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How 'Fiddler On The Roof' (And Writing Its Sequel) Helped An Actress Find Closure

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:34pm

Alexandra Silber's father died when she was just 18 — the same age as Fiddler's Hodel when she leaves her dad at a train station. Silber's new novel, After Anatevka, tells the rest of Hodel's story.

(Image credit: Pegasus Books)

'These Kids Are Insane': Jimmy Awards Celebrate Outstanding Teen Performers

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Seventy-four high school singers, actors and dancers, selected from a pool of 50,000 students across America, recently came to New York City for a Broadway boot camp.

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The Charm Of 'Spoonbenders' Is No Cheap Trick

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:00am

Daryl Gregory's new novel spans decades in the life of the Amazing Telemachus Family — a con-man, card-sharping patriarch and his troublesome psychic children, whose powers haven't helped them any.

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'Healing Children': A Surgeon's Take On What Kids Need

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:00am

Dr. Kurt Newman has spent his career caring for children. In a new book, he argues that children are not just smaller adults, and the differences matter for their treatment.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

'Baby Driver' Follows Criminal Who Wants Out Of The Game

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with director Edgar Wright and Joe Loya, Wright's technical consultant, about the new movie, Baby Driver, which is about a getaway driver who wants out of the game.

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

If And Only If

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

What do mastiffs, bailiffs, and chiffon all have in common? The letters I-F-F, of course! For this final round, every answer will contain those letters in consecutive order.

Meet The Expert

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

In this installment of Meet the Expert we chat with Karen Green, the Librarian for Ancient and Medieval History, and the Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University, about her two passions.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Golden Sidekicks

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

In a tribute to Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose, guest musician Julian Velard graces us with the Golden Girls theme song "Thank You For Being a Friend," rewritten to be about famous sidekicks.

Don't Be So Possessive

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

Take ownership of this tough word game, where the S of a famous person's last name is moved to the end of their first name to make a possessive phrase.

Betty Gilpin: GLOW-ing Faces

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

From Netflix's GLOW, Betty Gilpin talks about larger-than-life female wrestlers and making weird character faces. Then she plays a round of "Wrestling Name, Phish Song or Essie Nail Polish Color."

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)


Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

For this game, contestants guess which of two audio clues a certain -phile would be way into.

Seize The Data

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

Our contestants take a trip to Silicon Valley in this game where we mash up common names, phrases, and titles with technology companies.

Meet The Indiana Jones Of Ancient Ales And Extreme Beverages

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:24am

Patrick McGovern searches for and studies the residues of fermented drinks that can be thousands of years old – and then re-creates them. His new book explores these brews and their cultural value.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Alison Dunlap)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:40am

On this week's show, we bring you a conversation we had with Audie Cornish from our recent live show in Brooklyn, and Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham talk about their USA comedy.

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Summer Potluck Dishes To Withstand The Heat And Please Crowds

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:20pm

Say you're headed to an outdoor cookout or barbecue or a family reunion but you don't want to show up empty-handed. What do you bring? Chefs Edward Lee, Amy Thielen and James Rigato offer suggestions.

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'Pop Aye': A Man, An Elephant And An Amiable Amble Across Thailand

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:00pm

In writer-director Kirsten Tan's first feature, an aging architect reconnects with his long-lost elephant, and the two embark upon a loosely structured, slightly surreal journey.

(Image credit: Kino Lorber)

The Polaroid Photographer Who Captures 'The B-Side' Of Her Subjects' Lives

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:00pm

Errol Morris' unusually straightforward documentary about portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman is as charming as its sunny, voluble subject.

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Bong Joon-Ho's 'Okja' Is As Weird A Hybrid As Its Porcine Star

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:00pm

Bong's clever dark comedy, about a enormous, genetically modified pig and the adorable moppet who loves her, veers wildly in tone, but the CGI oinker at its center is a marvel.

(Image credit: Barry Wetcher/Netflix)

Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In 'Lebowski'

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:05pm

Elliott says that being selective about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, The Hero.




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