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In 'Unlocking The Cage,' A Man Fights To Achieve Legal Rights For Animals

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Unlocking the Cage is the latest from filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Pennebaker made his name with the Bob Dylan documentary, Don't Look Back, and Monterey Pop. For some 40 years, he and Hegedus, his wife, have collaborated on award-winning films such as The War Room, about Bill Clinton's presidential campaign.

'Top Gear' Returns With New Hosts On BBC America

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 3:28pm

The massively popular BBC show, Top Gear, relaunches Monday on BBC America. Following the painfully public downfall of its former host, the new hosts have big gears to grind.

A Modern 'Roots' For An American Society Still 'Based On The Color Line'

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 4:12am

The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel Monday night. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story "to and for a new generation."

Parenting Pitfalls: Renegades, Privilege And Putting On The Boxing Gloves

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 4:14pm

Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting.

'Rolling The R's' Is A Story About Coming Of Age And Coming Out

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 4:14pm

Rolling the R's tells the stories of restless teenagers in the disco era in a gritty neighborhood in Hawaii. Author R. Zamora Linmark discusses the book's impact, 20 years after it first came out.

From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:38am

Beth Howland died on Wednesday at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:38am

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.

Adventurer Says 'Walking The Himalayas' Wasn't About 'Sticking Flags In Peaks'

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:38am

Levison Wood, who previously walked the length of the Nile River, has now trekked 1,700 miles, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, along the Himalayan mountain range.

Lonely 'Hope' Appears, But Is Quickly Forgotten

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:00am

Claire North's moving new novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope centers on a young woman who cannot be remembered; only animals or people with brain damage can recall their interactions with her.

Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 4:24pm

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.

Not My Job: We Quiz Craig Fugate, Head Of FEMA, On Zima

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:18am

This week we've invited Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the show. (So if a giant asteroid crashes into Earth while he plays our quiz, you're on your own.)

From Alaska To The Himalayas, 'Voyager' Embarks On Self-Discovery

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:03am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Russell Banks about his new book, "Voyager." It's a collection of travel writing that also reads like a memoir.

'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:00am

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do.

Military Veterans Take On Zombies In 'Range 15'

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:31pm

Range 15 is a new zombie movie made by war veterans for veterans. It's a dark comedy with a cast that includes Medal of Honor recipients, amputees and William Shatner.

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:14pm

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.

Taylor Swift, Aryan Goddess?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:26am

Haters (of a multicultural society) gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Meanwhile, Swift will continue to bask in her utterly unremarkable whiteness.

Check Out These Musicians Who Literally Play With Their Food

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am

It turns out beans aren't the only musical fruit. The London Vegetable Orchestra is one of many musical acts that use all sorts of fruit and veg to produce sweet (and savory) sounds.

Competitive Men Are At Sea In 'Chevalier'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Athina Rachel Tsangari's black comedy about men who undertake a petty but brutal competition while aboard a yacht together may or may not be a political allegory.

'X-Men' Issues: Hiding Oscar Isaac Is Only The Beginning

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

The latest period installment of the mutant franchise gets the gang back together, but the time machine seems to be running out of juice.

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