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Welsh Actor Keeps Soviet Secrets In 'The Americans'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

The Americans is a hit TV show on FX about KGB spies living in the United States. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Welsh actor Matthew Rhys about playing a Russian with an American accent.

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Lesbians And Mashed Potatoes Are All 'Under The Table'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

Grace McLeod is a 19-year-old filmmaker with a message to self-proclaimed social progressives: Tolerance and acceptance are not equal. She talks with Scott Simon about her new work, Under the Table.

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A Fractured Tale Of Time, War And A Really Big Diamond

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:03am

Anthony Doerr's new novel, All The Light We Cannot See, follows a blind French girl and a young German private after the Normandy invasion — but his gorgeous prose is marred by jagged jumps in time.

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Questions For Earl Swift, Author Of 'Auto Biography'

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:03am

It's been a long and winding road for the '57 Chevy station wagon at the heart of Earl Swift's new book Auto Biography. Swift traces the car through 13 owners and a dramatic restoration attempt.

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Larry Wilmore Named As Successor To Stephen Colbert

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 4:45am

The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" will host The Minority Report With on Comedy Central when Colbert leaves for CBS next year.

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Not My Job: Brat Pack Member Rob Lowe Gets Quizzed On Bratwurst

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 5:19pm

Back in the '80s Lowe was part of Hollywood's Brat Pack so we've invited him to answer three questions about some of the lesser known facts of bratwurst.

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In A Changing Climate, Science Fiction Starts To Feel Real

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:47pm

In response to The White House's new report on climate change, author Lev Grossman has some recommended reading. It's a novel called The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

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Mad Man John Slattery Steps Behind The Camera For 'God's Pocket'

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:47pm

John Slattery stepped away from Mad Men for his directorial debut, God's Pocket, a film adapted from a 1980s novel. He discusses the anxieties of directing and the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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In 'God's Pocket,' There's A Mad Man Behind The Camera

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:47pm

John Slattery stepped away from Mad Men for his directorial debut, God's Pocket, a film adapted from a 1980s novel. He discusses the anxieties of directing and the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Bye, Carl! Wait Wait Bids Farewell To Our Official Judge And Scorekeeper

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:41pm

In his more than 15 years with Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! Carl Kasell has put up with endless travel, silly jokes and countless assaults on his dignity.

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'Double:' Double Toil and Trouble for Eisenberg

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:39am

Jesse Eisenberg gives an acting master-class as a nebbishy office worker and his mysterious doppelganger in the dark, surreal new film The Double, based on a short story by Dostoevsky.

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.

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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.

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Daniel Radcliffe And The Blood And Breath Of Live Theater

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:41am

When you see a familiar movie actor do theater, it makes a particular sharp reminder of why people see theater in the first place.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars,' 'Louie' And Other Phenomena

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 9:19am

This week, we chat about the Star Wars casting news that had everyone in a tizzy, we tackle the return of FX's Louie, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.

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What's The Difference Between Real And Perceived Value?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:21am

Marketer Rory Sutherland says advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself.

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Is Authenticity Real?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:18am

Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but consultant Joseph Pine says creating "real" authenticity is a challenge.

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A Movie About Product Placement — Paid For By Product Placement?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:18am

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the mysterious but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship.

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Book News: Was Hong Kong Publisher's 10-Year Sentence Political Payback?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 6:07am

Also: Amazon is reportedly delaying the shipment of Hachette books for periods of several weeks; Oyster has partnered with 500 new publishers.

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Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 2:36am

A new exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image is showcasing reaction GIFs, those little animated images people employ online when words fail them. Cue the dramatic chipmunk!

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