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Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:13am

A new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.

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Tibetan Villagers Pose Before Backdrops, Earn Oscar Nomination

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:12am

They're photographed in front of Asian scenes, a beach, Disneyland. It's a fictional film called Butter Lamp. And it has a real message.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:21pm

On this week's show, all eight Best Picture nominees, strong feelings from all concerned, and the rare feeling that a fistfight might be about to ensue.

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'I'll Take Insanely Hard Oscar Trivia For 400, Alex'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

Can you name the longest title of a film nominated for best picture? Or most Oscar-nominated family? At O'Brien's Irish Pub in Santa Monica, the trivia night regulars are former game show champions.

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The Oscars Are Coming, With 1 Big Hit And Few Close Contests

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:46pm

Linda Holmes and movie critic Bob Mondello sit down with Audie Cornish to talk about the upcoming Oscars.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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The Comedy And Good Conversation Of Harris Wittels

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:06pm

NPR contributor Glen Weldon remembers writer, actor, producer, musician, and comedy podcast mainstay Harris Wittels, who died Thursday, just 30 years old.

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An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:33am

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey to becoming an American.

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As 'Hollywood Jobs' Turns 10, We Follow Up With The Folks In The Credits

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:29am

NPR's Susan Stamberg has talked to everyone from focus pullers to foley artists. She finds that in the last 10 years, technology and out-of-state tax incentives have been Hollywood game-changers.

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From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man'

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:53pm

The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.

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Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:21pm

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.

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Argentine Oscar Nominee 'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Title

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:05pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello says the Argentine nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Wild Tales, is an anthology of darkly comic stories that definitely lives up to its title.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of Personal Lows And Professional Highs

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:11pm

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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As CBS' 'Two And Half Men' Ends, Questions On How It Lasted So Long

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:22pm

CBS' Two and Half Men ends a 12-season run tonight as TV's longest-running multicamera sitcom. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some experts still struggle to explain the show's longtime success.

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In These New Comics, Getting Your Wish Isn't Always Great

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:03am

Mainstream superhero comics have a streak of teenage wish-fulfillment: Great power and great responsibility. But a new wave of comics is exploring how complicated it can be when wishes are granted.

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Creepy, Brilliant 'Touch' Will Possess You

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:03am

Claire North's new novel imagines a world where "ghosts" can leave their own bodies at death and jump to whoever's close enough to touch. Scary, but "reader, I loved it," says reviewer Amal El-Mohtar.

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Never Seen And Sometimes Barely Heard, Loopers Fill In Hollywood's Soundtrack

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:22am

In movies, crowd noise, hospital waiting room chatter and bar room brawl sounds are created by voice actors called loopers. "If it's done right, you shouldn't even notice it," one sound mixer says.

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David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

Remnick, who became editor in 1998, talks about his early days at the magazine and his biggest regret: He says he'd "dearly love to have another crack" at covering the weapons of mass destruction.

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A Writer Expresses His 'Discontent' With Civilization

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:03am

Mohsin Hamid's new collection plays on the title of Sigmund Freud's classic Civilization and Its Discontents, but critic Michael Schaub says these essays are both more personal and wider ranging.

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'Tales Of The Marvellous' Is Indeed Very Strange

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:03am

These are not your father's fairy tales, but reviewer Genevieve Valentine says readers prepared to devote some time will find rich rewards in this newly-translated volume of 10th-century Arab stories.

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