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Oscar Nominee Lin Manuel-Miranda Aims For EGOT

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

If Lin Manuel-Miranda wins an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category, he will become only the 13th person in history to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. We hear from past EGOT winners.

'Get Out' Mixes Satire, Race And Horror, And The Result Is A Scream

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

A young white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents in director Jordan Peele's first feature film. Critic David Edelstein says Get Out is a comic thriller worth seeing.

Mike Mills Grapples With His Mother's 'Tricky Ghost' In '20th Century Women'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

The director has been nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay about a woman figuring out how to raise her teenage son on her own. Originally broadcast Dec. 19, 2016.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:38pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, which has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

This Week In Race: Immigration Headaches, Oscar Glow and POTUS At The Blacksonian

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 8:05am

If the human rights aspect of (deportation) doesn't interest you, the prospect of $8 avocados and double-digit fast food might.

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Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 8:00am

From happy Neolithic-era accident to inspiration for student protests to tabletop staple, butter has had quite the ride over the past 10,000 years. A new book tells the story.

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

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Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.

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Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:00am

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

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After 75 Years, Here's Looking At You, 'Casablanca'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:02am

Did you know Humphrey Bogart had to stand on a box for scenes with tall Ingrid Bergman? NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the sound stage where the 1942 classic was filmed — and returned with stories.

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3 Teenage Outsiders Navigate Friendship And Desire In 'As You Are'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

An intimate portrait of high school friends caught up in the aftermath of a violent incident places us inside their heads with sensitivity and restraint.

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Amiable But Generic 'Rock Dog' Chases Its Own Tail

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

This Chinese-U.S. co-production, based on a graphic novel by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun, pads its way through a familiar story about a mastiff who wants to make it big in the music industry.

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'Get Out': A Terrifically Topical — And Terrifying — Satire

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Comedian Jordan Peele's debut feature as writer/director is a blisteringly smart horror film buoyed by the "shimmering, righteous anger" of its take on race, says critic Chris Klimek.

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Oscar-Nominated Animated Film 'My Life As A Zucchini' Makes For A Satisfying Meal

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Up for best animated feature, this French-Swiss stop-motion tale of a young boy's life in a group home offers a small, meticulously detailed story that leavens melancholy with humor.

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'Get Out' Offers Sharp Satire Along With The Scares

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:26pm

Get Out is an impressively accomplished directorial debut says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.

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These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:26pm

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.

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'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:38pm

After the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan turned to stand-up. "I needed to be more self-determining, and the most self-determining thing you can do in comedy is stand-up," he says.

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'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:00am

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

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