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'Daniel Blake' Skewers The Red Tape Bureaucracy Of England's Health System

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

British director Ken Loach is both an award-winning filmmaker and a social activist. His latest film combines those impulses

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

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:48pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

New Orleans' Beloved Santa Makes The Twitterverse Believe In Christmas Magic

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:17pm

Joy to the ward! New Orleans' ageless Seventh Ward Santa Claus inspires a Twitter reunion of generations.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Taya Thomas and Michael Sykes III)

Eat Ye Bread Sauce While Ye May: Brits Go Medieval On Christmas Day

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 9:00am

Made with breadcrumbs, milk, onion and spices, bread sauce is a key part of traditional English Christmas dinners. It's a culinary relic of Medieval times when bread soaked sauces were all the rage.

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Scorsese's 'Silence': A Clash of Cultures — And Creeds — In 16th Century Japan

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 8:28am

Two Portuguese priests travel to Japan to find their mentor in Martin Scorsese's fairly conventional historical drama, which our critic calls "the director's most punishing film since Raging Bull."

(Image credit: Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures)

Hanukkah Lights 2016

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 8:00am

Hear holiday stories from authors Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, Ellen Orleans and R.L. Maizes.

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Radio's Diane Rehm, A Mainstay Of Civil Discourse, Signs Off

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:42am

After more than three decades and thousands of episodes, Rehm is stepping away from the broadcast microphone. But her successful show, with millions of listeners, almost didn't get off the ground.

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A Holiday Tradition: David Sedaris Reads 'Santaland Diaries'

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:40am

Writer David Sedaris is back as Crumpet the department store elf who finds little joy in the holidays. He first read from his "Santaland Diaries" on Morning Edition in 1992.

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Gallery Owner Arrested For Trafficking Stolen Antiquities Worth Millions Of Dollars

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:40pm

Nancy Wiener was arrested for allegedly possessing and selling stolen artifacts through her New York City gallery. The court complaint describes an elaborate conspiracy carried out around the world.

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The 'Hidden Figures' Who Crunched The Numbers In The Space Race

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in this drama about the brilliant African-American women whose mathematical skills NASA eagerly exploited ... without publicly acknowledging.

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In Mike Mills' Rich, Brilliant Comedy, Three '20th Century Women' Raise A Teenager

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Our critic adores this small, sharply observed film starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig as boarding-house residents who shape the life of a young man (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 1979.

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Sex And Death, Shot Through A Colorful Lens: Almodovar's 'Julieta'

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Pedro Almodovar brings his lush visual exuberance to this adaptation of three Alice Munro stories marked by spare, interior struggles. The odd fusion results in a surprisingly quiet, somber film.

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'Passengers' Has A First-Class Sci-Fi Premise, But The Script Flies Coach

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:00pm

The Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence film about two beautiful people alone on a vast spaceship doesn't have the courage of its creepy convictions, and devolves into rote rom-com sentiment.

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'Elena Of Avalor' Takes The Throne As Disney's First Latina Princess

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:29pm

Elena Castillo Flores rules the port city of Avalor while learning about life and leadership. Her creators say they want their show to reflect the diversity of Latino cultures and experiences.

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Charles Aidikoff, Who Ran Popular LA Screening Room, Dies

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

Hollywood insiders mourn the death of 101-year-old Charles Aidikoff, who ran one of the most popular small, private screening rooms in Los Angeles.

Still Puzzled By The Election? Authors Prescribe Fiction For Better Understanding

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

"There is no better way to see through somebody else's eyes than by reading fiction," says novelist Jennifer Haigh.

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'A Lot Going On': Critic David Bianculli Picks The Best TV Of 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Fresh Air's TV critic says that mini-series and anthology shows are expanding the types of stories that can be told on the small screen — and the benefits to the viewers "are huge."

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In 'An Excellent Year' For Film, Critic David Edelstein Shares His 12 Favorites

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:39pm

Edelstein estimates that he saw 400 films in 2016 — more than enough to fill "a couple of 10-best lists." He talks about a dozen of them with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Marzipan, The Sweet Taste Of The Holidays In Madrid

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 10:58am

One legend has it that marzipan emerged during an epic 13th-century Spanish battle. Today, it is a highlight of the holiday season. And the best stuff comes from convents and small family bakeries.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 2016 Favorites And Unfinished Business

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 5:00pm

Sam Sanders joins the PCHH roundtable for a conversation about some of our favorite writing, television and movies of the year.

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