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Mona Chalabi: How Can We Tell The Good Statistics From The Bad Ones?

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:12am

We need statistics to make fair policy decisions, but there are a lot of bad stats out there. Data journalist Mona Chalabi says you need skepticism and a list of questions to face any dubious stat.

Alan Smith: Why Do We Trust Intuition Over Even The Most Reliable Numbers?

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:12am

For years, Alan Smith analyzed the most reliable demographic data in the U.K. — the census. He noticed people's perceptions conflicted with reality, and wondered if there was a way to bridge the gap.

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Joy Buolamwini: How Does Facial Recognition Software See Skin Color?

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:12am

Facial analysis technology is often unable to recognize dark skin tones. Joy Buolamwini says this bias can lead to detrimental results — and she urges her colleagues to create more inclusive code.

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Cathy O'Neil: Do Algorithms Perpetuate Human Bias?

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:12am

Mathematician Cathy O'Neil says algorithms embed existing bias into code — with potentially destructive outcomes. Everyone should question their fairness, not just computer scientists and coders.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: All Bunnies Go To Heaven On 'The Good Doctor'

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 4:00am

Uproxx TV critic Alan Sepinwall joins the panel to talk about the big broadcast hit of the current season: The Good Doctor.

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Casey Affleck Won't Be Presenting Statuettes At The Oscars

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:12pm

The acclaimed actor has been dogged by two sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him by two separate women in 2010. The Academy says it appreciates his decision not to attend the ceremonies.

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In The Brutal Animated Film 'Have A Nice Day,' Nobody Does

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:00pm

In this indie animated film from China, a bag of money keeps changing hands in a ruthless criminal underworld depicted with a blunt and deliberate crudeness.

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On The Spectrum, With A Spec Script: 'Please Stand By'

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:00pm

Dakota Fanning plays a young woman with autism determined to submit her Star Trek script to a screenwriting competition in this disappointingly soft coming-of-age tale.

In Gritty 'A Ciambra,' A Romani Teen Must Choose: His Friend, Or His Community?

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Jonas Carpignano captures the street life of a Romani-Italian community in a way that's both uncompromisingly realistic and lyrical.

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A Lavish Bollywood Musical Is Fueling A Culture War In India

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:21pm

From the moment Padmaavat went into production, it's been plagued by violent protests over its depiction of Queen Padmavati, a legendary Hindu royal.

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'Tabasco' Opera Makes Fiery Return in New Orleans

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:20pm

New Orleans conductor Paul Mauffray lifts the lid on a hot sauce opera that had been bottled up for a century. The show ran on Broadway in the late 1800s, and yes, it's about Tabasco.

(Image credit: Tom Grosscup/New Orleans Opera)

'Connected To The Whole Universe': Saudi Women Artists Show Their Work In The U.S.

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:17pm

The "Women's Point of View" exhibition at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., includes works of photography, motion graphics, even a design for a lightweight "running abaya" for athletes.

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An Enchanting Love Triangle Unfolds In 'Lover For A Day'

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:41pm

French filmmaker Philippe Garrel's new film follows a 50-something philosophy professor whose romantic relationship with a 23-year-old student is complicated when his grown daughter moves in.

Oprah 2020? Winfrey Says She Does Not 'Have The DNA For It'

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 10:11am

The media mogul spurred talk of a White House bid with a stirring Golden Globes speech earlier this month. But Winfrey now says she isn't interested in being president.

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Regency Romance Crashes Into Dragon-Filled Dystopia In 'The Sky Is Yours'

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 6:00am

Chandler Klang Smith's novel, set in a crumbling far-future metropolis menaced by dragons, is a dizzying, delirious crash of wonders and grotesqueries, spiked with crackling dialogue and detail.

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A Superhero Movie Got A Screenplay Nomination: Glitch Or Game-Changer?

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 5:00am

Some 40 years after Superman: The Movie launched the superhero film genre, a superhero movie earned an Oscar nomination outside of the tech categories. (And it wasn't Wonder Woman.)

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Sci-Fi Titan Le Guin Wanted To 'Stand Up And Be Counted' As A Writer With Kids

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:24pm

In 1989, Ursula K. Le Guin told Fresh Air, "Women who write, who have children, their work tends to get 'disappeared.' " the author died on Monday at the age of 88.

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Reporter Shares Life Lessons From A Year With 'The Oldest Old'

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:24pm

New York Times reporter John Leland followed six people above the age of 85 for one year. That series changed his understanding of old age — and inspired his book, Happiness is a Choice You Make.

New Play: For Nigerian Expat, Going Home Again Is A Real Trip

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:21am

We talk to the author of The Homecoming Queen, which opened in New York this week. Like the character in her play, Ngozi Anyanwu knows what it's like to live in two very different cultures.

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Amid #MeToo, Evangelicals Grapple With Misconduct In #ChurchToo

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:42am

Christians focus deeply on a narrative of sin and redemption, but that theme can complicate how church leaders respond to sexual misconduct within their own ranks.

(Image credit: Highpoint Church/Screenshot by NPR)

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