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Lawrence Osborne Doesn't Care If You Like His Characters In 'Beautiful Animals'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 4:59pm

"Likable characters are usually completely forgettable ... " he says. "We love villains ... because they show us these disturbing complexities." His sun-drenched summer novel is set on a Greek island.

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In 'Planet Of The Apes,' Caesar Embodies A Flawed But Fearless Leader

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:37pm

In the Planet of the Apes trilogy, Caesar is the noble, compassionate leader of the Apes. In the third and final movie, he must lead the apes to find a home safe from the humans who want to kill them. But Caesar also grapples with intense feelings of revenge. For actor Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves, this simian creature embodies what it means to be a flawed but fearless human being.

'Lady Macbeth' Is An Icy British Psychodrama About Power And Abuse

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:13pm

Director William Oldroyd's new film is set in late 19th-century England, where a young woman, forced to marry an abrasive older man, engages in an affair with a ruffian servant.

'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:13pm

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays. Originally broadcast July 12, 2016.

Kid Rock Claims Michigan Senate Bid Is 'Not A Hoax'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:06pm

"It's not a hoax, it's a strategy and marketing 101!" wrote the singer of "Bawitdaba" on his personal website.

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Channel Flip

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

In this final round, we give the rough opposite of the name of a TV show, and our finalists name the original show. For example, if we said "Fixing Good," the answer would be "Breaking Bad."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

This week's Mystery Guest is Zoë Greenberg, who teaches at a New York high school, and involves her students in an interesting project!

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Adjacent Anthems

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

If you say you're from Dallas when you're really from Arlington, we've got a game for you. Jonathan Coulton sings songs about cities living in the shadow of nearby metropolises.

Matching Pairs

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

What if Laurel and Hardy were a kind of tree and a.k.a. Carl's Jr.? We ask this and other, better questions in this game, where we give alternate definitions for the names of famous duos.

Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

Chris Colfer recounts auditioning for the hit show Glee, and how his distaste for reality led to his best-selling Young Adult series, The Land of Stories. Then we quiz him on unlikely fan fiction.

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If I Could Turn Back Time

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

In this audio quiz, contestants have to identify some popular songs. The twist? All of these songs are themed around the concept of TIME...and we're playing them...BACKWARDS.

Robot Resumes

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:22am

We describe robots that have been invented to perform specific tasks. Are they real, or fake?

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' And 'Tour de Pharmacy'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:37am

On this week's show, we go for a swing with the newest Peter Parker, and we contemplate an extremely silly Andy Samberg faux documentary about cycling.

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A Favorite In Waiting: Alison Bechdel's 'Dykes To Watch Out For'

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:00am

Alison Bechdel is one of the few cartoonists who appears twice on our list of 100 favorite comics and graphic novels — but many readers overlooked her beloved cult strip Dykes To Watch Out For.

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Italy's Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals And Mysterious Rules

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:57am

Can you drink cappuccino after breakfast? Should you take espresso in a cup or a glass? Italy, perhaps the spiritual home of coffee, has much to say about when and how to enjoy it.

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'You're Never Too Old To Screw Up': Keegan-Michael Key On 'Friends From College'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:27pm

Key's new Netflix show is about how even in your 40s, you can still make mistakes. The actor tells NPR he never expected to make it in the entertainment industry: "I stumbled up into this," he says.

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'Chasing Coral': Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Jeff Orlowski uses time-lapse underwater cameras to demonstrate the alarming extent of a worldwide coral bleaching epidemic now endangering marine ecosystems.

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In This Smart Drama About Eating Disorders, Dark Humor Cuts 'To The Bone'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In writer-director Marti Noxon's drama, a young woman (Lily Collins) battles anorexia at an in-patient facility. The film, rounded out by a great cast, offers a knowing, intimate take on the disease.

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'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Employs Small-Scale Gorilla Tactics

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

The latter-day Apes prequel trilogy concludes quietly, without cinematic chest-thumping. Critic Chris Klimek says the result is "suspenseful, mournful, grand and sensitively performed."

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'Lady Macbeth': A New Bride Flouts The Rigid Rules Of Society — And Humanity

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In this unsentimental, unflinching, increasingly harrowing film, a young woman in Victorian England internalizes the various cruelties visited upon her ... until she doesn't.

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