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While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 7:51am

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.

'Let There Be Laughter': Modern Jewish Jokes Poke At Assimilation

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 7:47am

Michael Krasny's new book is called Let There Be Laughter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about this treasury of great Jewish jokes, and why they matter.

A Cartoonist Confronts The Power Of His Pen In 'Reputations'

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 6:00am

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work.

Ugandan Actress's Journey Mirrors That Of Her 'Queen Of Katwe' Character

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:05pm

Like her chess champion character, first-time film actress Madina Nalwanga grew up in a poor neighborhood in Uganda. She says co-star Lupita Nyong'o has been her guide to the world of movie making.

'Audrie & Daisy' Explores Social Media Shaming After Sexual Assaults

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:42pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to co-directors and husband and wife duo, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, about their documentary, Audrie & Daisy. The documentary addresses the sexual assault — and ensuing social media shaming — of two high school girls.

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:47pm

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:47pm

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.

This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:36pm

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.

Sharing Pairing

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word.

Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am


Mr. Mojo Risin'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

Something, James Something

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

Mystery Guest

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

We read entries from a travel guide. All you have to do is figure out what city we're describing, except this travel guide was written by someone who only researched the cities by watching movies.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:00am

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.

'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 4:07am

In 1948, eight African-American men joined Atlanta's police force. Those pioneer officers — who couldn't drive squad cars or even step foot in headquarters — inspired Thomas Mullen's new novel.

'Transparent' Actor Jeffrey Tambor Says He Found His Dream Role In Maura

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:45pm

Tambor plays a transgender woman in Amazon show. "It's a perfect role," he says. "... I thought I was gonna do Lear, but I'm gonna do Maura." Transparent's third season comes out on Friday.

A Feel-Good Chess Movie Keeps Sentimentality In Check: 'Queen Of Katwe'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

A Disney film about a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion hits familiar beats but evinces a nuanced understanding of extreme poverty and the societal forces that reinforce it.

A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.




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