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Element In The Room

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:16am

Dust off that old laminated periodic table in your closet, because we've got a chemistry game! We've replaced two-letter terms with the name of an element with the same chemical symbol.

Need Advice? The 'Ask Code Switch' Column Is Coming Soon

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:49am

Stuck in a racial quandary? We got your back.

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Madcap 'Sit-Com' From Peter Pan's Creator Finally Sees The Light Of Day

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 9:39am

J.M. Barrie penned The Reconstruction of the Crime with E.V. Lucas — but the play was never performed in his lifetime or the 80 years since. Now, the tale of mistaken identity is getting published.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 5:00am

We discuss Luc Besson's big-budget, bonkers-bananapants would-be blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which looks unlikely to bust any blocks.

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Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:42pm

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:25pm

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

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'Menashe': A Hasid Grows In Brooklyn

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

This sweetly funny tale of a recently widowed Orthodox Jew struggling to care for his son offers a humane and sympathetic view of life in a Hasidic enclave.

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'Brigsby Bear': Do Not Adjust Your (Mind) Set

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

A gawky young man (SNL's Kyle Mooney) raised in isolation re-enters the world — but can't let go of his obsession with his favorite TV show in this quirky, imaginative little film.

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Love, Lust And Languor In 'From The Land Of The Moon'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

Marion Cotillard stars as a woman infatuated with infatuation in this "shadowy and sensuous" tale that undercuts its power with an unearned third-act revelation.

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'Atomic Blonde' Is A Blast

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

"It may be style over substance," says critic Scott Tobias of this spy thriller starring a butt-kicking Charlize Theron, "but wow what style!"

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Movie: Director Joshua Weinstein Explains The Story Behind 'Menashe'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with director Joshua Weinstein about his film Menashe. It tells the story of a recent widower, trying to regain his bearings under the rules of Hassidic life.

Filmmaker Dreams Of A Romantic Comedy Set In Rwanda

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

Rwanda is not exactly the kind of set you might imagine for a romantic comedy. But one filmmaker is dreaming of laughing and falling in love in a country still living in the shadow of genocide.

The Zoo Is A Terrifying Place In 'Fierce Kingdom'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:00pm

Gin Phillips' new novel — which follows a young mother trying to keep her child safe during a mass shooting at a zoo — explores the way violence can be a safe abstraction for kids, or cruelly real.

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Whatever The Character, June Foray's Voice Was Warmly Familiar

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00pm

Foray voiced a wide variety of animated characters, and she brought the same genial humor and warmth to them all — except one.

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Black Producers, HBO Defend Upcoming Series 'Confederate'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:30am

Executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman spoke to NPR's Eric Deggans to push back against the notion the show will be "a celebration ... of slavery."

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3 Supernatural Noir Tales That Reflect The Inhuman Condition

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 6:00am

Some great noir fiction has been written about Los Angeles, but what happens when a different genre bleeds through? We've got three tales of murder, magic and robot detectives to cool your summer.

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Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.

New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Lawrence P. Jackson's biography tracks the writer's course from prison to published novelist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Himes' life story is well worth reading.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Girls Trip'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:24am

The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from.

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Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:10am

The pioneering hip-hop radio duo drop by the Code Switch podcast to talk about making their way in a traditionally black genre and their new NPR interview show, What's Good? with Stretch & Bobbito.

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