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Christopher Marley's Dead Things

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 7:21am

Christopher Marley sees beauty in dead things: snakes, octopuses, bugs. Other people do too — his work sells in high-end shops and has been shown in art and natural history museums.

Quebec's Epiphany: A Nostalgic Cake Fit For Both Kings And Family

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 6:00am

The Canadian province, once staunchly Catholic, has become proudly secular, and its king cakes have morphed into more of a fun family tradition — while also taking on a tasty French flair.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Warkentin for NPR)

For January, Let These 3 Romances Take You Somewhere Warm

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 6:00am

This month, we acknowledge that love actually is all around, with three romances that range from Victorian London to modern-day Mumbai — to the clash and clamor of an American football stadium.

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In 'Red Sky At Noon,' A Western On The Eastern Front

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 5:05am

Simon Sebag Montefiore's new novel, set during World War II, follows a Jewish political prisoner who's pressed into a battalion of convicts and Cossacks and sent to fight the Nazis on horseback.

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Nixon's Manhunt For The High Priest Of LSD In 'The Most Dangerous Man In America'

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:17pm

Author Bill Minutaglio's new book chronicles Timothy Leary's international escape from a California prison and the president's campaign to make him the poster child for his war on drugs.

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'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:59pm

Peele says that his turn as the director of a horror/thriller film comes from a "deeper place in my soul" than his previous comic work. Originally broadcast March 15, 2017.

'The Strange Ones': A Road Trip With An Enigmatic Destination

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:55am

Two brothers (Alex Pettyfer and James Freedson-Jackson) are running from something — and/or running to something — in this stylish but muddled indie thriller.

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Alex Trebek Takes A Break From 'Jeopardy!' Following Brain Surgery

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:16am

Trebek had the operation last month to treat a subdural hematoma that developed after he took a fall. The longtime game show host said Thursday he expects to be back in the studio "very, very soon."

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Action!

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:00am

First up, a word game that reimagines a movie's plot based on its anagrammed title. tPlus, a high stakes game about low stakes horror films, and a final round that will "Melt" your "Frozen" heart.

Camera!

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:00am

We revisit our interview with actor-director brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. Then, a music parody game about unlikely movie-to-musical adaptations.

Lights!

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:00am

First, you've heard of dinner and a movie, but what about dinner in a movie? Then, a James Bond themed parody game about other people named James.

U.S. Bakeries Grab A Slice Of A Latin American Tradition: 3 Kings Cake

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:55am

In some Latin American countries, Three Kings Day — Jan. 6 — is a bigger deal than Christmas. As the U.S. Latino population grows, so does interest in the holiday's signature cake, rosca de reyes.

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The Met Is Set To Snap Nearly 5 Decades Of Pay-As-You-Wish Tradition

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:44pm

Since 1970, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has not mandated an admission fee. Come March, that will change for out-of-state visitors — but critics haven't accepted the decision quietly.

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'Insidious: The Last Key' Unlocks The Series' Past. Again.

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00pm

The creaky fourth entry in the Insidious film series focuses on its in-house team of poltergeist-busters — a wise move — with a prequel that supplies the origin story for Elise (Lin Shaye).

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Sharp, Bracingly Funny Film About 3 Young Women Living 'In Between'

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00pm

In first-time writer-director Maysaloun Hamoud's film, two young, secular Arab women living in Tel Aviv get a devoutly Muslim roommate and struggle "to live between the cracks of several cultures."

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'In The Land Of The Pomegranates': Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, Passionate But Fruitless

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 4:00pm

Filmmaker Hova Kohav Beller's documentary focuses on an 2007 encounter session between young Israelis and Palestinians that yields few insights, but starkly illustrates the impasse dividing them.

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5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch During A Winter Storm

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:30pm

For a TV nerd, a storm that shuts down work and school means more time for binge-watching. It may be only a day or two, so viewing choices are crucial.

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In 'A State Of Freedom,' Be Careful What You Wish For

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 6:00am

The characters Neel Mukherjee's new novel all want better lives, and — to say the least — they're seldom rewarded. A State of Freedom is a dark, brutal read, but also surprisingly beautiful.

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:59am

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

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In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork Is A Sign Of Peace

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:39pm

Lebanese twins Omar and Mohamed Kabbani painted "salam" — the Arabic word for peace — in bright green across 82 rooftops in the northern city of Tripoli. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Omar about the ambitious art project that can only be seen from the sky.

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