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Targeted To Teens, A German Play About ISIS Stokes Fear, Teaching Opportunities

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 7:38am

A play based on the experiences of one of the few journalists to have reported from behind ISIS lines is causing controversy. Critics are wary of how students will receive the sensitive themes.

Do 'Hipster Cooking Gadgets' Spoil Comfort Of Cooking?

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 7:38am

Keith Blanchard wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled "Why Hipster Cooking Gizmos Are Killing Cooking." He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about why they bother him so much.

Actor Ron Glass Dies At Age 71

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 7:38am

Actor Ron Glass died Friday evening. He was 71. In a career spanning more than four decades, Glass is best remembered for his role as detective Ron Harris on the sitcom "Barney Miller."

Long Unseen By Readers, H.G. Wells Ghost Story Finally Debuts In Print

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 6:19am

The Strand Magazine is publishing the story, which languished unread for decades. The magazine's managing editor says it was Wells' "indecipherable" handwriting that gave the story away.

'Belle' Of The Big Screen: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Stays Busy In Film

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 4:20pm

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw made an impression two years ago with her starring role in Belle. Now, she discusses her new movie Miss Sloane.

Thanksgiving Weekend Ushers In A Feast Of Films

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 4:09pm

Kristen Page-Kirby, columnist for the Washington Post Express, shares her recommendations for movies to watch over Thanksgiving weekend — both in the theaters and on the small screen.

'Confessions Of A Cuban Boy' Author Taks Life As A Cuban Refugee

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 8:06am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Yale history professor Carlos Eire about living in the United States as a Cuban refugee. Eire is the author of "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy."

100 Years After Jack London's Death, Hearing His Call

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 6:00am

Jack London died 100 years ago this week, worn out from drink, disease and overwork — but he left behind a prolific body of work that considers the vast scope of human experience and suffering.

Barry Williams Remembers His TV Mom, 'Brady Bunch' Star Florence Henderson

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:32pm

Florence Henderson, who played the matriarch on The Brady Bunch, has died at the age of 82. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Barry Williams, who played the part of the eldest Brady child, Greg.

In 'Lion,' A Man Uses Google Earth To Search For His Family

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Lion, a dramatic true story starring Dev Patel as a man who uses Google Earth to search for his family.

The Favorite Drink Of Italian Grandpas Gets An American Revival

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:26am

Amaro is considered "grandpa's drink" and a digestive aid in its native Italy, but not stateside, where this centuries-old, bittersweet liqueur has become popular on cocktail menus.

As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces 'Endangered' List

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 9:53am

Two years ago, UNESCO gave Venice and Italy a deadline to figure out a way to manage the harmful effects of tourism or risk being placed on a World Heritage in Danger list. The deadline has passed.

Bah, Humbug — Why Are Most Christmas TV Specials So Bad?

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:42am

How the Grinch Stole Christmas airs tonight — and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It's one of a rare few watchable Christmas specials. Why is it so hard to make a good Christmas special?

'Gilmore Girls' Returns On Netflix, Just In Time For A Holiday Binge

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:52am

Gilmore Girls was a much-loved series that returns to the small screen after almost a decade. Most of the cast is returning, including the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Fans are ecstatic.

Matisse And Diebenkorn 'Meet' At Last, At The Baltimore Museum Of Art

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:52am

Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn never met in real life, but a new exhibit feels like a conversation between the two artists. Across decades and continents, Matisse influenced Deibenkorn's work.

'Mifune' Can't Quite Capture A Screen Legend

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:00pm

Critic Mark Jenkins says a new documentary focused on Toshiro Mifune's relationship with director Akira Kurosawa could have used a bit more verve and a few more voices.

Holiday Movie Preview: Lightsabers, Musicals And Jackie

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the would-be awards contenders and blockbusters Hollywood will be opening as the rest of us open presents.

TV Chef Alton Brown Shares Tips On The Science Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

There are tons of tips on how to cook that Thanksgiving dinner, many of them rooted in science. Alton Brown, the showman of food TV, runs through why we stuff the turkey after it's cooked, why gravy should be kept in a thermos, and why canned cranberries are the devil.

Plymouth Plantation Museum Showcases Music Of Pilgrims And Native Americans

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

The first Thanksgiving most likely took place in 1621 at Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum, recently showcased the spiritual music of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.

Encore: For 100 Years, Celery And Olives Were Thanksgiving Mainstays

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Celery and olives were two mainstays of the Thanksgiving table for about 100 years, starting in the late 1800s. Hilary Sargent wrote about this tradition for Boston.com and spoke with us about it in 2014. On this holiday, we revisit that conversation. This story originally aired on Nov. 27, 2014 on All Things Considered.

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