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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 4:02am

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 4:08pm

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.

'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short May Become This Summer's Sleeper Hit

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 4:08pm

A self-taught filmmaker and his wife made the terrifying film in just one evening, using IKEA lights and a homemade dolly. The 2 1/2 minute short has now been adapted for the big screen.

At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.

What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.

Models From Norman Rockwell's Paintings Reunite

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

On the 100th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's first Saturday Evening Post cover, several of the children seen in his iconic portraits gathered at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Japan's Lunchbox Trend 'Kyaraben' Takes Lunch Prep To Another Level

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?

Your Mama ... Might Be Offended By This Insult Archive

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:48am

The Janks Archive is a collection of videos in which people around the world share their favorite putdowns. They can be gross and rude, but according to one creator, they also bring people together.

Gay Talese Stays Too Long At 'The Voyeur's Motel'

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:00am

Gay Talese conflates the journalist and the voyeur in his new book about a motel owner who spied on his guests. And he makes the readers voyeurs as well: We watch him watching the unwary motel guests.

Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:03pm

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.

In Dave Eggers' Latest, A Mother Moves Her Kids To The Alaskan 'Frontier'

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 7:34am

Alaska's a state that's "not too precious about itself," Eggers says. In Heroes of the Frontier, he follows an out-of-work dentist as she moves her small family to an unfamiliar home.

Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 7:34am

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.

Not My Job: NASA's Charles Bolden Gets Quizzed On 'Charles In Charge'

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 6:54am

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden flew four times on the space shuttle and was the first voice to be broadcast from Mars. We'll ask him three questions about the remarkable career of actor Scott Baio.

How Mike Birbiglia Applies 'Yes, And ...' To Improv And Beyond

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:32am

Birbiglia's new film follows a fictional New York improv troupe. Don't Think Twice explores the tension between personal ambition and being an "endlessly generous" team player.

Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 6:29pm

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.

To Rebrand Itself, Greece Digs Deep Into Its Cultural DNA

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:41pm

The news out of Greece has been terrible. But with a large new exhibition of ancient artifacts at Washington, D.C.'s National Geographic Museum, the Greek government is trying an image reboot.

Graphic Novelist Marjorie Lui On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Author Marjorie Liu is nominated for two Eisners, the most prestigious awards in comics. She writes young adult fantasy books that cover topics that include war, women and steam punk gadgetry.

'Star Trek Beyond' Director Recalls Classic Show's 'Sense Of Family'

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to director Justin Lin about leading the third installment of the Star Trek reboot, directing popular movie series, and the growing importance of international movie markets.

3 Books To Take On Your Summer Getaway

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Bookseller John Evans recommends three vacation reads: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan and Under the Big Black Sun by John Doe and Tom DeSavia.

A Cast With Down Syndrome Brings Fresh Reality To Reality TV

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

With the Emmy-nominated Born this Way poised to begin its second season July 26, the cast, co-creator and fans explain why the show has become such a hit.

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