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Mortician Explores Cultures' Many Paths For 'Sacred Transition' Of Death

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Caitlin Doughty, whose Los Angeles funeral home specializes in alternative ceremonies, traveled the world to collect stories about how different peoples send loved ones off to the great beyond.

(Image credit: Mara Zehler)

'Skinful Of Shadows' Delights Without Reservation

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 6:00am

Frances Hardinge's captivating tale follows a girl during the English Civil War who discovers she has the power to invite ghosts into herself — a power that puts her in danger, but can also save her.

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'SNL' Goes After 'Well-Dressed Skin Tag' Weinstein, Stages Pence Walkouts

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56am

Slammed for last week's silence on Weinstein, the show ripped into sex abuse allegations against the producer. Elsewhere, Kate McKinnon revived Kellyanne Conway as an eerie Pennywise from It.

Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 7:12pm

For decades, Johnny Fox has been a beloved figure at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Even as he battles serious health problems, Fox is back on stage this fall, thanks to support from friends.

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Actor Chadwick Boseman On His New Role As 'Marshall'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:12pm

Chadwick Boseman has made a name for himself in Hollywood playing prominent African-American figures like Jackie Robinson and James Brown. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the actor about his latest film,Marshall, which follows an early case in the career of eventual Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: At 6:30 into the piece, Boseman says he's been called a "nigger," a word some may find offensive. The word is not bleeped.

'More Than A Political Status': Ai WeiWei's Captures Scale Of Global Refugee Crisis

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:05pm

For his new documentary, Human Flow, the Chinese artist-activist traveled around the world to document the scope and human toll of the international refugee crisis.

(Image credit: Christina Ascani/NPR)

Weinstein Expelled From The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 3:24pm

The film academy's 54-member board of governors, including Oscar-winning actors Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Hanks, voted to strip the legendary producer of his membership.

'Lady Killers:' Cherchez La Femme Fatale

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:00am

An FBI investigator once famously said "There are no female serial killers," but Tori Telfer sets out to prove him wrong with this gruesome new account of multiply-murderous women throughout history.

(Image credit: Harper Perennial)

For October: 3 Romance Heroes Who Bare It All

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:00am

There's one thing romance heroes have in common — whether a duke, a workaholic billionaire or reality TV hunk: They look really good with their shirts off. Here are three of our favorites this month.

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Hollywood's Biopic Fever: Five Fact-Based Films Released These Week

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 4:28pm

It's a big week for movie biographies. Opening today: Fact-based films about a supreme court justice, two semi-famous authors, an infamous artist, and a man who refused to let polio defeat him.

'The Meyerowitz Stories' Is A Squirm-Inducing Comedy About Family Dysfunction

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:26pm

Writer-director Noah Baumbach's new film is a collection of loosely connected episodes that offer a revealing glimpse into the heart of a lively and fractious New York Jewish family.

'Human Flow' Offers A Searing Look At The Global Refugee Crisis

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:04am

Using aerial photography and intimate, one-on-one interviews to document the plight of migrants in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, artist Ai Weiwei's documentary is grim but vital.

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The End

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

In this final round, contestants must endure an impending letter trend that portends the end: every answer contains the letters "E-N-D" in consecutive order.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

This episode's mystery guest, Steve Baldwin, leads an unusual tour through Brooklyn. Can you guess his secret before Jonathan and Ophira do?

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Monkee Business

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

This music parody quiz is exactly as fun as a barrel of Monkees! We rewrote Monkees songs to be about other zoo animals. Hey hey, we're the Giraffes!

Spelling Bee Style

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

Way less A-W-K-W-A-R-D than your average middle school spelling bee. In this quiz, contestants need to identify a fashion label and then correctly spell the brand name.

Adam Conover: Adam Fixes Everything

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

Adam Conover from truTV's 'Adam Ruins Everything' tells us why ignorance is not bliss. Then we challenge the notorious debunker to a game we call Adam Fixes Everything, about famously broken things.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Caller ID

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

In this audio quiz, we open up the Ask Me Another hotline to phone calls from TV and movie characters and musicians. After the famous callers say hello, contestants must answer questions about them.

Pre-K Education

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

For ages 3 and up: Every answer in this quiz will be something you learned in school, but we've changed one letter to a K.

Steve Ramirez: If We Could Erase Memories ... Should We?

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 8:21am

Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez used lasers to enter the brains of mice and edit their memories. He imagines a future where this technology might be possible in humans as well.

(Image credit: Sheryl Lanzel/TED)

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