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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:41pm

Research shows that teenagers' brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Mindy Project' And Romantic Comedies

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:24am

This week's show brings in Audie Cornish and Margaret Willison to talk about Mindy Kaling's just-returning OB/GYN comedy and about the state and ways of romantic comedy in general.

'It's So, So Complicated': Kerry Washington On Clarence Thomas' 'Confirmation'

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:11am

Washington stars as Anita Hill in the new HBO film Confirmation. She was 14 during the 1991 hearings, and says it was the first time she remembers her parents having different points of view.

'Farm To Fable'? Tampa Probe Finds Many Restaurants Lie About Sourcing

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:11pm

Food critic Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times spent two months investigating where her local eateries were really getting their ingredients. Many of their "farm-to-table" claims proved bogus.

A Point-By-Point Response To BuzzFeed's Questions For Black People

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:05pm

A video titled "27 Questions Black People Have for Other Black People" misses a whole lotta history when it comes to black people in America.

An Updated 'Jungle Book' Deftly Juggles Wonders And Threats

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Jon Favreau directs a new version of The Jungle Book, in which Bill Murray and Christopher Walken help out with the voice work and the story considers the threats to the animals' way of life.

'Green Room': A Choreographed Thriller With A Spontaneous Beat

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Green Room, from the director of the well-regarded thriller Blue Ruin, is the violent and inventive story of a touring punk band that gets in way over its head.

Hey, They're Moving Ryan Reynolds' Consciousness Around Again

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Criminal is the second film in a year that separates mind from body when it comes to poor, gorgeous Ryan Reynolds. In this case, his mind goes in Kevin Costner.

'Our Last Tango': A Dance Movie With A Personal Storm At Its Center

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Argentina's premier tango couple is the subject of an ambitiously structured film that mixes dance with the story of a relationship that was both passionate and problematic.

Political Thriller Series 'Occupied' Parallels Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:31pm

The new political thriller series, Occupied, was ahead of its time. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to one of the show's creators, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, about how the show parallels Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Seamus Heaney's Translation Of 'The Aeneid' Gets Posthumous Publication

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with poetry critic Tess Taylor about the publication of the sixth book of The Aeneid translated by Seamus Heaney and published posthumously.

Comic W. Kamau Bell On Standing Tall And Finding Humor In America's Racism

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:24pm

The comedian attends a Ku Klux Klan rally and a cross burning on his new series, United Shades of America. He describes the series as a travel show that takes him to places where he's afraid to go.

Gothic Family Drama At 'The Border Of Paradise'

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 6:00am

Esme Weijun Wang's novel — packed with family secrets, betrayals, a decaying house and a dramatic fire — could have seemed pulpy in lesser hands. But her restrained, beautiful prose makes it work.

'Downton' Creator Brings Drama On The Installment Plan In 'Belgravia'

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:56am

Julian Fellowes' new novel is a twist on the form Charles Dickens made famous: the serial. Belgravia, the story of an ambitious family in 19th century England, will be released in chapters via an app.

German Comedian's Crude Poem About Turkish President Sparks Controversy

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

German police are providing protection for the controversial comedian Jan Boehmermann after he performed a crude poem criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on German TV. Investigators are also looking into whether Boehmermann may have violated German speech laws. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Anton Troianovski of the Wall Street Journal about the controversy.

When It Comes To Terms Like 'Colored People's Time,' Context Matters

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:23pm

Bill de Blasio's been getting dragged for joking about "CPT." Once more, with gusto: When it comes to terms like this, context matters. Who's saying it, where and to whom?

'Door To Door' Reveals The Magnificent — And Maddening — Story of Traffic

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:05pm

Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.

WATCH: Marbles Fight To The Bitter End For Victory

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:03pm

Take a break from the news for a totally compelling, entirely gravity-driven race that captured hearts and minds on the Internet this week. Plus: literary parodies, because this is NPR.

'A Fierce And Subtle Poison' Ventures Into A Strange And Troubled Garden

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:00am

Samantha Mabry's novel riffs on authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Isabel Allende to create a story that's both an atmospheric glimpse at a Caribbean island and a self-aware critique of colonialism.

The Family-Run Thai Market That Feeds L.A.'s Eclectic Food Scene

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:58am

The Tilakamonkul family opened Bangkok Market in 1972. It became a magnet for Asian immigrants and chefs looking for rare ingredients. Their own son, Jet Tila, is now a celebrity chef.

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