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A Memoir Of Taking Christianity 'To The Extreme'

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Comedy writer Maggie Rowe was 19 when she checked herself into an evangelical psychiatric facility. She says she had a fear of sin and eternal damnation. That's the focus of her memoir Sin Bravely.

Psychic Soldiers Populate 'Throwaways' — With Style

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:00am

Caitlin Kittredge's comic series about psychic soldiers on the run from government experiments is brisk, colorful fun, complemented by Steve Sanders' stylish character designs and deft illustrations.

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Dinner in Appalachia: Finding Common Ground In Trump Country

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:00am

Appalachia is thousands of miles from Nigeria. But at a potluck dinner in rural Kentucky, natives of the two places found points of connection between their cultures.

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Cuban-Americans Take Spotlight In Netflix Reboot Of 'One Day At A Time'

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 3:36pm

Netflix releases a new take on an old show, Norman Lear's One Day at a Time. This time, the show follows a Cuban-American family.

'Paterson' Paints A Delicate Portrait Of A Bus Driver Who Writes Poetry

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Jim Jarmusch's new film, Paterson, was loosely inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem of the same name. Critic David Edelstein says the film expertly evokes the inner state of an artist.

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:00pm

Gethard talks of hitting rock bottom in his off-Broadway show, billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. 24, 2016.

A Detroit Urban Farm Preserves Black History In Jam Form

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 9:49am

Urban farms have flourished in the city's vacant lots. Two nonprofits are using their harvest for a line of jams honoring the history and old family recipes of the local African-American community.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Sherlock' And The Entertainers We've Lost

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 5:00am

We dive into the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, then celebrate Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael and others. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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In This Surprisingly Mature Kids' Movie, 'A Monster Calls' And A Boy Answers

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00pm

Screenwriter Patrick Ness adapts his YA novel about a monster who helps a boy deal with his mother's illness. The result is a film that confronts grief in a gratifyingly unsentimental way.

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Betwixt And 'Between Us': Hipster Newlyweds Struggle To Stay Cool

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00pm

A couple takes pride in rejecting the trappings of a conventional married life — but the form their rejection takes is so marked by cliché that the film fails to sustain interest.

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Two Brothers Head Into 'The Ardennes' But Find Little That's Original

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00pm

Belgium's submission for the 2017 best-foreign-film Oscar is a visually stylish but highly derivative crime drama.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:44pm

"Movies are kind of limited by what you see in front of the camera," says director Damien Chazelle. "Musicals find this wonderful way around that."

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Ads For Nicer Living: The Oddball Gems About What Brightens Our Lives

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:18pm

In 1972, NPR invited listeners to write ads for stuff money can't buy. We're doing it again this year. But first, to jog your thinking, here are a few examples of the more, well, unique ads back then.

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Returning To A Beloved Series In 'The Heart Of What Was Lost'

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 6:00am

It's been 23 years since Tad Williams wrapped up his epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Now, he returns to the land of Osten Ard in a brief gem of a story that sets up a fresh epic to follow.

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Blind Art Lovers Make The Most Of Museum Visits With 'InSight' Tours

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:58am

"Sight isn't the only pathway to understand art," says Carol Wilson of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There, specially trained docents lead tours using sound, description — and even touch.

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San Francisco's 'Leaning Tower' Has Residents Fuming

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 5:07pm

A luxury high-rise in San Francisco is sinking. The Millennium Tower has sunk more than a foot since its completion in 2010. It's also tilting, which makes life difficult for residents on high floors.

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Roxane Gay On Good Men, Bad Men And 'Difficult Women'

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:26pm

Gay's new short story collection explores women's lives and issues of race, class and sex. But she says the book could easily have been called Difficult Men.

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Amid Isolation, Two Cubans Develop Island's First Video Game

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

Video game enthusiasts in Cuba face big obstacles with limited access to the Internet. With the opening to the U.S., two young Cubans hope to release the first independent game produced on the island.

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Titanic Documentary Suggests Engine Room Fire Led To Sinking

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Senan Molony about his documentary, which presents evidence that a fire in the engine room could have also led to the sinking of the ship and the loss of 1,500 lives.

Titantic Documentary Suggests Engine Room Fire Led To Sinking

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Senan Molony about his documentary, which presents evidence that a fire in the engine room could have also led to the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of 1,500 lives.

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