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Anab Jain: Can A Glimpse Of Tomorrow, Change Our Decisions Today?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:52am

It's hard to imagine how the future might look and feel. Anab Jain wants to change that. She designs prototypes of potentially grim futures to raise awareness of our choices in the present.

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In 'The Pictures,' The Story Slips Out Of Focus

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 6:00am

With The Pictures, British author Guy Bolton kicks off a mystery series set in classic-era Hollywood. He's clearly done his research on 1930s America, but sometimes all that detail obscures the story.

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This Once-Obscure Fruit Is On Its Way To Becoming PawPaw-Pawpular

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 6:00am

You won't find the pawpaw, which tastes like a cross between a mango and a banana, in most grocery stores, even though they're native to North America. But the locavore food movement has embraced it.

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Pimps, Porn And Prostitution: Dissecting 'The Deuce'

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 5:00am

The gang tackles David Simon's new HBO drama about the rise of the adult-film industry in New York's Times Square. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Don't Read This Review Of Darren Aronofsky's Compelling, Confounding 'Mother!'

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:01pm

Critic Chris Klimek thinks you should go into this film about a poet (Javier Bardem) and his submissive wife (Jennifer Lawrence) cold — just be prepared for "squirm-inducing fun."

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In Frederick Wiseman's 'Ex Libris,' The New York Public Library Gets Checked Out

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00pm

The prolific documentary filmmaker's latest project goes behind the stacks to offer a comprehensive, multi-faceted — and overdue — examination of the NYPL as an institution.

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'Rat Film': Superb, Formally Inventive Documentary Smells A Rat — And It Is Us

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00pm

The film examines many facets of Baltimore's social and political history "to drive a pointed, deliberate argument that is still firmly rooted in artistry rather than political message-making."

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A College-Bound Lad And His Unbound Dad In 'Brad's Status'

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00pm

In Mike White's latest film, Ben Stiller plays a middle-aged man so consumed by envy that he fails to grasp how much his emotionally mature son (Austin Abrams) could teach him.

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'Call Me By Your Name' Stands Out Among Dozens At Toronto Film Festival

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this week and NPR's critics have seen dozens of movies. They provide a sneak peek at films getting early buzz for Oscars, some hidden gems and others to avoid.

Actor Frank Vincent, Who Portrayed Mobsters In 'Goodfellas' And 'The Sopranos,' Dies

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Actor Frank Vincent, who was best known for his portrayal of mobsters in Martin Scorsese's, Goodfellas and the HBO series, The Sopranos, has died.

In 'Forest Dark,' A Building In Israel Connects 2 Searching Souls

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Nicole Krauss' new novel, Forest Dark, tells two stories concurrently: a man at the end of a financially successful life searching for meaning, and a younger woman writer searching for meaning as her marriage collapses. The only thing that connects them is a building on the other side of the world.

Drummer Grant Hart, Co-Founder Of Punk Band Hüsker Dü, Dies At 56

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Drummer Grant Hart co-founded one of the most influential punk bands of all time: Hüsker Dü. Hart played drums and wrote many of the trio's songs. He died of complications from liver cancer and hepatitis C Thursday night at the age of 56.

'Saturday Night Live' Stops Accepting Jokes From Freelancers

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Freelancers are a bit of a trade secret when it comes to late night shows. They often send in pages of one-liners for the shows to use or reject. Now Saturday Night Live is telling freelancers it will no longer accept their submissions.

Musician Fred Hersch Recounts A Life 'In And Out Of Jazz' In His New Memoir

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:50pm

Nearly 30 years ago, Hersch was among the first jazz musicians to come out as both gay and HIV positive. His memoir looks back on that time, as well as the time he spent in a medically induced coma.

New Ken Burns Series Remembers Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Everyday People

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:48pm

Burns made a name for himself by finding the small stories that lend perspective and emotion to larger narratives. Critic David Bianculli says his latest effort is "compelling from the start."

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The Wind Still Blows Through The Willows — And Along 'The River Bank'

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 9:00am

Kij Johnson works fresh magic with an old story in The River Bank, a sequel to The Wind in the Willows that introduces two new characters, Miss Mole and Miss Rabbit, but keeps the original's charm.

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Frank Vincent, Who Portrayed Dapper Mobsters, Dies At 80

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 7:16am

With his strong chin, manicured hair and steely glare, Vincent could bring an air of menace to almost any atmosphere.

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It All Began With 'Adam And Eve'

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 6:00am

In his new book, Stephen Greenblatt argues that the world wouldn't be the same without the story of Adam and Eve — the primal narrative that shapes how we think about almost everything.

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Author Attica Locke: In America, We Walk 'Side By Side' With Our Past

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:02am

Locke's novel Bluebird, Bluebird is set in Texas where her family roots stretch back to slavery. The family didn't go north during the Great Migration, she explains: "We said: No, Texas is ours, too."

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'This Is Their Film': Angelina Jolie Tells A Story Of Khmer Rouge Survival

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 5:19pm

Jolie's new film, First They Killed My Father, is based on a memoir by Loung Ung, who was 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge rose to power in Cambodia.

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