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Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps in actualities in this piece at :14 and :44 in.

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:55am

An exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum features art and artifacts from World War I. It includes paintings by combat artists and images of carvings found on the walls of underground quarries.

(Image credit: Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

HBO Says It Was Hacked, Some Programming Stolen

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 5:46pm

Entertainment Weekly reports that the alleged hackers also claim to have "written material" from an upcoming Game of Thrones episode, but haven't proved it. HBO won't confirm what material was stolen.

(Image credit: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

Celebrated Playwright And Actor Sam Shepard Dies

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:40pm

Sam Shepard was both a prize-winning playwright and an an acclaimed actor. He won a Pulitzer for Drama for Buried Child in 1979 and wrote more than 40 other plays as well as short stories and essays. He died Thursday at his home in Kentucky of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.

Remembering Actress Jeanne Moreau, Icon Of French New Wave Cinema

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:17pm

Moreau pursued acting despite her father's disapproval. She told Fresh Air, "I led a double life. ... He discovered it when he saw my picture on the front page." Moreau died Monday at the age of 89.

(Image credit: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images)

In New Novel, Tom Perrotta Shares 'Post-Parental' Reflections From An Empty Nest

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 1:58pm

Mrs. Fletcher tells the story of Eve, a single mother whose only child, Brendan, has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out.

(Image credit: Ben King/HBO)

Sam Shepard, 'Poet Laureate Of America's Emotional Badlands,' Dies At 73

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:09am

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, Shepard cut a towering presence in theater and cinema. He died last week of complications from ALS, a family spokesman says.

(Image credit: Charles Sykes/AP)

Art Exhibit Features Chagall's Works For Ballet And Opera

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explores the role that music and ballet played in the work of painter Marc Chagall.

Sasheer Zamata Uses Comedy To Address Intolerance

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Comedian Sasheer Zamata just came off four seasons on Saturday Night Live. Now, she wants to break through to the next part of her career. She just performed her own standup at the international comedy festival Just For Laughs. NOTE: There is a moment in this story where a racial slur is used and discussed. The word N*gger is repeated 4 times between 2:46 and 2:54.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 3: 'I've Brought Ice And Fire Together'

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:30am

The third episode of Game of Thrones' seventh season, "The Queen's Justice," featured a long-awaited meeting, a long-awaited reunion, and a long-dreaded goodbye to the show's best character.

(Image credit: HBO)

How Much Can A Vision Of Your 'Future Self' Motivate You To Achieve?

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 5:34pm

Invisibilia co-host Alix Spiegel introduces us to a young man whose sights were set far beyond the Syrian orphanage in which he spent part of his childhood.

Even More Great Albums By Women Outside Of The Top 150

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 5:34pm

NPR Music recently released a top-ranking list of 150 albums by women. NPR's Noel King chats with Jill Sternheimer of the Lincoln Center and NPR's Paula Mejia who had some of tough decisions.

Museum's Plan To Sell 40 Works Has Art World Up In Arms

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 2:27pm

The auction, including two Rockwell paintings, would fund the Berkshire Museum's renovation and increase its endowment. But two prominent museum organizations say the sale violates fundamental ethics.

(Image credit: Alan Solomon/AP)

Corporate Bungling And Political Scandal Abound In Jesse Eisinger's New Book

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 9:00am

Why don't crooked corporate CEO's go to jail anymore? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger uncovers culture of cowardice, incompetence, and corruption in both government and finance.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

How To Preserve Your Polaroid

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 7:00am

A new David Hockney photography show begs the question: how do his Polaroids look vibrant decades after they were made? There's a secret to keeping instant film from fading.

Family Life Around The World

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 7:00am

Lulu Garcia-Navarro checks in with writer Dan Kois, who is traveling with his family to discover exactly what makes families click. He talks about Holland, bicycles and how family decisions are made.

'Atomic Blonde' Director Brings Stuntman Skills To His 'Punk Rock Spy Thriller'

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 7:00am

David Leitch worked as a stuntman on countless films before jumping into the director's chair. His new film follows a spy, played by Charlize Theron, as she punches her way through 1989 Berlin.

(Image credit: Jonathan Prime/Focus Features)

A 'Portable' Overview Of A Complex, Compelling History

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 6:00am

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, thoughtfully edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, is a rewarding read that reminds us the past isn't a single story.

(Image credit: Penguin Classics)

New Memoir Unpacks The Life And Tragic Death Of 'The Hot One'

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 3:00am

Carolyn Murnick and Ashley Ellerin were childhood best friends — but as sometimes happens, they grew older and drifted apart. Then, in 2001, Ellerin was brutally murdered in her Hollywood Hills home.

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'Game Of Thrones' Producers Venture Down More Controversial Path With 'Confederate'

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 5:08pm

Confederate is meant to tackle issues of race and the legacy of slavery. NPR's Noel King speaks to writer Ben Winters, whose 2016 science fiction book Underground Airlines covered similar terrain.

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