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Surfers Head Inland To Compete On Machine-Made California Waves

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 7:07am

At Surf Ranch, built by 11-time World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater, waves are made by a machine, perfectly engineered for surfing.

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'Love That Bunch' Immortalizes Lifelong Troublemaker Aline Kominsky-Crumb

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 3:00am

This heavy, important-feeling retrospective covers several decades of Kominsky-Crumb's flawed but fascinating work. Our critic says it's certainly comprehensive — but lacking somewhat in fun.

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Swedish Academy Won't Award Nobel In Literature Following Sex-Abuse Scandal

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 3:06pm

The Swedish Academy — the body that awards Nobel Prizes — has announced that the literature prize will not be given this year. The decision follows a spate of infighting and allegations of sexual misconduct against the husband of an Academy member.

In 'Conversations With People Who Hate Me' An Activist Calls Up His Worst Critics

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 3:06pm

Dylan Marron decided to reach out to commenters who left nasty messages on his online videos. He asks a simple question: "Do you want to move this online conversation offline?"

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2 Women Share The Stress And Sleeplessness Of Motherhood In 'Tully'

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:29pm

An exhausted mother hires a free-spirited night nurse to tend to her baby in a Diablo Cody's latest film. Critic David Edelstein calls Tully a "strange and mythic" movie.

Jurist, Prudent: Documentary 'RBG' Profiles Ginsburg On And Off The Bench

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:42am

Co-directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West's doc preaches to the choir, and does so most effectively when it focuses on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's career and not the memes that have accrued to her.

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Dude, Where's My Car?

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

In this final round, all the answers contain the consecutive letters "C-A-R". Dude! Sweet!

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Mystery Guest

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

This episode's mystery guest, Laurie Pressman, has a job in which she helps select the winner of a well-known annual award. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

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Literally Geographic

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

In this music parody, Jonathan Coulton sings about various geographic locations, to the tune of songs performed by bands named after those locations. It's a thing!

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De-Nature Of De-Beast

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

Contestants must guess words that begin with the letters "D-E" based on some alternate definitions. For example, a word that means "to nullify one's ballot" could be "devote."

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Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

Actor Jenn Colella talks about befriending the real-life inspiration behind her character in the Broadway musical Come From Away. Then, she plays a game about Broadway musical-related tattoos.

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Real Or Fake News?

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

NPR has an April Fools' Day tradition of airing a fake humorous news piece in one of its news shows. Can you tell the difference between the fake news stories and the merely bizarre ones?

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Beauty And The Feast

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:54am

In this game, contestants must replace one word in the title of a Disney song with a food that rhymes with that word — it's a roll new world!

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'A Quiet Place'

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:40am

The shush-iest film to become a hit in quite some time gets some overdue attention from the panel on this episode.

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A Workplace Potluck Filled With Filipino Food And Memories

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 7:00am

After a homesick intern inspired a group of Filipino-American coworkers to start a weekly lunch club, they all began to realize how much they missed — and needed — a taste of their shared heritage.

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'Overboard': A Gender-Flipped Remake Stays Afloat

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 6:00pm

Critic Scott Tobias says the updated Anna Faris/Eugenio Derbez take on the 1987 comedy is "not a particularly funny film, but it's big-hearted and sincere, with fine chemistry between the two leads."

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In 'Tully,' Charlize Theron And Mackenzie Davis Make A Great (Au) Pair

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 4:00pm

Director Jason Reitman re-teams with Juno scripter Diablo Cody for a film about an overburdened mother and her nanny that's "a little bit funny, a bigger bit cruel, and with it all, oddly moving."

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In Dave Eggers' New Book, Heroic Kids Do The Heavy Lifting

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:37pm

The Lifters takes some of today's grown-up economic concerns and folds them into a supernatural story for kids. Kids are "heroes in waiting," Eggers says; they just need a chance to prove it.

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'Jerome Robbins 100' Is A Centennial Celebration Of Timeless Choreography

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:37pm

Robbins directed and choreographed many of Broadway's biggest hit musicals, including West Side Story. Now, New York City Ballet, the company he helped co-found, is throwing a festival in his honor.

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Free Comic Book Day 2018: A Guide To The Best Bets And The Best Avoided

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 2:00pm

For the 10th year in a row, NPR's Glen Weldon reviews the 52 free comic books you'll be able to pick up in comics shops across the nation on Saturday, May 5th.

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