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Reading The Game: 'What Remains Of Edith Finch'

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 6:19am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with What Remains of Edith Finch, a complex, time-skipping family tragedy that'll leave you with scars — but trust us, it's worth it.

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Comic Shelley Berman Dies At 92

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 7:04pm

Along with Bob Newhart and Lenny Bruce, Shelley Berman helped change the tone and tenor of American humor.

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Celia Perez's New Novel 'The First Rule Of Punk' Comes With Advice For Adolescents

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Celia Perez about her book, The First Rule of Punk for middle-grade readers. The first rule? Be yourself.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director John Waters

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 2:40pm

Once called the "King of Bad Taste," Waters is known for his off-beat cult films Pink Flamingos and Polyester, as well as the more mainstream Hairspray. Originally broadcast in 1988.

'Tulip Fever': A Lush Portrait Of A Florid Affair

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:00pm

Based on Deborah Moggach's best-selling 1999 novel, this slightly overstuffed period romance features a clever screenplay by Moggach and playwright Tom Stoppard.

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Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:11am

House musician Jonathan Coulton leads a music game that turns Queen's classic We Will Rock You into an ode to famous rocks. Then contestants compete in a ménage à trois-themed final round.

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Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:11am

We talk to sex columnist Dan Savage in San Francisco, then contestants play a round of This, That, or the Other featuring prescription drugs, Harry Potter spells, and Ikea products.

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Opening Act

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:11am

This first game plays on the slang term "Netflix and Chill," where every answer rhymes with the word "chill." Then, a game where contestants identify the movie based on the redubbed swear word.

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Joys And Challenges Of Marriage In 'Black Love'

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:13am

A documentary series about black married life debuts on the Oprah Winfrey Network Saturday. It shows the ups and downs of marriage.

'I Do ... Until I Don't' Doesn't Quite Work ... Until It Does

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:00pm

Lake Bell's follow-up to 2013's In a World ... lacks that film's focus and drive, but finds itself in the final act, once its pacing grows "agreeably manic."

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'Viceroy's House': A Warm-Hearted Look At The Sunset Of The British Empire

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:00pm

Directed and co-written by Gurinder Chadha (who also directed and co-wrote Bend it Like Beckham) this crowd-pleasing, gently revisionist period drama examines the last days of British colonial rule.

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PHOTOS: Some Say Nebraska's Flag Stinks — And They've Got Ideas To Fix It

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 3:53pm

State Sen. Burke Harr says Nebraska's state flag flapped upside-down for 10 days at the Capitol earlier this year — and no one even noticed. Now, he's on a crowdsourced quest to redesign it.

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Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Opens Doors To His 'War Room'

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 3:31pm

Years after his death, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's legend lives on. His widow takes Aspen Public Radio's Claire Woodcock on a visit to The War Room in his home, where Thompson spent 16 hours a day locked in, writing such pieces as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Facebook Prepares To Launch New Video Streaming Service

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 3:31pm

Facebook is rolling out it's new video streaming service this week. "Facebook Watch" is accessed by a button on the home page feed. Click and you get tons of shows, including a couple of originals. It's paid for by ads, which could be aimed directly at you, since Facebook knows all about you.

San Francisco Journalists Examine Black Identity In The U.S. On 'The Stoop'

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalists Leila Day and Hana Baba about their podcast on black identity and race in America, The Stoop.

'The Burning Girl' Is More Than Just A Pretty Victim

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:00am

Edgar Allan Poe once wrote that the death of a beautiful woman is "unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world." In her new book, The Burning Girl, Claire Messud responds: Not to us women.

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Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:37am

The author's books are set in the poor, black Mississippi community where she grew up, a place where, she says, "the past bears very heavily on the present."

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In Fitting Postscript, Terry Pratchett Had His Unfinished Works Steamrolled

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:32pm

The late Discworld author didn't want anyone else polishing his unfinished books and publishing them after his death. So he asked for them to be crushed — and his estate manager dutifully complied.

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'What's Good': Bobbito Describes How Stevie Wonder 'Speaks To One's Soul'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:31pm

Stevie Wonder brought his A game to the newest episode of NPR's "What's Good" podcast. Co-host Robert "Bobbito" Garcia talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about what it was like talking with one of America's most creative and prolific musicians.

Hollywood Suffers Worst Summer Box Office In A Decade

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:31pm

The Hollywood box office is off by a lot this year. Bad sequels, big bombs and fewer films contributed to the weak bottom line.




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