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'Stars' Is A Sequel That Goes A Bit Askew

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:00am

In The Stars Askew, Rjurik Davidson returns to the world of Caeli-Amur, now trying to put itself back together after a revolution. But the story bogs down in plural narratives and political minutiae.

Poets Take Cues From Journalism In Recent Collections

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with our poetry reviewer Tess Taylor about three recent collections that take their cues from nonfiction, including Admit One by Martha Collins, Look by Solmaz Sharif and Olio by Tyehimba Jess.

Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:39pm

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."

When You're A Nomad, You Need Portable Art

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:20am

A new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art shows how the Maasai and other cultures transform bowls, belts and shields into objects of beauty.

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

Are You Ready To Take The 'Human' Test?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

If you've ever wondered: Am I human? — humorist Ze Frank offers an idiosyncratic quiz that can help provide the answer.

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.

Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.

Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ...

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.

'Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru' Fawns Over Its Charismatic Subject

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

A new documentary about motivational speaker Tony Robbins falls helplessly under the coal-walking life-coach's magnetic, intoxicating sway.

Familiar Science Fiction + Dull Romance 'Equals' Disappointment

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

A new film imagines a dystopian future where feelings are forbidden — but never manages to generate an emotional response in the viewer.

'The Infiltrator' Offers A Familiar But Stylish Look Inside A Drug Kingpin's Empire

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Breaking Malo: In a film based on Robert Mazur's 2009 memoir, Bryan Cranston plays a U.S. Customs agent who goes undercover with the Escobar drug cartel.

I Ain't Afraid Of No Fanboys: Quirky Performances Enliven New 'Ghostbusters'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:00pm

The all-female remake of the 1984 blockbuster is dutiful, workmanlike, a bit clumsy — and sort of fun.

'The Money Was The Soft Spot': 'The Infiltrator' On Taking Down Pablo Escobar

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Robert Mazur, the federal agent who went undercover as a money launderer to take down the banks behind Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel. Bryan Cranston plays Mazur in the new movie, The Infiltrator, which dramatizes the years long operation.

'Game Of Thrones,' 'Veep,' 'The Americans' Scoop Up Emmy Nominations

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:28pm

The nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. They highlight another year of high quality and diverse television.

What Do Contested Conventions Look Like? Ask Hollywood And Sinclair Lewis

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:47pm

Thanks to movies, novels and TV, Bob Mondello knows what a contested convention would be like: raucous crowd, oppressive din and (if movies are any guide) Angela Lansbury scheming in the corner.

An Opera Percussionist Traces Her Path 'From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:22pm

Patti Niemi has been a percussionist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1992. She speaks with Fresh Air's Sam Briger about performance anxiety, muscle memory and her memoir, Sticking it Out.

Emmys Give Big Nods To 'Game Of Thrones,' 'Veep' And 'Lemonade'

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:48pm

Fargo and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story pulled in more than a dozen Emmy Award nominations each. The comedy Black-ish was also listed in multiple major categories.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About French Food?

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:00pm

It's Bastille Day, so in honor of the home of the renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, we're testing your knowledge on some classic French ingredients and dishes. Test your knowledge.

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