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Do We Need A New Narrative For Death?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

Amanda Bennett explains why having hope while watching a loved one die shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death — to match the ones we have in life.

What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

Artist Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard with the prompt: "Before I die I want to ____." Her neighbors' answers described the aspirations of their community.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Conversation With Fred Armisen And 'Welcome To Night Vale'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 6:00am

The gang's been snowed in, but there's still a new episode of the show, thanks to Linda Holmes' onstage discussions — one with Armisen and one with Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.

Richard Dreyfuss: Like It Or Not, There's A Bit Of Bernie Madoff In All Of Us

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:46pm

"He was a completely despicable human being, but in order to achieve that he had to be lovable," says Dreyfuss, who plays the Ponzi-scheme perpetrator in an upcoming, two-part, ABC miniseries.

Boston Museum Acquires First Painting Frida Kahlo Ever Sold

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:00pm

Kahlo painted Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) in 1928 and sold it in 1929. Conservators at the Museum of Fine Arts say the maids in the portrait may have cared for Kahlo after a violent car crash.

The Curious Cookware Of A Williams-Sonoma Founder Lands In A Museum

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 1:53pm

The late Chuck Williams of Williams-Sonoma collected 4,000 cooking artifacts from around the world. The vast collection will be the basis of a new museum run by the Culinary Institute of America.

'Mi Comida Latina': A Hand-Drawn Guide To Latin Cuisines

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:20pm

With its vibrant watercolor illustrations and delicate hand-lettered recipes, artist Marcella Kriebel's cookbook is as much an art project as a manual for making tasty meals from Latin America.

Let Twitter Be Your Guide Through This Michael Jackson Casting Mess

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:57am

When the news leaves you speechless, let Twitter take the wheel.

'Good On Paper' Swings From Scholarly To Zany

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 6:00am

Rachel Cantor's new novel tries to draw out the connections between love and scholarship in a tale of a frustrated translator looking for a new life. But it's occasionally too clever for its own good.

Commentary: NBC's 'Telenovela' 'Takes Ownership' Of Latino Stereotypes

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:27pm

NBC's new comedy, Telenovela, parodies a Spanish-language soap opera. Commentator Cynthia Leonor Garza says it's an attempt at bringing Latin culture into the mainstream — but it could do it better.

'Rabin, The Last Day' Examines Probe Into Killing Of Israeli Prime Minister

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:27pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to director Amos Gitai about his new film, Rabin, the Last Day, which merges news footage and dramatized scenes of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

America The Foodiful

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

In this final round, all of the answers are a food or drink that has an American geographic location in its name.

Oh Myyy (With George Takei)

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

Every answer begins with his signature saying "Oh Myyy" and is mashed up with something that starts with the "my" sound.

Some Directions with George Takei

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

VIP George Takei has such a smooth, deep voice, anything he says goes down like a fine whiskey.

Teenage Theme

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

In a tribute to the Katy Perry song, we ask contestants to channel their inner teen and guess the less romantic teenage things we're singing about.

This, That Or The Other

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

Is Holiday in the Sun an Agatha Christie novel or a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie? Those are the categories in this installment of "This, That or the Other."

Creature Feature

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:34pm

In this adorable rhyming game, each answer is two words: an animal, and a word that rhymes with that animal.

National Park Service Launches Search For Next Ansel Adams

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

The National Park Service is hiring a full-time photographer to document the country's natural landscapes. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Rich O'Connor of the National Park Service photography program about the position, which some are comparing to the job held by Ansel Adams in the 1940s.

Streaming Services Shake-Up Market At Sundance Film Festival

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Video streaming services like Amazon and Netflix are adding a new dimension to the Sundance Film Festival. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Tatiana Siegel, senior film writer for the Hollywood Reporter, about the competition with traditional movie studios for distribution rights to some of the festival's most anticipated films.

Strange Lives Unfold In Dreamy, Atmospheric 'Sleep Garden'

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:00am

Jim Krusoe's new novel is hard to summarize. It's about the odd inhabitants of an odd, bunker-like apartment building — but also about life, death, and the importance of stories.

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