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'Heroic, But He's No Hero': Revisiting Football Great Jim Brown

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 6:54am

Dave Zirin's new biography portrays a black liberation activist with a conservative streak, a man with an alleged history of violence against women and maybe the greatest running back in NFL history.

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April Showers Bring These 3 May Romances

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 6:00am

Love is in the air, and romance is blossoming like May flowers — so we've gathered a bouquet of the month's best, from a Bollywood-esque confection set in New Jersey to a transatlantic royal romp.

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An Artist's Alternative Universe And His Warehouse Full Of Dolls

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 5:01pm

Trenton Doyle Hancock wasn't allowed to have certain toys as a child. Now he collects them. His new exhibition uses dolls of different skin colors to reflect on race in America.

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Bloody-Scepter'd 'Tyrant' Explores Shakespeare's Take On Politics

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 7:07am

Scholar Stephen Greenblatt says Shakespeare wrote his histories as a commentary on the era he lived in — and those plays still have important things to say about our current political climate.

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Sorry, Kermit — In New TV Reboots, The Future Of Friendship Is Female

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 7:07am

In The Muppet Show reboot, Miss Piggy has dropped the "Miss" and is BFFs with Summer, a laid back penguin. To freshen up familiar characters, producers are re-imagining relationships between girls.

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You Can't Solve This 'Rubik,' But It'll Still Make You Feel Smart

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 6:00am

Elizabeth Tan's novel jumps between different characters and timelines, beginning with the death of the main character and only getting weirder — but there's a true heart underneath the cleverness.

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Actress Jessie Buckley On Her Character's Dark Role In 'Beast'

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 5:04pm

Jessie Buckley stars in the new psychological thriller, Beast, set on the island of Jersey in the English Channel. NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Buckley about her role.

How Black Leaders Unwittingly Contributed To The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 3:34pm

In Locking Up Our Own, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. argues that African-American leaders helped shape policies that harmed black communities. Originally broadcast July 17, 2017.

From Collards to Maple Syrup, How Your Identity Impacts The Food You Like

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 7:00am

When people are reminded of their cultural roots, the food representing that culture tastes better. Scientists could harness that food and identity association to help people eat more healthfully.

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New 'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Is Something We Hope You'll Really Like

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 4:00am

Amazon's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is no lifeless retread — it captures the anarchic, slightly sardonic tone of the original, and delivers solid gags that stand on their own.

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Kubrick's Longtime Assistant Comes In From The Cold In 'Filmworker'

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00pm

In this revealing documentary, a devoted assistant to the late Stanley Kubrick details the many sacrifices he made to become a small part of the demanding filmmaker's legacy.

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In The Nerve-Wracking Thriller 'Beast,' A Dark Beauty

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00pm

The tense, jittery buildup of writer/director Michael Pearce's mystery/thriller may prove more wickedly fun than its payoff, but star Jessie Buckley keeps us guessing throughout.

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Dacha Ado About Nothing — And Everything: 'The Seagull' Soars

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00pm

A stellar cast, a faithful adaptation, and a director with a rhythmic sense of pacing ensure that this film version of Anton Chekhov's play takes flight.

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'Breaking In' Robs Viewers Of Suspense

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00pm

Gabrielle Union stars in a thriller that fails on the fundamentals, and never capitalizes on its setting — a tricked-out, high-security family estate.

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'Life Of The Party' Favors McCarthy's Gentle Warmth

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:00pm

Melissa McCarthy stars as a mom who rediscovers her identity at college in a comedy that brings out the actress/co-writer's sweet and sunny side.

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It's Not Just The Thin Air That's Breathtaking: The Documentary 'Mountain'

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 3:09pm

Filmmaker Jennifer Peedom seeks out the most forbidding places on the planet and finds stunning beauty — and the men and women willing to risk their lives to take it in.

Annette Bening: Acting Is 'A Fabulous Way To Expand Your Own Heart'

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 2:09pm

Bening stars in a new screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1895 play The Seagull. Though she's made her career in film and television, Bening was initially much more comfortable onstage.

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Cumberbatch Is A Riveting 'Patrick Melrose,' An Aristocrat Haunted By His Past

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 1:59pm

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the Showtime miniseries, based on novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Critic David Bianculli finds the show wickedly funny, searingly dramatic and unforgettably gripping.

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Brilliant But Devastating, 'The Mars Room' Chronicles Life Behind Bars

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 9:00am

Rachel Kushner's heartbreaking, nearly flawless third novel centers on Romy Hall, a young woman who's just been sentenced to two life sentences for beating her stalker to death.

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'Free Woman' Is An Uncompromising Look At An Unconventional Writer

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 6:00am

Lara Feigel's new book is a combination memoir and celebration of the writer Doris Lessing — whose famous distaste for convention led her to exclaim "Oh, Christ," upon winning the Nobel Prize.

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