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An Americana Hymnal For The Doomsday Cult Of 'Far Cry 5'

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:06pm

Composer Dan Romer has created soundtracks for award-winning films. His latest project is creating hours of music for a video game which follows a sheriff's deputy into a religious cult in Montana.

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

British Travel Writer Jan Morris Weighs In On The 'Advantages Of Androgyny'

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:59pm

The celebrated writer transitioned from male to female in 1972 at the age of 46. In 1989, Morris told Terry Gross that she had shed "a lot of the emotions and the experiences of both genders."

Arcade Firewall: 'Ready Player One' REALLY Loves The '80s

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:50pm

Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. The nostalgia gets a bit overwhelming — and, frankly, sad — but the visuals are compelling.

(Image credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. )

Magnificent Book Captures The Beauty And Tragedy Of The Battleship Yamato

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:50am

Jan Morris chronicles the final days of the most powerful warship in the Imperial Japanese Navy in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Battleship Yamato a work of both power and restraint.

(Image credit: AP)

A Feast For The Eyes: An Art-Inspired Food Tour At The Met

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 7:00am

An ancient Greek shopping list that reads like a modern text. Broken eggs that signal a "ruined" woman. The food depicted in the Met's collection is ripe with hidden references.

(Image credit: Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, 1966)

'Tangerine' Charts An Obsessive Friendship Turned Sour

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 6:00am

Christine Mangan's new novel, set in Morocco in the 1950s, centers on the sinister tension between two ex-friends — but the dusty, detailed Moroccan scenery sometimes gets in the way of the story.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder Of El Sistema Youth Orchestra, Dies At 78

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:37pm

Jose Abreu, founder of El Sistema Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, died Saturday at 78. Alvaro Rodas, director of the Corona Youth Music Project, wrote his grad school thesis on Abreu and remembers him.

TV Series 'Trust' Revisits 1973 Kidnapping Of Oil Tycoon J. Paul Getty's Grandson

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:37pm

Steve Jobs and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and a stellar cast take on the tale of the rich and unhappy family of J. Paul Getty in the new TV series Trust, but how different is it from the film All the Money in the World?

In Naomi Alderman's Podcast, Listeners Walk Into The Story

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:24pm

The Walk is an immersive fictional series based in Scotland, in which the listener plays Walker, mistakenly pursued by police. "From the start, there is an imperative to keep moving," Alderman says.

(Image credit: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images For Baileys)

Why Not Talk About Death?

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:38pm

Many people just don't want to talk about what it means to live in the face of death. Astrophysicist Adam Frank reflects on life and death — and invites others to do the same.

(Image credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

How American Corporations Had A 'Hidden' Civil Rights Movement

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:35pm

Law professor Adam Winkler says that in the past 200 years, businesses have gone to court claiming constitutional rights that were originally intended for people. His new book is We the Corporations.

'Roseanne' Reboot Falls Short Of The Groundbreaking Original Series

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:03pm

Thirty years later, the Conner family returns, with many of their squabbles centering on current issues. Critic David Bianculli says the new Roseanne is good — "but nowhere near required viewing."

In His Own Words: HBO's Intimate, Astonishing 'Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling'

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 4:00am

Judd Apatow directs a documentary about the life, comedy and spirituality of his late friend and mentor. The two-night HBO event is built around excerpts from the comedian's revealing diaries.

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Judd Apatow Mines The Mystery Of His Mentor: Garry Shandling

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:46am

Apatow drew on the late groundbreaking comedian's personal journals to create a 4 1/2 hour HBO documentary called The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling.

(Image credit: Bonnie Schiffman/HBO)

'Morning Star' Opera Sheds New Light On Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Of 1911

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 4:10pm

A production of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera in New York's Lower East Side marks the anniversary of one of America's deadliest industrial accidents.

(Image credit: Pavel Antonov/Courtesy of On Site Opera)

'The Italian Teacher' Paints A Troubled Father-Son Relationship

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 6:15am

Tom Rachman's new novel The Italian Teacher takes place in the art world, where a bigger than life artist named Bear Bavinsky makes it hard for his adoring son to form his own indentity.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

How A Famous Fraud Brought A Kind Of Hope In 'I Was Anastasia'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

Ariel Lawhon's new novel is a biography of both Russia's Grand Duchess Anastasia and Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be Anastasia after the royal family was executed during the Revolution.

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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

The creators of the highest-grossing animated film of all time aren't just simply letting it go — they've written a dozen new songs for a very sold-out theatrical adaptation.

(Image credit: Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions)

On The Rocky Road To Adulthood, Illustrator Asks 'Am I There Yet?'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

Mari Andrew's collection of short essays and cartoons chronicle what life has shown her. "I think when I decided to be a writer, I kind of signed up for a life of interesting experiences," she says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Clarkson Potter)

Not My Job: We Quiz LeVar Burton, Geordi On 'Star Trek,' On 'Geordie Shore'

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:26am

The actor and TV/podcast host answers three questions about the MTV reality show in the North of England modeled after Jersey Shore.

(Image credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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