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Thin Mint Mashup: Grind Those Girl Scout Cookies Into Cheesecake

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 5:05am

Many of us cheer Girl Scout season, but after plowing through several sleeves of Samoas, fatigue can set in. Here, Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, offers recipes meant to rekindle the cookie love.

Brazilian Singer Seu Jorge: On Music, Race, And Luck Versus Hard Work

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

The celebrated musician stopped by NPR's Alt.Latino to chat about his incredible musical journey.

A Bridge To Hollywood Legend: Saying Farewell To The Sixth Street Viaduct

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

The bridge starred in so many iconic scenes — in films from Grease to Terminator 2 — it had become an icon unto itself. Due to safety concerns, though, the Sixth Street Viaduct is getting torn down.

Not My Job: Singer Trisha Yearwood Gets Quizzed On Unhappy Couples

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:30am

Yearwood had a hit song called "How Do I Live Without You," so we've invited her to play game called "How Do I Live With You?" Three questions about unhappy marriages.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Hap And Leonard'; 'All My Yesterdays'; Maggie Smith

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:00am

Joe R. Lansdale worked as a janitor before finding success as a writer. Kevin Whitehead reviews a two-CD set featuring Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Maggie Smith discusses the pressures of acting.

Comedian Ben Bailey Smith Weaves Rapping Into Children's Book

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 6:52am

What does rapping have in common with a good children's book? A lively beat and rhyme. Rapper, comedian and actor, Ben Bailey Smith speaks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about his book, "I Am Bear."

Placid Madonnas Please Antisocial Men Of Genius In 'Almanac'

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 5:00am

In A Doubter's Almanac, Ethan Canin tells the story of a book-smart man — "a topologist, who can map the world but not the heart."

A Writer-Engineer's Historical Fiction Hack: Add Dragons

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:23am

Before her first book, Naomi Novik was a programmer who wrote Napoleonic-era fan fiction on the side. Then she had an idea: "What could make the Napoleonic wars more exciting? Dragons!"

In Animated, Oscar-Nominated Doc, A Man Turns His Brother In For Murder

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:07am

Last Day of Freedom uses more than 30,000 hand-drawn images to tell the story of Bill and Manny Babbitt. The film raises questions about trust, family, mental illness and the criminal justice system.

Written Behind Bars, This 1850s Memoir Links Prisons To Plantations

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 3:08pm

The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is the earliest known prison memoir by an African-American writer. Written by Austin Reed in the 1850s, it was discovered at an estate sale in 2009.

When Beef Is Off Limits, Beaver And Muskrat Make It To Lenten Menu

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:36pm

Medieval theologians used to distinguish between land vs. water creatures, not mammals vs. fish. That's good enough for some restaurants — and parishes — in places with large Catholic populations.

Film Shines A 'Spotlight' On Boston's Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:49pm

Director Tom McCarthy and former Globe editor Walter Robinson discuss Spotlight, the Oscar-nominated film about Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal. Originally broadcast Oct. 29, 2015.

Adam McKay Of 'Funny Or Die' Dissects The '08 Economic Crash In 'The Big Short'

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:49pm

Not only do the characters in McKay's Oscar-nominated film warn about the collapse of the global economy — they make money off of it. Originally broadcast Dec. 23, 2015.

Eat Less Meat, We're Told. But Americans' Habits Are Slow To Change

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:48pm

Health and environmental advocates say Americans need to cut back on meat. But are we listening? A new survey suggests we're shifting our diets ever so slightly.

'Version Control' Is A Dizzying Elevation Of The Time-Travel Tale

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 6:00am

Don't call it a time machine! Dexter Palmer's new novel follows a professor who's invented what he calls a "causality violation device" — and his wife, who suspects her world is going strange.

For 2 Black Stuntmen Breaking Into Hollywood, 'You Were Subject To Get Hurt'

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:18am

In the 1960s, when jobs were rare for black stuntmen, Willie Harris and Alex Brown had to teach themselves how to take a punch. But they couldn't prepare themselves for the vitriol they felt on set.

Directors Know: When Child Actors Are On Set, The Studio Teacher Is In Charge

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:16am

All sorts of laws govern the use of children in movies, and studio teachers like Lois Yaroshefsky are in charge of enforcing them. As Jungle Book director Jon Favreau puts it, "Lois is the boss."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Oscars Preview

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:01pm

It's time once again for our annual Oscars Omnibus: a roundup of every Best Picture nominee, many notable performances, and the movies we'd have nominated to improve the awards' diversity.

A Swords-And-Sandals Epic That Glitters But Is Not Gold

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 5:00pm

Gods Of Egypt wants to be a story of mortals and gods living together, but it gets bogged down in its convoluted plot and CGI effects.

Silly Accents And Too Many Shadows Sink 'Triple 9'

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 5:00pm

Despite a big cast that includes some terrific actors, this thriller about a group of criminals and their convoluted heist plot falls flat.

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