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In Fitting Postscript, Terry Pratchett Had His Unfinished Works Steamrolled

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:32pm

The late Discworld author didn't want anyone else polishing his unfinished books and publishing them after his death. So he asked for them to be crushed — and his estate manager dutifully complied.

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'What's Good': Bobbito Describes How Stevie Wonder 'Speaks To One's Soul'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:31pm

Stevie Wonder brought his A game to the newest episode of NPR's "What's Good" podcast. Co-host Robert "Bobbito" Garcia talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about what it was like talking with one of America's most creative and prolific musicians.

Hollywood Suffers Worst Summer Box Office In A Decade

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:31pm

The Hollywood box office is off by a lot this year. Bad sequels, big bombs and fewer films contributed to the weak bottom line.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist John Updike

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Over the course of his decades-long career, Updike authored more than 25 novels, including the Rabbit series. He also penned short stories, poems, essays and a memoir. Originally broadcast in 1989.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director Paul Schrader

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Schrader wrote the screenplays for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, and wrote and directed Blue Collar. He spoke in 1988 about his religious upbringing and his work in film.

Mirrors And Neck Ruffs: A Graphic Novel Takes On Velázquez

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 6:00am

Writer Santiago García and artist Javier Olivares examine Diego Velázquez' painting Las Meninas and its influence down the centuries with a heady — and sometimes heavy — mix of comics and high art.

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Bernard Pomerance, Playwright Of 'The Elephant Man,' Has Died

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:58pm

Pomerance wrote the Tony Award-winning play about the life of a very deformed man in Victorian England. It has been played hundreds of times, attracting top actors for the central role.

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'My Absolute Darling' Is Hard To Read, Harder To Put Down

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 6:00am

Gabriel Tallent's devastating debut novel about a young girl and her abusive but charismatic father has memorable characters, the pacing of a thriller, and still manages to work in some light moments.

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I Saved Every Letter You Wrote Me: The Library of Congress Digitizes Hamilton

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:04am

For fans of Hamilton and history alike, the Library of Congress has put the hippest founding father online by digitizing Alexander Hamilton's papers and making them available on the Library's website.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Finale: Epic In More Ways Than One

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 3:31pm

Game of Thrones fans found out what the episode title, "The Dragon and the Wolf," meant Sunday night, when season seven of the wildly popular HBO show came to an end.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Prolific Filmmaker Sidney Lumet

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

The Dog Day Afternoon director spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about his career, which spanned more than five decades and included credits for acting, directing, screenwriting and producing.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': The Kirk Douglas Interview

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

One of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1950s and '60s, Douglas went on to run his own production company. His film credits include Spartacus and Lust for Life. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 1:22pm

Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Finale: 'We've Been Here For Some Time'

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:04am

"The Dragon and the Wolf." Sittin' in a tree. Attending lots of M-E-E-T-I-N-Gs. The Game of Thrones season 7 finale was filled with head-fakes and family business and feelings-meetings.

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Tobe Hooper, Director Of 'Chain Saw Massacre,' Dies At 74

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 1:30pm

Hooper's disturbing horror film, which was made on a shoestring budget, had a lasting influence on the genre.

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'If The Creek Don't Rise' Traces Webs Of Hurt And Help

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 6:00am

Leah Weiss' debut novel — set in a remote Appalachian town — has a strong sense of place and a richly drawn cast of characters, all with their own voices, stories and interconnected relationships.

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