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Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 7:02am

Laleh Khadivi's new novel traces the path of a young Muslim man in California, the son of strict Iranian immigrant parents, from his first bong hit at age 14 to his eventual radicalization.

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We Have Always Been Bored — 'Yawn' Wonders Why

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.

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Worms Land A Great Job Working With Gorgeous Indian Textiles

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

After the craftspeople of Ajrakphur dye fabrics with a traditional block printing method, there's a lot of toxic waste water. Enter the earthworms.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:36pm

The late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat broke a few records at Sotheby's Thursday night when one of his works sold for $110.5 million dollars to a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector.

Danish Filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg Gets Deeply Personal In 'The Commune'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:36pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Commune, a Danish drama about a living arrangement that doesn't turn out the way its organizers expected.

A Salute To 30 Years Of 'The Simpsons'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:06pm

We listen back to interviews with some of the show's cast members and writer-producers, plus its music composer. Among those featured: creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart.

'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:06pm

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.

PHOTOS: When The Hindenburg Was The Height Of Luxe In-Flight Dining

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:05am

Before it became a byword for disaster, the hydrogen-powered airship heralded an era of fine dining in the skies — with an all-electric kitchen, a cocktail lounge, wine cellar and multi-course meals.

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From The Big Top Into The Big World: A Ringling Ringmaster's Final Bow

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:18am

Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African-American ringmaster of "The Greatest Show on Earth," helms the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its last performance this Sunday.

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At $110.5 Million, Basquiat Painting Becomes Priceist Work Ever Sold By A U.S. Artist

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 8:59am

With the sale Thursday night in New York City, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 untitled painting is also said to be the sixth-most expensive work sold in world history.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Master Of None' And 'Snatched'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:00am

On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.

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This Week In Race: Dave Says Sorry, Coin Controversy, Health Hazards Of Segregation

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:01am

Has there ever been such a week?

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In 'The Commune,' Where We Live Is Who We Are

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune isn't really about the entire group that grows up around a 1970s Copenhagen family. It's about the family itself, and how the way we live defines us.

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'Alien: Covenant' Continues To Mine Old Ground

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00pm

While Alien: Covenant is better than Prometheus, the last franchise entry, it still lacks the basic elements that made Alien and Aliens so widely admired.

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Bryan Cranston Hides And Watches In 'Wakefield'

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00pm

Bryan Cranston plays a man who settles in to spy on his own family in Wakefield, a story with roots going all the way back to Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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'Abacus': The Small Chinatown Bank That Paid A High Price

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00pm

In Abacus: Too Small To Jail, Steve James, who made Hoop Dreams, tells the story of a very small bank that really was prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

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The Device Of Illness Disappoints In 'Everything, Everything'

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00pm

Based on Nicola Yoon's YA novel, Everything, Everything has some of the ingredients it needs to be satisfying, but the way it uses illness only as a plot device makes that satisfaction elusive.

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Correction: What Is The Shell In The 'Birth Of Venus' Painting?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

NPR offers a correction to a piece earlier in the week in which we referred to the mollusk in the famous "Birth of Venus" painting by Botticelli as a clam shell.

Death Of Chris Cornell, Front Man Of Soundgarden, Ruled A Suicide

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

Chris Cornell, one of the pioneers of grunge rock, has died at age 52. Cornell was known as a member of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.

Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16pm

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.

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