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'Glory Of The World' Is More Wacky Birthday Party Than Traditional Play

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 7:11am

The play celebrates Catholic monk Thomas Merton's 100th birthday. But it isn't really about Merton — it's about human complexity, and at times the action resembles the film Animal House.

'Hunters' Is A Dark, Elegant Tale Of East And West

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 6:00am

Lawrence Osborne's well-structured new novel follows a group of Western expats in Cambodia, all hunting for something nebulous — money, happiness, or even just an edge up on everyone else.

In 'That Dragon, Cancer,' 'Unshakeable Empathy Gives Game Life'

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:31pm

A new computer game explores the real life experience of a married couple losing their young son to cancer. Chris Suellentrop and J.J. Sutherland of the podcast "Shall We Play a Game" have a review.

Oscars Still So White: Academy Nominates Nearly All White Actors, Again

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:31pm

For the second year in a row, no non-white actor was among the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards.

Here Are The New TV Shows You Should Watch This Year

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR reviews some of the new shows coming to network and cable television over the coming weeks.

Norway's National Library Discovers Rare Atlas — With A Little Help From Reddit

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 2:34pm

The Cedid was one of the first printed atlases from the Muslim world. There were 14 known copies in existence — until a Norwegian reference librarian with a fondness for /r/MapPorn noticed something.

'Fiddler' Songwriters Discuss Putting Themselves In The 'Soul Of The Characters'

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 1:07pm

Together Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof. Both men spoke to Fresh Air in 2004; Harnick spoke to Fresh Air again in 2014.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Hateful Eight' And Theatrical Experiences

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:41am

This week's show is all about Tarantino's latest, how to sit at the movies, digital and film, and what's making us happy this week.

Long After Armenian Genocide, Retracing A Grandfather's Steps To Survival

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:54pm

For The Hundred-Year Walk, author Dawn Anahid MacKeen visited the sites of her grandfather's escape. Like him, she says she found a haven in Raqqa, Syria, a city currently controlled by ISIS.

'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Scoop Up Most Oscar Nominations

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:21pm

NPR reviews this year's Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning. The Revenant picked up a dozen nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nods.

'Elegant And Cruel And True': The Life And Death Of Poet C.D. Wright

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

C.D. Wright was beloved not only for her poetry, but for her personality. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher has this remembrance of a writer who loomed large in his imagination and in his life.

Faking The Fake Moon Landing Brings Surprisingly Few Laughs

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

The dopey comedy Moonwalkers wastes a potentially amusing premise imagining that a legend about Stanley Kubrick faking the moon landing was true — sort of.

'The Benefactor' Finds A Wealthy Man Emotionally Broke

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Andrew Renzi uses the skills of Richard Gere to deftly draw a man whose wealth doesn't fully explain his inability to function with other people.

Paris And A Perilous Marriage 'In The Shadow Of Women'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Phillipe Garrel may seem to be making one of those French films that slowly ponders daily life, but in fact, he's packing the undoing of a marriage into 70 minutes.

'13 Hours' Finds Fodder For Action, But Not Thought, In Recent History

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Michael Bay makes no effort to put history in context in dramatizing the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi; he treats it as a setting for rah-rah action.

His 'Potential Was In Maturity': Helen Mirren, Chris Columbus On Alan Rickman

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 3:44pm

The actor Alan Rickman has died. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the actress Helen Mirren and Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, about the actor and his career.

Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 3:24pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of beloved blockbusters like The Winds of War is celebrating his milestone with a new memoir, Sailor and Fiddler, that sums up his thoughts on what it means to write.

The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:56pm

Bay's new film presents the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya from the perspective of military contractors. Critic David Edelstein says 13 Hours is a "ham-handed but ... generally effective portrait."

The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:56pm

Adolf Hitler wrote his famous manifesto while serving time for an attempted coup that started in a German beer hall. Author Peter Ross Range says, "There was an obvious need to get his message out."

The Oscars Show Some Love To Global Topics

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:34pm

And the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include plenty of globally-minded films, covering everything from Ebola to honor killings.




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