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A Man And An Amendment Are Re-Examined In 'The Birth Of A Nation' And '13th'

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:32pm

Nate Parker's rebellion film The Birth of A Nation and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th tackle America's racial history, but intersect in complicated ways.

'Divorce' Finds The Comedy In Calling It Quits

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:32pm

Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church are a middle aged couple in a crumbling marriage. Show creator Sharon Horgan says she thought it would make "funny and sad and terrifying viewing."

'Birth Of A Nation' Conforms To Hollywood's Standard Revenge Template

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:40pm

The new movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt, is a righteous-vigilante tale — and an answer to D.W. Griffith's 1915 film of the same name.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Movie And TV Preview

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:17pm

Bob Mondello joins us for a look at the fall films from the Toronto International Film Festival, and we jump into our annual fall television pool.

Double, Double

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:54am

In this final round, every answer contains multiple sets of double letters, just like the state Tennessee.

Connie Britton: TV Mothers' Day

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:54am

Connie Britton talks about her work as a UN Development Program Goodwill Ambassador. In honor of the various awesome moms she is known for playing, her VIP game is all about iconic fictional TV moms.

Just Saying

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:54am

In this game, we quiz contestants on the supposed origin story of commonly-used phrases.

Martina McBride: Happy Girls

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:54am

Country music icon Martina McBride shares insight into her writing process. Then she sings a rewritten version of her song "Happy Girl" in a game about famous women from Tennessee.

Band-ing Together

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:54am

NPR music critic Ann Powers lends her expertise by leading an extra difficult music game. We made a word game out of artist names hidden in other musical act names.

You're The Only Ten I See

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:54am

In honor of the classic pick-up line involving "Tennessee," the answer to every clue in this game is either more than ten or fewer than ten.

Issa Rae Turns Basic Into Revolutionary With 'Insecure'

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 4:04am

Rae's new HBO show is the first premium cable scripted series created by and starring a black woman. She plays an ordinary, sometimes-awkward character, not a high-powered lawyer or music executive.

In 'Under The Shadow,' The Horror Is Housebound

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Iranian-born director Babak Anvari's tale of motherhood and madness one-ups 2014's thematically similar The Babadook by bringing a larger sociopolitical context to the creepy goings-on.

High School Sweethearts Reconnect, And Reopen Old Wounds, In 'Blue Jay'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Sarah Paulson brings old-fashioned movie star charisma to this intimate two-character film that comes alive when the camera captures the emotions that flicker across her face from scene to scene.

Poignant Pangs In The Pyrenees: 2 Boys Come Of Age In 'Being 17'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Director André Téchiné returns to a subject he famously explored in 1994's Wild Reeds: sexual awakening between teenage boys. This time, a stripped-down approach imbues his film with raw emotion.

With 'The Girl On The Train,' A Best-Selling Novel Jumps The Track

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:00pm

In adapting Paula Hawkins' hugely popular novel, filmmakers never manage to make its twisty story register as anything more than an exercise in convoluted plot machinations.

Think 'Chinese Food' Means Lo Mein? Home Cooking Brings More To The Table

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:54pm

A new museum exhibition highlights the vast diversity of Chinese regional cuisines. It features not just celebrity chefs but also immigrant home cooks, for whom the kitchen can be a sphere of comfort.

Prince Fans Get First Glimpse Inside Paisley Park

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:34pm

Prince's home, Paisley Park, is opening as a museum just six months since his death. Local government in a Minneapolis has stopped tours until zoning and permit issues are resolved. Meanwhile, a few lucky visitors got tours before the suspension.

Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! I Finally Got To Be A Gilmore Girl At Luke's Diner

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:24pm

Like many fans across America, I queued up for hours for a pop-up replica of the show's iconic diner. We were there for free coffee, but the real draw was a taste of the Gilmore Girls way of life.

These Are The 2016 National Book Award Finalists

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:31am

Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson and Rita Dove are just three of the authors on the shortlists for the National Book Awards. The 20 books still in contention for the prizes were unveiled Thursday.

Cuba Is A Dream That Doesn't Let Go In 'The Mortifications'

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 6:00am

Derek Palacio's new novel follows a family who escape Cuba, leaving their political rebel patriarch behind after he refuses to go with them. When he reappears decades later, their lives come apart.




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