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A Historic Fight Over Public Housing Makes For Fine Drama On HBO

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 1:19pm

David Simon, perhaps television's greatest chronicler of institutional inertia, brings a painful and complex story of 1980s local politics to the network where he made The Wire.

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Not My Job: Dwight Yoakam Gets Quizzed On The World's Happiest Man

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 9:46am

The country singer and songwriter has shared many songs of woe. So we asked him three questions about Matthieu Ricard, a blissful Buddhist monk.

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Love Lines: A Summer Sampler Of Romantic Manga

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 9:03am

Our Summer of Love rolls on with a roundup of romance manga. Japanese comic books can be a daunting field to enter — but we've picked three of the sweetest for your summer reading pleasure.

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Dealing With Freedom — And Disaster — In 'Fortune Smiles'

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:41am

Author Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer in 2013 for his novel The Orphan Master's Son. Now, he's branching out to places as diverse as Louisiana and East Germany in a new collection of short stories.

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People Love Art Museums — But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant?

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:41am

Don't be fooled by museums' strong attendance numbers, says professor Michael Lewis. He argues today's art world is a Potemkin village, whose gleaming facades mask an indifference for the art itself.

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HBO's 'Hero' Tells A Slow Story In Too Many Hours

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:41am

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans reviews the anticipated new HBO show from The Wire's David Simon, Show Me a Hero.

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Are Americans Indifferent To Art?

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:41am

Williams College professor Michael J. Lewis has an article in Commentary Magazine titled How Art Became Irrelevant. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that museums have become cathedrals for architects.

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Canada's Historical Fare Reimagined For The Modern Diner

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:03am

A restaurant in Toronto dives deep into centuries-old recipes to re-imagine what native Canadian cuisine means. It's part of a movement among chefs exploring heritage and identity through food.

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The Blazing World Of Clarice Lispector, In 'Complete Stories'

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:03am

Readers everywhere are rediscovering the work of Brazil's Clarice Lispector. Critic Juan Vidal calls Lispector a singular artist, whose newly collected stories linger in the mind like poetry.

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'60s Spies Hit The Big Screen, With Guy Ritchie Flair

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 4:30am

The British director has rebooted The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the much-loved television show from the 1960s. His new film gives American agent Napoleon Solo and Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin new backstories.

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'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:27pm

A new musical by Tony nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a comedic drama that deals with teen suicide in the age of social media.

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Letters: Greek Migrants, Summer Movies

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listener letters, including reaction to an interview about boatloads of migrants washing up on the Greek Island of Chios, and a Bob Mondello piece about good movies to cool you off on a hot summer's day.

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Feminist Writers Challenge Muslim Women To Take On 'The Mubarak At Home'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:29pm

Mona Eltahawy says as a female in Saudi Arabia you have two options: "To lose your mind or become a feminist." Rafia Zakaria says it's crucial to reclaim the identity of the modern Muslim woman.

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Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:04pm

The star of the The End of the Tour may be best known for his "bromance" films. "These kind of buddy movies are allowing men to open up a little bit," Segel says. Originally broadcast March 23, 2009.

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David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:04pm

In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.

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Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:37pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater — Sleeping Beauty — and what it meant to him.

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'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:28am

David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."

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How Did A Simple Challenge Become A Worldwide Phenomenon?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.

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What's The Best Way To Achieve A New Goal?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.

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When It Comes Time For 'The Talk,' Are All Parents Amateurs?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.

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