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Times Have Changed; What Should We Call 'Old People' ?

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

NPR's Ina Jaffe talks with Scott Simon about the struggle to find the right words to describe older people. Longevity and lifestyles have changed and the language hasn't kept up.

A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.

Weekend Edition's Scott Simon Will Take A Leave Of Absence

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

Scott Simon announces a leave of absence to collaborate on a book with Tony Bennett.

Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:25am

In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.

Profane And Pornographic, Irvine Welsh's Latest Plumbs A New Kind Of Emptiness

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 6:00am

A Decent Ride brings back many of Welsh's beloved characters with their ribald humor and Scottish vernacular, but now they must address a new challenge: aging.

'Theeb' Looks At Middle East History Through The Eyes Of A Bedouin Boy

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 4:31pm

The Oscar-nominated film is set in 1916 Saudi Arabia, a pivotal time in the region. Director Naji Abu Nowar says he wanted to explore "how strange and surreal it must have been" for the Bedouins.

In 'Rams,' Two Icelandic Brothers Tend Troubles Of Flock And Family

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 3:47pm

Gummi and Kiddi are two sheep-herding brothers who've spent a lifetime butting heads near the top of the world. When a disease threatens their flocks, they must overcome decades of estrangement.

As Presidential Primaries Begin, Late Night TV Boosts Political Satire

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 3:22pm

Larry David will host Saturday Night Live this weekend, and viewers can expect his impression of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. NPR looks at late night's take on the campaign.

Small Batch: How To Eat The Super Bowl

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 3:05pm

Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins us for a talk about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?

Beer And Snack Pairings: A Super Bowl Game Everyone Can Win

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:50pm

Which beer goes with guacamole? How can a brew complement spicy wings? Two craft beer experts share their favorite pairings and help us take our Super Bowl snack game to the next level.

Roundup: Here's What People Are Saying About Barbie's Diversity Makeover

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:25pm

Mattel is rethinking how the Barbie brand could represent women of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are buying it. Others, not so much.

Gone Mot: The French Uproar Over Removing Some Circumflex Accents

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:04pm

Publishers in France are altering the spellings of around 2,400 words in textbooks and will drop the hat-shaped circumflex accent in some cases. That's causing outrage.

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:53pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

'The Club': A Gathering Of Men In Exile

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 9:00am

Chile's selection for the Oscar for foreign language film is admirable but arduous, following a story of defrocked priests living in a house together.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Grease,' TV Musicals

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 9:00am

It's a show full of good tunes as we visit with the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and take a tour of the recent spate of televised live musicals (with more to come).

Confronting Loss While Scaling 'The High Mountains Of Portugal'

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 6:00am

Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi, conjures up three stories grounded in grief and magical realism in his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal.

'Hail, Caesar!' Will Make You Miss Movies With Exclamation Points

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:00pm

The 17th film from the Coen Brothers stars George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and lots more in a rollicking tale of old Hollywood.

The Romance Of Writing And The Beauty Of Maine On Full Display

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:00pm

Tumbledown, a romantic drama starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis, follows a woman whose fierce efforts to defend her late husband's memory lead to co-writing his biography.

After 40 Long Years, A Cold Winter For Estranged Brothers

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:00pm

Rams, an Icelandic film that follows two feuding brothers through a crisis and a long winter, is an intense and tender tone piece that conveys deep and bitter loneliness.

These 'Zombies' Make An Austen Update Even The Undead Can't Revive

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:00pm

Despite the success of the book Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, the adapted film does little to successfully marry the Jane Austen classic with anything interestingly scary.

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