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In 'Lion,' A Man Uses Google Earth To Search For His Family

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Lion, a dramatic true story starring Dev Patel as a man who uses Google Earth to search for his family.

The Favorite Drink Of Italian Grandpas Gets An American Revival

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:26am

Amaro is considered "grandpa's drink" and a digestive aid in its native Italy, but not stateside, where this centuries-old, bittersweet liqueur has become popular on cocktail menus.

As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces 'Endangered' List

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 9:53am

Two years ago, UNESCO gave Venice and Italy a deadline to figure out a way to manage the harmful effects of tourism or risk being placed on a World Heritage in Danger list. The deadline has passed.

Bah, Humbug — Why Are Most Christmas TV Specials So Bad?

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 6:42am

How the Grinch Stole Christmas airs tonight — and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It's one of a rare few watchable Christmas specials. Why is it so hard to make a good Christmas special?

'Gilmore Girls' Returns On Netflix, Just In Time For A Holiday Binge

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:52am

Gilmore Girls was a much-loved series that returns to the small screen after almost a decade. Most of the cast is returning, including the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Fans are ecstatic.

Matisse And Diebenkorn 'Meet' At Last, At The Baltimore Museum Of Art

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:52am

Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn never met in real life, but a new exhibit feels like a conversation between the two artists. Across decades and continents, Matisse influenced Deibenkorn's work.

'Mifune' Can't Quite Capture A Screen Legend

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:00pm

Critic Mark Jenkins says a new documentary focused on Toshiro Mifune's relationship with director Akira Kurosawa could have used a bit more verve and a few more voices.

Holiday Movie Preview: Lightsabers, Musicals And Jackie

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the would-be awards contenders and blockbusters Hollywood will be opening as the rest of us open presents.

TV Chef Alton Brown Shares Tips On The Science Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

There are tons of tips on how to cook that Thanksgiving dinner, many of them rooted in science. Alton Brown, the showman of food TV, runs through why we stuff the turkey after it's cooked, why gravy should be kept in a thermos, and why canned cranberries are the devil.

Plymouth Plantation Museum Showcases Music Of Pilgrims And Native Americans

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

The first Thanksgiving most likely took place in 1621 at Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum, recently showcased the spiritual music of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.

Encore: For 100 Years, Celery And Olives Were Thanksgiving Mainstays

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Celery and olives were two mainstays of the Thanksgiving table for about 100 years, starting in the late 1800s. Hilary Sargent wrote about this tradition for and spoke with us about it in 2014. On this holiday, we revisit that conversation. This story originally aired on Nov. 27, 2014 on All Things Considered.

In 'Dust Bath Revival,' The True Fantasy Is A World Without Shame

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 6:00am

Marianne Kirby's new novel is set in an America overrun by zombies — and also an America in which no one is judged on their appearance; her protagonist is fat and queer, and never hindered by that.

Chef Niki Nakayama Is A Modern Master Of An Ancient Japanese Meal

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:03pm

At her LA restaurant, Nakayama reimagines the Japanese tradition of kaiseki, a multicourse meal emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients in harmony with nature. She's one of its few female masters.

'Allied' Revives The Old-Fashioned Wartime Thriller

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:00pm

Critic Chris Klimek says Allied, the relatively rare mid-budget studio film made for adults, is more than just a period piece — it's an anachronism.

Disney's 'Moana' Needs No Prince, Just The Land And Sea

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:00pm

Critic Andrew Lapin says Disney's new animated film Moana builds a lush visual world for its young Polynesian heroine and makes its most honest effort yet at appreciating the culture where it's set.

Proud Grinches Beware: Sentimentality Sinks 'Bad Santa 2'

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:00pm

The original Bad Santa has long delighted holiday misanthropes, but an "irredeemably squishy center," says critic Scott Tobias, means its sequel won't give them what they crave.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan Shares How To Survive Holiday Political Debates

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

After a contentious election, families around the country are gathering for Thanksgiving and figuring out how to get along politically. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to comedian Jim Gaffigan, who has a big family of his own, about how to get through the holiday unscathed.

Comedian Ali Wong Offers Advice To Keep Us Laughing Through The Holidays

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

Thanksgiving is often stressful for families in a good year. But this year after the election, it's much tougher, and all the more reason to laugh! Comedian Ali Wong shares her advice on navigating family get-togethers.

'Moana' Actress Grew Up With The Polynesian Myth That Inspired The Movie

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

Hawaiian actress Auli'i Cravalho says she grew up hearing tales of Maui, the Polynesian demigod who could pull up islands with his magical fishhook. Now she stars alongside him in a new Disney movie.

Michael Chabon's 'Moonglow' Shines With Insight And Fantastic Storytelling

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:41pm

Chabon's new novel is a collection of stories in which a dying grandfather tells the secrets of his life to his grandson. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Moonglow "violent and very funny."




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