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Things With Wings

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Inspired by the 1980s band from Phoenix, Arizona, we rewrote the Mr. Mister hit song "Broken Wings" to be about things...with wings.

Rinse, Pete, Repeat

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

We invented alternate definitions for words that start with "re." If we said, "I GIVE UP trying to WRITE MY NAME at the bottom of this letter," you would say, "Re-sign" or "resign."

Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Ask Me Another rises from the ashes in Phoenix, AZ with Penn Jillette! He pulls back the curtain on his distaste for magic, his strictly working relationship with Teller, and his love of being fooled.

(Image credit: Trevor Huxham/KJZZ)

Daylight Saving Time Travel

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Fun fact! Phoenix, Arizona does not recognize Daylight Saving Time! So we wrote an audio quiz with clips from famous works involving time travel.

Click-Bait And Switch

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

To get more people interested in history, we've written clickbait-style headlines for important historical events. Contestants ring in to guess the event — but what happens after that will SHOCK you.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Great Big Summer Movie Preview

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 8:46am

Every year at this time, we sit down to make reckless box office predictions and talk up the films we're most excited to see. This time around, we're joined by Audie Cornish of All Things Considered.

(Image credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel)

What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 6:00am

In ancient Rome, food was a bargaining chip for position for slaves and nobles alike. At the center of Feast Of Sorrow is real-life nobleman Apicius, who inspired the oldest surviving cookbook.

(Image credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:04am

Author Paula Hawkins was down on her luck when her 2015 book The Girl on the Train became a smash hit. Now she's grappling with success and preparing to launch her followup, Into the Water.

(Image credit: Emily Bogle/NPR)

The Journalists Who Wring Life Out Of Death: 'Obit'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Andrew Lapin says this documentary about the New York Times' Obituaries desk is "a touching inquiry on the nature of public legacy amid the ceaseless march of time."

(Image credit: Kino Lorber)

A Behind-The-Scenes Couple Get Star Treatment In 'Harold And Lillian'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00pm

A new documentary charts the long and loving marriage of a production designer and a film researcher; critic Scott Tobias calls it "sublime and inspiring."

(Image credit: Zeitgeist Films)

'BANG! The Bert Berns Story': The Complicated Man Behind 'Twist And Shout'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00pm

A new documentary examines the short life — and shady business practices — of the songwriter/producer behind hits like "Tell Him," "Here Comes the Night" and "Hang On Sloopy."

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An Israeli Couple Haltingly Navigate Grief Over 'One Week And A Day'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00pm

They've lost their son. The shiva is over. Now, Eyal (Shai Avivi) and Vicky (Jenya Dodina) "veer off on separate tracks of crazed non-coping" says critic Ella Taylor.

(Image credit: Oscilloscope)

'Dear White People' Creator Calls The Netlix Series 'A Conversation Starter'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:20pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Justin Simien, the creator and writer of Dear White People, a film-turned-Netflix series about being black at a mostly white elite college.

This Time, 'Dear White People' Is Not So Much About Them

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:20pm

Season two of Netflix's hit show, with its incessant and incisive look at race at a fictional Ivy League college, doesn't really focus much on white people at all.

(Image credit: Adam Rose/Netflix)

For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:52pm

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary Obit.

'The Radium Girls' Is Haunted By Glowing Ghosts

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:00am

Kate Moore's account of the sufferings and struggles of the Radium Girls — factory workers who were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they worked with — reads like a true crime narrative.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

In 'Walkaway,' A Blueprint For A New, Weird (But Better) World

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 6:00am

Cory Doctorow's latest novel is set in a ripped-from-the-headlines near future dystopia, where the creative and the capable — and the lost — are walking into the wilderness to build a new world.

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'Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:23pm

Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley star in Hulu's TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel — in which fertile women become reproductive surrogates for powerful men and their barren wives.

(Image credit: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme died this morning in his New York apartment, of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73 years old. Demme had the seemingly effortless ability to cross over from big budget Hollywood movies like "Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia" to documentaries about Haiti and rockumentaries about Talking Heads and Neil Young.

The High Price Of Fake Authenticity: $425 'Muddy' Jeans Inspire Mockery

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:31pm

This week, the Internet discovered that Nordstrom sells premium denim with a "crackled, caked-on muddy coating" — that is, fake dirt. Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe had some thoughts about that.

(Image credit: Nordstrom/Screenshot by NPR)

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