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'Graduation': An Unflinching Look At Backroom Deals Made In Broad Daylight

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:00pm

A Romanian father descends into a world of bureaucratic corruption as he strives to give his daughter a better life. Critic Andrew Lapin admires the film's chilling, intimate storytelling.

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25 Years Ago, 'Barney' The Dinosaur First Appeared On TV Screens

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR marks the 25th anniversary of a bouncing, purple T-Rex with oddly regular teeth, and a theme song that delighted toddlers, but to this day puts thousands of parents on edge.

Howard Norman's 'My Darling Detective' Pays Homage To Film Noir

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with writer Howard Norman about his new novel, My Darling Detective, which tells the story of a photograph and an auction in Halifax, Novia Scotia.

Comedian Don Rickles, Merciless 'Merchant Of Venom,' Dies At 90

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:31pm

The famed insult comic and showbiz veteran worked well into his 80s. At his prime, Hollywood elites like his friend Frank Sinatra considered it an honor to be roasted by Rickles.

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'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:07am

Valeria Luiselli's new book is based on her experiences working as an interpreter for Central American child migrants seeking entry to the U.S. Critic John Powers calls it "fair minded and expansive."

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In WWI Trenches, Instant Coffee Gave Troops A Much-Needed Boost

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:10am

One hundred years ago today, the U.S. entered World War I. American GIs marched into battle armed with one important — and then still-novel — item to give them a jolt of energy and raise morale.

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Rich, Colorful 'Afar' Reimagines The Magical Girl

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 6:00am

Leila del Duca and Kit Seaton's new novel follows a young girl in a richly-imagined North Africa-flavored fantasy world, who discovers she has the power to dream herself into different bodies.

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For A Small State, Vermont Sure Has A Lot Of Speech Bubbles

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 6:00am

Vermont is the only state that consistently appoints cartoonist laureates as a ceremonial position that promotes the art of cartooning.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Center for Cartoon Studies)

The Picture Book Behind The New Movie 'Boss Baby'

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 5:00am

Before the new animated film was a box-office hit, it was a beloved children's book.

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A Look Back As The Asian Underground Turns 20

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:01am

This new sound became "trendy" in Great Britain. The mainstream media lapped it, and Billboard declared "British Asian Scene on Brink of Mainstream," as it tried to normalize the movement.

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Ex-Secretary Of State Advocates Causes Not Key On Modern Republic Agenda

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

James Baker--who served in two Republican White Houses--is writing about causes that don't figure prominently on the modern Republican agenda. He's advocating a global ban on the sale of ivory.

Ex-Secretary Of State Advocates Causes Not Key In Modern Republican Agenda

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:33pm

James Baker, who served in two Republican White Houses, is writing about causes that don't figure prominently in the modern Republican agenda. He's advocating a global ban on the sale of ivory.

Changing Colors In Comics

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:32pm

Gene Demby and guest host Glen Weldon (our play cousin from Pop Culture Happy Hour) explore how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity.

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Alec Baldwin On Career Highs And Lows And Playing A 'Larger Than Life' Trump

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 1:32pm

Baldwin tells Fresh Air that his SNL impression of the president is purposefully exaggerated. "There's a kind of volume to it," he says. "It's kind of the Macy's Day Parade [version] of Trump."

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Once An Alternative To Mainstream TV, YouTube Now Offers Just That With New Service

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:20pm

With its streaming TV service launching Wednesday, YouTube joins a crowded field. But it offers several features the others don't.

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'What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky' Is Defiantly, Electrically Original

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 6:00am

Lesley Nneka Arimah's remarkable debut collection is both cohesive and varied at the same time. Grounded both in the U.S. and Nigeria, it's full of sly humor, genuine emotion and occasional horror.

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'Hemingway Didn't Say That' (And Neither Did Twain Or Kafka)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:47pm

There are tons of quotes from famous people out there — and a lot of them are just plain wrong. Author Garson O'Toole has dedicated himself to setting the record straight.

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Broth-Loving Hipsters Are Pushing Up The Price Of Bones

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:20pm

With bone broth mania sweeping parts of the U.S. (we see you, LA), cheap bones are harder to come by. Some broth makers are moving away from the standard beef and chicken to new bones — like alpaca.

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For Laura Jane Grace, Punk Was A Form Of Armor

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:43pm

The founder of the band Against Me! felt so conflicted about her gender growing up that she thought she was schizophrenic. Since transitioning, she's become more in touch with herself.

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Eat Like A 'Golden Girl': NYC Cafe Feeds Fans With A Heavy Side Of Nostalgia

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:36am

Fans of the sitcom can get a taste of the golden life at Rue La Rue Cafe, the Golden Girls-themed restaurant in Manhattan. Co-owned by actress Rue McLanahan's son, it serves up pop culture and food.

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