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Reading Between Worlds With Griffin And Sabine

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 6:00am

Nick Bantock returns to his epistolary lovers in a new volume, The Pharos Gate. In an age of instantaneous digital communication, Griffin and Sabine celebrate the pleasures of paper and ink.

Not My Job: Jazz Bassist Esperanza Spalding Gets Quizzed On Bases

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 10:28am

We've invited Spalding to answer questions about BASE jumping, second base and Ace of Base.

'Dear Evan Hansen' Musical Takes On Teen Behavior, Tangled In Social Media

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

A musical by Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul opens Saturday in New York. "Dear Evan Hansen" is a comedy-drama about social anxiety and teen suicide in the age of social media.

With Just Pencil And Paper, A Patient Found Escape Inside State Hospital No. 3

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

In 1970, a teenager found a hand-made album in a pile of trash. Inside were 283 extraordinary drawings made on mental hospital stationary. The Electric Pencil tells the artist's story.

This 'Jane' Is Eyre's Steely Sister

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:06am

Lyndsay Faye's new Jane Steele reimagines the classic Victorian heroine as a killer with a heart of gold, who refuses to settle for her historical lot and strikes out at men who try to abuse her.

Sound Sculptor Harry Bertoia Created Musical, Meditative Art

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 4:35am

Designer and sculptor Harry Bertoia spent the final decades of his life creating mesmerizing "sonambient" music out of big metal objects. An 11-CD collection of his recordings has just been reissued.

Nina Simone Biopic Criticized Over Casting And Skin Color

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 3:26pm

The new movie Nina has been fraught with problems. At one point director Cynthia Mort sued the film's production company, and lead actor Zoe Saldana was crucified on social media for darkening her skin to look more like Nina Simone. The affair portrayed in the movie reportedly never happened. Passions run high around Nina Simone, who was a gifted musician, civil rights icon and a complicated personality.

'It's Going To Trigger A Lot Of PTSD': Marathon Bombing Film Comes To Boston

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 3:26pm

Patriots Day begins filming in Boston on Tuesday. The movie has already stirred emotions, as some don't want the deadly drama playing out again in their backyards.

In 'Carol,' 2 Women Leap Into An Unlikely Love Affair

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and director Todd Haynes discuss their Oscar-nominated film based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. Originally broadcast Jan. 6, 2016.

How Heartbreak Helped Garry Shandling Find His Comedic Voice

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 1:01pm

The comic, who died Thursday, told Fresh Air that it took him years to develop a style — and then he got dumped. "That was really the beginning of the Garry Shandling dating years in stand-up."

Sing It Now: 'One-A-Penny, Two-A-Penny, Hot Cross Buns'

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 12:25pm

Many in the U.S. know this Easter treat mainly from song. But in the U.K. and many former British colonies (even the U.S.), they're big business.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Life-Changing Songs

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:33am

On this week's show, we talk through the Austin experience and air some stories of songs that made big differences in our lives.

NRA Rewrites Fairy Tales With More Firearms, Less Bloodshed

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 6:00am

The NRA is publishing a series of twists on classic tales — picture Gretel with a rifle in the witch's gingerbread house. The stories themselves are remarkably devoid of violence.

Why Sen. Patrick Leahy Takes Batman's Side

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 5:01am

The senator from Vermont has a cameo in Batman V. Superman playing a lawmaker in a congressional hearing on whether Superman is a tyrant or a hero. The Batman fan frequently trades D.C. for DC Comics.

'Batman V Superman"s Female Producer Working To Get More Women Behind Camera

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:04am

The new superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, opens Friday <>. Producer Deborah Snyder is in it for the long haul with Warner Brothers and DC Comics, working on Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Justice League, The Flash and Aquaman, as well.

Is Shakespeare's Skull Missing Or No?

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:04am

Archaeologist Kevin Colls says Shakespeare's skull is not in his grave. While this has been rumored for more than a century, not everyone agrees with Colls' conclusion.

Comedian Garry Shandling Dies At 66

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 6:20pm

Garry Shandling, the comedian and actor who starred in The Larry Sanders Show, died on Thursday at age 66.

Actor And Comedian Garry Shandling Dies At 66

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:45pm

Best known for his work on the pioneering cable television comedy series, The Larry Sanders Show, Shandling died following a "medical emergency," the Los Angeles Police Department said.

'Batman v Superman': Superheroes Adrift In A Grim Sea Of Studio Money

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man Of Steel shows little inventiveness or spirit, and smells suspiciously like a studio's attempt to chase a rival, rather than a project allowed to develop creatively.

'Born To Be Blue' Finds Truth In Inventive Riffs

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm

An intriguing and partly fictionalized portrait of jazz legend Chet Baker runs on an inventive structure and a strong central performance from Ethan Hawke.

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