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A Brief History Of Food Emoji: Why You Won't Find Hummus On Your Phone

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 6:00am

There are burgers and sushi, and even the salacious eggplant, but where are the dumplings and salad? Creating a more culturally diverse menu of food emoji is harder than you think.

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Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia Of Star Wars Fame, Dies At 60

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:08pm

Fisher suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last week. A spokeswoman for Fisher's daughter said the actress died Tuesday morning.

'Paterson': A Love Poem To Poetry, From Director Jim Jarmusch

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:08pm

Paterson's main character is a bus driver who writes poetry on his lunch breaks. It was inspired, in part, by an epic William Carlos Williams poem.

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LISTEN: Carrie Fisher, Terry Gross — And Gary The Dog

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 2:05pm

In an interview with Fisher last month, the Fresh Air host couldn't believe the turn it took when she asked about Fisher's beloved French bulldog. Turns out Gary was right there in the studio.

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A Sweet, Sleepy Fable Full Of Poetry And Zen: Jarmusch's 'Paterson'

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 1:00pm

Adam Driver is a bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, a film set in Paterson, New Jersey, in which William Carlos Williams' epic poem "Paterson" figures largely. Keep up.

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Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Barris says his ABC comedy series is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in." Originally broadcast May 18, 2016.

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel and appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child. She says she initially saw acting as "a means to an end." Originally broadcast Oct. 10, 2016.

Don't Know Panamanian Food? These Chefs Aim To Change That

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 6:00am

Compared to its neighbors, Panama's cuisine is mostly unknown, even to locals. A new generation of Panamanian chefs is forging a national food identity using indigenous ingredients and techniques.

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In Spain, New Year's Eve Is All About The Grapes — Save The Bubbly For Later

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:42am

As the clock strikes midnight, people in Spain gobble 12 grapes in quick succession, with wishes for the new year. Then, they go out to party all night long with cava, a Spanish sparkling white wine.

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After 8 Decades And Countless Pastrami Sandwiches, New York's Carnegie Deli Folds

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:42pm

The iconic deli in midtown Manhattan is closing its doors after nearly 80 years in business. Its oversized sandwiches defined a certain kind of New York restaurant.

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'Fences' And 'Hidden Figures' Explore Race, And More, In Midcentury America

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:25pm

Hidden Figures is a true story about the African-American women of America's space program, and Fences is based on a play by August Wilson.

At Last, Harriet Tubman Strides Onto Our Screens

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:59am

The legendary abolitionist hasn't had a big place in popular culture. But with an upcoming movie starring Viola Davis and her appearance in the TV show Underground, that's starting to change.

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Actors Take On Expanded Vocal Duties In Movie 'Sing'

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm

The new animated movie Sing features animals competing in a music competition like American Idol. Executive Music Producer Harvey Mason Jr. and actress Jennifer Hudson discuss the making of the movie.

Denzel Washington And Viola Davis On Adapting 'Fences' And Honoring August Wilson

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm

The actors star in a new film adaptation of Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Davis says it's "about a flawed man ... who doesn't understand the extent to which he is destroying [his family]."

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One Letter, Two Words Make Up This Week's Sunday Puzzle

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:48am

A good golf game will help you with next week's challenge.

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Author Interview: 'The Private Life Of Mrs. Sharma'

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife and a devoted mother. Life is going as planned until she meets a man at the metro station, and begins an affair. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Ratika Kapur about her book.

After Sexual Assault Allegations, Race Colors Stars' Reputations Differently

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

NPR's Ailsa Chang chats with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about actors Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. Both are the subject of allegations of sexual assault, but their reputations have fared differently.

Mini Time Capsules: Photographer Wants Your Undeveloped Film For New Project

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

The "Lost Rolls America" program encourages Americans to submit a forgotten roll of film to be developed. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with photographer and program creator Ron Haviv.

Desserts To Help Ring In The New Year

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

Pastry chef Aggie Chin talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about desserts for your New Year's Eve party. This week, it's citrus pavlova cake.

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Get A Global Perpective With 5 Of The Year's Best Books In Translation

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 6:00am

Small publishers and big indie powerhouses alike showcased international voices this year — we pick out a few of our favorites, from a bitter marriage drama to the memoirs of a polar bear family.

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