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Wordless Ads Speak Volumes In 'Unbranded' Images Of Women

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:43am

Artist Hank Willis Thomas strips slogans and brands off ads to create images that expose American preoccupations. His last series focused on African-Americans; his new work features white women.

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Culinary Siblings Give Pasta A Healthy Makeover

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:30am

In a low-carb world, pasta has issues. But it's poised for a comeback, say Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who talk with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about their cookbook, Healthy Pasta.

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At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment'

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:30am

Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.

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Brooklyn Brewery Dares Diners To Eat Like Dutch Settlers

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 6:30am

Pass the salt pork! A restaurant in New York is taking diners back in time with local dishes from the 1650s. That means a lot of venison, sumac, fat back and — don't worry — beer.

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'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 4:30am

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.

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A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:29pm

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year's Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The Challenges Of War At A Distance

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:41pm

The new film Good Kill is a little too blunt in its treatment of drone warfare, but strong work from Ethan Hawke as a troubled pilot helps it along.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Daredevil' And Credulity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:03am

The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.

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Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns As Complex And Complicated As Ever

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:39am

BBC America's Orphan Black, returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are one of its coolest traits and biggest weaknesses.

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Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Revive 'Anti-Lynching Plays'

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:40am

The recent killings of unarmed black men by police have inspired a Brooklyn theater company to stage new readings of dramas written in the early 1900s about the lynching of African-Americans.

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The Internet Of Spooky Things Is Alive In 'Unfriended'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:33pm

It's a tradition for horror films to find teenagers where they live, so it makes sense that Unfriended would find them saying nasty things to and about each other online.

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'Monkey Kingdom' Is Best When It's All Monkeys All The Time

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:03pm

There's some too-cute narration and some suspiciously convenient footage in this sort-of documentary from Disneynature, but when the monkeys are at their best, they're quite charming.

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Two Unmoored Souls Too Gloomily Drawn In 'Felix And Meira'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:03pm

To its credit, this story of an Orthodox Jewish woman struggling with her faith doesn't shortchange all it offers. But her encounter with a man who might offer a different future doesn't satisfy.

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Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:17pm

Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.

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Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:55pm

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

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The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine Born Of U.S. Prejudice

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:31pm

Fried yellow chilis. Baja-style fish. Not the typical Chinese restaurant fare, unless you're near the U.S.-Mexico border. The reasons why go back to an 1882 law enacted to keep Chinese out of the U.S.

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'Natural Born Heroes' Is Self-Help The Special Operations Way

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:03am

Writer John McDougall digs deep into the exploits of Britain's legendary World War II commandos to form a new definition of heroism: It's a skill you can learn, if you push your body to the limit.

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Is There Anything Left To Say About 'Saturday Night Live'?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:41am

The Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with a documentary that faces a massive challenge: Trying to find a new angle on one of the most thoroughly documented institutions we have.

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Lewis And Clark Battle Giant Spiders In 'Dead Lands'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:00am

Benjamin Percy's new thriller re-tells the story of Lewis and Clark's expedition, against a postapocalyptic future backdrop where the Mississippi has dried up and monsters roam the West.

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