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Batmobile Creator George Barris Dies At 89

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

George Barris, who created the Batmobile through his work customizing cars, has died.

'Destiny And Power' Reveals Elder Bush's Criticism Of His Son's Administration

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jon Meacham about his biography of George H.W. Bush, which includes the elder Bush's criticism of his son's administration when it came to the second war in Iraq.

The Sounds Of James Bond, From The Editors Who Created Them

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg won the Oscar for their sound work on Skyfall. Now they're back with the new James Bond movie, Spectre. NPR's Becky Sullivan talks to the pair about just what a sound editor does.

Bryan Cranston Becomes Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo In New Biopic

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

Cranston used tapes of the writer to study his speech patterns and smoking habit. Then he put on glasses and a mustache, and he says, "I [started] to see that man." His new film is called Trumbo.

All-Star 'Spotlight' Cast Creates A Riveting Movie About Investigative Journalism

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

A new film chronicles the real-life team of reporters who exposed a network of pedophile priests and Church enablers in Boston. Critic David Edelstein calls Spotlight a brilliant work.

Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

In his book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), actor Ron Perlman describes himself as having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind." Originally broadcast Sept. 22, 2014.

Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:58pm

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Originally broadcast Sept. 29, 2014.

Is There A Healthy Way To Think About Depression?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories.

Is It Possible To Put A Band-Aid On A Bad Feeling?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Psychologist Guy Winch makes the case for practicing emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

What Can Fruit Flies Tell Us About Human Emotions?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Neurobiologist David Anderson explains why psychiatric drugs don't always work, and how researchers are working to find targeted forms of treatment — including his own experiments with fruit flies.

How Do Stereotypes Of Mental Health Affect Us?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Twenty-three-year-old Alix Generous describes her years-long journey through misdiagnosis in the mental health system and how it affected her sense of confidence and self-worth.

Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon describes how he hid from — and eventually confronted — his own serious depression.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' And Things We Meant To Do

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:20am

On this week's show, we check in on a comedy in progress: Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We also talk about culture we've been meaning to get to, and about what's making us happy this week.

In 'Spectre,' Bond's Back And Looking Over His Shoulder

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:05pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Spectre, the latest in the Bond franchise. It's got the Bond cars, the Bond villain and the Bond girls, but it lacks the feeling of its predecessors.

Tears Aplenty In 'Miss You Already'

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:03pm

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are convincing as lifelong friends facing both good and bad together, even if the film feels ragged and too forcefully directed at times.

'Brooklyn' Follows A Dream In Ireland And New York

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:03pm

Former child actress Saoirse Ronan finds a fully adult role in the adaptation of the Colm Toibin novel about a woman conflicted over pursuing her dreams in America or returning to Ireland.

In 'Trumbo,' Bryan Cranston Brings A Long-Uncredited Writer To Life

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:03pm

A new film explores the life of Dalton Trumbo, who wrote films like Spartacus and Roman Holiday despite being blacklisted as a former Communist.

Snoopy Gets Out Of The Doghouse In 'The Peanuts Movie'

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:03pm

Sure, Charlie Brown is a little too cheerful, but in many ways, Charles Schulz's voice is maintained by his descendants in the Peanuts gang's first feature in 35 years.

'SPECTRE' Pleads The Case For Bond's Relevance In The Drone Age

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:03pm

Playing Bond for the fourth time, Daniel Craig loses much of the vulnerability and dimension he once gave the character, while director Sam Mendes provides too much meta-commentary on 007.

Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter Who Wrote 'E.T.,' Dies

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 3:38pm

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Melissa Mathison has died at the age of 65. NPR's Mandalit del Barco offers a remembrance of the woman who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, among other films.




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