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Parents Just Don't Understand

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Contestants must guess movies based on a real description of their risque content.

Tank And The Bangas: Tiny Desks And Disney Musicals

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas tell us why they almost didn't apply for the NPR music competition. Plus, they throw down on Disney tunes, and play a few of their own!

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Remembering 'Jesus' Son,' From Denis Johnson

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:53am

On the occasion of the death of writer Denis Johnson, we share a 2007 reflection on Johnson's book Jesus' Son, from novelist Nathan Englander.

(Image credit: Cindy Johnson/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:32am

Édouard Louis' autobiographical novel is the story of a young man coming of age in a downtrodden French village. Critic John Powers calls it a "bulletin from the enraged heart of Le Pen country."

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Trying To Wring Entertainment Out Of A Quagmire In 'War Machine'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:08am

War Machine, a Netflix production based on a book about the drawn-out U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, suffers from a one-note Brad Pitt performance and a frustrating lack of focus.

(Image credit: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Youthful Protest Gets Serious In 'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:07am

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower tells the story of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong in 2014. Led by then-teenager Joshua Wong, it ended with a pizza party, but provoked plenty of response.

(Image credit: Netflix)

Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:56am

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

(Image credit: Cindy Johnson/ Courtesy of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Alien: Covenant' And 'Veep'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:22am

Alien fan Chris Klimek joins us to talk about the newest entry in the decades-old franchise, and we check in with the fast-talking, faster-swearing people of HBO's Veep.

(Image credit: Mark Rogers/Twentieth Century Fox)

Larissa MacFarquhar: How Far Would You Go To Help Others?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:11am

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

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Peter Singer: How Can We Be More Effective Altruists?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:11am

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

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Cheryl Steed: Can Altruism Be Learned?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:10am

At the prison where Cheryl Steed works, certain inmates are chosen to be caregivers for elderly inmates. The program has made her wonder — can altruism be learned?

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Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:10am

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

A Return To Visit Old Friends In 'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:52am

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios catches up with the musicians who came to prominence with a 1997 album and a 1999 documentary. It's not an entirely satisfying sequel, but you can sure dance to it.

(Image credit: Dragan Tasic/Broad Green Pictures)

Yo-Ho-Hum: Johnny Depp Returns For More 'Pirates'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:40am

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is almost definitely the best fourth sequel ever made to a movie based on a 50-year-old theme park ride.

(Image credit: Peter Mountain/Walt Disney Pictures)

In Southern India, The Spirit Of Ramadan Is Served In A Bowl Of Porridge

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am

To break the fast at sunset, mosques distribute nombu kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, to worshipers and the poor. The meal epitomizes the Muslim holy month's spirit of giving.

(Image credit: Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)

'Our Film Is Funny Until It's Not': Brad Pitt On The Darkly Comic 'War Machine'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:48am

Pitt plays a semi-clueless four-star general charged with overseeing the war effort in Afghanistan. He says the film uses comedy to lure viewers in, then shows them some harsh realities.

(Image credit: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

This Week In Race: Jesuits Give Back, Serena's New Gig, Latino Grads Hat Up

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:01am

All sorts of people coming and going this week — out of Chicago, out of college, but not to the U.S.

(Image credit: Aaron Favila/AP)

Iraqi Refugee Empowers Youth To Share Their Stories With 'Narratio'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:13pm

After Ahmed Badr and his family fled the Iraq War, he used writing to grapple with his experience as a refugee in the U.S. He founded the website Narratio so other youth could share their stories.

(Image credit: Ariel Edelman)

Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:13pm

For over 35 years, the all-female Shonen Knife has been serving up catchy punk titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't mistake them for bubblegum pop. These ladies are legit.

(Image credit: Ariel Zambelich/NPR)

A One-Night Stand Takes A Disturbing Turn In 'Berlin Syndrome'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 3:00pm

In Cate Shortland's new film, an Australian woman traveling abroad becomes the captive of a mysterious stranger. Critic Justin Chang says Berlin Syndrome is a gripping character study.

(Image credit: Entertainment One)

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