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What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:38am

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

Money May Not Buy You Love, But It Sure Helps

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:32am

Someone has got to pay for the cocktails on the first date, dinners in that classy restaurant, the wedding by the beach — and that messy divorce. Here are some fun facts on the economics of romance.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Awards Show Problem And Product Placement

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:10am

On this week's show, we break down what entertainment industry awards are for (if anything) and consider the highs and lows of product placement.

Need A Little Valentine's Day Perspective? These 3 Romances Will Do The Trick

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:00am

Reviewer Ericka Brooks loves romance novels, but she felt like there was something missing in her collection. So she went looking for books with characters from all different backgrounds.

In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:01am

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.

Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:00am

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.

'Deadpool' Is a Potty-Mouthed Splatterfest. A Really Funny One

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:16pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Deadpool goes in deep on its R rating — and has plenty of fun doing it.

'Touched With Fire' Is Dedicated To Great Art, But Isn't Great Art

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm

The drama stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as artists hospitalized with bipolar disorder and struggles in its exploration of the link, if one exists, between their work and their illness.

A Glimpse Into The Future In 'Mountains May Depart'

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Chinese writer-director Jia Zhangke follows his characters from 1999 all the way forward to 2025, where a sun-bleached tomorrowland threatens alienation from tradition.

A Family Fixer Struggles To Stay Afloat In 'Glassland'

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Irish writer-director Gerard Barrett gets fine performances from Jack Reynor and Toni Collette in this story of a young man who bears the burden of caring for his alcoholic mother.

'Zoolander 2' Can't Quite Walk The Walk-Off Anymore

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm

It's not hard to believe Zoolander 2 suffers from plot problems, but even beyond that, it can't find the rhythm with its gags at the expense of fashion, either.

Johnny Depp Stars As Donald Trump (Yep, You Read That Right)

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 3:51pm

The online comedy outfit Funny or Die has created a fake made-for-TV movie based on Trump's 1987 best-selling business advice book, The Art of the Deal.

'Daisy Is An Animal': Jennifer Jason Leigh On Her Comeback In 'The Hateful Eight'

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 3:27pm

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is back in the spotlight with an Oscar nomination for her role as a murderous woman in the movie The Hateful Eight. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with her about being cast by Quentin Tarantino.

Meet The Guy Calling Out Hollywood For How It Describes Women

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 3:09pm

Three months ago, producer Ross Putman started tracking descriptions of female characters from scripts he read. On Tuesday, he shared them with the world on his Twitter account, "Fem Script Intros."

Five Unromantic Comedies For Valentine's Day Non-Inspiration

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 1:00pm

We take a look as February 14 approaches at some of the less romantic movies you could add to your schedule.

How Do We Move Beyond The Darkest Moments In Our Lives?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:45pm

Following the White House sex scandal of the 1990s, Monica Lewinsky endured public shame and trauma. Now, she is speaking out about it as a way to help others in similar circumstances.

How Can We Ensure Our Survival As A Species?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:45pm

Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.

How Do People Live and Cope In The Midst Of Violent Conflict?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:45pm

Humanitarian Zainab Salbi explains how life continues in the midst of war — and how the ones who "keep life going" are women.

What Does It Take To Endure The Harshest Climate On Earth?

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:45pm

Explorer Ben Saunders is the first person to finish the perilous trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He describes what he had to endure in order to survive the journey.

Taking A Time-Out From Time — It's A Family Thing

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 6:00am

The Tollivers have always believed in time travel and young Waldy is no different. Now, stuck permanently at 8:47 AM, he's passing time writing the history of his expansive (and entertaining) family.

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