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At 70, Sally Field Navigates Aging In The Spotlight

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 7:39am

The actress' latest role in "Hello, My Name is Doris" hits close to home: "The story really is a coming of age — of a woman of age." As for Fields, she welcomes the stages of old age with openness.

Art Of Breakups: Museum Enshrines Relics Of Relationships Past

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:25am

The museum is located Los Angeles and will be home to memorabilia from persons overcoming all types of broken relationships.

'Charlie Chan:' An Imaginary Cartoonist Draws A Very Real Homeland

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 6:00am

Charlie Chan Hock Chye is one of Singapore's great unsung cartoonists. He's also imaginary — the virtuosic invention of comic artist Sonny Liew, who's created a realistic mix of comics and history.

'1984' On Stage: Big Brother Is Still Watching You

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 3:52am

An award-winning London stage adaptation of 1984 has just transferred to the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. The actors say Orwell's dystopian novel remains ominously relevant today.

Author Pat Conroy Dies At 70

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:20pm

The best-selling author was known for novels such as The Great Santini and The Prince Of Tides. He had announced last month that he had pancreatic cancer.

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin On Playing A Rabbit Cop In 'Zootopia'

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 4:23pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Ginnifer Goodwin, who voiced main character Officer Judy Hopps, in the Disney animated film, Zootopia, about a world where animals live in perfect harmony.

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Challenges Stereotypes One Song At A Time

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 2:54pm

The show follows a woman who dreams of getting back together with her summer camp boyfriend. Co-creator Rachel Bloom says it's about "deconstructing people and finding the truth beneath tropes."

In Richard Price's 'The Whites', Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:48pm

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.

Tina Fey's War-Zone 'Foxtrot' Falls Out Of Step

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:48pm

Fey plays a neophyte reporter charged with covering the Afghanistan occupation in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Critic David Edestein says the film isn't bad, so much as "shapeless and blandly apolitical."

Saving The President's Bacon Again In 'London Has Fallen'

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:30am

Gerard Butler once again rushes to the aid of the commander-in-chief in what critic Chris Klimek calls "a slow-release capsule of apocalyptic dread."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Fond Farewell To 'Downton Abbey'

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:26am

Barrie Hardymon and Audie Cornish sit in for a chat about saying farewell to the Crawleys, and about the general pleasures and challenges of entertainment that lives in the past.

'Zootopia': A Nimble Tale Of Animal Instincts And Smart Bunnies

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:00am

Disney's latest talking-animal picture is a surprisingly deft film about prejudice and divisiveness that manages to avoid the heaviness that delivering a message can bring about.

'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Can't Quite Find Its Footing

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 10:00am

Tina Fey stars as a war reporter in a film that struggles to attain a complicated tonal balance between comedy and commentary that it can't quite manage.

The Ordinary World Shares Space With Ghosts, Spirits And 'Splendor'

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 9:30am

Cemetery Of Splendor, the latest from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, beautiful imagery accompanies a story of believers and the healing of mysteriously sleeping soldiers.

More Literary Whispers And Another Quest In Malick's 'Knight'

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 9:30am

Enigmatic writer-director Terrence Malick returns with Knight Of Cups, which bears a strong resemblance to his last two films, Tree Of Life and To The Wonder.

'Zootopia' Makes A Pitch For A More Paw-fect Union Without Being Preachy

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 9:00am

Zootopia exists in a world where lions and lambs get along just fine. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it avoids being a lecture and ends up one of the more amusing kid flicks out there.

Why Did Humans Become The Most Successful Species On Earth?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 7:24am

Historian Yuval Harari explains how human imagination powered the growth and spread of homo sapiens around the world.

What Makes An Idea Go Viral?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 7:24am

Entrepreneur and blogger Seth Godin describes how the marketing of ideas has changed since the invention of sliced bread, as well as the type of ideas that stick in consumer's minds.

C Is For 'Condemned': A Nun Looks Back On 47 Years Of Unholy Filmmaking

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 4:01pm

A new Turner Classic Movies series honors films that were deemed salacious, immoral or downright lewd by the Catholic Legion of Decency. Condemned is hosted by respected critic Sister Rose Pacatte.

Some Artists Are Seeing Red Over A New 'Black'

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 3:23pm

It's not a paint or a pigment. It's not even really black. But the "material" known as Vantablack is causing a stir after renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor bought exclusive rights to use it in art.




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