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Prolific Science Fiction And Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 6:23pm

Author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at age 88. She was a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy who brought feminism into her work and raised the genres into literature.

25 Years After The Tanks, Tear Gas And Flames, 'Waco' Returns To TV

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:21pm

The story of the standoff between federal agents and a fringe religious group called the Branch Davidians — suspected of stockpiling weapons — is now being retold in a six-part miniseries.

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Ursula K. Le Guin, Whose Novels Plucked Truth From High Fantasy, Dies At 88

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:41pm

The author, best known for works such as the Earthsea series and The Left Hand of Darkness, used her fantastic realms to grapple with difficult themes. She leaves a legacy as a literary trailblazer.

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Breaking Down The 2018 Oscar Nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:18pm

The Oscar Nominations have arrived. NPR's Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello discuss the whys and wherefores behind both surprises and snubs from this year's contenders.

Oscar Awards Debut New Rules To Avoid Another Envelope Mix-up

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:07pm

Last year's historic Best Picture debacle prompted the accounting firm responsible for the security of envelopes to come up with new failsafes. Most important: Stop tweeting and put away that phone.

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China Seizes Publisher Of Banned Books Again — Just Months After Releasing Him

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:55pm

Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong-based bookseller with Swedish citizenship, was on a train to Beijing for medical treatment when police detained him. Now, Swedish authorities are demanding answers.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Phantom Thread' Focuses On Fashion's 'Most Obsessive'

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:55pm

Paul Thomas Anderson's new film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned fashion designer. Phantom Thread landed six Oscar nominations, but Anderson says making sewing look dramatic wasn't easy.

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'Shape Of Water,' 'Dunkirk' And 'Three Billboards' Lead Oscar Nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:36am

This year's Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning. The Shape Of Water swam away with 13 nominations, nudging out Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Dunkirk.

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WATCH: 2018 Oscar Nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:00am

This year's Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning via live stream.

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The Far Out History Of How Hippie Food Spread Across America

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:00am

Finding granola, hummus, organic produce and whole grains is easy now, but it wasn't always. Jonathan Kauffman's new book, Hippie Food, explores the people and places that expanded America's palate.

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'The Friend' Is No Shaggy Dog Story

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 6:01am

Sigrid Nunez's new novel follows a woman mourning the suicide of a close friend, mentor and fellow writer — and the upheaval after she reluctantly takes in his huge, bereft (and smelly) Great Dane.

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Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 8:00pm

We've all experienced miscommunications. Their consequences can range from hilarious... to disastrous. The actor Alan Alda — yes, that Alan Alda — wants to help us avoid them.

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These Movies Once Had Oscar Buzz But Lost It

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:20pm

The Oscar nominations come out tomorrow — and there are plenty of movies that won't make the cut. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with entertainment reporter Joe Reid about 2017's top movies that once had Oscar buzz but lost it.

Why TSA Officers Are Happy About The 'Get Out' Oscar Nomination

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:20pm

The hit film Get Out may be the first horror film to get a Best Picture Oscar nomination since The Silence of the Lambs. A TSA officer plays a prominent --and positive — role in the movie. After years of being mocked, real TSA agents are delighted.

'How Democracies Die' Authors Say Trump Is A Symptom Of 'Deeper Problems'

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:25pm

Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble.

'The Perfect Nanny' Is The Working Mother's Murderous Nightmare

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:31am

Leila Slimani's taut new novel centers on a nanny who kills her two young charges. Critic Maureen Corrigan says despite its retrograde message, The Perfect Nanny is a guilty pleasure.

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Ten Years After The Rising, 'Iron Gold' Asks: What Now?

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:00am

Pierce Brown's rip-roaring Romans-in-space series Red Rising seemed to come to a triumphant end with last year's Morning Star. But what was the cost of that triumph, and where will it lead?

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With A Show Of Hands, Filipino-American Chefs Rekindle Kamayan Feasts

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 7:00am

Kamayan is the traditional Filipino way of eating — without utensils. But it's also a generous shared meal of time-honored colorful foods that creates camaraderie. And it's catching on in the U.S.

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Not My Job: TV Weatherman Al Roker Gets Quizzed On Coldplay

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:30am

The Today show anchor answers three questions about the hit-making British band that was founded 20 years ago.

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Crime Is Down In American Cities, And 'Uneasy Peace' Explains Why

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:29am

Contrary to what you might see on TV, homicide, assault and rapes have decreased in big cities since the 1970s. Patrick Sharkey attributes the change, in part, to something that happened in the '90s.

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