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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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How The Man In The Apartment Hit Big With 'The Woman In The Window'

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:25am

Take a pinch of Hitchcock, a bit of Gone Girl, stir in a mysterious author and you've got the recipe for something unusual: One of the rare debut novels to hit number one its first week on the market.

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In 'The Alienist,' Dakota Fanning Plays The NYPD's First Woman Hire

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:24am

Fanning says the struggles her character faced on the police force in 1896 are still relevant to women in the workplace today — though at least today's women aren't stuck in restrictive corsets.

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PHOTOS: To Brighten Dreary Winter Nights, A Festival Lights Up London

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:00am

Winters in London can be damp and dreary, and it gets dark early. The "Lumiere London" light festival features more than 50 outdoor installations by artists from Europe and North America.

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Denis Johnson Leaves Us With His Best In 'Largesse Of The Sea Maiden'

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:00am

Denis Johnson finished his first story collection in 25 years just before he died. The pieces in it are stunning, dark, sometimes as bleak as anything he's ever written — but miraculous to read.

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L.A. Coroner: Tom Petty's Death Was Due To An Accidental Overdose

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:30pm

Family members said they hoped that the cause of his death would spark discussion about the power and danger of the opioid drugs.

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Films At Sundance Reflect Vast Cultural Shifts Across The World

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:18pm

The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah, the first since the Harvey Weinstein story broke. This year's slate of films reflect vast cultural shifts across the country and the world.

Documentary Offers A Devastating Look At The Obama Administration's 'Final Year'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:25pm

Greg Barker's new film follows Obama's foreign policy team as they set about negotiating an arms deal in Iran, a climate accord in Paris and a response to refugee crises in Syria and parts of Africa.

Daniel Ellsberg Explains Why He Leaked The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:25pm

In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in the hope that they would help end the Vietnam War. His story is portrayed in the new film The Post. Originally broadcast Dec. 4, 2017.

Remembering Peabody Award-Winning Radio Artist Joe Frank

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:25pm

Frank, who died on Monday, created the radio drama series Work in Progress and was known for his intimate on-air monologues, sketches and interviews. Originally broadcast in 1989.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:00am

The gang takes a look at Amy Sherman-Palladino's award-winning comedy, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife-turned-comedian. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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