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Oprah In The Sky, With Wisdom: The Earnest, Imaginative 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:35am

Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images, and deeply moving.

(Image credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Walt Disney Pictures)

Life Hacking Life: The Scary Premise Of 'Annihilation'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:59am

As with Ex Machina, says Marcelo Gleiser, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?

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A Push To Modernize Philippine Transport Threatens The Beloved Jeepney

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:38am

The colorful, crowded vehicles are a cheap and popular form of public transport. But they also pollute the air. Jeepney drivers have been pushing back against government plans to phase them out.

(Image credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

'Architecture Is A Backdrop For Life,' Says 2018 Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:00am

The Indian architect has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the Nobel for architects. His buildings reflect an investment in local materials, social change and the environment.

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Despite A Sad Setup, 'House Of Broken Angels' Hums With Joy

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 6:00am

Luis Alberto Urrea's latest, based loosely on his own brother's death, follows the members of a vibrant Mexican-American family as they deal with grief and impending death — but also celebrate life.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Deal To Take Over The Weinstein Co. Is Dead

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 5:32pm

The bid to create a women-led film studio collapses upon the discovery that the company carried more debt than previously known.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

'Dancing Bears' Offers A Look Into How Countries Adapted To Life After Communism

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:26pm

Polish journalist Witold Szablowski's nonfiction book, Dancing Bears, introduces readers to people in formerly communist countries who have a hard time adapting to life after the being freed from oppressive regimes.

Why Doesn't Tucson's Mexican Food Scene Get More National Attention?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:48am

Migration from the Sonoran region of Mexico tends to flow almost exclusively to this part of Arizona. So its distinctive cuisine remains a hidden treasure. But that is changing.

(Image credit: Gustavo Arellano/NPR)

Oscars TV Ratings Fall, Again

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 8:18am

It may be Hollywood's biggest night, but fewer people chose to watch the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. It's the fourth consecutive year viewership has declined as Oscars lose luster to Web rivals.

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Stirring, Engrossing 'Woman's Hour' Recounts The Battle For Suffrage

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 6:00am

Elaine Weiss's new book reminds us how near a thing women's suffrage was — it all rode on one yes vote in the Tennessee legislature, cast by a man who changed his mind after pressure from his mother.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

The 'Wrinkle In Time' Movie Began As A Fifth-Grader's Dream

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:50am

For over a half century, one film producer has tried to adapt Madeleine L'Engle's sci-fi classic into a movie. Enter Walt Disney Pictures, director Ava DuVernay and a budget exceeding $100 million.

(Image credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

San Francisco To Remove 19th Century Statue Critics Say Degrades Native Americans

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 9:37pm

The idea of removing the statute had been debated for decades. It will be replaced by a plaque explaining the rationale for its removal from a site near City Hall.

(Image credit: Jeff Chiu/AP)

'Red Sparrow' Author And Ex-CIA Agent Says New Movie Gets Spy Life Right

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:18pm

Jason Matthews wrote the novel behind a new motion picture where a Russian spy (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is trained in the dual arts of seduction and espionage.

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'It Just Felt Very Wrong:' Sherman Alexie's Accusers Go On The Record

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 2:44pm

Author Sherman Alexie issued a statement in his own defense last week after allegations of sexual harassment began to circulate online. Now, several of the women accusing him are speaking to NPR.

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How 'Icarus' Accidentally Exposed A Major 'Ocean's Eleven-Style' Doping Scheme

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 1:42pm

Bryan Fogel set out to make a film about taking performance-enhancing drugs. He stumbled upon a much bigger scandal of Russian state-sponsored doping — and won the Oscar for best documentary feature.

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What's An Inclusion Rider? Here's The Story Behind Frances McDormand's Closing Words

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 1:12pm

"I have two words to leave with you tonight," the actress told the audience after winning her Oscar: "inclusion rider." But she didn't define those words on stage — so, here's a helpful primer.

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Mexican-American Author Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy And Trump

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:31pm

Luis Alberto Urrea's The House of Broken Angels borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through a dramatic rewrite after Trump became president.

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