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2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

From Black Panther to Luke Cage, filmmakers say audiences today demand superheroes that better reflect their world. Comic creators say it's about time TV and movies caught up with diversity in comics.

Examining The Lure Of ISIS In 'Another World'

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

A documentary play in London features actors performing the exact words, gathered from interviews, of Muslim mothers who lost children to ISIS, a U.S. general and a former Guantanamo detainee.

'Little Mosque' Creator Zarqa Nawaz On Mixing Comedy And Religion

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

The writer/filmmaker uses humor to help people understand Islam, but it took years for some mosque members to come around to her jokes. Nawaz's new memoir is called Laughing All The Way to the Mosque.

Barnes & Noble Founder Retires, Leaving His Imprint On Bookstore's History

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

As Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio steered it through the proliferation of free information in the Internet age. As he retires, he tells NPR's Lynn Neary about his long career.

Not My Job: Actress Rachel Bloom Gets Quizzed On Crazy Ex-Boyfriends

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:31am

Since she's the creator and star of the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, we've invited Bloom to answer three questions about some notorious crazy ex-boyfriends.

Celebrating Mother's Day? Make Sure You Have The Date Right

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:01am

Many countries in the world celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, but it's not the global norm. Turns out it has to do with the origins of the celebration, historical events and culture.

Grief Haunts 'Ghosts Of Bergen County'

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:00am

Dana Cann's novel is packed with ghosts, literal and figurative. It centers on a married couple grieving the loss of their infant daughter — and the way that grief can make strange things happen.

The Black Panther May Have His Roots In A 15th Century African Kingdom

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:00am

Yes, he's a comic book character. And he lives in an imaginary place. But it may be based on a regional powerhouse that flourished in what is now Zimbabwe.

Bourbon To Bubbly: Shake Up Your Derby Mint Julep

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 5:35am

On Derby Day, the mint-infused cocktail reigns supreme. The mint is a must, but these days, everything from brandy to gin and champagne can sub in for the whiskey.

'Captain America: Civil War' Captures Politics Of The Moment

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 3:25pm

The Marvel Cinematic Universe's new movie, Captain America: Civil War, opens Friday. As a character, Captain America has long responded to the politics of the time and this movie is no different.

Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:40pm

The new movie from Marvel Studios features almost all the members of the Avengers superhero collective. Critic David Edelstein calls it an irresistible hodgepodge of special effects and superheroes.

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:40pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," retired police officer Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." Originally broadcast April 21, 2015.

'I Don't Think We Really See Migrants,' Says Creator Of New Film 'Dheepan'

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:58pm

French director Jacques Audiard won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his story of a Tamil Tiger who gives up the fight to try and find a better life in France.

A 'Relentless' Sports Photographer Explains How He Got His Shots

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:57pm

Neil Leifer is behind some of the defining sports images of the last 60 years. In his book Relentless, he describes the special mix of luck and skill that helped him capture those memorable moments.

Stop And Go

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Red light, green light! Every answer in this final round will contain one of these three words: red, yellow or green.

Rose McGowan: The Listener Spell Book Challenge

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Rose McGowan rekindles her witchcraft and recites spells from Charmed's Book of Spells.

Who Are You Wearing?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Our producers went out onto the C2E2 convention floor and asked some cosplayers, "Who are you wearing?" In this game, cosplayers describe their outfit and you have to guess who they are.

Meet the Expert: Andi Gutierrez

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Our expert Andi Gutierrez is the social media connoisseur for a galaxy far, far away. We wrote a game about our favorite combination of Star Wars and social media: Star Wars parody Twitter accounts.

Moves Like Frogger

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Scrounge up your quarters because we're heading to the arcade! In this game, Jonathan Coulton tweaks Maroon 5's song "Moves Like Jagger" to be about classic video games.

This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

For the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, we crafted a special version of our favorite game. The categories are: racehorse, roller coaster, or Marvel villain.




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