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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.

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32pm

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.

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'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32pm

A botched theft leads to murder in Fargo's third season, and Bill Nye offers up science for adults in his new Netflix series. TV critic David Bianculli reviews both.

(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

A Potent, Uneasy Blend Of Passion And Fatalism In 'The Woman Who Had Two Navels'

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:00am

No matter what's happening in this new collection of work from the late Filipino writer Nick Joaquin, it's probably already too late — but that doesn't stop his characters from struggling.

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30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

For 30 years Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa, Maggie and the other citizens of Springfield have entertained people around the world. The Simpsons also created a path for many other animated sitcoms.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Fox)

Christian Teen Magazine 'Brio' Returns With A Biblical Worldview

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:06am

For about 20 years starting in 1990, Brio magazine was the evangelical answer to Seventeen. Focus on the Family is bringing it back, saying it sees a renewed need among teens for alternative voices.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brio)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Call To Action: 'This Fight' Will Take Everybody

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:51pm

"Everybody's got to get out there and find the piece that they can do," the Democratic Massachusetts senator says. She talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about her new book, the middle class and activism.

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'Locking Up Our Own' Details The Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author James Forman, Jr., about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. It tells the story of how African Americans in law enforcement made the war on drugs very much their war.

An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:12pm

Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar centers his new movie on a wannabe dealmaker, played by Richard Gere. Critic John Powers calls Norman a mordantly funny drama with a "dazzlingly revelatory" ending.

'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:12pm

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She describes that era in her new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

(Image credit: Pete Souza/The White House)

Hey You, Prestige Television Fan: Here's Why You Should See A New Play

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:18am

While musicals have good pop-culture presence in many cases, plays tend not to. But in an environment that has embraced idiosyncratic and complicated TV, there's no better time to change that.

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In Subdued Epilogue, 'Girls' Finale Leaves New York, Most Of The Cast Behind

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 7:44am

After six seasons of subversive self-absorption, and a week past performing a post-mortem on the core friend group, Lena Dunham's HBO show ends with Hannah's flailing lurch into woman- and motherhood.

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'My Cat Yugoslavia' Needs A Good Brushing

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:00am

Pajtim Statovci's debut novel follows a Kosovar immigrant to Finland who meets a singularly unpleasant anthropomorphic cat in a Finnish gay bar. But while the story is imaginative, it lacks polish.

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'Shattered' Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:00am

A new book goes behind the scenes of Clinton's presidential bid. "There is no Big Reveal," says NPR's Ron Elving. "Instead we get a slow-building case against [her campaign's] concept and execution."

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'The Epitome Of New York Cool': Letterman Biographer On Late Night Icon

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:30pm

David Letterman, one of the most famous people in America, is an enigma. Jason Zinoman's new book, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, looks at the late night talk show host's long career and the impact it still has on broadcasting today.

Composer Tim Minchin Brings 'Groundhog Day' To Broadway

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:30pm

Composer Tim Minchin brings his musical adaptation of the film, Groundhog Day, to Broadway. It's the story of a cynical weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over again.

'Veep' Reinvents Itself In The Shape Of A New Humiliation

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:20am

Selina Meyer dreamed of being president. Then she was. Now she isn't. With that shift, Veep finds itself, in many ways, back where it began.

(Image credit: Justin M. Lubin/HBO)

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:44am

The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them.

(Image credit: The Osage National Museum/Courtesy of Doubleday)

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