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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Finale: 'We've Been Here For Some Time'

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:04am

"The Dragon and the Wolf." Sittin' in a tree. Attending lots of M-E-E-T-I-N-Gs. The Game of Thrones season 7 finale was filled with head-fakes and family business and feelings-meetings.

(Image credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Tobe Hooper, Director Of 'Chain Saw Massacre,' Dies At 74

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 1:30pm

Hooper's disturbing horror film, which was made on a shoestring budget, had a lasting influence on the genre.

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'If The Creek Don't Rise' Traces Webs Of Hurt And Help

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 6:00am

Leah Weiss' debut novel — set in a remote Appalachian town — has a strong sense of place and a richly drawn cast of characters, all with their own voices, stories and interconnected relationships.

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In 'More Than A Picture' Exhibit, History Happens Now

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 5:14pm

A new collection at the National Museum of African American History features recent, lesser-known photos alongside iconic ones to show that our collective memory is shaped every day — and by many.

(Image credit: Gift of Devin Allen/Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Subtle, Brilliant 'Stay With Me' Blends The Personal And The Political

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 9:00am

Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel follows a young Nigerian couple struggling to conceive and caught between modern medicine and the traditional remedies — like a new wife — pushed by older relatives.

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Love And Cruelty Are Bound Together In 'My Absolute Darling'

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 7:03am

Gabriel Tallent's debut novel has been called a masterpiece on the level of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's the difficult story of a young girl living in the California woods with her abusive father.

(Image credit: Christina Ascani/NPR)

Take A Walk On The Wilder Side Of Death With 'Reincarnation Blues'

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 6:00am

Michael Poore's new novel is surprisingly goofy for a book about dying. It's the story fishing guide Milo, who's just been eaten by a shark. Oh, and he's in love with Death, who's also named Suzie.

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The Brief, Tumultuous Reign Of An Erstwhile Best-Seller

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 7:05pm

For a while Thursday, Lani Sarem's debut, Handbook for Mortals, stood as the reigning best-seller in young adult literature. Within hours, it had been removed from the list entirely. What happened?

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'Disjointed' Is Like Any Workplace Sitcom — Think 'Cheers,' With More Pot

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:08pm

Set in a medical marijuana dispensary, the big networks all turned the show down. But Netflix picked it up and co-creator Chuck Lorre says, ultimately, it's about characters who care for one another.

(Image credit: Patrick Wymore/Netflix)

A Closeted Teen Struggles To Maintain His Double Life In 'Beach Rats'

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Beach Rats, which follows a teenager in Brooklyn who is having a lousy summer. The film won the best directing prize at Sundance earlier this year.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Oscar-Winning Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of The Miracle Worker. Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: The Carl Reiner Interview

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Reiner spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Science 'Gone Wrong' Can Teach Us

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:26am

Pandora's Lab stresses that for science to work, it needs to base claims on data, studies need to be replicable, and scientists must be more attached to science than to their own ideas, says Alva Noë.

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Mo Questions, Mo Problems

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

In this final round, every answer begins with the letters "M-O."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Our mystery guest and her husband own an unusual business in a 6,000 square foot facility. Ophira and Jonathan ask yes or no questions to figure out what it could be.

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Which Witch Is Witch?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Jonathan Coulton takes songs with the word "magic" in the title and parodies them to be about famous fictional witches. It's like a witch hunt, but fun!

TV Decor

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Ophira and Jonathan read an imaginary real estate listing for a room and contestants guess what TV show it's featured in.

Rita Dove: Set Phasers To Poem

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Ask Me Another goes to the Virginia Arts Festival with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. We quiz the Star Trek: The Next Generation fan on famous poems rewritten about characters from the series.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Depressing Place Names

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

The United States is full of places that may be lovely, but have depressing names. Contestants guess which of three locations with a less-than-exciting name is real.

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