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'Mormama' Is A House Built On Quicksand

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00pm

Kit Reed's would-be Southern Gothic chiller starts strong, with an amnesiac man stumbling into a house haunted by family secrets — but is ultimately undone by issues of plot, pacing and voice work.

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Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:11am

The Library of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith as the the country's new poet laureate. She's the author of three collections of poetry and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

Why Hasn't Online Dating Made It Onscreen?

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:38am

The technology around us has made its way into all kinds of movies — sci-fi, thrillers, horror. But there's one movie genre it hasn't been able to infiltrate — the romantic comedy.

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Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her 'Anchor'

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:00pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet says she plans to use her new role to meet people who don't read poetry ... yet, anyway. She believes poetry can be a resource for people in fraught or isolating times.

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What Makes A Good Whodunit? 'Magpie Murders' Author Spells It Out

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Anthony Horowitz's latest novel is a whodunit about whodunits. He says, "I wanted it to be ... a sort of a treatise on the whole genre of murder mystery writing."

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PHOTOS: 'Chicano Eats' Food Blog Dishes Up Bicultural Flavors

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:23pm

On his bilingual food blog, Esteban Castillo shares traditional and fusion Mexican recipes. The blog has a stunning, minimalist aesthetic meant to challenge the way people see Mexican food.

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Journalist Ventured 'Behind The Lines Of Jihad' To Interview The World's Most Wanted

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:16pm

Washington Post correspondent Souad Mekhennet has risked kidnapping and imprisonment to report on extremist groups, such as ISIS and the Taliban. Her new memoir is I Was Told to Come Alone.

'So Much Blue' Is Percival Everett's Best Yet

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 9:00am

By turns funny, shocking and heartbreaking, Everett's new novel follows a painter who's deeply ambivalent about his apparently idyllic life, and digs into the moments in his past that shaped him.

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This Art Group Installs Pick-Your-Own-Fruit Parks Around Los Angeles

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:00am

Since 2004, the group Fallen Fruit has been planting fruit trees around the city and across the U.S. Once mature, the trees produce hundreds of pounds of produce a year — all free to the public.

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Prog Rock Gets Some Respect In 'The Show That Never Ends'

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 6:00am

David Weigel is primarily a political reporter, but in The Show that Never Ends he spins his love of prog rock into a detailed, affectionate history of a genre that's never completely gone away.

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Video: That Time We Tried Pore Vacuuming In South Korea

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:58am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tests out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode: pore vacuuming, a hot trend in Korean beauty. A suction pen excavates grime from your face.

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50 Years After 'Loving,' Hollywood Still Struggles With Interracial Romance

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Hollywood's long history of not putting interracial romance on-screen goes all the way back to the Hays Code, which prohibited the depiction of "sex relationships between the white and black races."

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Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:38pm

Delta pulled its sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar that seems to depict an assassination of President Trump.

Art Collector Sells A Lichtenstein For $165 Million To Fund Criminal Justice Reform

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 1:06pm

Agnes Gund sold Roy Lichtenstein's Masterpiece for an eye-popping sum to support the new Art For Justice Fund. The group will fight against mass incarceration and support released prisoners.

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'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:25pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that shocked American commanders and helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war.

This Baker Makes Internet Trolls Eat Their Words — Literally

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:12am

Tempted to respond back to Internet harassers? New York City baker Kat Thek does just that. Her company, Troll Cakes, will find your perpetrator and send them a cake with their words written on it.

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At The Tonys, 'Dear Evan Hansen' Has A Big Night In A Dark Season

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:51am

The 2017 Tony Awards weren't a coronation of any one show, but it was hard not to notice a theme of pointed social and political thought behind many of the winners.

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In 'The Hero,' Sam Elliott Continues His Career Renaissance

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:45pm

NPR's Lakshmi Singh speaks with actor Sam Elliott about his new film, "The Hero." Sam Elliott plays an aging actor, coming to terms with his mortality and a career as a typecast cowboy.

Swimsuit Season Gets Complicated

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Sarah Halzack, who has written about retail for The Washington Post, why this season's swimwear is so complicated.

Landing Starring Roles At 50, Salma Hayek Enjoys 'Proving Everyone Wrong'

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Hayek's career hasn't been easy, but she's not complaining: "I'd rather have the hard road into excellence than the easy road into mediocrity," she says. Her current film is called Beatriz at Dinner.

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