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The Hollywood Black List Turns Overlooked Scripts Into Oscar Movies

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 3:36pm

The Black List is an anonymous survey of the year's best film scripts. It's generally an indicator of movies that will be critical successes. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to journalist Alex Wagner about her piece in The Atlantic on the Black List.

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore, The Smart, Comic Actress Who Inspired A Generation

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:22pm

Moore, who died Wed. at the age of 80, played a single professional woman on the 1970s show named after her, and an assertive housewife on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Originally broadcast in 1995.

For The Win

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

Our finalist compete for the win-- literally! In this final round, all answers contain the consecutive letters W-I-N.

Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

Zazie Beetz shares her theories as to why FX's Golden Globe-winning series "Atlanta" resonated with fans and critics in its first season.

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Words In Words

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

Every answer is a multisyllabic word, followed by a word found inside that word.

Looking Up

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

Jonathan Coulton parodies your 28th favorite Beatles' song, "I'm Looking Through You," to be about (you guessed it) things that you can look through.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

This week's Mystery Guest is Maddy Joyce, who has a hobby that has been practised for thousands of years, all over the world, but not by many women.

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Lemon Tart, Smart

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

Contestants guess the word we have replaced with its Cockney slang equivalent, which rhymes with the word it's replacing.

Bend Over Backwards

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:55am

We're turning sweet endings into bitter beginnings! In this game, the comic becomes tragic when we describe movie plots in reverse.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Riverdale' and Teen Soaps

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 8:58am

The CW has brought the Archie comics to television as dark and gritty versions of their paper selves. We talk about this show and about the long history of the high school drama.

(Image credit: Dean Muscher/The CW)

You, Too, Will Love Big Brother: A Life Of Reading And Rereading '1984'

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 6:00am

George Orwell's dystopian classic is dominating the news these days. It happens to be NPR Books editor Petra Mayer's all-time favorite; she says it's one of those books that burrows deep in your mind.

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New Play About 'Roe V. Wade' Is A Prism For Looking At The American Divide

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:01am

Roe tells the stories of "Jane Roe" and the lawyer who argued her side of the case. Playwright Lisa Loomer says it may be a history play, but so much of what happens in it still happens today.

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For The First Time, U.S. Wins Elite Bocuse D'Or Culinary Competition

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 5:31pm

The competition pits 24 chefs against each other and is billed as the "most demanding and prestigious reward in world gastronomy," started by legendary French chef Paul Bocuse.

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'The Salesman': A Violent Act Tests A Marriage, And One Actor's Humanity

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:00pm

As a Tehran couple perform Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, troubling parallels emerge in their home life. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi's nuanced film is one to which attention must be paid.

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A Gay Activist's Journey To Christian Fundamentalism: 'I Am Michael'

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Justin Kelly documents the life of the inscrutable Michael Glatze (James Franco), who rejected his gay identity in favor of a strict Christian faith, without judging the man, or his choices.

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Fool's 'Gold': As An '80s Huckster, McConaughey Outshines The Film Around Him

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:00pm

Matthew McConaughey gained weight and lost hair to throw himself into this tale of a real-life stock-market swindle. The film aches for us to admire his reckless, grasping selfishness; we don't.

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Cliches And Sentimentality Hound 'A Dog's Purpose'

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:00pm

A dog cycles through several canine lifetimes while teaching a series of owners to live, laugh and love. Critic Scott Tobias found the film's repeated, mawkish depictions of doggy death "wearying."

(Image credit: Joe Lederer/Universal Pictures)

'Grey's Anatomy': The Secret Sauce Is Blood ... And Friendship

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

The ABC series Grey's Anatomy, set in a hospital full of possibly cursed doctors, has been on TV for 13 seasons. We talk about what has kept it popular with its fans for so long.

(Image credit: Eric McCandless/ABC)

'Archie Got Hot' Is A Sentence You'll Hear In New, Noir 'Riverdale'

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

The CW's new show takes the sunny, optimistic teens of the classic Archie Comics and drops them into a re-imagined hometown full of sex, secrets and murder — and yes, Archie now has great abs.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The CW/Archie Comics)

Journalist: Russia's Interference Is An 'Assault On The Western Liberal Order'

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 2:37pm

Luke Harding, the former Moscow Bureau Chief for The Guardian, says that Putin "wants to turn the clock back to an age ... where strong sovereign nations didn't talk about values or human rights."

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