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Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 7:04am

Nearly 50 years after his untimely death, Redding's influence as a spirit of soul music remains. Jonathan Gould, author of a new biography of the singer, explains why.

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Harold Evans Makes Himself Clear: No More Passive Voice

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:05am

Celerbrated newspaper editor Harold Evans sees a lot of linguistic fog around us: murky words and too much passive voice. His new book, Do I Make Myself Clear? is a passionate call for better writing.

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'A Face Like Glass' Is A Magical, Perfectly Ticking Machine Of A Tale

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:00am

Frances Hardinge's new novel is set in a wondrous underground city where crafts can be magic and the people are born with faces like blank canvas; they must purchase each new expression at great cost.

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VIDEO: A Heartbreaking Look At A Couple Forced To Marry As Young Teens

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:00am

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair won a prestigious award for "courage" in documenting the lives of girls and women. See her short documentary on a couple in Nepal who married as young teens.

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This Is About Obsession: Kathryn Hahn On The New Amazon Series, 'I Love Dick'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:01pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actor Kathryn Hahn, who is starring in a new show on Amazon called I Love Dick, based on a book by the same name.

An Iraqi Sniper Traps Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Wall, a film about two American snipers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, behind a rapidly crumbling wall.

Actor Curt Lowens, A Holocaust Survivor Known For Nazi Roles, Dies At 91

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:43pm

As a young man, Lowens survived Kristallnacht and joined the Dutch resistance. After the war, he went on to play German officers on TV, the Broadway stage, and in many films.

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'Last Men In Aleppo' Captures The Horror And Humanity Of The Syrian Crisis

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

A new documentary focuses on a group of emergency volunteers in Syria's largest city known as the White Helmets. Critic David Edelstein says Last Men In Aleppo is a powerful and affecting work.

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. Originally broadcast May 15, 2016.

Marines Release First-Ever Ad Spotlighting Woman In Combat Position

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:33pm

The ad comes amid intense scrutiny over sexism within the Marine Corps, including a scandal over male Marines sharing nude photos of female Marines without the women's consent.

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Friends Everywhere

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

Every answer in this final round will contain the first name of a character from the TV show "Friends."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

Our Mystery Guest, Dick Zigun, founded a popular New York City event in 1983. Ophira and guest house musician Julian Velard work together to figure out this secret by asking "yes" or "no" questions.

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Take Me To Church

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

We took the Hozier song "Take Me to Church," which compares falling in love to going to church, and rewrote it to be about other cheap date ideas.

And The Scar Goes To...

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

We removed the first letter from one of the words in a movie's title, and rewrote the plot to match the new title.

Trials And Tribute Bands

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

Contestants guess if a supposed cover band is a real band, or one that we made up.

Body Tourist

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin play the part of travel agents who are selling trips to different parts of the body. Contestants guess where they're traveling.

Andy Karl: 'Groundhog Day' Seven Days A Week

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:03am

Tony Nominee Andy Karl from Broadway's Groundhog Day shares what makes the script irresistible and his thoughts on movies turned musicals. Plus a game about weather forecasters who became celebrities.

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Picturing Queer Africans In The Diaspora

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:48am

A photographer uses his lens to peer through perceptions of queerness in his ancestral home.

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'Master Of None' Is Even Better In Season 2

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:00am

Master Of None, which was nominated for four Emmy Awards in its first season, is back with a second, and it's better and more thoughtful than before.

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Harry Potter And The Burgled Prequel: Rare, Handwritten Copy Stolen In U.K.

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 8:53am

The 800-word prequel, which was scrawled on a postcard by J.K. Rowling herself, went missing from a property after a burglary in mid-April. Now, Rowling and the police are calling on fans to help.

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