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What Hidden Underwater Worlds Are Left To Discover?

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard makes the case for exploring the deep oceans, where he is discovering new species, resources and mountain ranges.

How Can Hidden Sounds Be Captured By Everyday Objects

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 8:51am

Computer scientist Abe Davis explains how you can turn a plant or a bag of chips into a microphone, and capturing the hidden sound vibrations on a high-speed camera.

A Father Protects His Mysterious Son From Authorities In 'Midnight Special'

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 6:00am

Director Jeff Nichols' new film centers on an 8-year-old boy who may or may not have special powers. Reviewer Justin Chang says Midnight Special is "a road movie that never stops moving forward."

Dance, Dance, Revolution: When An American Fell In Love With Castro's Spy Chief

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 6:00am

A fairy-tale romance between a dancer from Connecticut and a young Cuban studying at Columbia turned into a political thriller — and resulted in the unlikely birth of a new art form in Cuba.

'City Of Gold,' Patchwork Of Cultures: A Tour Of LA's Food Scene

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:59am

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Gold is as much a culinary anthropologist and cultural philosopher as he is a food critic. A new documentary follows him across Los Angeles.

Robert Mapplethorpe's Provocative Art Finds A New Home In LA

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 5:15pm

The photographer, who died in 1989, was as controversial as he was celebrated. Now, two LA museums are exhibiting their massive joint acquisition of his archives.

'The Bronze' Is The Story Of A Mighty, Nasty Gymnast

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Starring, and co-written by, Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory, The Bronze wants to be a tale of the rare unlovable female lead, but its tilt toward redemption makes it less interesting than that.

A Personal Tale Evokes A Sense Of The Past

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Twenty years after the first time we met writer-director Arnaud Desplechin's protagonist, we leap backward in time to visit with him as a younger man.

A Family Holiday And A Familiar Face

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Trey Edward Shults expands his highly praised short into Krisha, a film drawn in part from his own family's story — and starring some of his relatives as well as himself.

'Allegiant' Explains Itself, But Who Really Cares?

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:00pm

The third film in the Divergent series expends great effort to render the faction system on which it relies easier to understand, but that doesn't necessarily make it more entertaining.

Guinness Tells Beer Drinkers: Keep Your Head And Embrace The 'Stache

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 2:39pm

The folks at Guinness have a polite request: Don't slurp the foamy head off their beer. It's essentially a nitrogen cap, they say, that's protecting the flavors underneath from being oxidized.

Feast Like It's 399: What Would St. Patrick Eat?

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:40am

The patron saint of Ireland was born to high status in Britain, then stolen away by pirates as a teen. It's a life story with plenty of fodder to cook up an unexpected, historically inspired menu.

'Knockout' Scores A Hit With Humanity And Dark Humor

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:00am

The characters who populate John Jodzio's new story collection are a long way from respectable — they're junkies, liars, and in one case, a tiger thief. But Jodzio treats them all with compassion.

'Hong Gildong:' Korea's Classic Swashbuckler Gets A New Translation

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 6:00am

A young nobleman leaves home and ends up joining a group of outlaws — sound familiar? No, it's not Robin Hood, it's the iconic Korean hero Hong Gildong, and it's time the rest of the world met him.

For A Young Irish Artist And Author, Words Are Anchored In Images

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:03am

"I see the world and then I describe it," says Sara Baume. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, is a "very atypical love story" between a troubled man and his adopted one-eyed dog.

Only Script In Shakespeare's Handwriting Urges Compassion For Migrants

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 5:14pm

A scrap of a play written in part by Shakespeare answers contemporaries who were angry that England was admitting religious refugees.

Michelle Obama Promotes All-Star Song 'This Is For My Girls' At SXSW

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:21pm

Michelle Obama announced a song Wednesday at the South by Southwest Music Festival that brings together some of the biggest female music stars in the service of girls' education globally.

'The Rope' Chronicles A Good Death, And A Bad Start

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:21pm

Kanan Makiya's new novel, The Rope, is named for the rope used to execute Saddam Hussein. It follows one Shi'ite militiaman from the day of Saddam's fall through the tumultuous years that follow.

'We Couldn't Save Them': Lessons From A Film About Family And Addiction

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:21pm

"Our job was to love them," says actress Krisha Fairchild. She plays a recovering addict in Krisha, a film written and directed by her nephew, and inspired by her family's struggle with addiction.

'Putin Country' Offers A Glimpse Inside 'Real' Russia

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:14pm

Veteran foreign correspondent Anne Garrels takes us deep inside Russia, where citizens struggle with a shaky economy and widespread corruption, but seem supportive of their controversial president.




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