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With A Second 'Jack Reacher,' Tom Cruise Finally Exceeds His Grasp

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:00pm

After a five-year winning streak as Hollywood reigning action hero, Tom Cruise falls back to earth with a can't-miss sequel that misses.

'Blackacre': A Collection Of Poems About 'Searching And Being Buffeted'

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:19pm

Tess Taylor reviews the poetry collection Blackacre by Monica Youn.

'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:55pm

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Cult TV Fans Will Find 'Rocky Horror' And 'Black Mirror' Smart And Provocative

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:51pm

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox's remake of the classic '70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.

Save The Ruby Slippers: Smithsonian Seeks Funds To Preserve Dorothy's Shoes

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:15am

The National Museum of American History says it will cost $300,000 to protect the aging shoes from The Wizard of Oz. A Kickstarter campaign launched three days ago has already raised nearly $200,000.

In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:00am

Joe Ide's debut novel follows Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ around his Los Angeles neighborhood. IQ solves the crimes police won't touch — even when his clients can only pay him in chickens or tires.

'Frazzled' Takes Hilarious Look At The Ups and Downs Of Middle School

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

Author Booki Vivat takes a hilarious look at middle school in her debut novel, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. The book is full of Vivat's incredible doodles of Abbie Wu who thinks, "Nothing good happens in the Middles." We'll find out if she's doomed.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

A Fisherman And His Beautiful First Mate, On The Run In 'Girl From Venice'

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 6:00am

Martin Cruz Smith's new World War II thriller follows a Venetian fisherman who saves a Jewish girl from pursuing Nazis — a predictable scenario, but one that surprisingly never goes stale.

Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:23pm

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

'Mister Monkey' Speaks In Many Voices — All Of Them Grumpy

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 6:00am

Francine Prose takes a comparatively light comic turn in her new novel, about the disappointing lives of a group of people involved in an off-off-off-off-Broadway musical based on a children's book.

They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do: Christopher Guest Rallies His Team For 'Mascots'

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 4:35pm

Guest's latest mockumentary (about the secret lives of mascots) stars actors who have appeared in several of his films. "It's like having a great band of musicians together," he says.

How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:24pm

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

Decades After His Death, Max Beckmann Returns To New York

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:26am

On sunny December day in Manhattan, the great German painter had been on his way to an exhibit featuring his latest self-portrait when he died. Now, that painting is back in the city where he left it.

'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Emigration And A Mother's Love

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:26am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to author Mark Slouka's about his new memoir "Nobody's Son." It chronicles his family's life in 1940s Czechoslovakia, their emigration to Pennsylavnia, and his difficult relationship with his mother.

'It's Very Lonely': Kathleen Turner Stars As Joan Didion In 'Magical Thinking'

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:26am

Turner appears in a new production of The Year of Magical Thinking, based on Didion's 2005 memoir. In one year, Didion's daughter fell into a coma and her husband of 40 years had a fatal heart attack.

In 'Hag-Seed,' A Gentle Guide To Shakespeare's Stormy Island

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:00am

Margaret Atwood's retelling of The Tempest follows the exiled director of a Shakespeare festival, now reduced to putting on shows with convicts at an isolated rural prison.

High-Priced 'Pill Fashion' Causing Controversy

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 4:04pm

Italian fashion brand Moschino is causing controversy with its pill-themed 2017 collection. Randy Anderson of Eden House Recovery Services is pushing stores not to sell the clothing.

John Slattery Gushes About His Role In Revived Broadway Classic 'Front Page'

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 6:49am

John Slattery, best known for his role in Mad Men, plays Hildy Johnson in the new Broadway production of The Front Page. He tells NPR's Scott Simon "it's a fantastic part in a fantastic play."




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