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China Miéville Goes To War In 'New Paris.' Very, Very Weird War

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 6:00am

Miéville's new novel is set in 1941 Paris, as occultists and philosophers attempt to fight the Nazi invaders with a surrealism bomb that accidentally unleashes hellish dreams onto the Paris streets.

'Star Wars' Actor Kenny Baker, Who Played R2-D2, Has Died

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 2:08pm

Best known for playing R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, a role where he was unseen, the actor was found Saturday morning by his nephew.

Not My Job: Katie Couric Gets Quizzed On Bad Interns

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 10:12am

Couric's impressive career in journalism started at a local radio station where she was hired as an intern by our very own Judge and Scorekeeper Emeritus Carl Kasell.

YA Author Wisdom: John Corey Whaley Talks Time Before He Came Out As Gay

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

John Corey Whaley is the author of the YA novels "Noggin" and "Highly Illogical Behavior. For our series "Next Chapter," he tells us about how he struggled with feeling isolated at college.

It's Electric: Novel Re-Creates Charged Rivalry Between Edison And Westinghouse

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 7:54am

In the 1880s, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over control of America's nascent electrical system. Graham Moore tells their story in The Last Days of Night.

In 'Harmony,' Women Are Mysteries, Men Are Open Books

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 6:00am

Carolyn Parkhurst's new novel is told entirely from female perspectives; a mother and two troubled daughters. But the book really revolves around what's going on in the head of one man.

An Alabama Booksmith Picks 3 Books To Read This Summer

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

Jake Reiss, owner of Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Ala., recommends James McBride's Kill 'Em and Leave, Don Keith's Mattie C.'s Boy and Joshua Hammer's The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu.

'Reigning Men' Traces 300 Years Of Men's Fashion At LACMA

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

"Reigning Men" is the name of an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that traces 300 years of men's fashions — from the trousers that became a defining symbol of the French Revolution to the latest from Savile Row.

From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:15pm

Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2015.

Robbers And Rangers Collide In 'Hell Or High Water'

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:15pm

Two masked robbers clean out small branches of a Texas bank in David Mackenzie's new neo-Western. Critic David Edelstein calls Hell or High Water a work of "broad scale and deep feeling."

Meryl Streep's Singer Has Delusions Of Adequacy In 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:00am

In her latest role, Streep plays a real-life laughingstock who fancied herself an opera singer.

Heating Up The Competition

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

Every answer contains an object that can be found in a kitchen. For example, to "Star of Legally Blonde who won an Academy Award for her role in Walk the Line," you'd say, "Reese WitherSPOON."

Ira Sachs And Jennifer Ehle: Stage And Screen Collide

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

To celebrate Ehle's two Tony wins and Sachs' cinephilia, we curated a challenge in which the worlds of stage and screen collide.

The Long And The Short Of It

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

In this game, contestants insert the letter 'E' into a common phrase to turn it into a completely different phrase.

Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

For Doré's special challenge, we read quotes from famous people, and she must guess if they're about Paris, or New York City.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

We took the Tears for Fears hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and rewrote it to be about power-hungry fictional characters and organizations.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Part Zwei

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

The German language has a lot of long, crazily specific words. We give contestants words and their definitions, and they have to figure out: are these real German words, or words we made up?

The New York Review Of Children's Books

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:57am

Contestants guess the piece of classic children's literature based on imagined hoity-toity reviews.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Steven Universe' And The Games We Play

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 5:00am

Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on a groundbreaking Cartoon Network series and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Hell Or High Water' Is A Smart, Substantive Heist Film

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Director David Mackenzie's film about two brothers who rob banks while being chased by Texas Rangers is small, solid and sharply-observed.

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