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How Late Night TV Addressed Charlottesville And This Week In Politics

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:10pm

This week gave late night television shows a lot of material to work with — a recap and review of how they did.

'Good Booty': Backing Up How Music And Sex Helped Shape American Culture

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 5:10pm

In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form.

(Image credit: Lucent Vignette Photography/HarperCollins)

President Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors, Highlighting Rift With Artists

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:55pm

Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president, and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 7:11am

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.

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A Hologram Husband Keeps Lois Smith Company In 'Marjorie Prime'

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 7:11am

Smith has been acting for more than 60 years, and she's earned rave reviews for her performance in Marjorie Prime. How does she explain her continued success? "I'm very lucky," she says.

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Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Salt & Straw)

In 'The Stone Sky,' Some Worlds Need To Burn

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 6:00am

N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

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Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:31pm

In Netflix's newest Marvel Universe show, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist patrol the dirty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that doesn't exist in today's New York City.

(Image credit: Sarah Shatz/Netflix)

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:02pm

In addition to starring in Hulu's Difficult People, Eichner roams the streets of NYC, asking open-ended questions about celebrities in Billy on the Street. Originally broadcast Dec. 12, 2016.

High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:02pm

A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.

'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:21am

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz Returns

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:20am

It seemed like time for a breather from summer movies, so we invited our pal Sam Sanders into the studio to play a game that goes all the way back to our very first episode in 2010.

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High School Reunion: Making A 'Teachable Moment'

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 4:01am

Rachel Martin talks with her former English teacher, Shirley Murphy. Mrs. Murphy was the only African-American teacher at Idaho Falls High School when Rachel attended.

'Patti Cake$' i$ $weet But $light

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:28pm

A Jersey girl dreams of rap stardom in this "conventional dramedy" that highlights star Danielle Macdonald's charisma but reduces other characters to types.

(Image credit: Andrew Boyle /Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

'California Typewriter': A Love-Letter To The Carriage-Return Lever

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

Doug Nichol's documentary profiles the stubborn holdouts — collectors, repairmen, and a few celebrities — who treasure the tactile pleasures of the humble typewriter.

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'Dave Made A Maze,' But Dave Forgot A Script

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

In this gorgeously designed movie, the walls of an elaborate cardboard maze are more substantial than the characters inside it.

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A NASCAR Caper Comedy Fueled By Thick Southern Accents: 'Logan Lucky'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:00pm

Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a brief hiatus features strong chemistry between its two leads, a great cast, and the faint whiff of condescension.

(Image credit: Claudette Barius/Fingerprint Releasing/ Bleecker Street)

'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:30pm

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

(Image credit: Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:01pm

Over the years, Hollywood filmmakers have used solar eclipses as devices to mark moments of irrevocable transformation for their characters.

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In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:20pm

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

(Image credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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