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As Audiences Enjoy 'Peak TV,' Strike Threat Puts Spotlight On The Writers

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 4:34pm

Hollywood writers are set to strike Tuesday when their current contract with studios, networks and producers ends. At issue is healthcare and a changed TV landscape with shorter seasons and less pay.

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Hacker Leaks 'Orange Is The New Black,' Threatens To Release Other Shows

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:40pm

A hacker has released the new season of the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, and says it has access to unreleased episodes from several other companies including ABC and Fox. In this week's All Tech Considered, NPR talks to Variety reporter Janko Roettgers and PwC analyst Mark Loder.

In 'American Gods,' Even Deities Have The Immigrant Experience

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:40pm

In the new Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved fantasy novel, gods from all over the world are drawn to America when their worshippers arrive here — whether as immigrants, explorers, or slaves.

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W. Kamau Bell's 'Awkward Thoughts' On Racism And Black Comedy

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 1:28pm

Feeling out of place is a fact of life for Bell, who describes himself as a "black and proud ... mama's boy." He celebrates his outsider status in the new memoir The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.

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Gabourey Sidibe's Message To The World: 'Mind Your Own Body'

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:31am

"I am plus-size, I have dark skin and I am 100 percent beautiful," the actress says. Her new book, This Is Just My Face, is a collection of essays about body image and her rise to fame.

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'It Is Neither Nor, It Is Both': Tom Hanks Finds No Easy Answers In 'The Circle'

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 4:27pm

In the film adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, Hanks plays Eamon Bailey, co-founder of a giant social media and tech company with the creepy mantra: "Sharing is caring."

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'Paradise Lost': How The Apple Became The Forbidden Fruit

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 7:00am

Some 350 years ago, Milton's epic chronicled the Fall of Man, wrought by the red fruit. Except that it might've been a fig or peach or pear. An ancient Roman made a pun – and the apple myth was born.

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These Short Films Shine A Spotlight On Sexual Harassment

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 6:56am

Israeli playwright Sigal Avin teamed up with her friend David Schwimmer to produce #ThatsHarassment. The short films — some inspired by her own experiences — aim to clarify what harassment is.

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'I'd Die For You' Gives A Glimpse Into F. Scott Fitzgerald's Writing Life

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 6:00am

Fitzgerald wrote most of his best work in his 20s, and the stories in this new collection — all unpublished or uncollected — demonstrate how hard it was for him to deliver what readers wanted.

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A Trauma Nurse Reflects On 'Compassion Fatigue'

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 4:00am

Years of treating grievously injured people starts to wear on a person. a trauma nurse in Minneapolis says. She explores "compassion fatigue" in a semi-autobiographical poem.

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Not My Job: We Quiz A Retired CIA Analyst On Briefs (The Underwear)

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:30am

John Nixon has done both briefing and debriefing, so we'll see what he knows about underwear briefs. The former CIA analyst, who interrogated Saddam Hussein, is the author of Debriefing the President.

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Is Facebook Real Life Or Is It Just Fantasy?

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:00am

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman in an "emotional affair" with a college friend on Facebook.

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Reading The Game: Stardew Valley

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games travels to Pelican Town to explore the bucolic pleasures of Stardew Valley, a farming simulator inspired by the classic 1990s Harvest Moon games.

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'Indecent': A Play About A Play

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:57am

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is using a controversial Yiddish play more than a hundred years old as the basis for her first Broadway production.

'Indecent': A Play About A Yiddish Play That Was Ahead Of Its Time

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:57am

A new Broadway production takes audiences through the history of Sholem Asch's 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner whose daughter falls in love with a woman.

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'Obit' Follows The 'Times' Team Charged With Turning Lives Into History

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:54am

A documentarian spent six days filming The New York Times obit desk at work. One staffer describes the process of writing an obituary as "equal parts exhilaration and terror."

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She Calls Her Movies 'Afro Bubble Gum Art'

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:00am

Wanuri Kahiu doesn't want to make films about suffering Africans. Her movies celebrate happiness — with a sci-fi twist.

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Art Is A Matter Of Life And Death In 'The Electric Sublime'

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:00am

W. Maxwell Prince's bloody, silly and deeply likeable new graphic novel imagines a world where works of art are real spaces you can step into — with real problems that can cause hundreds of deaths.

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A Haunting '60s Film About Mental Illness And Incarceration Becomes A Ballet

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 3:31pm

Frederick Wiseman's controversial 1967 documentary Titicut Follies exposed conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Fifty years later, the filmmaker, now 87, has adapted it to dance.

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'Obit' Documentary Follows Journalists Who Tell Lively Stories Of Death

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Obit, a documentary about obituary writing at The New York Times.




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