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Letting Go Is The Hardest Thing For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:00am

George Saunders — master of the short story — debuts as a novelist with this strange, haunting (and haunted) tale of President Lincoln as he grieves the death of his young son Willie.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:01am

Native American symbols have long caught the eye of non-Native fashion designers. But when it comes to Seminole patchwork designs, where is the line between inspiration and appropriation?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Will O'Leary)

Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:08pm

The Dutch illustrator and children's book author wrote over 120 books and sold some 85 million copies worldwide. But no character earned him greater acclaim than a simple white rabbit.

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Judd Apatow On His Characters: 'If Everyone Is Mature, There Is No Comedy'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to director and producer Judd Apatow about his latest show, Crashing, his career and Hollywood's role in politics.

How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:05pm

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

(Image credit: Archiv und Sammlung Hermann Rorschach, University Library of Bern)

Authors And Illustrators of Color Accounted For 22 Percent Of Children's Books

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:29pm

In 2016, people of color were the protagonists in fewer than a quarter of new children's books. Here's why that matters.

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New Dramas 'Good Fight' And 'Big Little Lies' Make A Case For Subscription TV

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:48am

TV critic David Bianculli reviews two shows premiering this weekend: HBO's miniseries, Big Little Lies, and CBS's The Good Fight, which will be relocating to the network's subscription streaming site.

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True Fact Or Fictitious

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:11am

Guest musician Julian Velard sings about old wives tales in this parody of Stevie Wonder's classic song, "Superstition." Can you guess which tales are true and false before the contestants do?

Mystery Guest

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:11am

Our Mystery Guest is Lauren Singer who decided to change her life in a radical way while she was in college. Ophira Eisenberg and guest musician Julian Velard ask yes or no questions to figure it out.

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Ménage À Trois

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:34am

They say two is company and three's a crowd, but these treasured trios prove that saying wrong. Contestants must guess the collective name given to a particular trio.

Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:34am

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. shares the struggles of raising his son in a world with racism and $9 smoothies. Then we quiz him on his favorite pastime—jigsaw puzzles!

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

A Bech-delicate Balance

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:34am

In this game, contestants guess the names of the surprising bro-y films that happen to pass the Bechdel test.

This That Or The Other

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:34am

In this week's edition of This That or the Other, poetry meets mystery meets...alt rock. Are these the titles of poems by Robert Frost, Nancy Drew books, or the name of alternative rock bands?

Celebrity Name Combos

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:34am

Contestants must guess the phrase created by combining the last names of celebrities.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Legion' And 'Planet Earth 2'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:30am

On this week's show, TV critic Alan Sepinwall joins the table to talk about two new shows: FX's 'Legion' and the follow-up to the BBC's beloved 'Planet Earth.'

(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

Nature's Ready For Her Close-Up: 'Planet Earth II' Returns In Ultra High-Def

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

The original BBC series was one of the first blockbuster high-definition TV shows. A decade later, drones and light-weight steady cams give viewers a front-row view of nature's majesty and fragility.

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2 High School Teachers Throw Punches And Crude Jokes In 'Fist Fight'

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Charlie Day and Ice Cube lead a great cast, but this comedy, filled with cruel pranks and retrograde notions of masculinity, "leaves a sour aftertaste," says critic Scott Tobias.

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'A Cure For Wellness' Needs A Dose Of Originality

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Gore Verbinski leans on tried-and-true horror visuals to provide this film, set in a sinister Alpine spa, with its scares. But at 2 1/2 hours, patient fatigue sets in early.

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'The Great Wall' Isn't, Particularly

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:00pm

This visually impressive, narratively muddy, pseudo-historic monster movie disappoints. "It's bonkers in theory, but prosaic in execution," says critic Mark Jenkins.

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Book Review: '300 Arguments,' Sarah Manguso

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

Poetry reviewer Tess Taylor declares Sarah Manguso's new book, 300 Arguments, is poetry, not essays — or is it?

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