol works. They are remnants of the artist's relationship with his last boyfriend found in his mother's attic.

Elizabeth Olsen On A 'Wind River' Oscar Campaign Without Weinstein

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

The actress stars in the film once distributed by The Weinstein Company. "Everyday we're learning more about men in power and sexual assault," she says. "And those are what this film is about."

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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A Spurned Housewife Turns Stand-Up Comic In 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:31am

Rachel Brosnahan claims not to be a comedian, but in a new Amazon series about a 1950s woman with a hidden talent, she certainly plays one on TV.

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'Dawn Of The New Everything' Argues For Human-Centered Technology

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00am

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier's book is part memoir, part history of the development of VR, and an unexpected but welcome comparison of the promises of VR with those of artificial intelligence.

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'The Disaster Artist' Is The Best Movie About A Bad Movie

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

Tommy Wiseau's The Room has inspired a cult following, a video game and a "making-of" memoir. Now, the memoir has been turned into a movie, directed by and starring James Franco. It's called The Disaster Artist.

Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:23pm

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

'Bad Sex In Fiction' Award Goes To Novelist Who Compared Skin To Stained Bathtub

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:02pm

American writer Christopher Bollen received the, uh, honor, which was announced on Thursday. His novel The Destroyers featured a memorable pair of less-than-appealing analogies.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:42am

Can you guess how many people follow the most-followed raccoon on Instagram? We challenged house musician Jonathan Coulton and the hive mind of our audience to a guesstimation game.

Cop To It

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:42am

Get ready for the ultimate Sting operation: We rewrote songs by The Police to be about famous cop shows.

This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:42am

Contestants guess whether phrases are spooky urban legends, nicknames of old-timey Hall of Fame baseball players, or a phrase following "The Adventure of" in the title of a Sherlock Holmes story.

Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:42am

Mraz recounts the palm reading that led him to drop out of college and make music, and how Sara Bareilles brought him to the Broadway musical Waitress. Then we quiz this organic farmer on avocados.

Start Me Up

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:42am

DING! That imaginary bell means it's time for an audio quiz about the sounds you hear when events, movies, and video games begin.

Hanks For Nothin'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:42am

Break out your multiple Oscars for a game that mashes up Tom Hanks movie titles! It's his best work since Apollo 13 Going On 30.

Leilani Schweitzer: How Can Hospitals Be More Transparent About Medical Errors?

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:30am

Leilani Schweitzer lost her son due to a medical error. She says the hospital's honesty and openness helped her heal. She now works to provide that level of honesty to patients at the same hospital.

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