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In Fantasy Short 'Forever Tree,' A Black Heroine Learns To Stop Playing Small

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:12am

The film is set during the Harlem Renaissance and tells the mysterious, magical story of Tawny Bennett, an antiquarian's apprentice.

(Image credit: Joel Plummer/Courtesy of Chrishaunda Lee Perez)

Actions Can Have Horrifying Consequences In 'The Boy On The Bridge'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:00am

M.R. Carey follows up his zombie apocalypse thriller The Girl With All The Gifts with a standalone story set in the same world, also featuring an unusual child and a crew of determined scientists.

(Image credit: Ariel Zambelich/NPR)

Chris Gethard Isn't Kidding About 'Career Suicide'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 4:00am

Chris Gethard's new HBO special tells stories of his struggles with suicidal thoughts and his complex relationship with his psychiatrist. Funny and moving, Career Suicide premieres Saturday night.

(Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

I Am Not Your Muslim

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 3:01am

An "identity matrix" is a trap that presents itself as the answer to broad-brush generalizations about Muslims as terrorists or radicals, but actually ends up being similarly simplistic.

(Image credit: Ashley Mackenzie for NPR)

Grooving To That 70s Beat, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Return In Volume 2

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

It was a surprise last time, but now comes volume two of the Marvel superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy.

'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Is Overlong And Void Of Suspense

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Marvel returns to its Guardians superheroes in this sequel, but the resulting film is lacking. Critic David Edelstein calls Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 "a big mess — with dumb jokes."

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Gethard's one-man show Career Suicide, which debuts Saturday on HBO, is a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. 24, 2016.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Michael Solomonov won the James Beard Foundation's award for outstanding chef the year. He says his life work is connecting people to the food of his homeland. Originally broadcast Oct. 6, 2015.

'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:49am

Laura Poitras began filming the man known for cyber-releasing classified documents in 2011. Critic John Powers says the resulting documentary is an intimate take on an enigmatic rebel.

(Image credit: Praxis Films)

Crayola Gives The People What They Want: A New Blue Crayon

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:23am

After Crayola announced it was retiring the yellow crayon Dandelion, the company said its replacement would be blue, but would it be a true blue? No, it's actually an accidental blue.

(Image credit: Patrick Shuck/Crayola)

A Guide To Free Comic Book Day 2017: The Don't-Misses And The Near-Misses

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:00am

Headed to a comics shop for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday? Take along Glen Weldon's exhaustive guide to all 52 FCBD free comics available.

(Image credit: Diamond Comic Distributors)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' And W. Kamau Bell

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:00am

This week's show combines our discussion of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 with a discussion we recently had in Chicago with comedian, host, and writer W. Kamau Bell.

(Image credit: Film Frame/Marvel Studios)

Facts About Teens, Suicide And '13 Reasons Why'

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 4:48am

As the Netflix series sparks a national discussion, new research shows 1 in 5 middle and high schoolers have thoughts of suicide, and offers suggestions for adults in fighting the problem.

(Image credit: Beth Dubber/Netflix)

This Week In Race: Movies, Memoirs And Fans Who Didn't Hit It Out Of The Park

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:01am

Sometimes, the arc of the moral universe does bend toward justice, eventually.

(Image credit: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Film And Food: Sharing The Stories Of Immigrants With Conservative America

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:34pm

The duo behind a web-based food show is featuring personal, positive portraits of immigrant families. Their goal: to shift thinking outside the "liberal bubble" — by using targeted posts on Facebook.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Perennial Plate)

Documentary 'Last Men In Aleppo' Profiles Rescuers Amid The Rubble

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00pm

An intimate and moving examination of the White Helmets, who pull survivors — and corpses — from bombed buildings in Syria's largest city.

(Image credit: Grasshopper Films)

'Chuck': The Boxer Who Inspired 'Rocky' Gets A Dutiful Biopic

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Chris Klimek says Philippe Falardeau's film about the fall and rise of Chuck "The Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner, starring Liev Schreiber, suffers from a prosaic, just-the-facts approach.

(Image credit: Sarah Shatz/IFC Films)

'The Dinner,' Overcooked And Underseasoned

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00pm

In this tale of two couples struggling with a moral dilemma, strong performances get drowned in endless flashbacks and needless backstory that render the central drama flavorless.

(Image credit: The Orchard)

The Spaceman With A Walkman Is Back: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.'

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00pm

The sequel to Marvel's tunefully shaggy 2014 space oddity serves up more of the same; the result is "mildly enjoyable while instantly forgettable," says critic Andrew Lapin.

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

Fidget Spinner Emerges As Must-Have Toy Of The Year

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

Toys R Us has literally scrambled the jets trying to meet the demand of this year's break-out toy, handheld whirligig known as a "fidget spinner." Unlike other toy explosions like the Tickle Me Elmo or the Furby, the fidget spinner seemed to have hit without warning and without a brand. NPR's Planet Money set out to try and figure out where this thing came from and why it seemed to appear out of nowhere.

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