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How To Understand The Philosophy Of 'Groundhog Day' And Live Life By Its Message

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:29pm

The director Harold Ramis didn't intend for his movie Groundhog Day to be heralded by religious thinkers as an example of how to live life, but that's exactly what happened after it was released in 1993. Salon reporter Mary Elizabeth Williams tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that after fighting cancer, she has come to understand the movie's universal message.

Beguiling And Brutal, 'On Body And Soul' Centers On A Slaughterhouse Romance

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:18pm

Two lonely people working at a slaughterhouse connect in Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi's film. Reviewer Justin Chang says On Body and Soul is a genteel crowd pleaser that could have been edgier.

How Did Salt And Pepper Become The Soulmates Of Western Cuisine?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:11pm

The two flavors are mainstays on nearly every Western dining table, but their dominance was far from inevitable. In fact, their dual reign resulted from a "weird accident of history."

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It's All In Your Head: The One-Way Intimacy Of Podcast Listening

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 5:01am

An attempt to come up with rules to explain the singular appeal of roundtable discussion podcasts by a guy who's on one — and who's listened to hundreds more.

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A Syrian Teen, Forced To Flee 'A Land Of Permanent Goodbyes'

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:03am

After her first book, journalist Atia Abawi was inspired to write a young adult novel about the Syrian refugee crisis. "It seems very dark, but it's a situation that happens all the time," she says.

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When A Still Life Isn't Entirely Still: '24 Frames'

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's final film is a series of 24 wordless images, each four-and-a-half minutes long, ever-so-slightly animated.

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Dreams End Up On The Slaughterhouse Floor In 'On Body And Soul'

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Up for an Oscar for best foreign-language film, Hungary's tale of two workers linked by shared dreams shifts between whimsy and visceral violence without making us care about either.

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Before The Invasion, A Crash Course In Sensitivity Training: 'Before We Vanish'

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

In director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's leisurely, genre-blending film, three advance scouts for an alien invasion go undercover to understand human concepts like work, self, family and love.

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'A Fantastic Woman' Is As Strong And Complicated As Its Star

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:00pm

Daniela Vega stars as a trans woman who deals with the resentment of her dead lover's family. The film is nominated for best foreign language film at this year's Oscars.

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Hanging With '2 Dope Queens' As Popular Podcast Gets HBO Special

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:18pm

The popular podcast 2 Dope Queens started two years ago and now it's coming to TV in the form of four HBO comedy specials. The podcasts hosts, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, talk about where the show's power and chemistry come from.

Mueller's Reputation In Washington Is 'Stunningly Bipartisan,' Journalist Says

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:31pm

Author Garrett Graff discusses the special counsel in charge of the Trump/Russia investigation: "Bob Mueller is probably about as apolitical and nonpartisan a figure as you could find in Washington."

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From Sandwich Shops To Cotton Mills, Art That Honors The American Worker

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:37am

A Subway employee, a cleaning women and a 1908 child laborer are all part of a Portrait Gallery exhibition called "The Sweat Of Their Face."

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National Book Awards Add Category Honoring Works In Translation

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:09pm

The new prize will consider both fiction and nonfiction translated into English and published in the U.S. It's the first addition to the National Book Foundation's annual slate in over two decades.

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Journalist Details Israel's 'Secret History' Of Targeted Assassinations

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:11pm

Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful.

Unmasking Katy Perry's Backup Dancer, 'Left Shark'

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:04am

Three years ago, a hapless backup dancer lumbering around the stage with Katy Perry in a blue shark costume became an instant hit. Bryan Gaw, who was inside the costume, talked with David Greene.

Former 'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 3:29pm

Salling faced four to seven years in prison for possession of child pornography. He played the character Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the TV show about a high school singing group.

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Germany's 'Babylon Berlin' Crime Series Is Like 'Cabaret' On Cocaine

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 3:22pm

The show (now on Netflix) captures a briefly exhilarating time between the world wars, when Berlin had a raging nightlife, a flourishing cabaret scene and a brutal criminal underbelly.

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What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:44pm

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. Originally broadcast Feb. 21, 2017.

3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:03pm

Novelists Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman and George S. Schuyler forged their art in what W.E.B. Du Bois famously called the "double-consciousness" of African-Americans.

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'The Hazel Wood' Has Few Uses For Enchantment

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 6:00am

In Melissa Albert's dark take on fairy tales, 17-year-old Alice has spent her entire life on the run from her family legacy: a terrifying mythical world created by her grandmother, a famous author.

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