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Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:10pm

"I like to interject, and there's no interjections here," says the comedian behind Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's "very unnatural for an interrupter." David makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark.

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Missing Your 'Breaking Bad' Fix? 'Better Call Saul' Will Hit The Spot

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

This Sunday, AMC debuts Better Call Saul, the backstory behind Breaking Bad drug kingpin lawyer Saul Goodman. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's so good, TV lightning just might strike twice.

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Bob Odenkirk Brings Some Laughs To 'Breaking Bad'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:18pm

Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.

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Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:18pm

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.

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How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says as dangerous as envy can be, it can teach us a lot about who we are and what we really want.

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Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

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What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

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What Does Losing To A Computer Tell Us About Pride?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson — and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.

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How Should We Distribute Our Wealth?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.

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How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Empire' And The Importance Of Different Voices

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:37am

This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices.

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Out Of The Shadows, TV Star Shines A Light On Immigration

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:57am

Actress Diane Guerrero now stars on shows Jane the Virgin and Orange is the New Black. But when she was a teenager, her parents were deported. She tells Michel Martin how it shaped her life.

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On Board A City Bus, A Little Boy Finds The Route To Gratitude

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:54am

In Last Stop on Market Street a little boy goes on a journey with his Nana. Along the way he meets many interesting passengers, and learns to recognize the blessings right in front of him.

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:19pm

Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

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Sony's Amy Pascal Steps Down In Aftermath Of Cyber Attack

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:36pm

Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz about Amy Pascal. The Sony co-chairman will stay at the company to launch a new production venture.

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In 'The Voices,' The Dog And The Cat Talk, But The Film Says Little

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:03pm

Director Marjane Satrapi is best-known for her graphic novel Persepolis. But her foray into the psyche of a regular Joe who ships toilets for a living and talks to pets goes a bit astray.

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Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:54pm

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says.

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Meg Wolitzer: Catnip For 'A Certain Kind Of Reader'

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

The New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings and Belzhar explains writing for teens and her failed attempt at journaling, plus emerges from an anagram challenge delightfully unscathed.

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The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: David Bowie Edition

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

Did David Bowie really invent Connect Four? Or did our listener completely make this up? Find out in the latest edition of The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week.

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