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SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:12pm

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

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Not My Job: Scarlett Johansson Gets Quizzed On Captain Scarlet

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:08pm

Johansson may be the most famous Scarlet(t) nowadays, but back in the '60s, she would have had serious competition from "indestructible" Captain Scarlet, the star of a British science fiction TV show.

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Book Review: 'Warburg In Rome'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Warburg in Rome, a new book from James Carroll.

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Memphis Preteen Works To Put The 'Bazam' Back In The Bow Tie

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

12-year-old Moziah Bridges is a bow tie aficionado and the CEO of his own company, Mo's Bows. He tells Audie Cornish that dressing well is a big part of growing up to be a man.

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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:17am

The romantic comedy parody They Came Together has an impeccable pedigree full of really funny people. But its attempts to mock generically likable films feel strangely generic themselves.

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The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:03am

The comedy superstar has been headlining a series of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. His routine was a reminder of a singular perspective on race that vanished when he went on hiatus.

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

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Is Everything A Remix?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:35am

On this week's show, Gene Demby joins us to talk about artists who we sometimes love and sometimes don't, and we bring back the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz.

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Book News: Evie Wyld Wins Yet Another Award For 'All The Birds, Singing'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 6:18am

Also: Radio Open Source finds an old interview with David Foster Wallace in the WBUR archives; elevator criticism.

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Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:20am

The popular '90s TV show Boy Meets World is getting a reboot, but this time Cory and Topanga are the grown-ups and their 13-year-old daughter is the one stumbling toward adulthood.

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Brutality And Faith Tangle In A Young Man's Story

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

The German film Nothing Bad Can Happen follows a boy who meets up with a father figure who tests his born-again beliefs and ultimately becomes his tormentor.

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The Satisfying Chill Of The Audacious 'Snowpiercer'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic tale of the last remnants of humankind trapped on a train to nowhere is the kind of idea-driven science fiction that deserves to be seen.

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A Not-Quite-Satisfying Look At A Notorious Career In Crime

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

Director Joe Berlinger dives into the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, convicted of a pile of crimes and sentenced in 2013. Unfortunately, not every question seems to be asked with the same urgency.

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'Begin Again,' A Music Fantasy Both Sticky And Sweet

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

The sweet musical film Begin Again brings Mark Ruffalo and a charming Keira Knightley into a story about redemption and music that loses its footing every time it tries to stay close to the ground.

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After Decades On VHS, Graffiti's Golden Age Returns To Big Screen

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

Stations of the Elevated was the first film to point a camera at the graffiti movement in New York, years before graffiti was recognized by the art world. Now, it's getting an official re-release.

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'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:07pm

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.

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