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'Finding Dory' But Losing The Thread

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00pm

The sequel to Pixar's beloved 2003 fish tale retains that movie's charms, but taking its main character out of the ocean makes for a thinner and less textured story.

'Central Intelligence' Places Kevin Hart Between The Rock And A Hard Place

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00pm

At their high-school reunion, Dwayne Johnson's buffoonish super-spy draws his old hero, staid accountant Kevin Hart, into helping him thwart a possible terrorist plot.

E3 Conference Showcases New Kind Of Video Game Celebrity

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Millions of video game fans have created a new kind of celebrity — gamers who play live while others watch online. NPR looks at the biggest video game trade conference, known as E3, through the eyes of two of these celebrities.

Remembering Lois Duncan, The Queen Of Teen Suspense

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

The beloved author died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 82. Just a teen herself when she started writing, Lois Duncan sent chills down a generation of spines with books like Down a Dark Hall.

'The Witness' Exposes The Myths, Misconceptions Of Kitty Genovese's Murder

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

A new documentary revisits Genovese's 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is "a useful moral corrective" to the popular narrative.

Former Restaurant Worker Serves Up Industry-Inspired Fiction In 'Sweetbitter'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.

'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:00am

When Jason Amundsen told his wife he was quitting his job to raise pasture-raised eggs, she was less than amused. Readers, however, will chuckle at the story of their tragicomic path to success.

Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About Anything

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:00am

For over 40 years, Villapol hosted a popular cooking show in Cuba, her recipes shifting to reflect the realities of life under the revolution. No meat? No problem — she fried plantain peels instead.

The Power Of Seeing, And Being Seen, In 'The Girls'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:00am

Emma Cline's spooky new novel starts with a teenaged girl spying on a shabby-glamorous group of Mansonesque cult followers. She follows, desperate for attention — and eventually, they see her too.

Tig Notaro On Her Terrible Year In 'I'm Just A Person'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Comedian Tig Notaro shot to fame in 2012, talking candidly on stage about having cancer. Now she's in remission, recently married and the author of a new memoir called I'm Just A Person.

'In the Darkroom' Explores The Concept of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."

Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.

'The Course Of Love' Is More Case Study Than Novel

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 9:00am

Alain de Botton returns to a long-standing fascination — the arc of relationships — in his new novel. But despite its fictional trappings, the book seems more like a class on maintaining a marriage.

DC Comics' 'Rebirth': When The Super-Villain Is Your Own History

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 7:30am

DC Comics has relaunched its line of superhero titles again in a bid to recapture "hope and optimism." This time, heroes fight a villain who represents the cynical tone comics adopted in the 1980s.

Read, Watch, Binge: Like This Movie? You Might Also Like ...

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:05am

A lot of what we read and watch comes to us through algorithms. But we haven't found an algorithm that makes recommendations between books, movies, TV and beyond. Enter: HUMANS.

Late Night Hosts Respond To Orlando Tragedy With Heartfelt Monologues

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:30pm

Late night talk show hosts responded to the tragic events in Orlando in a variety of ways. Many chose to dedicate time in their monologues to the tragedy, thus taking on the role news anchors once had dominion over.

Remake Or Not, 'Uncle Buck' Is Your Usual Goofy TV Relative

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:02pm

ABC continues its single-camera family comedy brand with Uncle Buck, a remake of the 1989 comedy starring John Candy.

Tea Tuesday: Meet The Chai Wallahs Of India

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:00pm

Resham Gellatly and Zach Marks spent eight months traveling through India, meeting with hundreds of India's chai wallahs — or tea vendors — who highlight the country's culture and diversity.

'Moon Of The Faith:' A History Of The Apricot And Its Many Pleasures

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:24am

The Romans dubbed it the "precious one." Poets praised its beauty. The conquering Arabs took it to the Mideast, where the luxurious fruit was exploited in sugary confections.

Let's Lie To Celebrities: Questions For The New 'To Tell The Truth'

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 9:33am

To prepare for tonight's return of game show To Tell the Truth, we look back at what made the classic version so memorable, and ask if it's even possible to recapture its magic today.

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