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Carl And Rob Reiner Leave Hand And Footprints In Concrete

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Father and son comedy legends Carl and Rob Reiner have their hand and footprints immortalized in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Comments about diversity in superhero comics made last week by a Marvel executive unleashed an online firestorm. But heroes who look more like the growing comics readership are here to stay.

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The British At 'Their Finest': How A Nation Kept Calm And Carried On

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Their Finest is a film within a film about making wartime movies in Britain. Bill Nighy stars as an aging matinee idol. Gemma Arterton plays a young copywriter — the script department's secret weapon.

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Family, Death And A Road Trip In 'Ashes To Asheville'

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Scott Simon talks with author Sarah Dooley about her book Ashes to Asheville. It's about sisters trying to fulfill their mother's dying wish to spread her ashes in the last place the family was happy.

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Rediscovering Surrealist Leonora Carrington's Delights And Disturbances

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

Carrington's complete short stories have just been published, along with a re-release of her wrenching memoir Down Below. She's one of many mid-20th century female writers now reaching new audiences.

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The Nuyorican Poets Café, A Cauldron for Poetry And Politics

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 3:01am

It embodies the belief that anyone can take the stage and interpret one of the most accessible art forms and "reveal poetry as a living art."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Nuyorican Poets Cafe)

A Body-Switching Teen Romance Anime Disaster Flick With 'Your Name.' On It

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 2:03pm

Your Name. was the most popular film in the world for the first two months of 2017. Now, the deeply resonant body-switching anime comes to the U.S.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Funimation Films)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'S-Town' and 'Chewing Gum'

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:28pm

On this week's show, we delve into the latest hit podcast, S-Town, and we breeze through the delightful sitcom Chewing Gum, imported from the UK and available on Netflix.

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Genre-Bending 'Colossal' Mixes Monster Metaphor With Romantic Comedy

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:16pm

Anne Hathaway plays a woman mysteriously linked to a monster in South Korea in her latest film. Critic David Edelstein says Colossal shows that "even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends."

Dalia Mogahed: How Does Speaking Up Change Minds?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

After 9/11, Dalia Mogahed saw an increase in negative perceptions of Muslims in the media, so she made it her job to speak up for her faith and fight prejudice with better understanding.

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Clint Smith: What Do We Risk If We Don't Speak Up?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral candidate at Harvard. As a high school English teacher, he taught his students the dangers of staying quiet and the importance of finding their voice.

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Adam Galinksy: What Drives Us To Speak Up?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

Social psychologist Adam Galinsky studies why it's so daunting to speak up — and what can help. He says the most powerful factor that compels us to take that risk is "moral conviction."

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James Hansen: What Makes A Scientist Take A Stand?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

When James Hansen spoke up about climate change in the 1980s, he risked the loss of his job and reputation. But, he says, it was worth it — because he could not be silent about something so important.

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Esra'a: Would You Speak Up ... Even If It's Dangerous?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

Esra'a is an activist who lives in Bahrain and identifies as queer — which puts her at great risk. Despite that, she's speaking out to build community and empathy within the LGBTQ community.

The Sci-Fi Strangeness (And Canadian Sensuality) Of Cartoonist Michael DeForge

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 6:00am

DeForge's new book Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero grew out of a collection of Tumblr strips. It follows a woman who flees into the Canadian forest to escape a family scandal and make a new life.

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'Going In Style' Is A Disappointingly Feeble Caper Comedy

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:00pm

This remake of a wry 1979 comedy about three retirees risking it all for a big score ditches the original's sense of urgency to focus instead on subplots and sentiment.

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Anne Hathaway As A 'Colossal' Trainwreck Who Wreaks Monster-Movie Havoc

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:00pm

A binge-drinking American woman unwittingly controls a monster that's destroying Seoul in this tone-deaf comedy; the film's lumbering attempts to subvert our rom-com expectations fall flat.

(Image credit: NEON films)

'Your Name' Goes There: Teens Switch Bodies In Charming, Dreamlike Romance

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Ella Taylor says this quirky love story "shimmers with the magic of a fairy tale" yet "has its feet firmly planted on the ground of Japan's past and present."

(Image credit: Funimation Films)

'Graduation': An Unflinching Look At Backroom Deals Made In Broad Daylight

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:00pm

A Romanian father descends into a world of bureaucratic corruption as he strives to give his daughter a better life. Critic Andrew Lapin admires the film's chilling, intimate storytelling.

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25 Years Ago, 'Barney' The Dinosaur First Appeared On TV Screens

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR marks the 25th anniversary of a bouncing, purple T-Rex with oddly regular teeth, and a theme song that delighted toddlers, but to this day puts thousands of parents on edge.

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