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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:17am

The romantic comedy parody They Came Together has an impeccable pedigree full of really funny people. But its attempts to mock generically likable films feel strangely generic themselves.

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The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:03am

The comedy superstar has been headlining a series of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. His routine was a reminder of a singular perspective on race that vanished when he went on hiatus.

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

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Is Everything A Remix?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:57am

Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:35am

On this week's show, Gene Demby joins us to talk about artists who we sometimes love and sometimes don't, and we bring back the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz.

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Book News: Evie Wyld Wins Yet Another Award For 'All The Birds, Singing'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 6:18am

Also: Radio Open Source finds an old interview with David Foster Wallace in the WBUR archives; elevator criticism.

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Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:20am

The popular '90s TV show Boy Meets World is getting a reboot, but this time Cory and Topanga are the grown-ups and their 13-year-old daughter is the one stumbling toward adulthood.

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Brutality And Faith Tangle In A Young Man's Story

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

The German film Nothing Bad Can Happen follows a boy who meets up with a father figure who tests his born-again beliefs and ultimately becomes his tormentor.

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The Satisfying Chill Of The Audacious 'Snowpiercer'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic tale of the last remnants of humankind trapped on a train to nowhere is the kind of idea-driven science fiction that deserves to be seen.

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A Not-Quite-Satisfying Look At A Notorious Career In Crime

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

Director Joe Berlinger dives into the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, convicted of a pile of crimes and sentenced in 2013. Unfortunately, not every question seems to be asked with the same urgency.

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'Begin Again,' A Music Fantasy Both Sticky And Sweet

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:03pm

The sweet musical film Begin Again brings Mark Ruffalo and a charming Keira Knightley into a story about redemption and music that loses its footing every time it tries to stay close to the ground.

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After Decades On VHS, Graffiti's Golden Age Returns To Big Screen

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

Stations of the Elevated was the first film to point a camera at the graffiti movement in New York, years before graffiti was recognized by the art world. Now, it's getting an official re-release.

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'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:07pm

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.

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Lupita Nyong'o's Father On His 'Wise' Daughter, Her Rising Fame

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:47pm

Peter Anyang Nyong'o is a Kenyan senator. He's also the father of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. He talks to host Michel Martin about his own history and his family's newfound fame.

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The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:33pm

For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air about what shaped them as women in comedy.

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Rule of Three

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

It's said that all good things come in threes — which is why this final round is all about three-word groupings that always go together. Go! Fight! Win! Three cheers for this week's champion.

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Abumrad And Krulwich: Lab Partners Forever

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

The hosts of WNYC's Radiolab describe first impressions, the show's bumbling beginnings and their mutual passion for shoes. Will these brainiacs get their wires crossed in a game about each other?

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Just Sit Right Back

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

It used to be that a TV theme song told an entire show's premise. Lately, all you get is a wordless ditty. In this game, we've rewritten the lyrics to classic TV tunes to be about modern-day dramas.

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