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Cheering Or Mourning Election Results? Mail-Order Cocktails Head Your Way

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 1:51pm

As meal kits gain market share, craft cocktail subscription boxes have followed. The kits allow tipplers to explore new drinks and small brands without splashing out for a big bottle of booze.

'The Mountain Of Kept Memory' Is A World To Get Lost In

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:00am

Rachel Neumeier's novel is classic high fantasy: A prince and princess must work together to save their kingdom. It's not new territory, but it is a richly imagined world worth spending time in.

Feminist Western 'Certain Women' Takes On Friendship And Stoicism

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 2:53pm

Kelly Reichardt presents the interlocking lives of several Montana women in her new film, Certain Women. Critic John Powers calls it a work of "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm."

'Awkward' And 'Insecure' Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae's Humor

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 2:53pm

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series Insecure.

Still Have Leftover Halloween Candy? Use It For Science!

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am

No need to risk sugar shock, folks. We've got a whole bunch of experiments you can do with leftover candy that are possibly more fun than eating it.

'Fish In Exile' Is A Chronicle Of Grief Barely Survived

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am

In Vi Khi Nao's new novel, a husband and wife are falling apart after losing their two children in a terrible accident. Nao's poetic chops are on full display in this immersive, difficult book.

Astrophysicist Takes Deep Dive Into The Science Of 'Doctor Strange'

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to astrophysicist Adam Frank about his role as physics and philosophy adviser on Marvel's newest movie, Doctor Strange, which opened last Friday.

In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' A War Hero Changes Attitudes About Conscientious Objectors

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Hacksaw Ridge, a film about a World War II hero who changed American attitudes about conscientious objectors.

Media Companies Struggle To Gauge TV Ratings In Age Of Netflix

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

Netflix and other streaming services don't release ratings data. This makes it a hard company to negotiate with and makes it hard for competitors to know what they're up against.

Comedian Aparna Nancherla Makes Light Of The Heavy Stuff

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:50pm

Nancherla is riding high with a new TV special, a tour and a new album, Just Putting It Out There — all while dealing with some difficult personal issues, like depression and anxiety, on stage.

Make America Bake Again: A History Of Cake In The U.S.

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:21pm

From the waste-not ethos behind Angel Food Cake, to the science fads that sparked chocolate cake, American Cake tells a story of immigration and ingenuity.

'Westworld' Creators Explore The 'Dark Thrills' Of The Digital Age

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:19pm

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in Westworld, HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.

'Doonesbury' Creator Has 'Great Fun' Putting Trump In A Comic Setting

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:19pm

"Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, Yuge!, is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character.

Small Batch: Late-Night Comedy And The 2016 Election

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 9:45am

Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson break down the late-night field at the end of this bruising election season, and discuss how difficult it is to stand out and say something new.

Writer Created 'Fleabag' By Looking At What She Loved, Then Taking It Away

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 7:09am

The British comedy follows a young woman who lost her best friend in a tragic accident. Creator and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge says it was inspired by her relationship with her own best friend.

With Parallels To Iron Man, Mystic 'Dr. Strange' Comes Full Circle For Marvel Fans

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 7:09am

The latest Marvel movie, Dr. Strange, is about a neurosurgeon on a quest to heal himself. It's worth the extra cost of a 3-D ticket, says reviewer Chris Klimek.

'Float' Will Lift Your Mind Out Of Its Rut

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 6:00am

Anne Carson's unconventional collection of 22 chapbooks can be read in any order, and covers everything from Helen of Troy to H.G. Wells — but mostly, it's about women taking back their own stories.

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