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Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:24pm

The new documentary by filmmaker Ceyda Torun focuses on seven cats as they make their way around the Turkish capital. Critic John Powers calls Kedi a "pleasurable refuge from our daily cares."

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Funny, Profane 'Dark Flood' Doesn't Go Gently

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:14am

Margaret Drabble's new novel follows a 70-something woman as she travels around England for her job — working with old age homes — and grumbling about how sad, funny and genuinely absurd aging is.

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Lady Gaga, Jack Antonoff Among 142 Artists Opposing Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:22am

The Texas legislature is considering a bill that bans transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identities.

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Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:56am

The musician and multimedia artist has created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY."

(Image credit: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography/Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery)

The First #BoycottAdele Wasn't Over A Grammy, But On How To Make Tea

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:11pm

Calls for a boycott are not new for Adele. And now, embroiled in the politics of both left and right, she will likely think longingly back to her first, uncomplicated boycott — about her tea-making.

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Director Raoul Peck: James Baldwin Was 'Speaking Directly To Me'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:08pm

Baldwin "gave me very early on the instruments I needed to ... deconstruct the world around me," Peck says. His documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, chronicles the life of the civil rights era writer.

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The Purely Accidental Lessons Of The First Black 'Bachelorette'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:23am

Television shows don't have to be good or smart to tell you something about the culture that spawns them, and you might be surprised how much The Bachelor has to say about power.

(Image credit: Mark Coffey/ABC)

'Insomniac City' Is A Valentine To New York, Oliver Sacks And Life Itself

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:00am

Bill Hayes was Sacks' partner during the renowned author and neurologist's last years, and Insomniac City is a charming, intimate portrait of their relationship, full of sweet, unguarded moments.

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3 Romances To Remind You That Love Is All Around — All Year Long

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 6:00am

Sure, it's Valentine's Day — the day we set aside for flowers, chocolates, wine and declarations of love. But love is more than one day, so here are three romances you can enjoy any time of year.

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Drawn From The Heart: Your Most Memorable Valentine's Day Cards

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:27am

No snark or anti-commercialism rantings here, just a dose of simple sweetness. Readers share stories and photos — and an NPR artist re-creates a couple of valentines that live on only in memories.

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR)

How Chocolate Became A Sweet (But Not So Innocent) Consort To Valentine's Day

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:26am

From the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac. (Casanova certainly thought so.) But it took many centuries for it to become the taste of the love holiday.

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William Faulkner's Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:33pm

As Melissa Block's "Our Land" road trip takes her to Mississippi, she visits William Faulkner's home: Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Miss. With curator William Griffith, they talk about Faulkner's running theme of the South in conflict with itself.

'Aisles Have Eyes' Warns That Brick-And-Mortar Stores Are Watching You

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:36pm

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says that now physical stores are doing it too.

'Explosive' Image Of An Assassination Wins World Press Photo Of The Year

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:05am

Photographer Burhan Ozbilici's image of the killing of Russia's ambassador to Turkey was described by one jury member as the "face of hatred." Jurors have made it clear that it was a heated debate.

(Image credit: Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

Looking For Thor's Hammer: Neil Gaiman On 'Norse Mythology'

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:00am

Author Neil Gaiman first encountered the Norse gods in the pages of old Marvel Comics reprints, when he was 6 years old. Now, he's written his own versions of these ancient tales of gods and monsters.

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This Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor With None Of The Burn

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:00am

Some breeders vie to grow ever more mouth-burning peppers. The guy behind the Habanada had a different goal: a habanero with no heat all. The aromatic, melon-like result is winning over top chefs.

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'There Is No Good Card For This': What To Say When 'Condolences' Isn't Enough

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:31am

Have you ever struggled with how to be there for a friend in pain? If so, you're not alone. Illustrator Emily McDowell says her new book is a "guide for how to show up ... after you've sent the card."

(Image credit: Emily McDowell Studio/Courtesy of Harper Collins)

Al Jarreau, Versatile Vocalist Who 'Played His Voice,' Dies At 76

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 12:48pm

Since the legendary singer began his career in the 1960s, he won Grammys in the jazz, pop and R&B categories. Just one clue that Jarreau, who died Sunday, was impossible to categorize.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Concord Music Group)

Reading The Game: The Flame In The Flood

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

In The Flame in the Flood, you play as a young girl surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape, floating down a river on an improvised raft, with nothing but your wits and your faithful dog beside you.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Molasses Flood)

Galentine's Day: Celebrating Women, Waffles, And, OK, More Waffles

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 8:00am

Monday's the day to celebrate the best unofficial holiday made just for women: Galentine's Day. And for that, we thank our lady of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope.

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