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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:23am

On this week's show, we explore Pixar's new exploratory movie about a girl's brain, and we talk about why pop culture often struggles to give parents rich, satisfying romantic lives.

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When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

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Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Poet Rives explores why "four-in-the-morning" has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.

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Can You Remember Your Life, One Second At A Time?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:36am

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

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'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

The movie, directed by Pete Docter, follows the five emotions inside an 11-year-old's head. Poehler plays Joy, but she says Sadness' strength is she knows how to talk about loss.

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One 'Overnight,' Two Couples, Countless Boundaries Violated

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

A new comedy starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling tests the boundaries of good taste for both the two couples at its center and the film itself.

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The House Music Of Paris Takes Center Stage In 'Eden'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

Director and co-writer Mia Hansen-Love tells the tale of a young man, based on her own brother, who finds and then loses a deep attachment to the electronic dance music of Paris in the 1990s.

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From The 'Inside Out,' A Lively Look Inside A Young Mind

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

Pixar's latest creation, which takes place inside a young girl's mind, is visually ambitious, emotionally affecting, and ultimately very wise.

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Difficult Times With A Difficult Father In 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03pm

Mark Ruffalo plays a father struggling with bipolar disorder in Maya Forbes' domestic comedy based on the director's experience with her own dad.

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Kids' Art Show Takes Over Two Billboards In Times Square

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:16pm

Through the weekend, art by 23 public school students will be seen on two large billboards in the heart of New York City.

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4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:37pm

Now that NBC has finalized a deal to move disgraced anchor Brian Williams to MSNBC, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans outlines some ways the network might salvage his credibility.

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'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:46pm

Screenwriter Oren Moverman talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the film's depiction of the Beach Boy's troubled life. We'll also listen back to an interview Gross recorded with Wilson in 1988.

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Don't Know Much About History? Read A Romance

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:03am

Pick up a historical romance and you'll find more than a pleasant read. Often, you'll find a new connection to people, places and history-- for example, the Battle of Waterloo, 200 years ago today.

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'Seven Good Years' Remembers Tiny Moments Writ Exquisitely Large

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:03am

In his new collection Etgar Keret recounts bittersweet and often humorous vignettes of life in the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father.

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Appetite For War: What Napoleon And His Men Ate On The March

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:27am

Napoleon is credited with the phrase "an army marches on its stomach," but he likely never said it. Now 200 years after his legendary defeat, it's worth recalling his disregard for feeding his army.

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'The Projects' Explores The Evolution Of Chicago's Public Housing System

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:05pm

The face of public housing is changing in the U.S. In one of the biggest experiments, Chicago's Housing Authority has torn down most of its high-rise public housing units. For decades, they were home to thousands of residents who persevered even when the developments became overrun with crime and poverty. Now the American Theater Company is presenting The Projects, a documentary play about the hope, danger and changes that have occurred in public housing as told by current and former residents, gang members and scholars.

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'The Tribe' Says A Lot About Violence, Sex And Love — Without A Single Word

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:34pm

Movie critic Bob Mondello says The Tribe is about big things — love, violence — and made entirely in sign language without any subtitles, voiceovers, or translations of any sort.

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HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06pm

Ballers feels like the football equivalent of the hip-hop world of Empire, and The Brink is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove, but has its own modern take on the nonsense of war.

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Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06pm

When Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. Sick in the Head is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well.

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Too Much 'Word,' Not Enough 'Nerd' In This Scrabble Story

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:15am

Professional Scrabble fan John D. Williams' new memoir is chock full of interesting tidbits (like lists of important words with Q, X and J) but gets bogged down in tedious biographical detail.

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