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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Arrival' And Pop Culture Mood-Boosters

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 9:54am

On this week's show, we talk about one of our favorite movies in a while and we offer some music and other stuff that can give you a boost when you need one.

Tribes Revive Indigenous Crops, And The Food Traditions That Go With Them

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:00am

Members of some Native American tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once grew.

Mama Stamberg's Relish Faces Its Toughest Critics: NPR Staffers

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 3:37am

It's tradition: Every year, Susan Stamberg sneaks her mother-in-law's cranberry relish recipe onto the air. To be honest, we've given her a hard time about it, and this year, she's seeking redemption.

Teen Comedy 'The Edge Of Seventeen' Is Razor-Sharp

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

A sharp-tongued young woman weathers the sundry mortifications of teenage life in a film from first-time writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig.

In Lonergan's 'Manchester By The Sea,' Submerged Emotions Bubble To The Surface

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Casey Affleck delivers a haunted, searing performance as a guilt-ridden man unexpectedly forced to look after his teenage nephew.

Tom Ford Delivers Pristine But Portentous Pulp In 'Nocturnal Animals'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

This bifurcated film cross-cuts between the sterile existence of a coolly patrician L.A. gallery owner and the action of her ex-husband's raw-boned novel.

'Bleed For This' Captures The Grime And Grit Of A Boxer's Astonishing Comeback

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00pm

Miles Teller is light-middleweight boxer Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz in this intimate biopic that leans more into kitchen-sink realism than glossy uplift.

Nick Offerman Shares His Love Of Woodworking In 'Good Clean Fun'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Comedian and actor Nick Offerman became a star as the Libertarian Ron Swanson in the hit sitcom, Parks and Recreation. He's also pretty good in the woodshop. In fact, building things out of wood is a serious passion. And he's written about it in his latest book, Good Clean Fun.

Bob Dylan To Skip Nobel Prize Ceremony In Stockholm

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with David Gaines, author of In Dylan Town: A Fan's Life, about the news that Bob Dylan will not attend the ceremony to collect his Nobel Prize in Literature.

Before His Name Was Known At All, Seuss Put Creatures On The Wall

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Decades before he became a beloved children's book author, Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) created a series of whimsical sculptures he called "Unorthodox Taxidermy."

The Term 'Graphic Novel' Has Had A Good Run. We Don't Need It Anymore.

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:49pm

Coined in an era when comics were considered 'junk' culture, graphic novel is a hoary, meaningless, and often completely inaccurate term. Comics are comics; stop apologizing for them.

Brendan Dassey Of 'Making A Murderer' To Remain In Prison, Appeals Court Rules

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:25pm

An appeals court did not uphold a previous order that Dassey be released from prison while the state appeals a judge's decision to overturn his conviction for murder and sexual assault.

Casey Affleck: At First, Acting Was 'Nothing More Than A Day Off From School'

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:20pm

Growing up, a family friend was a casting director who would sometimes use Affleck as an extra. Now, years later, he's transitioned to leading man. His latest film is Manchester by the Sea.

Beautiful, Horrifying 'Blood Of The Dawn' Gives Voice To Peru's Victims Of Violence

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 6:00am

Claudia Salazar Jiménez's new novel is short and brutally effective. It's the story of three women from different walks of life, all caught up in the violence that convulsed Peru in the 1980s.

Colson Whitehead, Rep. John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:48pm

Six writers emerged with the literary prize: Whitehead in fiction; Ibram X. Kendi in nonfiction; Daniel Borzutzky in poetry; and Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell in young people's literature.

Bellevue Hospital Pioneered Care For Presidents And Paupers

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:37pm

The history of New York's Bellevue hospital is also the history of medicine in the United States. From the days before doctors believed in germs through AIDS, the hospital led the way in innovation.

In 'The Eagle Huntress,' A Mongolian Girl Sets Out To Prove Her Elders Wrong

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Otto Bell, the director of the new documentary, The Eagle Huntress.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:28pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:28pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." But the young director fought back.

Bob Dylan Won't Be Picking Up His Nobel Prize In Person

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:23pm

The musician won the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. He told the committee in charge of the award ceremony that he had "pre-existing commitments" and was unable to accept the prize in person.




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