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In 'Baby Driver,' The Action, The Script And The Music Go Full Throttle

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:00pm

"This is a squealing-tires symphony that owes more to Jacques Tati ... than to Justin Lin or Michael Bay," says critic Chris Klimek.

(Image credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. )

'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

The Chinese artist created Trace while under house arrest, and he wasn't allowed to travel to their San Francisco debut. Now, he has his passport back, and was finally able to see it on display.

(Image credit: Beck Harlan/NPR)

For The First Time, Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei Views His Work In The U.S.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

For the first time, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will see his Lego portraits of political prisoners and fellow activists on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Ai Weiwei was under house arrest in China when the work was installed at Alcatraz.

'The Strange Death Of Europe' Warns Against Impacts Of Immigration

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Douglas Murray about his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. He argues that European civilization is dying as a result of immigration.

Documentary Giant Albert Maysles' Last Film, 'In Transit,' Is Still In Limbo

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

Before he died, Maysles (who also made Grey Gardens) said In Transit was his "dream film." But questions about who owns the rights has made it difficult to see.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Maysles Documentary Center)

'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

In The Best Land Under Heaven, Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story.

(Image credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:33pm

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.

From Film Stars To Naturalists, These Lives Have Become Boozy Inspirations

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:32am

Breweries and distilleries are collaborating with artists and fashioning their drinks after influential people to try to better connect with customers or bring attention to the drink's origin.

In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:00am

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:33am

Armed with cotton swabs, strong solvents and a lot of training, conservators are entrusted with restoring priceless works of art. At the National Gallery of Art we learn that varnish is enemy No. 1.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

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