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In Lonergan's 'Manchester By The Sea,' Submerged Emotions Bubble To The Surface

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Casey Affleck delivers a haunted, searing performance as a guilt-ridden man unexpectedly forced to look after his teenage nephew.

Tom Ford Delivers Pristine But Portentous Pulp In 'Nocturnal Animals'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

This bifurcated film cross-cuts between the sterile existence of a coolly patrician L.A. gallery owner and the action of her ex-husband's raw-boned novel.

'Bleed For This' Captures The Grime And Grit Of A Boxer's Astonishing Comeback

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Miles Teller is light-middleweight boxer Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz in this intimate biopic that leans more into kitchen-sink realism than glossy uplift.

Nick Offerman Shares His Love Of Woodworking In 'Good Clean Fun'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Comedian and actor Nick Offerman became a star as the Libertarian Ron Swanson in the hit sitcom, Parks and Recreation. He's also pretty good in the woodshop. In fact, building things out of wood is a serious passion. And he's written about it in his latest book, Good Clean Fun.

Bob Dylan To Skip Nobel Prize Ceremony In Stockholm

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with David Gaines, author of In Dylan Town: A Fan's Life, about the news that Bob Dylan will not attend the ceremony to collect his Nobel Prize in Literature.

Before His Name Was Known At All, Seuss Put Creatures On The Wall

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Decades before he became a beloved children's book author, Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) created a series of whimsical sculptures he called "Unorthodox Taxidermy."

The Term 'Graphic Novel' Has Had A Good Run. We Don't Need It Anymore.

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:49pm

Coined in an era when comics were considered 'junk' culture, graphic novel is a hoary, meaningless, and often completely inaccurate term. Comics are comics; stop apologizing for them.

Brendan Dassey Of 'Making A Murderer' To Remain In Prison, Appeals Court Rules

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:25pm

An appeals court did not uphold a previous order that Dassey be released from prison while the state appeals a judge's decision to overturn his conviction for murder and sexual assault.

Casey Affleck: At First, Acting Was 'Nothing More Than A Day Off From School'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:20pm

Growing up, a family friend was a casting director who would sometimes use Affleck as an extra. Now, years later, he's transitioned to leading man. His latest film is Manchester by the Sea.

Beautiful, Horrifying 'Blood Of The Dawn' Gives Voice To Peru's Victims Of Violence

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 6:00am

Claudia Salazar Jiménez's new novel is short and brutally effective. It's the story of three women from different walks of life, all caught up in the violence that convulsed Peru in the 1980s.

Colson Whitehead, Rep. John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:48pm

Six writers emerged with the literary prize: Whitehead in fiction; Ibram X. Kendi in nonfiction; Daniel Borzutzky in poetry; and Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell in young people's literature.

Bellevue Hospital Pioneered Care For Presidents And Paupers

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:37pm

The history of New York's Bellevue hospital is also the history of medicine in the United States. From the days before doctors believed in germs through AIDS, the hospital led the way in innovation.

In 'The Eagle Huntress,' A Mongolian Girl Sets Out To Prove Her Elders Wrong

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Otto Bell, the director of the new documentary, The Eagle Huntress.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:28pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:28pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

Bob Dylan Won't Be Picking Up His Nobel Prize In Person

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:23pm

The musician won the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. He told the committee in charge of the award ceremony that he had "pre-existing commitments" and was unable to accept the prize in person.

What We Can Know And What We Can Change: The Optimism Of 'Arrival'

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:00pm

Arrival is, like many of our most beloved stories, deeply committed to the idea that knowledge and understanding are the paths to follow.

'Platinum Age' Is An Engaging Guide To Great TV

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:00am

Longtime Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli's new book lays out what he calls the "Key Evolutionary Stages" in the development of the medium — and the constant conversation we're having with it.

Superheroes And The F-Word: Grappling With The Ugly Truth Under The Capes

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 8:39am

Superheroes preserve the status quo, employ symbolic visual imagery, have flawless bodies and use their powers to place themselves above the law. Are they just fascists in tights?

Know Thyself? 'Swing Time' Says It Can't Be Done

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 6:00am

The narrator of Zadie Smith's new novel is never named — fitting, for a book about the illusions of identity and the ways people try and fail to know and define themselves.

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