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Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:10am

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:10am

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:00am

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.

(Image credit: Sparth/Tor Books)

Meet Jenni Konner, The Off-Screen 'Grown-Up' Who Helped Make 'Girls'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:00am

For six seasons, Konner has been a sort of den mother to the show's millennial actresses. Today, she and Girls creator Lena Dunham are creative partners and best friends.

(Image credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

This Week In Race: ICE Sends Chills Across US, Kaepernick, Others, Write Big Checks

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:01am

while much of the focus has been on deportations of Latinx, other groups have been under increased scrutiny.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

The Reality Show No One Was Watching

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:40pm

Participants in the British show Eden spent a year in the remote Scottish highlands, living off their will and wits with cameras rolling. The only problem? No episodes have aired since August.

A Poem From A Syrian Psychiatrist: 'Cloud-Cafe'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:32pm

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul writes poems to capture his longing for his troubled homeland.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul)

'I, Olga' Charts One Woman's Path From Alienation To Brutal, Senseless Violence

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

The film about a young woman who ran her truck onto a Prague sidewalk in 1973, killing eight pedestrians, is tough to sit through, and recent events lend it a chilling sense of relevance.

(Image credit: Outsider Pictures)

'Life' Doesn't Quite Find A Way

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

In space, no one can hear you yawn: Technically impressive but dramatically airless, this monster flick set on the International Space Station is powered by "space-movie cliches old and new."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures)

In The Agreeably Schlocky 'Power Rangers,' 'Transformers' Meets 'The Breakfast Club'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

"Go, Go Power Rangers!" - but should you? The film's playful, earnest tone and "gung-ho chintziness" slowly won critic Scott Tobias over.

(Image credit: Lionsgate Films)

A Curmudgeonly Know-It-All Meets The Daughter He Doesn't: 'Wilson'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Craig Johnson's film, based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, wants us to invest in a misanthrope's grumbling attempts to reconnect to humanity. Yet its uneven tone keeps us at a distance.

(Image credit: Wilson Webb/Twentieth Century Fox )

An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:53pm

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.

How Two Armenian Immigrants Made Turkish Delight An American Hit

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:02am

Decades ago, an orchard in Washington state began producing "Aplets & Cotlets," a version of a confection based on childhood memories and hard work — and still beloved in the Pacific Northwest.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Liberty Orchards Co., Inc. )

'The Devil And Webster' Explores Tolerance, Inclusion And Identity

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:00am

Jean Hanff Korelitz's latest is set at a tony New England college rocked by racial unrest. It's a suggestive exploration of tough issues, but lacks the nuance and intellect of the best campus novels.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:38pm

The new Fox show Shots Fired follows two investigators looking into a police shooting where a black cop kills an unarmed white man. It's one of a handful of new network shows that are about policing.

(Image credit: Fred Norris/FOX)

Dread Builds As Good Guys Turn To Bad In 'Ill Will'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Dan Chaon's latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:34am

Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."

(Image credit: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR)

Elastic Lines For An Elastic Life In 'Fire!!'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:00am

Cartoonist Peter Bagge's new biography of Zora Neale Hurston swoops through her life at breakneck speed, losing some real-life pathos along the way, but sustaining an electric, colorful energy.

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German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone's Happy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:00pm

Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, will display the 20-foot bronze statue, a gift from the communist country. The city receives 150,000 Chinese tourists a year.

(Image credit: City of Trier Press Office)

German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone's Happy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:00pm

Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, will display the 20-foot bronze statue, a gift from the nominally communist country. The city receives 150,000 Chinese tourists a year.

(Image credit: City of Trier Press Office)

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