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When Beliefs Fail Us, How Do We Move Forward?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:20am

Over the course of his life, many of Casey Gerald's core beliefs have failed him. He says he's learned that clear-eyed doubt can sometimes be better than belief.

Why Do Complex Systems Thrive on Trial And Error?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:20am

Economist Tim Harford identifies similar characteristics in successful industrial and economic systems. They work much better, he says, when they're constantly evolving through trial and error.

When A Project Fails, Should The Workers Get A Bonus?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:20am

Entrepreneur Astro Teller rewards colleagues when their ambitious projects fail. Teller says this helps people take risks so they can achieve their "moonshot" goals, like a balloon-powered internet.

Upcoming PBS 'Hamilton' Documentary Puts Us In the Room Where It Happens

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 6:00am

Linda Holmes' latest dispatch from the Television Critics Association meeting focuses on Hamilton's America, which combines history, performance and the making of the Broadway smash.

Movie Review: 'Jason Bourne,' A Thriller For Our Times

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:17am

In Jason Bourne, the latest in the secret agent series starring Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass presents a thriller relevant to today's world, says Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Stranger Things' And Onscreen Weddings

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:00am

The panel tackles the Netflix horror thriller Stranger Things before discussing favorite weddings from movies and TV. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy this week.

Stories In Stitches: Lessons From Political Convention Fashion

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 3:12am

Tried-and-true red, white and blue stood out these last two weeks of political convergence. Here are some looks that also tell a story about the parties and the people who sported them.

In 'Equity,' Wall Street's Glass Towers Have Glass Ceilings

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Anna Gunn plays a Manhattan investment banker determined to succeed, but powerful men — and slack film-making — let her down.

In 'Tallulah,' An Aimless Young Woman Stumbles Across A Purpose: Kidnapping

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

The plot's overstuffed, but whenever Ellen Page and Allison Janney share the screen, Tallulah finds its palpably human center.

'Indignation,' Based On Philp Roth's Autobiographical Novel, Marred By Miscasting

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Roth's mercurial 2008 coming-of-age novel gets a dutiful, sober-minded adaptation undercut by a miscast Logan Lerman in the film's lead role.

This Time Out, Matt Damon's Not Feeling The 'Bourne'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00pm

Jason Bourne is back — still, again, some more — in a new film critic Chris Klimek calls an "idea-starved vestigial tail" on the Bourne series.

Jack Davis, Cartoonist Who Helped Found 'Mad' Magazine, Dies

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:51pm

Money from a job illustrating a Coca-Cola training manual became a springboard for Jack Davis to move from Georgia to New York.

These Old-Timey Philly Candies Offer A Taste Of Politics Past

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:57pm

Clear toy candies are a centuries-old local tradition. With the Democratic convention in town, an old-school candy maker is peddling some with a political bent. Think lollipop meets Mount Rushmore.

'It's Not My Story': Baz Luhrmann On Collaborating To Make 'The Get Down'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:00am

Linda Holmes offers another update from the Television Critics Association meeting, this time on Luhrmann's hip-hop Netflix series The Get Down.

From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:00am

Movie heroes are fine. But let's be real — it's usually the bad guys we find most compelling.

Stars Hollow Intel: A Few New Beans Are Spilled On The 'Gilmore Girls' Return

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:12am

From the Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles, Linda Holmes reports on Netflix's upcoming Gilmore Girls reunion.

'You Will Know Me' Says No, You Won't

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

Megan Abbott's novel about a talented young gymnast and her mother starts with a mysterious death, but the real mysteries are the characters themselves: You never really know the people close to you.

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 7:04pm

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.

Black Leadership In The Age Of Obama: A Look Back

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:07pm

PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book's conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:43am

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.




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