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Oscar's Academy Invites 928 New Members, Getting Closer To Diversity Goals

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 5:57am

After two years of #OscarsSoWhite hashtags, the Academy vowed to double the number of women and people of color by 2020. While it's close to achieving that, overall membership remains far from equal.

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The Science Of Psychedelics, A Genre-Busting Western, And Perfect Poetry For Summer

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 3:23pm

This summer, All Things Considered is on the hunt for great reading recommendations. In our first installment, John Evans, owner of Diesel, A Bookstore, in California, shares his suggestions.

Pediatrician Who Exposed Flint Water Crisis Shares Her 'Story Of Resistance'

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 1:10pm

After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash: "The state said that I was an unfortunate researcher, that I was causing near hysteria."

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Beep Beep, Yeah! Paul McCartney On Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Is TV At Its Best

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:45am

Late Late Show host James Corden took the famed Beatle on a ride that was, by turns, unexpectedly tender, touching and meaningful.

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Getting Your Laughs Where You Can In The Wide World Of Stand-Up

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:00am

Pop Culture Happy Hour had so much fun finding stand-up specials to recommend that we figured we'd write it all down so you can find the ones you really want.

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Donald Hall, Former Poet Laureate, Dies At 89

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 5:03pm

Hall, the author of more than 40 books, died on Saturday at his family farm in the town of Wilmot, N.H.


To Answer Hollywood's Diversity Problem, California Program Hands Kids The Camera

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 4:27pm

This weekend, Youth Cinema Project students screened their films for the public. The program aims to create a pipeline to get kids of color in underachieving schools into the filmmaking industry.

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Actor Diego Luna On The 'Awakening' Around Mexico's Presidential Election

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 7:04am

"There is a need to say, 'Ya basta,' " Luna says, "you know, enough is enough." A few years ago, Luna left Hollywood and returned to Mexico, where he became a political activist.

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A Cornucopia Of Comic Artists Pay Homage To Michael Chabon's Escapist

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 6:00am

Chabon created the Escapist for his 2000 novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay — but now he's become a real comic hero, his exploits drawn by equally legendary figures such as Will Eisner.

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A 18th Century, Gender-Bending Mystery: What Did 'The Fox' Say?

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 6:55am

Jordy Rosenberg's debut novel, Confessions of the Fox, is a speculative retelling of The Threepenny Opera as a queer love story.

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'A Very English Scandal' Stars Who Else But A Very English Hugh Grant

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 6:52am

Grant plays popular progressive Jeremy Thorpe in the TV miniseries coming soon to Amazon. Thorpe's political career ended in the 1970s after an ex-lover accused him of an affair and a murder plot.

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David Lynch Memoir 'Room To Dream' Charms — But Doesn't Demystify

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 6:00am

The book — which Lynch wrote with journalist Kristine McKenna — is intimate and honest about the filmmaker's quirks and flaws, but doesn't dislodge the air of mystery that's settled around his work.

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Playing Hanafuda With The Hand You're Dealt

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 4:00am

As a fourth-generation Japanese American, photographer Will Matsuda tries to unpack some of the liminal spaces of cultural identity in America. He grew up playing hanafuda, a Japanese card game.

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Crying Toddler On Widely Shared 'Time' Cover Was Not Separated From Mother

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 3:34pm

The image has been tied to a border policy separating migrant families. But in this case, daughter and mother were detained together — and the White House says it's proof the controversy is overblown.

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'The King' Fuses Elvis' Turbulent Life Story With The Soul Of America

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:23pm

Eugene Jarecki's documentary uses the rise and fall of Elvis Presley to track the ups and downs of America's past century. Critic Justin Chang calls The King a "feverishly analytical" musical essay.

In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:23pm

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect government leaders and the roles for various agencies in the event of catastrophe. Originally broadcast June 21, 2018.

'Roseanne' Minus Roseanne: ABC Picks Up 'The Conners'

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:02am

ABC was widely praised for giving up a highly rated show on principle when it canceled its Roseanne reboot. It turns out it wasn't quite that simple.

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Dino Vs. The Volcano: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Generates Intermittent Heat

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:06pm

In this derivative but fitfully inventive fifth installment of the Jurassic franchise, our heroes try to rescue Isla Nublar's dinosaurs from extinction-by-lava, only to get their ash handed to them.

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'The Catcher Was A Spy': World War II Biopic Barely Singles

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:00pm

Despite a fascinating subject and an impressive cast, this tale of MLB catcher Moe Berg's stint as an OSS agent simply presents the facts without generating any insights.

Elvis Documentary Comes For 'The King' — And Does Not Miss

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:00pm

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki masterfully explores Presley's life as a metaphor for America as he drives the late singer's 1963 Rolls-Royce across the country, interviewing those he meets along the way.

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