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Southern Gothic 'Florida' Spins Tales Of Hurricanes, Humidity And Humanity

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:50am

Lauren Groff sets her new story collection in what she calls the "sunniest and strangest of states." Critic Maureen Corrigan says the tales are "brooding, inventive — and often moving."

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Ethan Slater And Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:06am

Ethan Slater, star of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, shares his journey to his Tony nomination and SpongeBob's book-writer, Kyle Jarrow, plays a game about sad songs with a spongy twist.

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VIDEO: Hunting For Morels, The Most Delectable Mushroom Of The Forest

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:02am

The elusive morel is one of the most sought-after wild mushrooms. Expert foragers typically don't like to disclose their favorite picking grounds to others. We got one to share his tips.

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Advice For 'Grown-Ups' In Their 40s: 'Just Do What You Want More Often'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 5:14pm

Author Pamela Druckerman says she's reached a "now-or-never phase of life." Her new book There Are No Grown-Ups is a coming-of-age story — for people whose age is 40.

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'A Kid Like Jake' Doesn't Have Enough Jake

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 4:01pm

A film about rich parents using their child's gender expression to get him into preschool doesn't spend enough time getting to know Jake or enough time looking closely at his parents.

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Life Tries Clumsily To Imitate Art In 'American Animals'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 4:01pm

A heist isn't as easy as the movies might lead you to believe. That's the lesson learned by four brats who try to steal expensive rare books in a fact-based story about being terrible at crime.

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'Adrift' In Time And Water, Lovers Battle To Find A Course

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 4:00pm

Adrift, starring Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley, could have been a generic disaster film, if not for some clever editing that helps pull together its themes.

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'Rodin' Shines As A Story Of Both Artist And Art

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 4:00pm

While many biographies of artists focus on their tortured personal lives, Rodin maintains a close focus on sculpture itself and what makes it last.

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Arquette: After Rejecting Weinstein, 'I Had A Completely Different Career'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 3:20pm

Rosanna Arquette, one of the first actresses to come forward regarding a sexually abusive encounter with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, says the charges against him aren't the result of a "witch hunt."

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A Birdbrained Library Heist Is Suffused With Irony In 'American Animals'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 1:12pm

In 2004, four young men stole rare art books valued at more than three-quarters of a million dollars from a college library. American Animals blends fiction and documentary to retell the story.

For 'Vogue' Titan André Leon Talley, Fashion Was A 'Gateway To The World'

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:27pm

Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he stumbled upon a copy of the iconic fashion magazine. Paging through Vogue, he says, was like traveling down a "rabbit hole" into "a world of glamour."

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What Does Shakespeare Have To Do With 'Energy?' (Trust Us, There's A Link)

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 6:00am

In his new book, Richard Rhodes lays out an accessible and surprisingly optimistic history of energy by exploring the lives of scientists and inventors — and a few unlikely people, like Bard of Avon.

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Identity And The End Of 'The Americans'

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:32pm

The Americans concluded after six seasons on Wednesday night.

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Las Vegas Golden Knights' Pregame Program Is Almost More Entertaining Than The Game

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 3:33pm

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have the most elaborate pregame show in all of hockey. Now they're in the Stanley Cup Final. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jonny Greco, the team's vice president of entertainment production.

Behind That Bonkers Golden Knights Pregame Show: 'We Threw Everything On The Wall'

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 3:33pm

Sword fights. Neon-visored drum majors. A giant, firework-spitting helmet. The Vegas hockey team's spectacle is an anomaly in the stoic NHL — and that's just the way the team likes it.

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Exiled Journalist Continues To Fight For Women's Rights In Iran

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

Masih Alinejad discusses her campaign against a law requiring that Iranian women and girls to cover their heads and necks with a hijab. Her new memoir is The Wind in My Hair.

Sexuality, Mortality, Failure — 'My Ex-Life' Has Fun Asking Big Questions

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

A divorced couple reconnects after nearly 30 years apart in Stephen McCauley's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says My Ex-Life is a social satire that's "suffused with generosity."

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Roseanne Barr Says Ambien Played Role In Racist Tweet That Spiked Her Show's Reboot

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 8:26am

Critics pounced after Barr said she was "Ambien tweeting" at 2 in the morning. She also said she believed the target of her tweet, Valerie Jarrett, was Saudi or Jewish or Persian — rather than black.

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Mormon Funeral Potatoes: The Carb-Heavy Meal For The End of The World

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 7:00am

Call it disaster preparedness cooking: A Utah company began running Facebook ads for an instant version of a staple Mormon comfort food ... because pantries should be stocked for the Second Coming.

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