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Showtime's 'Homeland' Now Depends On Carrie Mathison As Flawed Hero

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 4:52am

As Showtime's Emmy-winning terrorism drama starts its fourth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show struggles to continue without a key character.

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Does Television Spanglish Need A Rewrite?

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 4:50pm

More Hollywood writers are having Latino characters speak a mix of English and Spanish. But if Latinos themselves are divided over Spanglish, how can the entertainment industry get it right?

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Horror Of Horrors: Is H.P. Lovecraft's Legacy Tainted?

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 4:39pm

Lovecraft, the author who famously invented Cthulhu, was also known for his highly racist opinions. This has created some controversy around the World Fantasy Award statue that bears his likeness.

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Affleck: 'Gone Girl' Was Freeing, And 'Batman' Will Be No 'Daredevil'

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 4:05pm

Ben Affleck says playing a character shrouded in suspicion was liberating, because "likability was sort of thrown out of the window." He also looks back on where his career began: Voyage of the Mimi.

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One Military Family, Two Lost Sons: One To Combat, One To Suicide

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 4:05pm

In The Invisible Front, journalist Yochi Dreazen tells the story of the Grahams, a close-knit family that lost two sons in the span of a year and then took up the fight against military suicide.

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Not My Job: Secretary Of Energy Ernest Moniz Gets Quizzed On Bert

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:52am

We asked the nuclear physicist — who either goes by the nickname Ernie, or ought to — how much he knows about the Sesame Street character Bert.

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Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 7:03am

In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.

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Star-Studded Broadway Show Opens, But 'It's Only A Play'

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

It's Only a Play is a comedy about a theater crew and critic joking together while awaiting reviews. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with co-stars F. Murray Abraham and Megan Mullally about the production.

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The Man Who Casts The Metal For The Master Sculptors

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

If you're an artist with an idea for a metal masterpiece, you'd probably turn to Dick Politch to cast it. His foundry has done works for over 500 artists. We get a look at an exhibit of his creations.

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Art Project Opens Long-Closed Ellis Island Hospital

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

The dilapidated hospital on Ellis Island has been shuttered since 1954. But now it's opening to the public. The occasion? An art exhibition. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the head of Save Ellis Island.

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Behind The Sunglasses: The Lives Of Secret Service Agents

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:29pm

This week, following a series of security lapses, the Secret Service director resigned. For a look at the agency beyond the scandal, author Ben Dolnick recommends the novel Big If by Mark Costello.

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Who's Worth Your Trust In Fincher's Moody, Atmospheric 'Gone Girl'?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:49pm

NPR's Bob Mondello says David Fincher's screen adaptation of the marriage-in-trouble thriller Gone Girl offers all the twists and jolts of the original novel, but gets a little pulpy toward the end.

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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:35pm

Based on a screenplay by author Gillian Flynn, the movie is sensationally effective. It's made like a classic noir — evenly paced, with an elegance that in context is deeply perverse.

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'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:44am

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in season four when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.

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Please Don't Judge John Mulaney By 'Mulaney'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:28am

John Mulaney is an exceptional, intelligent stand-up comedian. His new show on Fox is unfortunately not a good way to encounter his work at all.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Denzel Washington And 'Gilligan's Island'

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:23am

On this week's show, we talk about how The Equalizer fits into the arc of Denzel Washington's long and full career, and we consider absurdist sitcoms as Gilligan's Island turns 50.

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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:51am

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.

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What Does A Creative Brain Look Like?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out.

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How Do You Get Over Writer's Block?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:37am

After a nasty bout of writer's block that stretched on for nearly a decade, Sting found inspiration by channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew from his childhood.

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