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Fresh Air Remembers Oscar Award-Winning Actor Martin Landau

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:58pm

Landau, who died Saturday, appeared in the films Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ed Wood, as well as in the 1960s TV series Mission Impossible. Originally broadcast in 1990.

2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:58pm

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.

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The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating a 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:00am

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

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In 'Fetch,' A Memorial To A Beloved Dog Raises Hard Questions

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:00am

Do you deserve your pets? Do you deserve the people in your life? In her new graphic memoir, Nicole Georges suggests the two questions are closely related — and you may not like the answers.

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'Dunkirk' Director Christopher Nolan: 'We Really Try To Put You On That Beach'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:03am

Nolan's latest film marks the first time he has tackled a true story: the heroic evacuation of British troops by civilians in small boats at the beginning of World War II.

(Image credit: Melinda Sue Gordon/ Warner Bros.)

'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:39pm

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.

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Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:16pm

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

(Image credit: Copyright 2017 by The Maurice Sendak Foundation)

Hip-Hop Radio DJs Stretch And Bobbito Return To The Airwaves With NPR Podcast

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York hip-hop radio DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia about their upcoming NPR podcast called "What's Good with Stretch and Bobbito."

Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:13pm

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

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Dave Chappelle On Comedy And Politics In The Age Of President Trump

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:28am

Preparing for a month-long residency at Radio City Music Hall, Chappelle talks about growing up in D.C. and his decision to host the first SNL after the presidential election.

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We All Live In The Dark, But Some Of Us Live In 'The Dark Dark'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 6:00am

Samantha Hunt's new story collection dissects the unique strangeness of women's lives, mixing eerie fantasy with solid literary sensibility and a knack for strange and lovely set pieces.

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London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:52pm

In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

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Step Inside A Movie Projection Booth To See What's Changed Since Film

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:28pm

Before digital projectors in movie theaters, projectionists had to quickly move from one film reel to the next. NPR takes a look at what's changed since the days of film as part of our series, "Backstage Pass."

It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:21pm

Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

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'Film' And 'Notfilm' Showcase The Collaboration Of Buster Keaton And Samuel Beckett

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:27pm

Beckett wrote the screenplay for only one film, a 1965 silent short starring Keaton. Film has recently been re-released, along with a documentary called Notfilm. Critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review.

Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:27pm

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.

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Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:25am

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art can only display a fraction of its collection at any given time. Now, you can text a word or emoji and the museum will send back a corresponding work of art.

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England Unveils New 10-Pound Note Featuring Jane Austen

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:18am

The note, which will enter circulation in September, was revealed on the 200th anniversary of Austen's death.

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'Arbitrary Stupid Goal' Is Neither Arbitrary Nor Stupid

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 9:00am

Tamara Shopsin's quirky, lively memoir of her unconventional Greenwich Village childhood is packed with vivid details about the cast of characters who populated her parents' corner store-turned-diner.

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Taut Spy Action Takes Place Over Tea 'At The Table Of Wolves'

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 6:00am

Kay Kenyon's new thriller is set in an alternate-history version of World War II, where the traumas of the previous war caused a bloom of psychic talents — talents the Nazis want to exploit.

(Image credit: Saga Press)

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