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Real Or Fake Kids' TV Show

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:32am

We cashed in on some kids' show syndication money with this quiz, in which our celebri-testants must decide whether descriptions of children's TV shows are real or fake.

Sunset Boulevard

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:32am

Garlin and Cardellini put their dramatic acting chops to the test with a quiz based on the iconic Sunset Boulevard line, "All right, Mr. DeMille. I'm ready for my close-up."

(Image credit: Becca Brain Photography for NPR)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 5:00am

The panel takes on the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with help from Code Switch co-host and established Taika Waititi fan Shereen Marisol Meraji.

(Image credit: Film Frame/Marvel Studios)

If CBS's 'S.W.A.T.' Wants To Break Ground, It'll Have To Try Harder

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 4:01am

S.W.A.T. is a rare CBS show with a nonwhite lead, but its simplistic take on heroes and villains feels awkwardly out of step, especially in the age of Black Lives Matter.

(Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS)

'11/8/16': A Day That Changed America, Through Many Lenses

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:01pm

This documentary, compiled from 16 short films by different directors shot on Election Day 2016, offers "a tightly woven series of close-ups of a diverse, divided populace."

(Image credit: The Orchard)

Portrait Of The Killer As A Young Man: 'My Friend Dahmer'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:01pm

The film, based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf, is neither lurid nor sensationalistic — instead, it's a "nuanced and sad high school movie."

(Image credit: FilmRise)

In The Deft, Insightful 'Lady Bird,' A Girl Grows Up — And Grows Wiser

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:01pm

Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, a semi-autobiographical examination of her adolescence, vividly captures the stirrings of empathy that transform a selfish teen into a clear-eyed adult.

(Image credit: A24)

In 'Last Flag Flying,' The Horror of War Is Brought Home — Literally

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:00pm

In this Richard Linklater dramedy, three Vietnam War veterans "embark on an endlessly digressive road trip at once uproarious and rife with detours of the soul."

(Image credit: Wilson Webb/Amazon)

'Thor: Ragnarok' Is Hela Good

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:00pm

The comic sensibility of director Taika Waititi — and a lush, airbrushed-van visual aesthetic — make this the funniest and prettiest Marvel film yet.

(Image credit: Marvel)

'Thor: Ragnarok' Pokes Fun At Itself While Being The Best Thor Film Yet

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Marvel's hammer-throwing superhero is back in Thor: Ragnarok. NPR's Bob Mondello says there are whole worlds at stake in the latest film, and Thor gets some help from the Hulk and his sibling-rival, Loki.

Sadr City Attack On U.S. Troops Retold In 'The Long Road Home'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Martha Raddatz' 2007 book chronicling the ambush has been turned into an 8-part National Geographic series. 'I think it's been healing for a lot of the guys. It's been healing for me, too,' she says.

(Image credit: Van Redin/National Geographic)

Jann Wenner, 'Rolling Stone,' And The Decline Of Rock 'N' Roll

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:53pm

Joe Hagan's Sticky Fingers, compiled from unfettered access to Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, steadfastly avoids hagiography. It can't avoid a sad ending.

(Image credit: Robert Altman/Courtesy of Knopf)

A Trio Of Veterans Embark On A Road Trip Together In 'Last Flag Flying'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:49pm

Director Richard Linklater salutes the courage of our troops while casting a hard eye at the government machinery that sends them into battle. Justin Chang calls Last Flag Flying an elegiac comedy.

'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:23pm

In her new book, health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans.

(Image credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

(Image credit: SFX Magazine/Getty Images)

Empathy And Detachment Mix In 'The King Is Always Above The People'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 6:00am

Daniel Alarcón's new story collection is an empathetic look at isolation, whether due to migration, loneliness or poverty. His mix of kindness and distance makes the stories land like a gut punch.

(Image credit: Christina Ascani/NPR)

'Full Frontal' Writer Ashley Nicole Black On Comedy's Cultural Divides

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:01am

Black was four years into a Ph.D. program when she decided to pursue a career in comedy. She's now a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

(Image credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TBS)




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