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In 'Ghost Talkers,' The Spies Are Actual Spooks

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 6:00am

Mary Robinette Kowal's new book imagines a version of World War I where mediums serve in the British Army, and newly dead soldiers are vital sources of information about what's happening at the front.

Who Are The Duffer Brothers? 'Stranger Things' Creators On Netflix's Summer Hit

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Netflix's surprise summer TV hit, Stranger Things, is full of scares and 1980s nostalgia. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Matt and Ross Duffer, the relatively unknown brothers behind the show.

A Samurai's Son Makes Stop-Motion Magic With Music And Origami

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Kubo and the Two Strings is a sprawling new fantasy film from Laika animation studios. Filmmaker Travis Knight says it's all about merging brand new technology with age-old art and craft.

What Makes A Jam A Jam? Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Savory jams tap into a love affair with foods that marry salt and sugar. They let people eat local fruits and vegetables year-round and lower the sugar levels found in traditional jams.

'War Dogs' Puts A Satirical Spin On The Business Of War

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Todd Phillips' new comedy, which is loosely based on a true story, follows two 20-somethings from Miami who become international arms dealers. Critic John Powers calls War Dogs "jauntily enjoyable."

Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa," she says. Originally broadcast Feb. 5, 2015.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Get Down' And What's Coming In TV

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:38am

Brittany Luse and Kiana Fitzgerald join the roundtable for a chat about Netflix's The Get Down and what Linda Holmes learned at the annual Television Critics Association press tour.

Q&A: How Does The New 'Ben-Hur' Compare With Its Predecessor(s)?

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 6:00am

Critic Chris Klimek gets so excited about the various film versions of an epic set in the Roman Empire that he opens a Socratic dialogue with his editor. (Yes, Socrates was Greek, not Roman. We know.)

Amy Schumer Bares Her Soul In 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo'

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:38am

Schumer's new essay collection is revealing, packed with personal diary entries going back to her pre-teen years — and funny. But she doesn't shy away from difficult topics like her sexual assault.

In A Sweet Coming-Of-Age Tale, 'Morris From America' Brings Hip-Hop To Heidelberg

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:00pm

The charismatic Markees Christmas plays Morris, a 13-year-old aspiring rapper from New York who moves to Germany with his widowed father (Craig Robinson).

Dreamlike 'Kubo And The Two Strings' Offers A Gorgeous, Richly Textured Adventure

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:00pm

The latest animated film from Laika Studios owes more to the emotional impressionism of Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki than the comparatively rigid and familiar story structure of Disney/Pixar.

'War Dogs' Cries Havoc And Lets Slip The Dudes Of War

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Todd Phillips' heavily fictionalized, testosterone-fueled account of two bros who engage in war profiteering ultimately loses its way.

Rape Allegations Against Actor Nate Parker Resurface

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

The writer-director-actor Nate Parker is facing controversy after details about his acquittal of sexual assault resurfaced recently. His movie, The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, directed and starred in, comes out in October. NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the case with Variety reporter Brent Lang.

It Took A Decade, But Portman 'Just Had To Make' Her Latest Film

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

In the years it took Natalie Portman to adapt Amos Oz's autobiographical novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness, she grew into the role of the lead character, Fania — the immigrant mother of young Amos.




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