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'White Fur' Is A Fable Of Love, Class, Money And Death

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:00am

Jardine Libaire's novel — more a series of vignettes — follows two kids from very opposite sides of the tracks who fall hard in love in 1980s New York, and what happens when reality intrudes.

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Food Critic Now Halfway Through Taco-A-Day Quest. Will He Fold?

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:56pm

In January, Mike Sutter of the San Antonio Express-News began his great adventure by eating at a different joint every day for a year. And six months in, we thought we'd taco bout how it's going.

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'When Time Was New': 'Wonder Woman' Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:55pm

Wonder Woman is the first superhero film to be headed by a woman both in front of and behind the camera. Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins worked together to make Diana Prince relatable.

Texas Food Critic Continues Quest To Eat 365 Days Of Tacos

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

Tacos are good, but Mike Sutter thinks 365 days of tacos is even better. The food critic for the San Antonio Express-News is in the middle of a quest to eat at least one taco a day for an entire year. He's back with a tasty update.

Beloved Hayao Miyazaki Film Set To Get A Theme Park Of Its Own

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:53pm

My Neighbor Totoro has inspired a cult international following since its 1988 release. Now, Miyazaki's anime has inspired plans for a theme park, too — set to open in Japan in 2020.

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Gal Gadot Shines As 'Wonder Woman,' Despite The Film's By-The-Numbers Plot

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:56pm

DC Comics' new Wonder Woman adaptation centers on a trained warrior who hates war. Critic David Edelstein says the heroine is the best part of the film's "tacky superhero universe."

Video: Animal Cafes Are Cool, But Does A Raccoon Cafe Go Too Far?

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:38am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tests out new experiences in East Asia. In this inaugural episode, she visits a South Korean animal cafe. Things don't go as smoothly as planned.

After Outcry, Sculpture Depicting Dakota Tragedy To Be Dismantled, Burned

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

Sam Durant's sculpture Scaffold is a commentary on capital punishment in the U.S. But it depicted the mass hanging of 38 members of the Dakota Nation and the community was outraged.

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A Marriage Struggles To The Beat Of 'Band Aid'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:00am

Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally star in an ambling but insightful comedy about a couple that uses music to stop fighting.

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In 'Beyond Respectability,' A History of Black Women As Public Intellectuals

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:00am

Brittney C. Cooper's history of black women thinkers traces decades of struggle against racism and misogyny. It's a crucial cultural study and a dense, serious read that rewards close attention.

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A Worthy Big-Screen Treatment Of A Long-Neglected 'Wonder Woman'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:00am

Director Patty Jenkins understands the scale of a screen superhero who's a true demigod, not an ordinary millionaire or spider-bite victim.

(Image credit: Clay Enos/Warner Bros. )

Seamus Heaney Poems Come To Life In Belfast, Ireland

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 3:31pm

Poetry reviewer Tess Taylor has just spent the past semester teaching in Belfast, Ireland. She talks about how Seamus Heaney poems and visions of home swirled in her head.

In NYC, Activism Begins With Lessons In Theater

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:28pm

Wielding techniques from the global Theatre of the Oppressed movement used to train activists, one group challenges people to think beyond labels.

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Why A Theater Director Made A 'Color-Conscious Choice' In 'Virginia Woolf' Casting

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:58pm

A small theater in Portland, Ore., cast an African-American actor in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But the Albee estate wouldn't grant the rights to produce the 1962 play.

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David Sedaris On The Life-Altering And Mundane Pages Of His Old Diaries

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:13pm

Sedaris' Theft by Finding is a collection of excerpts from those diaries. In it, he revisits major turning points, like how he met his longtime boyfriend and his decision to stop drinking.

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Total Failure: The World's Worst Video Game

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:30am

In the late summer of 1982, one man worked around the clock to program the video game version of Steven Spielberg's E.T. in just five weeks. The result wasn't pretty.

(Image credit: Isabel Seliger for NPR)

'The Dispatcher' Is A Short Stroll In A Strange Neighborhood

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 9:00am

John Scalzi's new novel — originally an audio book — imagines the implications of a world where 999 out of 1,000 murder victims pop back into existence, naked, confused and safe in their own beds.

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'Beren And Lúthien' Reflects Tolkien's Real Life Love Story

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:00am

J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher proves an able guide through Beren and Lúthien, his father's haunting tale of a mortal man who falls in love with the daughter of a disapproving Elven King.

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 4:03am

Bazille was part of a circle of artists eager to make a mark on the 1860s art scene. He helped lay the groundwork for the impressionist movement, but died in battle before it was fully formed.

(Image credit: Musée d'Orsay, Paris/Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art)

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