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Dark Lives Of 'The Radium Girls' Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Kate Moore's new book digs into the short, painful lives of the Radium Girls, who worked painting luminous dials on watches and clocks — and were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they used.

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Wanting More From 'Imagine Wanting Only This'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am

Kristen Radtke is an experienced writer and artist, but her graphic memoir — about grief, loss and obsessive travel — disappoints with rudimentary illustrations and spotty storytelling.

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'Missing Richard Simmons' Follows Fitness Guru's Supposed Disappearance

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dan Taberski, the host of the podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, about the supposed disappearance of the fitness guru.

City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City'

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.

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'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:24pm

British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:24pm

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Fate Of The Furious' Plus Clapbacks And Feuds

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:42am

This week's show combines a chat about The Fate Of The Furious that we had with Gene Demby and Chris Klimek and a discussion of clapbacks and feuds from our Chicago live show, led off by Sam Sanders.

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From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:51am

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.

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This Week In Race: Guess Who's Not Coming To The White House

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:01am

Karma, man.

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A Flighty French Farce (Avec Flesh-Eating): 'Slack Bay'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00pm

Bruno Dumont's histrionic if not particularly hysterical comedy pits rich against poor in a picturesque seaside town; the film's leisurely paced slapstick is "more intriguing than involving."

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Amid Mass Slaughter, A Love Triangle Takes Shape In 'The Promise'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Terry George's historical drama about three people swept up in the 1915 massacre of Armenians lacks subtlety and sophistication, but features powerful, visceral imagery.

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'Jeremiah Tower': A Reclusive Celebrity Chef, Under Glass

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00pm

This unexceptional documentary about an exceptional chef — the chief innovator of California cuisine — dutifully traces his rise and self-imposed exile, but leaves the viewer hungry.

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A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00pm

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."

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How Young Muslims Define "Halal Dating" For Themselves

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:54pm

Young Muslims find a middle ground for fostering romantic relationships between what is permissible and what is forbidden.

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Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba, The Eggless Egg White

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:33am

The discovery that the liquid from canned beans can be whipped into an egg white substitute has taken the vegan world by storm. Now DIY recipes are being codified into cookbooks.

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How Do You Bond With Mozart? Adopt A Starling

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:56am

Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt took her research on Mozart to a whole new level when she invited a young starling into her home.

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'Tender' Stories Are A Feast Of Ideas

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:00am

Sofia Samatar is the creator of an award-winning fantasy world; she sticks closer to earth in her powerful first story collection, but it's not always the earth we might recognize.

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'The Book Of Joan' Is A Dizzying, Dystopian Genre Mashup

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

Lidia Yuknavitch reimagines Joan of Arc as a freedom fighter on a blighted future earth, setting herself against the charismatic ruler of a satellite colony of nearly unrecognizably mutated humans.

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Netflix And Cord-Cutting Era Complicates Writers Guild Contract Talks

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:30pm

The Writers Guild of America is in negotiations for a new contract with studios, networks and streamers. Their contract expires May 1, and memories of the last writers' strike hover over negotiations.

'Fargo' Serves Up Double Dose Of Ewan McGregor In Season 3

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:30pm

The critically acclaimed anthology show, Fargo, returns to FX for its third season on Wednesday night. This season stars Ewan McGregor playing two brothers.

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