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A Tribute To The Late American Composer Eubie Blake

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 8:00am

Blake's music is featured in the Broadway revival, Shuffle Along. Our tribute features live performances of his songs and interviews with pianist Dick Hyman, among others. Originally broadcast in '98.

Michael Cimino, Director Of 'The Deer Hunter,' Dies At 77

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 11:52am

Cimino received broad critical acclaim for the 1978 Vietnam War epic The Deer Hunter, which won five Oscars. He followed it up with Heaven's Gate, one of the most famous flops in film history.

As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am

The flavorful fruits originated in Central Asia; the wheat, in the Mideast. The lard? Courtesy of the Spanish. Spices came via the Banda Islands. Put them altogether for an all-American treat.

Not My Job: How Much Does Producer Norman Lear Know About Learjets?

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 10:17am

There was a time in the 1970s when the most-watched TV shows all had one thing in common: They were produced by Norman Lear. We've invited him to play a game that has nothing to do with any of that.

Overlooked But Undeterred, A 101-Year-Old Artist Finally Gets Her Due

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:38am

Carmen Herrera was making art in the '50s and '60s but her male counterparts were getting all of the attention. Now, she's still hard at work and finally getting some long overdue recognition.

Learn To Make Korean Food With A Charming Graphic Cookbook

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 6:00am

Robin Ha's Cook Korean! uses brightly colored illustrations to break down the process of making dishes like acorn jelly salad or kimchi stew.

The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 5:57am

Coloring books are everywhere. Some kids and parents love them. Even grown-ups are getting in on the fun. But do they have any educational value?

For Filmmaker Brian De Palma, It All Started With Alfred Hitchcock

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel uses a new documentary about film director Brian De Palma to talk to him about his career highs and lows, techniques, and how deeply he has been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock.

Credibility Concerns Overshadow Release Of Gay Talese's New Book

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post about Gay Talese's new book, The Voyeur's Hotel. The credibility of the book, which follows a self-proclaimed sex researcher who bought a hotel to spy on his guests through ventilator windows, has been called into question after Farhi uncovered problems with Talese's story.

100 Years Of Olivia De Havilland Handling Sexism, Her Sister, And Scarlett O'Hara

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

An appreciation of Olivia de Havilland,--Gone With the Wind's last surviving cast member — on her 100th birthday.

'BFG' Is A 'Delumptious' Pairing Of A Happy Child And A Radiant Old Soul

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

Steven Spielberg's latest movie is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book about a big friendly giant. Critic David Edelstein says the BFG is "pure joy" — especially in its second half.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:38pm

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.

Can You Really Rebuild Tarzan Out Of Whole (Loin) Cloth?

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:29pm

The Legend Of Tarzan tries to reinvent the story as an indictment of colonialism, but it lacks the wit or liveliness of the Tarantino revisionist histories it seems to be trying to emulate.

Gay Talese Disavows His Disavowal Of His New Book

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:06pm

Talese had told The Washington Post he wouldn't promote his new nonfiction book, The Voyeur's Motel, after the paper found flaws in its story. But now he says the book will go ahead as planned.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: On Sequels And Skipping 'Independence Day'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:09am

We thought we were going to see Independence Day: Resurgence. In this episode, we dive into why most of us didn't and we take a raucous quiz on sequel titles.

'The Purge: Election Year' Offers A Vote Of No Competence

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 7:52am

The third film in the Purge franchise once again binges on ugly, incoherent set-pieces that glorify our basest instincts.

Mislabeled As A Memoirist, Author Asks: Whose Work Gets To Be Journalism?

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:41am

Suki Kim wrote Without You, There Is No Us after working undercover as a teacher in North Korea. She says the response to her book is also a response to her identity as Korean and a woman.

Floppy Ears And Green Gas From One 'BFG'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

Steven Spielberg directs an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book that goes long on sentiment and on ... well, length, but finds charm in its deployment of Mark Rylance as the CGI giant's voice.

Faith And Fear In A Story Of 'Innocents'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

Inspired by real events, The Innocents visits a convent in 1945 where a doctor finds herself unexpectedly treating pregnant nuns.

Le Carre Adaptation Takes 'Our Kind of Traitor' On A Tour Of The Underworld

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:00pm

A professor (Ewan McGregor) gets drawn into a seedy and violent world of criminal intrigue by a boisterous Mafioso (Stellan Skarsgard).

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