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Commercial Break

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:37am

Jonathan Coulton alters classic TV theme songs to be about more recent series. Then New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum tells Ophira Eisenberg what it's like to get paid to watch TV.

Opening Credits

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 9:37am

Sit back and relax as we revisit "Spin-offs," a mash-up game featuring brilliant spin-off pitches for popular TV shows, and "You Call That An Ending?", a game examining questionable TV series finales.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halloween With Mallory Ortberg And Audie Cornish

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:00am

We bring you two Halloween-themed segments from our west coast tour: Mallory Ortberg joins us for a Halloween candy debate, and Audie Cornish sits down for our super-difficult Halloween quiz.

Art Star Ragnar Kjartansson Moves People To Tears, Over And Over

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:00am

The artist's repeating performance films can bring on a sort of catharsis, and people often cry after seeing a few cycles. "He's a huge deal," says one curator. "He's been ... rocking the art world."

'Washington Post' Reporter Explores How Pop Culture Influences Views Of Police

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:50pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, who has written a series for the paper about how Hollywood and pop culture has influenced the way the public perceives police.

'Gimme Danger': Finding Cool On The Brink Of Catastrophe

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:00pm

In Jim Jarmusch's jagged documentary, Iggy Pop reflects on the necessary recklessness that made The Stooges punk legends.

'Inferno' Stokes The Embers Of A Dying Franchise

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:00pm

After three adaptations, including The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the lively heresies of Dan Brown's bestselling thrillers have sunk into timid incoherence.

'Falsettos' Still Resonates In Changed Social Landscape

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:30pm

When Falsettos first premiered in 1981, this frank, funny musical about gay, Jewish life in New York City was covering new territory. Now a revival is in the works, but will it still feel resonant in an age where gay rights have become mainstream?

In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:04pm

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.

'Certain Dark Things' Is A Compelling New Take On Vampires

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:38am

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel is set in a realistic, multidimensional Mexico City, where a young human boy meets a mysterious girl and gets caught up in a whirlwind of vampire-gang drug wars.

Porridge, The Food That Built Empires, Stages A Savory Comeback

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:00am

Globally, this humble dish was one of the first ways humans learned to unlock the nutrition in grains. Now, chefs are embracing its sumptuous, delicious possibilities. And no, it's not just oatmeal.

'Good Girls Revolt' Takes On Gender Bias In The Newsroom

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:43am

Amazon's new series Good Girls Revolt, set in 1969, was inspired by a landmark gender bias case at Newsweek. Showrunners also hired women at every level of the cast and crew — a Hollywood rarity.

Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:12pm

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:07am

Good guys, bad guys, cops and intrigue — it's all part of the world of Latino noir fiction. Author Carmen Amato takes us on a tour of the genre.

What The Real Witches Of America Eat

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:00am

Nope. It's not eye of Newt and toe of frog. But food – and its connection to dead loved ones – does play a starring role in the major Pagan holiday Samhain, which coincides with Halloween.

I Shall Faint: 'Unmentionable' Unpacks Victorian Womanhood

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 6:00am

Therese Oneill's new Unmentionable is a snarkily informal history of the difficulty of being a woman in the Victorian Era, hemmed in from head to toe with countless rules about dress and manners.

Wayne Gretzky On Hockey History, Dreaming Big And Canadian Pride

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:37am

The ice hockey legend marks the 99th anniversary of the NHL with his new book 99: Stories of the Game. Never mind the sport's tough guy reputation; "the game of hockey is an art," Gretzky says.

We've Seen This Election Before, In Classic Movies

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:00pm

It's life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that's been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.

Book Review: 'Garden Time,' W.S. Merwin

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:23pm

Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, praises the most recent collection by W.S. Merwin called, Garden Time.

'From Tea Garden To Teapot': How Lipton Became An Empire

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00am

Lipton is ubiquitous these days, just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So you might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world.




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