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'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:28pm

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:14pm

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.

Taylor Swift, Aryan Goddess?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:26am

Haters (of a multicultural society) gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Meanwhile, Swift will continue to bask in her utterly unremarkable whiteness.

Check Out These Musicians Who Literally Play With Their Food

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am

It turns out beans aren't the only musical fruit. The London Vegetable Orchestra is one of many musical acts that use all sorts of fruit and veg to produce sweet (and savory) sounds.

Competitive Men Are At Sea In 'Chevalier'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Athina Rachel Tsangari's black comedy about men who undertake a petty but brutal competition while aboard a yacht together may or may not be a political allegory.

'X-Men' Issues: Hiding Oscar Isaac Is Only The Beginning

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

The latest period installment of the mutant franchise gets the gang back together, but the time machine seems to be running out of juice.

There's No Wonder Left For 'Alice'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Other than brand extension, there seems to be no reason at all for Alice Through The Looking Glass to exist. And it shows in the final product.

In 'The Idol,' A Singer Faces More Than Just Harsh Judges

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Based on the real story of Mohammed Assaf's run on Arab Idol, the film follows a boy whose dreams as a singer eventually lead him into a tricky journey toward his big moment.

Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.

Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

After her 2008 movie, Punisher: War Zone, flopped, Alexander had a hard time getting new projects. She was in what's known as Hollywood's "movie jail," a common experience for female directors.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:04am

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:00am

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.

In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:36am

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

O'Keeffe Museum Acquires Rarely-Seen Work By The Famed Artist

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:01am

An atmospheric image of barns in Lake George, N.Y., is joining the collection at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. The painting reveals a lesser-known genre of the artist's work.

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:00am

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.

The Judgment Of Paris: The Blind Taste Test That Decanted The Wine World

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:49pm

Forty years ago, the top names in French food and wine judged a blind tasting pitting the finest French wines against unknown California bottles. The results revolutionized the wine industry.

In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

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