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In A Sweet Coming-Of-Age Tale, 'Morris From America' Brings Hip-Hop To Heidelberg

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:00pm

The charismatic Markees Christmas plays Morris, a 13-year-old aspiring rapper from New York who moves to Germany with his widowed father (Craig Robinson).

Dreamlike 'Kubo And The Two Strings' Offers A Gorgeous, Richly Textured Adventure

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:00pm

The latest animated film from Laika Studios owes more to the emotional impressionism of Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki than the comparatively rigid and familiar story structure of Disney/Pixar.

'War Dogs' Cries Havoc And Lets Slip The Dudes Of War

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Todd Phillips' heavily fictionalized, testosterone-fueled account of two bros who engage in war profiteering ultimately loses its way.

Rape Allegations Against Actor Nate Parker Resurface

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

The writer-director-actor Nate Parker is facing controversy after details about his acquittal of sexual assault resurfaced recently. His movie, The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, directed and starred in, comes out in October. NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the case with Variety reporter Brent Lang.

It Took A Decade, But Portman 'Just Had To Make' Her Latest Film

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

In the years it took Natalie Portman to adapt Amos Oz's autobiographical novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness, she grew into the role of the lead character, Fania — the immigrant mother of young Amos.

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:11pm

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."

'The Hike' Turns Traditional Fairy Tales Inside Out

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:31am

Drew Magary's new novel is the strange story of average guy Ben, whose business meeting at a old country hotel turns into a bizarre odyssey through the woods, full of giant crickets and talking crabs.

Riveting 'Obelisk Gate' Shatters The Stillness

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

N.K. Jemisin continues the story of the Stillness — a world constantly rocked by quakes, and the rare, gifted people who can control them — in a second volume even more engrossing than the first.

Hot Enough For You? Cool Off With A Brief History Of Frozen Treats

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:50pm

The Roman Emperor Nero was said to enjoy snow topped with honey. Persians liked to drink sharbate over ice. But a scientific discovery in the 1500s paved the way for our modern ice creams.

Comedian Larry Wilmore Reflects On End Of 'The Nightly Show'

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:32pm

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore comes to an end this week. Host and comedian Larry Wilmore reflects on the show's failures and successes.

Distilling The Story Of California Wine, One Label At A Time

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:52am

At the world's largest wine research library — inside UC Davis — librarians are crowd-sourcing their archives to understand the forces that shaped California's wine industry into a global powerhouse.

For The 'Oscars Of Romance,' Representation Matters

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:00am

The RITA awards are the Oscars of romance writing — but of more than 90 RITA finalists this year, only a handful featured heroes and heroines of color. We have a roundup of the ones that did.

Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:35am

A wealthy American living in Paris, Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. In a subtle but powerful palette, she depicted androgynous women and melancholy nudes.

In 'Uproot,' A DJ Traces Modern Music's Tangled Family Tree

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Jace Clayton, best known for his work as DJ /rupture, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about his first book, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture.

Everything Is Fair Game In 'Known And Strange Things'

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Teju Cole's new essay collection covers politics, poetry, music, and even Snapchat. He says he's writing as an "interested non-expert." And he recommends Miles Davis as a cure for election stress.

Minnesota Bookseller Recommends 3 Summer Porch Reads

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Sue Zumberge of Subtext Books shares her favorite books for summer reading: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard and Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova.

'Roaring Wind' Examines Extreme Weather, And The Power Of Air

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

Biologist Bill Streever sailed from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his new book, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind. He says the wind was working against him "most of the time."

Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series. She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture.

At This Experimental Culinary Event, The Cutlery Is High Art

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:00am

Three Michelin-starred chefs will cook for 60 guests in a one-night voyage of vittles in California. We talked to an artist creating the virtuosic flatware for the event.

'Marlys' Collection Dips Back Into Lynda Barry's Sweet, Squirmy World

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:00am

Drawn & Quarterly has reissued a compilation of strips from Lynda Barry's Ernie Pook's Comeek, starring irrepressible eight-year-old Marlys Mullen. Barry's sweeping lines are instantly recognizable.

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