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'The Infiltrator' Offers A Familiar But Stylish Look Inside A Drug Kingpin's Empire

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Breaking Malo: In a film based on Robert Mazur's 2009 memoir, Bryan Cranston plays a U.S. Customs agent who goes undercover with the Escobar drug cartel.

I Ain't Afraid Of No Fanboys: Quirky Performances Enliven New 'Ghostbusters'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

The all-female remake of the 1984 blockbuster is dutiful, workmanlike, a bit clumsy — and sort of fun.

'The Money Was The Soft Spot': 'The Infiltrator' On Taking Down Pablo Escobar

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Robert Mazur, the federal agent who went undercover as a money launderer to take down the banks behind Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel. Bryan Cranston plays Mazur in the new movie, The Infiltrator, which dramatizes the years long operation.

'Game Of Thrones,' 'Veep,' 'The Americans' Scoop Up Emmy Nominations

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:28pm

The nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. They highlight another year of high quality and diverse television.

What Do Contested Conventions Look Like? Ask Hollywood And Sinclair Lewis

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:47pm

Thanks to movies, novels and TV, Bob Mondello knows what a contested convention would be like: raucous crowd, oppressive din and (if movies are any guide) Angela Lansbury scheming in the corner.

An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:22pm

Patti Niemi has been a percussionist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1992. She speaks with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about performance anxiety, muscle memory and her memoir, Sticking it Out.

Emmys Give Big Nods To 'Game Of Thrones,' 'Veep' And 'Lemonade'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:48pm

Fargo and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story pulled in more than a dozen Emmy Award nominations each. The comedy Black-ish was also listed in multiple major categories.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About French Food?

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:00pm

It's Bastille Day, so in honor of the home of the renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, we're testing your knowledge on some classic French ingredients and dishes. Test your knowledge.

Time Catches Up With Us All In 'The Heavenly Table'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:00am

Donald Ray Pollock's surreal, hardscrabble new novel is set in 1917, but it could just as well be 917; his characters are all lost in time and puzzled by the pace at which the future's coming at them.

Meet The Guy Who's Been 'A Hero,' 'A Pirate,' 'A Mountain Of Molten Lust'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:58am

Model Jason Aaron Baca has appeared on 475 romance book covers. By his tally, that's more than even Fabio. His is a story of hard work and luck in the swashbuckling, bodice-ripping world of romance.

Dalí Provides A Surrealist Shot In The Arm For A Fading Monterey Museum

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:43pm

A huge collection of Salvador Dalí's art is now open in a former history museum in Monterey, Calif. It's the work of real estate mogul Dmitry Piterman, who's amassed more than 570 Dalí pieces.

'The War At Home' Recounts The Tension Of Being A Military Spouse

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

As the wife of a Navy fighter pilot, memoirist Rachel Starnes has had much of her life — including where she lives and how often she gets to live with her husband — determined by his career.

'The Dream Life Of Astronauts' Is A Journey To Emotional Deep Space

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:42pm

Patrick Ryan's book of short stories is set around Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the 1960s and '70s. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's the best new short story collection she's read in light years.

What's For Dinner?: 10 Strategies To Help Busy Parents Get Food On The Table

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:41am

We asked food experts, parents, and nutritionists for their best tips for making weeknight meals happen.

What Price Happiness? Pretty Expensive, According To 'The Invoice'

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 6:00am

Jonas Karlsson's clever parable follows an average guy who's uncommonly content with his lot in life — until he gets an astronomical bill from a sinister entity trying to redistribute happiness.

Diversity Drives The Story In The Latest Incarnation Of Superman

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:55am

If you've been in a comics store lately, you've noticed the increasing diversity on the shelves: a biracial Spiderman, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and today, a Chinese man takes up the mantle of Superman.

Pokemon Go Stirs Controversy For Lack Of Digital Privacy

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

The new smartphone game, Pokemon Go, is stirring controversy for its lack of data privacy. But that isn't slowing down its growth.

'Almighty' Follows Activists In The Fight Against Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter and author Dan Zak about his latest book, Almighty, about anti-nuclear weapons activism.

Coney: The Hot Dog That Fueled Detroit's Middle-Class Dreams

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 2:10pm

Hundreds of eateries selling chili-topped hot dogs dot Detroit. The story of how this food became the city's signature dish is deeply entwined with its auto industry and the workers who flocked to it.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:21pm

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her new book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays.




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