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'Escapology' Gets Weird Fast. And Did We Mention The Sharks?

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 9:00am

Ren Warom's tale of AI's, genius hackers, corporate crime and the occasional sea creature uses familiar building blocks to create a wild, loud corkscrewing story that builds to a bloody conclusion.

'O.J.: Made in America' Is About America, Not O.J.

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:27am

The 5-part, 7-and-a-half-hour documentary series O.J.: Made in America presents an expansive, meticulously constructed examination of the O.J. Simpson trial as an enduring, vexing cultural milestone.

Beyond Bison Burgers: Around Yellowstone, The National Mammal Is Local Cuisine

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 6:00am

Bison sliders, bison bratwurst, hot-off-the-grill bison ribeye — around Jackson, Wyo., it's not hard to find this shaggy beast's meat on menus. (Don't worry: It's all farm-raised.)

'The Hatred Of Poetry' Feels Personal

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 6:00am

Novelist Ben Lerner takes on poetry in his new book, an academic dissection of the ways we love and hate that ancient art. But sometimes he seems like he's talking about his own thinly-veiled hatred.

'From Afar' Draws You In By Holding You At Arm's Length

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:31pm

A relationship drama with societal implications marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas. Like the film's leading man, he'll draw you in by holding you at a slight remove.

Copycake: When Food Art Ideas Get Swiped

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:53am

Caitlin Freeman made a name for herself selling modern art-inspired pastries at the SFMOMA. The museum's cafe just reopened with a new caterer — whose desserts look suspiciously familiar.

Actress, Victims Advocate Theresa Saldana Dies At 61

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:14am

Saldana was in films such as Raging Bull. In 1982, she was stabbed 10 times by an obsessed fan. She survived the attack and later helped start support groups for other victims of violent crimes.

'Infomocracy' Is A Sci-Fi Thriller With Election-Year Chills

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:00am

Malka Older's new book takes place at the end of the 21st century, in a future where the game of politics has become more streamlined — but infinitely more complex and terrifying.

'They May Not Mean To' Is A Wry, Warm Look At The Indignities Of Aging

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 6:00am

Cathleen Schine's new novel stars that literary rarity: a functional family. But matriarch Joy is struggling; her husband is ailing and her worried children don't like seeing their parents' decline.

Unlikely Headbanger, 82, Goes From Singing Karaoke To 'America's Got Talent'

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:17pm

An octogenarian delivers a face-melting version of a song that's been a hallmark of pro wrestling and action movies.

This Is How Much Celebrities Get Paid To Endorse Soda And Unhealthy Food

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:57pm

Beyonce got $50 million to push Pepsi. Justin Timberlake: $6 million in a deal with McDonald's. A study describes the lucrative deals celebs popular with teens and young adults inked to sell food.

'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:39pm

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the books when they came out. Their experience — maturing alongside Harry — was unique.

'The Fractured Republic' Explores How Nostalgia Led To Polarized Politics

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Yuval Levin about his latest book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. He argues both liberal and conservative Americans' nostalgia for the past has led to today's polarized national life.

Revisiting The Tenure Of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, The 'Jewish Jefferson'

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:22pm

One hundred years ago, Brandeis became the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court. Author Jeffrey Rosen says that Brandeis was also the most far-seeing progressive justice of the 20th century.

In 'Homegoing,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:40am

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homegoing a strong work with versatile language.

In 'Homecoming,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:40am

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homecoming a strong work with versatile language.

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Slate's Black Film Canon

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:31am

We talk to Slate's Aisha Harris, the co-author of the publication's Black Film Canon. She tells us some of her favorites on the list, why make a canon at all, and including genre films with high art.

'Homegoing' Is A Sprawling Epic, Brimming With Compassion

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 6:00am

Yaa Gyasi's debut novel traces the terrible impact of slavery on generations of an African family, beginning with two sisters in 18th century Ghana — one who stayed, and one shipped to America.

Chicago's Fine Arts Building Has 10 Floors But Innumerable Stories

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:02am

On a prime block of Chicago's Michigan Avenue stands the Fine Arts Building. Producer and violinist David Schulman takes us on an audio tour with the people who know the building the best.

British Playwright Peter Shaffer, Who Wrote 'Equus,' Dies At 90

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 3:26pm

Playwright Peter Shaffer has died. He was best known for Equus and Amadeus, both of which became movies.

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