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Oaky, With Notes Of BS: Why Wine Tasting Struggles To Get It On The Nose

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 8:00am

Unlike food — which gives us sensory cues like crunchy and hot, as well as tasting, say, salty — with wine, it's all about tiny differences in taste and smell. The danger is in getting too poetic.

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'Alive And Kicking' Chronicles Deep History Of Swing Dancing

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 5:18pm

Filmmaker Susan Glatzer and swing dance legend Norma Miller discuss the new documentary Alive and Kicking. The film chronicles the birth, decline and renewal of American swing dancing.

It's A Beautiful Day For Some Sunny #NPRpoetry From Listeners

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 5:18pm

Listeners have sent in more poems as part of our month-long poetry series, #NPRpoetry. Today's poems reflect on nature and springtime, from sandhill cranes in Michigan to rainstorms in Hawaii.

Actor Jaime Camil On How 'Jane The Virgin' Humanizes Its Telenovela Characters

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:02am

Camil plays Jane's telenovela star father, Rogelio De La Vega. He says the show's storylines may be ridiculous, but every character comes from a sincere place.

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Laura Kipnis Tackles Campus Sexual Politics In 'Unwanted Advances'

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 6:55am

Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern, argues that Title IX investigations of sexual misconduct on campus are vastly overexpanded, to the point of chilling intellectual freedom and academic debate.

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Reading The Game: Bioshock Infinite

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 6:00am

It's a simple premise — a guy, a girl, a gun and a debt to repay — but in Bioshock Infinite it becomes a mind-bending story about politics, oppression, change and sacrifice. Set in a flying city.

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Prince Contained Multitudes, New Book Confirms

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 3:01am

Prince on defining his music: "The only thing I could think of, because I really don't like categories, but the only thing I could think of is inspirational."

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'Shots Fired' Creators Want To 'Challenge Your Perspective' On Police Shootings

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:31pm

Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood are the husband-wife screenwriting duo behind the Fox TV series that imagines the fallout of a flipped script: a black cop shoots an unarmed white man.

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Listeners Create #NPRpoetry Using Prominent Political Themes

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:17pm

As National Poetry Month continues, we share two listeners' poems about education funding in Oklahoma and another about the importance of activism.

Is Deviation Over Procreation Worth A Marriage's Termination?

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 11:00am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from married women who disagree with their husbands about having children.

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Not My Job: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Gets Quizzed On 2020

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:46am

Hickenlooper came to Colorado to work for an energy company but opened a brewpub instead. The beer must have been pretty good, because he was elected mayor of Denver and later governor of the state.

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Kinky Cakes: Inside The World Of Adult Bakeries

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 9:00am

Bachelorette parties aren't the only source of business for bakers who specialize in racy confections. Think divorces, vasectomies, breast implants, military deployments and even funerals.

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Carl And Rob Reiner Leave Hand And Footprints In Concrete

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Father and son comedy legends Carl and Rob Reiner have their hand and footprints immortalized in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Comments about diversity in superhero comics made last week by a Marvel executive unleashed an online firestorm. But heroes who look more like the growing comics readership are here to stay.

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The British At 'Their Finest': How A Nation Kept Calm And Carried On

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Their Finest is a film within a film about making wartime movies in Britain. Bill Nighy stars as an aging matinee idol. Gemma Arterton plays a young copywriter — the script department's secret weapon.

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Family, Death And A Road Trip In 'Ashes To Asheville'

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 7:06am

Scott Simon talks with author Sarah Dooley about her book Ashes to Asheville. It's about sisters trying to fulfill their mother's dying wish to spread her ashes in the last place the family was happy.

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Rediscovering Surrealist Leonora Carrington's Delights And Disturbances

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

Carrington's complete short stories have just been published, along with a re-release of her wrenching memoir Down Below. She's one of many mid-20th century female writers now reaching new audiences.

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The Nuyorican Poets Café, A Cauldron for Poetry And Politics

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 3:01am

It embodies the belief that anyone can take the stage and interpret one of the most accessible art forms and "reveal poetry as a living art."

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A Body-Switching Teen Romance Anime Disaster Flick With 'Your Name.' On It

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 2:03pm

Your Name. was the most popular film in the world for the first two months of 2017. Now, the deeply resonant body-switching anime comes to the U.S.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'S-Town' and 'Chewing Gum'

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:28pm

On this week's show, we delve into the latest hit podcast, S-Town, and we breeze through the delightful sitcom Chewing Gum, imported from the UK and available on Netflix.

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