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Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:00am

First, you've heard of dinner and a movie, but what about dinner in a movie? Then, a James Bond themed parody game about other people named James.

U.S. Bakeries Grab A Slice Of A Latin American Tradition: 3 Kings Cake

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:55am

In some Latin American countries, Three Kings Day — Jan. 6 — is a bigger deal than Christmas. As the U.S. Latino population grows, so does interest in the holiday's signature cake, rosca de reyes.

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The Met Is Set To Snap Nearly 5 Decades Of Pay-As-You-Wish Tradition

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:44pm

Since 1970, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has not mandated an admission fee. Come March, that will change for out-of-state visitors — but critics haven't accepted the decision quietly.

(Image credit: Mike Steele/Flickr)

'Insidious: The Last Key' Unlocks The Series' Past. Again.

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00pm

The creaky fourth entry in the Insidious film series focuses on its in-house team of poltergeist-busters — a wise move — with a prequel that supplies the origin story for Elise (Lin Shaye).

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Sharp, Bracingly Funny Film About 3 Young Women Living 'In Between'

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00pm

In first-time writer-director Maysaloun Hamoud's film, two young, secular Arab women living in Tel Aviv get a devoutly Muslim roommate and struggle "to live between the cracks of several cultures."

(Image credit: Film Movement)

'In The Land Of The Pomegranates': Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, Passionate But Fruitless

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00pm

Filmmaker Hova Kohav Beller's documentary focuses on an 2007 encounter session between young Israelis and Palestinians that yields few insights, but starkly illustrates the impasse dividing them.

(Image credit: First Run Features)

5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch During A Winter Storm

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:30pm

For a TV nerd, a storm that shuts down work and school means more time for binge-watching. It may be only a day or two, so viewing choices are crucial.

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In 'A State Of Freedom,' Be Careful What You Wish For

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 6:00am

The characters Neel Mukherjee's new novel all want better lives, and — to say the least — they're seldom rewarded. A State of Freedom is a dark, brutal read, but also surprisingly beautiful.

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:59am

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

(Image credit: Jamie Jones/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork Is A Sign Of Peace

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:39pm

Lebanese twins Omar and Mohamed Kabbani painted "salam" — the Arabic word for peace — in bright green across 82 rooftops in the northern city of Tripoli. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Omar about the ambitious art project that can only be seen from the sky.

MacArthur 'Genius' Paints Nigerian Childhood Alongside Her American Present

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 4:54pm

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she was 16. Her large-scale paintings reflect her life in both countries.

(Image credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Radio Replay: Fresh Starts

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 4:21pm

Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. On this Radio Replay, we mark the new year with two of our favorite stories of loss and the change it brings.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Maya Shankar)

'Unrest' Director Turns Camera On Herself To Document Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 2:07pm

When Jennifer Brea was just 28 years old, a routine infection brought her down for five years. Her new film, Unrest, documents her struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome.

(Image credit: Jason Frank Rothenberg)

A Is For Appreciation: How Sue Grafton Helped Transform The Mystery Genre

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 1:19pm

Grafton revolutionized what had become fossilized formula fiction. She tossed out the genre's sexist, racist and nativist clichés and helped make the detective novel matter again.

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Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:20pm

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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In Sub-Zero Temperatures, Skiers Find 'Bliss' In The Frozen Woods

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:56am

It sounds miserable to spend a day with ice plastered to your face. But wilderness skier Helena Grant relishes being "beyond all the cares of the world."

(Image credit: Brian Mann/NCPR)

Ballet Master Retires Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:00am

In his letter to the company's board of directors, Peter Martins, 71, continued to deny he sexually harassed or abused members of the company. He had been on a leave of absence since last month.

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'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:48pm

The Mindhunter star says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." Originally broadcast Oct. 31, 2017.

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