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An Ancient Curse Awakens In 'The Suffering Tree'

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 6:00am

A family curse, a resurrection and a vengeful witch are at the center of Elle Cosimano's Southern Gothic chiller The Suffering Tree. But the book elides its setting's history of racial violence.

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'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 5:16am

Known for his on-court outbursts, McEnroe famously yelled, "You cannot be serious!" at one official. Now, decades later, he says it's a "miracle" if he goes a full day without hearing that line.

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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:03pm

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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Not My Job: Eddie Izzard Gets Quizzed On King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:06am

We'll ask the comedian three questions about the Australian psychedelic rock band. Izzard has a new book called Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.

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'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 9:00am

Anne Helen Petersen's new book is a thoughtful consideration of several public women — from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton — who've run up against the invisible expectations our culture has of them.

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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:01am

David Leveaux's new film follows exiled German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II as he realizes that the new Germany of National Socialism has nothing at all in common with the Germany of his memories.

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'The Force' Is Basically 'Game Of Thrones' With Cops — And That's Pretty Great

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 4:53am

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

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Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word "Shakespeare" in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn't performing Shakespeare at the moment.

Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:52pm

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

'Big Sick' Creators Nanjiani And Gordon On Turning Their Courtship Into A Movie

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:00am

In Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's new rom-com, girl meets boy, girl contracts a mysterious illness and boy's Pakistani parents struggle to accept the relationship.

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With The Swoony Pleasures Of 'The Beguiled,' Sofia Coppola Shows Us Something New

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:56am

In her previous work, director Sofia Coppola looked out from inside the bubble that wealth and privilege create. Her latest film grapples with a different — but related — form of isolation.

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Laura Galante: Are All Of Us Vulnerable To Fake News?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:24am

Technology allows us to choose information to support our beliefs. In this new reality, cybersecurity expert Laura Galante says, it's easier for foreign governments to influence public opinion.

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Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:24am

Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

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Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'GLOW' And Lena Waithe

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:00am

The gang tackles Netflix's new wrestling-themed dramedy, and then Linda Holmes interviews Master Of None costar Lena Waithe onstage in Los Angeles. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.

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A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

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