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'The Untamed': A Tale of Sexual Repression And Violence With Sci-Fi Trappings

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:00pm

Don't focus on the space-squid: In Mexican director Amat Escalante's harrowing film, it's only a device to expose and explore the rifts in his characters' relationships.

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Filthy, Freewheeling 'Girls Trip' Features The Summer's Breakout Performance

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:00pm

Meanwhile, Back at the Raunch: This tale of four women letting loose in the Big Easy hits familiar beats, but Tiffany Haddish's "incandescently filthy" turn as Dina proves a revelation.

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Wartime Terror And Valor Thread Together In Nolan's Gripping 'Dunkirk'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:00pm

Christopher Nolan's taut, suspenseful film tells three interwoven stories of a massive troop evacuation during World War II.

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Besson's Dazzling But Dull 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:00pm

French writer-director Luc Besson mounts a hugely imaginative sci-fi spectacle, but builds it around papier-thin characters and dialogue.

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3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:00pm

George Balanchine's modernist masterpiece was the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet. Russian, American and French ballet dancers have gathered to perform it together in New York City.

(Image credit: Agathe Poupeney/Paris Opera Ballet)

The Navy Gets Its First Female SEAL Candidate

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:46pm

Along with the SEAL officer candidate, another woman is up for an elite job as a special boat operator, some 18 months after the Pentagon opened front-line combat jobs to women.

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'Last Chance U': Netflix Docuseries Follows Troubled Community College Football Stars

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

Last Chance U is a docuseries on Netflix that takes viewers inside the football program at East Mississippi Community College, where troubled football stars try to work their way back to top schools.

Justice Department Announces Seizure Of Dark Web Marketplace

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

The Department of Justice announced Thursday its seizure of an international marketplace on the dark web. AlphaBay provided an anonymous site for people selling illegal drugs, firearms and other items.

U.S. Lifts Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

The United States has lifted its ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines that it announced in March. The ban originally affected 10 airports and nine airlines, mostly Middle Eastern carriers that had flights to the U.S.

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole From Prison By Nevada Board

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Josh Peter, a reporter for USA Today, about O.J. Simpson being granted parole from prison on Thursday after he served nearly nine years for armed robbery and other charges.

50 Years On, Sen. Fred Harris Remembers Great Hostility During 1967 Race Riots

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

1967 was a volatile year, as riots erupted across the country as a result of deep racial segregation between blacks and whites. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with former Oklahoma Democratic Sen. Fred Harris. Harris is the last living member of the original Kerner Commission, which was formed under President Johnson to investigate why the riots occurred and what can be done to prevent rioting in the future. The conclusions of the report drew backlash from many, including President Johnson.

President Trump Marks 6 Months In The White House

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

Thursday marks six months since President Trump took office. NPR looks back at the key moments, how they've shaped his presidency so far and what's left to come.

Jeff Sessions Vows To Stay Attorney General Despite Trump's Criticism

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he loves his job and vows to keep on doing it. But his boss, President Trump, just publicly disclosed he's angry at Sessions for his recusal from the Russia probe.

In Rural Oregon, Efforts To Bring In Large Data Centers Raise Housing Costs

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:43pm

In places like rural Oregon, politicians are working to bring in large data centers to town. It's great for folks who want good jobs but don't want to move away. But it's also raising housing costs.

What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:31pm

Whole Foods has been forced to stop selling goat cheese made from milk that came from a prison farm, where inmates work for less than a dollar an hour. Yet the inmates themselves aren't complaining.

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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead At 41

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:31pm

One of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, which found great success in the early-2000s, died today in Los Angeles.

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O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:56pm

Speaking to the parole board, the former NFL star stressed that he has been a model inmate during his time at the Lovelock Correctional Center. He has served nearly nine years for armed robbery.

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Newest Senate Health Care Overhaul To Increase Uninsured By 22 Million, CBO Says

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:36pm

The latest report has similar findings to prior estimates: big increases in the uninsured population, with some deficit reduction. But there's a big caveat: This bill will likely change.

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Fear And Fury In Venezuela, As Strike Protesting 'Dictatorship' Begins

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:10pm

President Nicolas Maduro plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution. As a general strike begins, the Organization of American States expresses fear that security forces might start a "bloodbath."

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Beth Ditto, 'Oo La La' (Live)

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:00pm

The former Gossip frontwoman performs a track off her full-length solo debut, Fake Sugar, live for KCRW.

(Image credit: Mark Leibowitz/KCRW)

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