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A Striking Image Becomes A Gory Graphic Novel In 'Divine'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 6:03am

A famous photo of a child-soldier smoking a cigarette was the inspiration for this new graphic novel. But critic Etelka Lehoczky says the book lacks dimensional characters.

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Little Hero, Big Screen: The Entomology Of 'Ant-Man'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

In Ant-Man, the latest Avengers superhero movie, Marvel Studios had to portray the tiny insects as realistic, yet relatable. Two ant scientists weigh in on whether the attempt was successful.

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The Startling, Evocative Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 5:12pm

A White House photographer captured the lunch that Richard Nixon ate before announcing his resignation. It's an unusual image of a humble meal as power is slipping away.

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An Aging And Soulful 'Mr. Holmes' Puts A New Spin On Sherlock

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:03pm

While many versions of the classic detective rely on a lack of expression of emotion to define his character, the aging Sherlock played by Ian McKellen has feelings — regrets especially.

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A Widely Praised Documentary Gets An Even Better Second Chapter

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:03pm

The documentary The Act Of Killing looked at a brutal slaughter through the lens of action films. Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up, The Look Of Silence, is just as powerful and more subtle.

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'Ant-Man': Not Just Small, But Downright Trifling

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:03pm

Hard as Paul Rudd may try, he can't put a spark in Ant-Man, an underpowered Marvel movie that badly needed the visionary director it unfortunately lost along the way.

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Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany Showcase New Talent

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02pm

Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The field of contenders shows a welcome turn toward recognizing new talent and new sources for TV.

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Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:26pm

In 2011, Apatow heard Schumer on the radio and was struck by her candor. The two went on to collaborate on the film, Trainwreck, about a woman who doesn't want a relationship.

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We Didn't Build This City On Rock 'N' Roll. It Was Yogurt

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:49pm

We got milk when we domesticated goats and sheep around 9,000 BC. At first, that milk was easier to digest when fermented. So yogurt, along with other Neolithic foods, helped fuel civilization.

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'Go Set A Watchman' Is A Revelation On Race, Not A Disappointment

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:03am

If Mockingbird gave us a South that could be read in terms of black and white, Watchman reveals the gray complexity that is the real Dixie.

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A Tale Of Tarot And Boy Wizards Takes A Disturbing Turn In 'Child Eater'

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:03am

Rachel Pollack's The Child Eater is a winning mix of contemporary horror and medieval high fantasy, stringing together the stories of two boys from two vastly different worlds.

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Men Strut Their Stuff At Their Very Own New York Fashion Week

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:34am

This week was the debut of New York Fashion Week: Men's. 60 designers and some big-name sponsors showed up. Jacki Lyden went behind the scenes for The Seams, our series about clothing as culture.

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Obama: 'No Precedent' To Revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal Of Honor

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:32pm

The president said: "If you give a woman — or a man for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape."

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'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:14pm

Novelist Don Winslow spent 10 years researching the Mexican drug wars. His new novel, The Cartel, reveals "a new generation of cartel leaders that are more violent, more sadistic" than ever before.

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Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:45pm

It's a common pledge of candor for a roster of presidential hopeful. As linguist Geoff Nunberg explains, the promise to "tell it like it is" has its roots in black speech from the '40s and '50s.

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What Ever Happened To The Boozy Cake In 'To Kill A Mockingbird'?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:28pm

In Harper Lee's classic first novel, Scout Finch's neighbor is known for her Lane cakes. But it's now hard to find this Southern layered sponge cake filled with raisins and whiskey anywhere.

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'ZeroZeroZero' Argues Cocaine Is Everywhere ... But Is It Really?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:03am

Roberto Saviano reports on the worldwide cocaine trade from small scale users to organized crime. Critic Tomas Hachard says that while the book is illuminating, it doesn't quite hit its mark.

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The 'Immortal' Homemade Yogurt That Traveled 'Round The World

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 5:41pm

An Indian immigrant in Oklahoma missed the yogurt she'd grown up with. So when she traveled to India, she brought some back to use to make it herself. Forty years later, that yogurt lives on.

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Smithsonian To Post Sign At Exhibition Featuring Bill Cosby-Owned Art

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 5:34pm

The museum says the exhibition is "fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not Mr. Cosby." The move comes amid allegations of sexual assault against the comedian.

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Residents Of Harper Lee's Hometown Celebrate 'Go Set A Watchman'

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 4:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Spencer Madrie, the owner of the Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe in downtown Monroeville, Ala., for the reaction to Harper Lee's latest book, Go Set a Watchman.

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