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'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:03am

Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.

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Message From Documentary 'Citizenfour': Be Afraid (Of Surveillance)

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

Ken Turan reviews the documentary Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and his decision to leak information about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.

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A Tale Of Immigration Unleashed In 'Green Dragons' Film

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

The film Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on the true story of a Chinese-American gang in New York City that helped traffic unauthorized immigrants from China in the 1980s and '90s.

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An Admiring And Unflinching Look At 'Mr. Dynamite'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.

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'The Heart Machine' Finds Subtlety In The Perils Of Online Dating

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:03am

Zachary Wigon's debut feature explores what happens when a man suspects that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online, might be living in the same city.

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In 'Force Majeure,' Society Crumbles Under An Avalanche

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:03am

The wickedly funny Swedish black comedy follows a family after its patriarch makes a selfish, split-second decision in a time of crisis.

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'Life Of Riley,' Alain Resnais' Final Film, Bids A Sunny Adieu

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:03am

The film, set in a series of make-believe gardens, follows three couples after they receive devastating news about a mutual friend.

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'Citizenfour' Follows The Snowden Story Without (Much) Grandstanding

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:03am

Documentarian Laura Poitras found herself deep inside the story of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and his revelations about surveillance.

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You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:06pm

On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:22pm

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:22pm

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Accentuate The Positive

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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Very Confused TV Guide

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

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IQ Test

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

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Presidential Keywords

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

U.S. Presidents spend years in office, but their tenure is often remembered in the mind of the public by a singular moment or trait. Given a keyword, you tell us which President it describes.

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It's A Snap

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

This game has attitude — each answer is a word or phrase containing the word "snap." But extra coordination is required: substitute an actual *snap* of your fingers where it appears in the answer.

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Lake Street Dive: I Love The '90s

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

As children of the '90s, the band's members best a "Name That Tune" round of the era's radio hits by correcting Jonathan Coulton's slightly wrecked lyrics. Plus: a performance of "Bad Self Portraits."

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Lake Street Dive: My Beautiful Balloon

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

The soul-pop quartet behind Bad Self Portraits reveals its extraordinary talent of covering pop songs using, yes, party balloons. Can you guess the titles of these squeaky melodies?

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Celebrity Wedding Announcements

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:55am

How do you make a celebrity marriage work? We think it's all in the name. Imagine nuptials between two celebs whose paired surnames create a phrase: Keith Urban plus John Legend = Urban-Legend!

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