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Artist J.M.W. Turner To Be Featured On U.K. £20, Ousting Economist Adam Smith

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 5:47pm

Following a national nomination process for a visual artist to honor, the U.K. has announced the new face of the £20 bill. He's known for landscapes, seascapes and innovative depiction of light.

We Know Nothing, (About) Jon Snow As 'Game Of Thrones' Returns

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:32pm

HBO's hit kicks off its sixth season this weekend, but the show has now outpaced the original books, and the channel isn't making advance episodes available. So, is Jon Snow alive? We have no idea!

'The Meddler' Pokes Fun Without Mocking The Mom

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:32pm

The Meddler is a new comedy starring Susan Sarandon about mom who's just a bit much — just in time for Mother's Day.

'Huntsman' And 'Tale Of Tales' Put A Modern Spin On Classic Fairy Tales

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Critic David Edelstein reviews The Huntsman: Winter's War, a sequel to the 2012 movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Tale of Tales, an adaptation of a group of 17th century Italian folk stories.

Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.

Everybody Has A Prince Story (Or Should). Here Are Ours

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:24am

These stories are good for sharing any day, but they must be shared today, in honor of The Purple One's passing.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:54am

The panel discusses its most anticipated summer blockbusters and makes some bold predictions. And, as always, we take a look at What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Man, Oh Manichewitz': When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:18am

The wine associated with Jewish tradition was once a huge crossover success. Sammy Davis Jr. was its TV spokesman. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man.

How Can Tourism Promote Peace In The Middle East?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Social entrepreneur and educator Aziz Abu Sarah describes how he came to lead tours in which Jews, Muslims and Christians cross contested borders to spend time in each others cultures.

What's A Better Way To Talk About Abortion?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

The strong emotions sparked by abortion leave little room for thoughtful debate. To cut through the tension, Aspen Baker says we should calmly tell and listen to stories about women who had abortions.

How Can We Have A More Candid Conversation About Race?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Diversity advocate Vernā Myers makes a powerful case for acknowledging our subconscious biases and assumptions about others.

Why Do Conservatives Need Liberals — And Vice Versa?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Social scientist Arthur Brooks explains how conservatives and liberals can cooperate to overcome gridlock and build a better economy.

Snacking In Shakespeare's Time: What Theatregoers Ate At The Bard's Plays

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:21pm

There were no dress circle lounges nor mezzanine bars 400 years ago. Back then, audience snacked on cold nibbles and ready-made street food from vendors they passed on their way to the performance.

Who Set This Up, Indeed: 'Elvis And Nixon' Tells A Summit's Story

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

As Elvis and Nixon respectively, Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey don't attempt impersonations, but with varying degrees of ham (more in the former case than the latter), they tell a strange story.

Finally, Some Justice For Busybody Moms In 'The Meddler'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne play mother and daughter in a story that, for once, recognizes that there's a solid argument to be made for a mom who gives, if anything, too much of herself.

No Snow This Time Around, So The 'Huntsman' Should Probably Let It Go

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

The Huntsman: Winter's War feels like it's borrowed from, strangely enough, both Frozen and Game Of Thrones. If you think that sounds strange, you're not wrong.

A Baby Boomer With Parkinson's Reports Back From Front Lines Of Aging

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:29pm

Journalist Michael Kinsley was diagnosed when he was in his 40s. Now in his 60s, he says he feels like he's "a scout for his generation." His new book is Old Age: A Beginner's Guide.

Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:50pm

Switched On author John Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.

AMA Bonus: Leslie Odom Jr. Performs 'The Guilty Ones'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Leslie Odom Jr., the singer and actor performs a cover of Duncan Sheik's "The Guilty Ones" from Odom's self-titled debut album — with guitarist Robin Macatangay.

Yes We Can

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

In this final round, every answer will contain the letters C-A-N, in that order, somewhere in the answer. As in, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."




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