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'Last Days In The Desert' Finds Truth Away From The Path

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

The most intelligent and engaging film about Jesus since The Last Temptation Of Christ, Rodrigo Garcia's film finds Jesus in the desert, where he faces doubts from within.

After A 'Sunset Song,' Tomorrow Is Another Day

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

Terence Davies' Sunset Song is the tacitly feminist tale of a woman, played by Agyness Deyn, who is at least partially freed by owning land and acting on her own anger.

Actor Gary Cole On 'Veep' And Why 'Office Space' Endures

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

The actor, who plays a political consultant on Veep, tells Fresh Air he landed his first major TV role only after a number of other actors turned it down. "It was very, very fluke-ish," Cole says.

Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:22pm

At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.

Brilliant 'Central Station' Is Rich With Detail And Mystery

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:00am

Lavie Tidhar's new novel follows a motley crew of spacemen, castaways data-vampires and magical children in a beautifully realized far-future Tel Aviv. It's short, lush, and close to a masterpiece.

After Tragedy, Two Families Find Their Own Justice In Louise Erdrich's 'LaRose'

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 3:27pm

When an Ojibwe hunter accidentally kills his friend's child, he sends his own son to live with the grieving family. Erdrich says tribal family ties are "extremely close" and "much more fluid."

Care Packages: How The U.S. Won Hearts Through Stomachs After WWII

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 1:33pm

Before they were boxes of comforting essentials sent to college students, soldiers and others far from home, care packages were a vital lifeline for thousands of displaced families in post-war Europe.

Shadows Under Water In 'Everything Is Teeth'

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 6:00am

Novelist Evie Wyld departs from straight-ahead fiction in her new graphic novel about a young girl describing childhood summers in Australia — and her dark fascination with the sharks in the water.

For Great Japanese Cuisine And Grocers, Head To Central Ohio (Really)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:40am

Why Ohio? Thanks to a nearby Honda plant, Columbus is full of bakeries, highly-regarded restaurants, markets and other retailers specializing in Japanese food, ingredients and wares.

George Carlin's 'Stuff' Gets A New Home At National Comedy Center

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:00am

His daughter, Kelly Carlin, has announced that she's donating her late father's archives to the museum, which opens next year in Jamestown, N.Y.

Why The FDA Is Re-Evaluating The Nutty Definition Of 'Healthy' Food

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05pm

Under current rules, foods containing more than 3 grams of fat per serving can't call themselves "healthy" on labels. But that excludes many foods, like Kind bars, that contain healthful nuts.

'There Was More I Wanted To Say': Kate Tempest Turns Hit Album Into A Novel

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:25pm

The rapper's debut album, Everybody Down, followed Becky and Harry, two Londoners struggling with love, work and drugs. Now her new book, The Bricks That Built The Houses, takes a look at their pasts.

Taco Bell's Snapchat Game Is Strong Among Teens. But Does It Sell Tacos?

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:54pm

Fast food chains may succeed in entertaining teenagers on platforms like Twitter or Snapchat. But just because a brand makes teens laugh doesn't mean this elusive demographic buy its products.

A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."

Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.

Bluefin Blues: Valuing A Tuna Species Before It's Too Late

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:41am

Our appetite for the Pacific bluefin — prized for its tender, flavorful flesh — has reduced stocks to just 2.6 percent of original levels. The incentive to save bluefin is ecological — and financial.

'The Noise Of Time' Can't Drown Out Shostakovich

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:00am

Julian Barnes' slim but powerful new novel chronicles the difficulties composer Dmitri Shostakovich suffered under repressive Soviet regimes, and mourns what is lost when tyrants try to control art.

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