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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pete's Dragon' And Kids And Their Monsters

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:19am

On this week's show, we visit with Disney's latest live-action effort and talk about why kids have, and love, their friendly monsters.

A Dying Japanese Village Brought Back To Life — By Scarecrows

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:46am

A remote mountain village once was home to hundreds. Now it has just 30 residents. Tskukimi Ayano, 67, is one of the younger ones. She has repopulated the village by making scarecrow-like figures.

At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:45am

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "

'Hands Of Stone,' Fists Of Ham: Roberto Durán Biopic Telegraphs Every Punch

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:00pm

A strong performance by Édgar Ramírez as the Panamanian boxer can't save a film that suffers from a lack of focus and thin characterization.

Opaque Storytelling Leaves Rachel Weisz's Character A 'Complete Unknown'

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:00pm

Weisz plays a woman who's spent her life creating new identities, but the filmmakers leave her motivations, and her character, frustratingly unmoored and unclear.

'Mia Madre' Weaves Memory, Fantasy And Film Into A Poignant Rumination On Loss

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:00pm

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti's latest is a charming, heartfelt and slyly satirical meditation on cinema — which exists at the crossroads of fantasy and reality — and the loss of a parent.

The First First Date Unfolds In 'Southside With You'

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:00pm

Based on the real story of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, Southside With You follows two young idealists through a day together without relying too heavily on winks at their future.

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:02pm

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.

What To Watch For When Watching 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:24pm

The search for America's Next Drag Superstar(TM) continues, as the drag competition returns for a second All-Star season on Thursday. We humbly offer a guide for the perplexed.

Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:04pm

The famously red-headed Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.

The Old-Fashioned Romantic Comedy Pops Up On YouTube With 'Single By 30'

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:03am

It may be a recent arrival in original TV content, but YouTube has rolled out a pleasantly traditional romcom about friends who may or may not (oh, come on) fall in love.

'The Couple Next Door' Ratchets Up Parenting Paranoia

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:00am

Shari Lapena's novel about a couple whose baby daughter goes missing while they're at a dinner party next door strikes at the heart of parenting fears — but falls down as a police procedural.

Belle Of The Mall: Saving Smithsonian's Jewel-Like Arts And Industries Building

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 6:00am

With its spires, rotunda and colorful facade, the Arts and Industries Building is a festive relief compared with its neighbors. But restoring the Smithsonian's first museum hasn't been easy.

Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:51am

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.

Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.

Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:40pm

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of The Office, he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film The Hollars.

Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:52am

News of a 1999 rape case against Nate Parker raises some age-old questions about culture. Can art be separated from its creator? What moral obligations, if any, do the consumers of culture bear?

Newly American 'Dreamers' Are Torn Between Love And Disappointment

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:00am

Imbolo Mbue's debut novel is one of the best books to deal with the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It's the story of a Cameroonian immigrant couple and the rich, troubled Americans they work for.

'The Terror Years' Traces The Rise Of Al-Qaida And ISIS

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:12pm

Lawrence Wright's new book collects his essays for The New Yorker on the growth of terrorism in the Middle East, from the 9/11 attacks to the recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers.

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:45pm

Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a "strikingly solitary life given how public he is." Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors of Trump Revealed.

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