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The Deliciously Soapy — But Substantial — Supermarket Saga Of 'Forbidden Hearts'

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 6:00am

We're cranking up the trusty old NPR Books Time Machine again, and this time we're rewinding Alisha Rai's steamy series about love and drama among two estranged business dynasties in upstate New York.

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Jon Peede, Trump's Nominee To Lead NEH, Makes His Case On Why Agency Should Exist

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:24pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jon Peede, President Trump's nominee for the National Endowment for the Humanities — an agency he tried to cut from the most recent budget.

A Fragile Relationship Tested By Freedom In 'Outside In'

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer/director Lynn Shelton's latest film is about a man (Jay Duplass) freed from wrongful imprisonment thanks to the work of a woman (Edie Falco). The movie asks: What now?

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The Spoken Word

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

In this game, Ophira and Jonathan perform dramatic recitations of odd spoken sections from popular songs, and contestants must guess the artist or song title.

National Parody Radio

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

We've found clips of fake public radio shows and podcasts; contestants identify the TV shows they came from.

Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

Tony Award winner Lena Hall tells us about her next level audition for the Hedwig and the Angry Inch revival. Then she plays a game based on her monthly EP covers project, "Obsessed."

This, That Or The Other: Tales From The Cryptocurrencies

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

Are these things cryptocurrencies, top electronic dance music DJs, or board games?

Happily Alone

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

We've rewritten the TLC classic "No Scrubs" to be about famous women who were never married.

Largest And In Charge-Est

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

Puzzle guru Art Chung presents Ophira and Jonathan with two Guinness World Records, and they must guess which of the two is bigger.

Quebec Uniform India Zulu

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:42am

In this final round, each answer is one of the twenty-six words in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years, which she describes in her memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? She spoke to Fresh Air in 2017.

For Bill Hader, Sketch Comedy Sprung From A 'Need To Be Doing Something Creative'

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

In 2012, Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader told Fresh Air that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood. His latest project is the HBO series Barry.

Steven Spielberg's Fantastical 'Ready Player One' Is A Fatally Overblown Juggernaut

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

Spielberg's new action-adventure is set in future world where people use virtual-reality goggles to escape a dreary city. Critic Justin Chang calls it both "spectacular — and spectacularly empty."

A Big Ol' Bean Fight Erupts Between Chi-Town And H-Town

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 9:00am

Chicago and Houston are fighting over something very big or something very small — two beans. But there's a plot twist.

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For Passover, These Orthodox Jews Are Cooking On Live TV

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:00am

Chabad-Lubavitch Jews don't watch TV, but they'll often appear on on local news across the U.S. during holidays. Their goal: to share recipes, promote Jewish observance and educate the general public.

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In 'Hey Mom,' Louie Anderson Has A Laugh With His Leading Lady

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:58am

The actor and stand-up comedian has channeled his late mother in his work for years. Hey Mom is Louie's way of catching her up on everything that's been going on in his life.

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Burt Reynolds' 'The Last Movie Star' Is Semi-Tough To Get Through

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:01pm

Reynolds plays a vain, pathetic version of himself in a film full of moments so sappy and overplayed they feel "less like self-deprecation than elder abuse."

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'Finding Your Feet' Has A Nice Beat And Is Easy To Dance To

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:00pm

A upper-middle class snob goes to live with her bohemian sister and gets drawn into the world of seniors' dance classes in this "sweet-natured if overlong" British film.

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Move Over, Brisket. There Are Fresher Foods 'Too Good To Passover'

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:52am

If the idea of the same-old brisket is giving you the Passover blues this year, author Jennifer Abadi will inspire a lighter, brighter table with Jewish recipes from all over the world.

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Hot Agnostic Buns: A Proposal For A Pagan-Christian-Secular Easter Treat

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 7:00am

Hot cross buns have been an Easter treat for centuries. But before that, pagans exchanged them as part of a spring ritual celebrating the four seasons or the phases of the moon. Can they morph again?

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