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'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:27pm

A new musical by Tony nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a comedic drama that deals with teen suicide in the age of social media.

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Letters: Greek Migrants, Summer Movies

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listener letters, including reaction to an interview about boatloads of migrants washing up on the Greek Island of Chios, and a Bob Mondello piece about good movies to cool you off on a hot summer's day.

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Feminist Writers Challenge Muslim Women To Take On 'The Mubarak At Home'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:29pm

Mona Eltahawy says as a female in Saudi Arabia you have two options: "To lose your mind or become a feminist." Rafia Zakaria says it's crucial to reclaim the identity of the modern Muslim woman.

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Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:04pm

The star of the The End of the Tour may be best known for his "bromance" films. "These kind of buddy movies are allowing men to open up a little bit," Segel says. Originally broadcast March 23, 2009.

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David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:04pm

In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.

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Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:37pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater — Sleeping Beauty — and what it meant to him.

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'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:28am

David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."

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How Did A Simple Challenge Become A Worldwide Phenomenon?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.

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What's The Best Way To Achieve A New Goal?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.

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When It Comes Time For 'The Talk,' Are All Parents Amateurs?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.

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What Does It Take To Produce Nuclear Fusion — In Your Garage?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.

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How Does A Year Of Following Biblical Rules Change You?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:48am

Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs has made a career of being an amateur. He talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.

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Walter Mosley: Watts Riots 'Paved The Way For A Lot Of Change'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 6:03am

The author, whose "Easy Rawlins" mystery novels are largely set in Watts, looks back 50 years ago to the night when the neighborhood first went up in flames.

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In 'Straight Outta Compton,' Hip-Hop Legends Get The Biopic Treatment

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:18pm

N.W.A's hard-won battle for mainstream success is illustrated in a film produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

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A Funny And Sexy Adaptation Of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:05pm

Guy Ritchie's reworking of the 60's television show is a winning, action-packed summer blockbuster.

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Generation Y Satire Meets Screwball Comedy In 'Mistress America'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:03pm

The latest film from Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig is a jumbled tale of a college student and her future stepsister.

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Poet Richard Blanco On U.S., Cuba: 'We All Belong To The Sea Between Us'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:59pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Blanco, who was born to a Cuban exile family and read at President Obama's second inauguration, about the poem he will read at the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

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'Sesame Street' Heads To HBO. Is It A Win-Win For Kids?

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:53pm

Will the deal with HBO mean Elmo and Big Bird reach fewer low-income children ... or more?

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Party Of 1: We Are Eating A Lot Of Meals Alone

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:45pm

We've never been more connected as a society: tweeting, texting, vining. But when it comes to eating, more of us are going solo. And even when we do have table companions, we may be tuning them out.

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'Sesame Street' To Air Next 5 Seasons On HBO

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:16pm

After the first nine months of airing new episodes exclusively on HBO, Sesame Street will also be available on PBS for free. NPR takes a look at the agreement and its possible consequences.

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