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'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:04am

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on TV this spring.

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'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:49am

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.

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Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:49am

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:51pm

For the first time, two black dancers will star in a major American production of Swan Lake. NPR's Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it has been so hard for ballet to diversify.

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'The Sisterhood Of Night' Wonders What These Girls Are Up To

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Ella Taylor says this heartfelt first feature appears at the beginning to be trafficking in cliches about teenage girls, but it ultimately asks questions about secrecy and the growth of public fear.

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Bloody Yet Unsatisfying, 'Kill Me Three Times' Disappoints But Once

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Andrew Lapin says the bloody Australian black comedy wants to be a genre caper, but can't quite hit the right notes.

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Women Ascend With Uncertainty In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

The drama from director Oliver Assayas is the rare work that can hold opposite ideas in tension, refuse to fully resolve them, and be entirely satisfying nonetheless, says Tomas Hachard.

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Listening To The Ho-Hum Of The Machine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Mark Jenkins says the new artificial intelligence film Ex Machina is diverting, but ultimately comes to a predictable and unsatisfying conclusion.

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Small Batch Edition: 'Wolf Hall' On PBS

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:51pm

PCHH pal and book enthusiast Barrie Hardymon joins us to talk Tudors, historical fiction, and expressive eyebrow acting.

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Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:50pm

Chinese novels have dwelt mainly on the past and present. Liu Cixin is starting to change that. His science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos, and offers commentary on current events.

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Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:26pm

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.

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Historical Figure, Sci-Fi Villain, or Tech Start-up?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:46am

This, That or the Other

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'The Only Words' Remembers Love And Science After The Apocalypse

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:03am

Jeffrey Rotter's new novel follows a young man searching for connection in a post-apocalyptic America. Critic Jason Heller calls it a "humbling monument to the sorrow, and the power, of loneliness."

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Renata Adler, Taking A Buzzsaw To The 'Tall Timber'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:03am

This new volume collects some of the uncompromising writer's greatest hits, from her coverage of the march on Selma to Monica Lewinsky, and of course her famous takedown of film critic Pauline Kael.

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'The Only Words' Remembers Love And Science After The Apocalypse

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:00am

Jeffrey Rotter's new novel follows a young man searching for connection in a post-apocalyptic America. Critic Jason Heller calls it a "humbling monument to the sorrow, and the power, of loneliness."

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Renata Adler, Taking A Buzzsaw To The 'Tall Timber'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:00am

This new volume collects some of the uncompromising writer's greatest hits, from her coverage of the march on Selma to Monica Lewinsky, and of course her famous takedown of film critic Pauline Kael.

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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:28am

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:26am

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

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Grandparent Movie Database

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:20pm

If grandparents ran IMDB, descriptions would sound like this: "He's that one in the Grabbed movies? He has a particular set of skills." Can you guess the actors by their slightly confused bios?

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Family Guy's Alex Borstein On Her Voice, Fans And New Gig On HBO

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:19pm

The Family Guy star explains the origins of Lois Griffin's voice, and discusses her new HBO show Getting On.

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