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Rebuilding A Father's Life — But Tearing Down His Myths — In 'Dadland'

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 6:00am

Keggie Carew's father was a genuine war hero, but he was on shakier ground close to home. And after he began to suffer from dementia, Carew set out to reconstruct — and demythologize — his life.

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'On Tyranny' Explores New Threats Facing American Political System

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with historian Timothy Snyder about his new book, On Tyranny, which explores the new threats faced by our political order and how we can look back to the 20th century for lessons on how to overcome them.

I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It, But She Didn't. What Do I Do?

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 9:00am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who thinks she's a lesbian but is married to a man.

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From Mom Jokes To Trump-Era Racism, Cristela Alonzo Aims To Skewer Latino Stereotypes

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 7:09am

The star of the new Netflix special Lower Classy talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how she writes her Mexican-American identity into comedy, along with stories from her childhood on the border.

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A Middle-Aged Coming Of Age In 'All Grown Up'

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 7:03am

Novelist Jami Attenberg tells the story of Andrea Bern — a failed artist who, as she turns 40, is seeking a path to personal and professional happiness.

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'The Wrong Dead Guy' Lives And Dies By Its Comedic Timing

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 6:00am

Charlie "Coop" Cooper is back for another action packed, kooky adventure — complete with dirty jokes, an octopus robot, and an overuse of dialogue — in Richard Kadrey's newest novel.

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'Time: The Kalief Browder Story' Depicts Issues With Solitary Confinement

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 5:54pm

Director Jenner Furst talks about his new documentary miniseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, on Spike TV. Browder served three years in Riker's Island jail after being accused of stealing.

Gary Lucas Uses Film Music 'To Shed Light On Obscure Corners Of Culture'

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Gary Lucas, known for playing with the late Captain Beefheart and as the late Jeff Buckley's songwriting partner, built reputation with film music. His latest is for an early Orson Welles comedy.

Míriam Colón, Puerto Rican Actress And Theater Pioneer, Dies At 80

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:36am

Since coming to the U.S., Colón acted in over 90 films, imbuing her often secondary roles with soul. Behind the scenes, as a theater producer, she also blazed a path for other Latino actors to follow.

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Not My Job: Jordan Peele Gets Quizzed On The Teletubbies

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:06am

The children's TV show marks its 20th anniversary this month. We'll see how much the creator of Get Out knows about Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.

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A Green Beret Sits For A Portrait By His Former Commander In Chief

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

After leaving office, President George W. Bush picked up painting — first fruit, then pets, then people. His book Portraits of Courage features paintings of more than 60 American service members.

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After 'Green Room' and 'Blue Ruin,' The Brothers Blair Keep Film Music In The Family

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

Composers Brooke and Will Blair got some notice last year for their music for the cult hit Green Room, starring their brother Macon. Now they're scoring his directorial debut.

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Not Your Grandpa's Circus: The Big Top Makes Room For Experimental Companies

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

A nonprofit wants you to know that the circus is more than ringmasters and lion tamers — it's also an avant-garde art form.

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'In The Name Of The Family' Probes The Lives Of An Infamous Clan

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:00am

Sarah Dunant's latest novel follows one of history's most notorious families — the Borgias. But it's the small, domestic details, not the bigger picture, that captivate.

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Writing Past The White Gaze As A Black Author

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 5:01am

"I wanted my characters to be respectable. I wanted them to somehow escape the judgement they'd get for just being, the same kind of judgement I've gotten for just being..."

Gustav Metzger, Whose Creations Were Works Of Destruction, Dies At 90

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:42pm

The artist, who lost most of his family to the Holocaust when he was young, founded the auto-destructive art movement. He explored how destruction could become an act of creation and dissent.

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How Do You Raise A Feminist Daughter? Chimamanda Adichie Has 15 Suggestions

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:49pm

Adichie's new book began as a letter to a childhood friend (and new mother) who had asked for some advice. It's called Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

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In Shirley MacLaine's New Movie, She Has 'The Last Word'

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

Shirley MacLaine agrees that she's played a lot of sharp-tongued, difficult-to-be-around women, and that's true of her latest role in the movie, The Last Word. In her latest role, she's a woman obsessed with designing her own obituary. MacLaine talks about how she approaches acting and dodges what she wants written in her own obituary.

In 'Logan,' Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Shines His Badge One Last Time

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews the latest and darkest Marvel movie, Logan, which follows an aging X-Men Wolverine and Charles Xavier.

The X-Men Franchise Takes An Intense, Scorched-Earth Turn With 'Logan'

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:31pm

Major characters go down in showers of blood and gore in the latest stand-alone Wolverine film. Critic David Edelstein says that Logan is an "incredibly bleak ... crackerjack piece of work."




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