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In This Smart Drama About Eating Disorders, Dark Humor Cuts 'To The Bone'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In writer-director Marti Noxon's drama, a young woman (Lily Collins) battles anorexia at an in-patient facility. The film, rounded out by a great cast, offers a knowing, intimate take on the disease.

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'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Employs Small-Scale Gorilla Tactics

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

The latter-day Apes prequel trilogy concludes quietly, without cinematic chest-thumping. Critic Chris Klimek says the result is "suspenseful, mournful, grand and sensitively performed."

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'Lady Macbeth': A New Bride Flouts The Rigid Rules Of Society — And Humanity

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In this unsentimental, unflinching, increasingly harrowing film, a young woman in Victorian England internalizes the various cruelties visited upon her ... until she doesn't.

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'Saturday Night Live' And 'Westworld' Scoop Up Most Emmy Nominations

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives us his take on the 2017 Emmy nominations. With 22 nominations each, Saturday Night Live and Westworld are tied for the most Emmy nods of the season.

Documentary Reveals The 'Dirty Tricks' Of One Of Trump's Closest Political Advisers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:15pm

Morgan Pehme co-directed the new Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone, about the political operative who spent three decades trying to convince Donald Trump to run for president.

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Offers A Masterful Vision Of Humanity's Many Forms

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:15pm

There's nothing pretentious or inflated about the latest Planet of the Apes film. Rather, it's a suspense-driven movie in which it's "impossible not to root for these brave and beautiful apes."

Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma's Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:51pm

Enjoying a chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon? In the 1800s, Chinese immigrants helped introduce those iconic varietals to California's wine country. But as vineyards grew, so did anti-Chinese fervor.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Buena Vista winery)

Emmy Nominations 2017: 'Saturday Night Live' And 'Westworld' Lead The Way

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:43am

With 22 nominations each, NBC's Saturday Night Live and HBO's Westworld tied for the most Emmy nods for the 2016-2017 season. Netflix garnered 91 nominations — second among networks.

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The Old School: Classic Strips That Continue To Shape Comics

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 9:00am

When we asked readers to name their favorite comics, many classic, hugely influential newspaper strips got nudged out of the running. We thought we'd give them a shout-out.

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Truth Is A Fragmentary Thing In 'American Fire'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:00am

The rural Virginia county of Accomack was plagued by arson in the winter of 2012. The arsonist was caught, and in American Fire, Monica Hesse tries to tease out the elusive truth of why he did it.

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A Director's Struggle With Anorexia In 'To The Bone'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Marti Noxon first made a name for herself in Hollywood as a writer and producer on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now, she makes her directorial debut with To The Bone, a film about anorexia.

'Goodbye, Vitamin' Is Sweet — But Not Sugarcoated

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54pm

Rachel Khong's first novel is a heartwarming account of family devotion and dementia — which sounds sickly, but her offbeat sensibility and flair for wordplay keep the story from becoming saccharine.

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If Thoreau Were Alive, He'd Be 'Shouting From The Rafters,' Biographer Says

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:30pm

Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, was born 200 years ago in 1817. Biographer Kevin Dann says the philosopher's ideas about individual sovereignty remain relevant today.

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How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And 'The Big Sick'

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 1:40pm

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story.

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The Negative Zone: What Didn't Make Our Final List

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:00am

In a list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels, inevitably some people's favorites will get left out — some because they don't stand the test of time, some because there's just no room.

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Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:00am

We asked readers to name their favorite comics and graphic novels, and we got thousands of answers. Now, with the help of our expert panel, we've curated a list to keep you flipping pages all summer.

(Image credit: Shannon Wright for NPR)

In Britain, New Dating Apps Let Brexit Opponents 'Remain' With Each Other

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:02pm

Voting in favor of the Brexit referendum has proved to be a dating deal-breaker for many who wanted Britain to stay in the European Union. New dating apps connect those seeking other pro-EU voters.

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'Refuge' Captures Divide Between Father And Daughter Through Lens Of Immigration

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dina Nayeri about her new novel, Refuge, which tells the story of an elderly man in Iran and his adult daughter in Amsterdam.

'Eloise At The Museum' Tells The Story Behind The Beloved Mischief-Maker

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:31pm

The 6-year-old children's book character struck a chord when she debuted in the 1950s. Now a new exhibition shines a light on how Eloise came to be.

(Image credit: Collection of Hilary Knight/ Copyright Kay Thompston/ New York Historical Society)

Is The Justice Department Shying Away From To Prosecuting Corporations?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:28pm

ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger says that the government undermines the notion of equity and fails to deter crime when it allows large corporations to settle lawsuits by paying fines.

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