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In A Novel Of Frustrated Young Love, Sexuality Comes To The Forefront

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

In Tender, Irish novelist Belinda McKeon takes readers through the infatuation and obsession that comes with a lopsided love affair.

#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:00am

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.

'Trapped In Time,' The Last Showgirl Revue On Vegas Strip, Will Close

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:36am

With its elaborate headdresses, colorful sequined gowns and statuesque dancers, Jubilee was the classic Las Vegas show. But times and tastes change, and the last performance will be on Feb. 11.

Comic T.J. Miller: Trained Clown And Student Of Nietzsche

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:31am

The Silicon Valley actor, and former Shakespearean clown, says his latest role is right up his alley: "I'm interested in morality and mortality, and Deadpool kind of has all of these themes."

'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:27pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.

Navigating A Minefield Of Moral Quandaries And Consequences In 'A War'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:06pm

A War is a contender for the best foreign film Oscar. It's about a soldier in Afghanistan placed in an impossible situation, and NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it brings the big questions home.

Animated Show 'Bordertown' Explores Both Sides Of Immigration Debate

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Bordertown is about two families on both sides of the immigration debate. One is a white border patrol agent and his family and the other is a Mexican-American immigrant family.

To Sorkin A Mockingbird: Screenwriter Will Adapt Novel For Broadway

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

How will Aaron Sorkin's rapid-fire dialogue fit with Harper Lee's tale of racism and justice in the South?

Is John Oliver's Show Journalism? He Says The Answer Is Simple: 'No'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:16pm

"Everything we do is in pursuit of comedy," Oliver says. But to get the comedy right, you have to get facts right: "You can't be wrong about something, otherwise that joke just disintegrates."

Bob Odenkirk Mixes Laughter And Law In 'Breaking Bad' And 'Better Call Saul'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The actor's fast-talking, sleazeball character Saul Goodman has been known to bend the law — and to break it. The second season of Better Call Saul begins Feb. 15. Originally broadcast Aug. 6, 2013.

'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The show's co-creator says it was a writers' room joke that if something didn't fit on Breaking Bad, it would go on the Saul Goodman show (now Better Call Saul). Originally broadcast March 9, 2015.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:38am

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

Money May Not Buy You Love, But It Sure Helps

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:32am

Someone has got to pay for the cocktails on the first date, dinners in that classy restaurant, the wedding by the beach — and that messy divorce. Here are some fun facts on the economics of romance.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Awards Show Problem And Product Placement

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:10am

On this week's show, we break down what entertainment industry awards are for (if anything) and consider the highs and lows of product placement.

Need A Little Valentine's Day Perspective? These 3 Romances Will Do The Trick

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:00am

Reviewer Ericka Brooks loves romance novels, but she felt like there was something missing in her collection. So she went looking for books with characters from all different backgrounds.

In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:01am

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.

Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:00am

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.

'Deadpool' Is a Potty-Mouthed Splatterfest. A Really Funny One

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:16pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Deadpool goes in deep on its R rating — and has plenty of fun doing it.

'Touched With Fire' Is Dedicated To Great Art, But Isn't Great Art

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm

The drama stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as artists hospitalized with bipolar disorder and struggles in its exploration of the link, if one exists, between their work and their illness.

A Glimpse Into The Future In 'Mountains May Depart'

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Chinese writer-director Jia Zhangke follows his characters from 1999 all the way forward to 2025, where a sun-bleached tomorrowland threatens alienation from tradition.




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