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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:34am

The show is a response to the notion that sitcoms have generally ceded political satire to fake news programs. It opens with a certifiably crazy general taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

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Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:03am

While our intern plugs away at tallying the 18,000 nominations that came in for the summer reader romance poll, we thought we'd introduce you to the expert panelists who'll help shape the final list.

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Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 4:50am

In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.

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After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 3:33pm

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But, amid the fickle endorsements and dustups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.

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The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 1:47pm

Despite the big stars, it's hard to make a straight-faced parody of something watched by people who often already think it's a joke.

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:26pm

Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:26pm

Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.

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Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 9:52am

Surprisingly, Pixar's latest goes without an element that almost every adventure movie for kids is sure to provide: a villain.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:23am

On this week's show, we explore Pixar's new exploratory movie about a girl's brain, and we talk about why pop culture often struggles to give parents rich, satisfying romantic lives.

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When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

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Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Poet Rives explores why "four-in-the-morning" has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.

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Can You Remember Your Life, One Second At A Time?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

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'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

The movie, directed by Pete Docter, follows the five emotions inside an 11-year-old's head. Poehler plays Joy, but she says Sadness' strength is she knows how to talk about loss.

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One 'Overnight,' Two Couples, Countless Boundaries Violated

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

A new comedy starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling tests the boundaries of good taste for both the two couples at its center and the film itself.

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The House Music Of Paris Takes Center Stage In 'Eden'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

Director and co-writer Mia Hansen-Love tells the tale of a young man, based on her own brother, who finds and then loses a deep attachment to the electronic dance music of Paris in the 1990s.

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From The 'Inside Out,' A Lively Look Inside A Young Mind

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

Pixar's latest creation, which takes place inside a young girl's mind, is visually ambitious, emotionally affecting, and ultimately very wise.

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Difficult Times With A Difficult Father In 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

Mark Ruffalo plays a father struggling with bipolar disorder in Maya Forbes' domestic comedy based on the director's experience with her own dad.

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Kids' Art Show Takes Over Two Billboards In Times Square

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:16pm

Through the weekend, art by 23 public school students will be seen on two large billboards in the heart of New York City.

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4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:37pm

Now that NBC has finalized a deal to move disgraced anchor Brian Williams to MSNBC, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans outlines some ways the network might salvage his credibility.

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'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:46pm

Screenwriter Oren Moverman talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the film's depiction of the Beach Boy's troubled life. We'll also listen back to an interview Gross recorded with Wilson in 1988.

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