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That's Me In The Spotlight, Losing My Religion

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:30pm

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who's nervous to tell her parents she's no longer religious.

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Not My Job: We Ask Stephen Colbert 3 Questions Meant For Lena Dunham

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 11:12am

We planned to have the creator and star of HBO's Girls on the show this week, but when a snowstorm kept her from joining us, we quickly tracked down someone who didn't have any Thursday evening plans.

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As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:36am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fires Burn — At A Distance — In Unnerving 'Separation'

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:00am

Katie Kitamura's new novel follows an unnamed narrator who tails her estranged, disappeared husband to Greece — while keeping the ominous surroundings and disquieting emotions at a cool remove.

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Horror Tropes And Human Sadness In 'Universal Harvester'

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:00am

Musician and author John Darnielle's new Universal Harvester follows three connected stories in three different eras, in an unsettling fairy tale about mysterious images that appear on video tapes.

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'Lincoln In The Bardo' Pictures An American Saint Of Sorrow

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:18am

George Saunders — acknowledged as a master of the short story — moves into novel form with Lincoln in the Bardo, a supernatural tale of President Lincoln grieving the death of his son Willie.

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Why Storytellers Of Color Ignore Usual Gatekeepers, Take A Chance On The Internet

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:01am

A diverse and creative generation of writers and actors is forging a new path to small and big screens by starting on the internet.

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After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 4:24am

The stroke left Christine Hyung-Oak Lee unable remember things for more than 15 minutes. As she slowly got better, she was surprised to find that grief and recovery were inextricably linked.

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Grey Gardens, Famed Home Of Jackie Kennedy Relatives, For Sale

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

Grey Gardens — the Long Island estate made famous in the 1975 documentary about Jackie Kennedy Onassis' reclusive cousins — is back on the market after 40 years.

'John Wick, Chapter 2': A 'Violent Ballet' Of Action

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews John Wick: Chapter 2, an action — repeat "action" — thriller starring Keanu Reeves.

'The Refugees' Author Says We Should All Know What It Is To Be An Outsider

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen fled Vietnam with his family when he was 4 years old. His new short story collection explores the refugee experience — and draws from his own.

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50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of 'The Smothers Brothers' Still Resonates

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Before SNL and The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour mixed entertainment and advocacy in a way that influenced a generation of satirical political shows. Critic David Bianculli looks back.

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Jeff Bridges Abides By His Actor Dad's Example: Bring Joy To The Set

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his role as an aging Texas ranger tracking two bank robbers in Hell or High Water. Originally broadcast Jan. 9, 2017.

Taut, Moving 'Black Girl' Helped Put African Cinema On The Map

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:42pm

Fifty years after its debut, a restored version of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène's first film is now available. John Powers says Black Girl feels "as timely today as it did half a century ago."

The Joy (And Fear) Of Making 'Kindred' Into A Graphic Novel

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:59am

Nearly 40 years after it was published, Octavia Butler's time-travel novel Kindred has been adapted for a modern audience as a graphic novel. But reinterpreting the masterwork was a daunting task.

(Image credit: Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, and illustrated by John Jennings © Abrams ComicArts, 2017)

Frederick Douglass On How Slave Owners Used Food As A Weapon Of Control

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:42am

Hunger was Douglass' constant companion as a boy. As a young man, he escaped slavery and became a heroic abolitionist who revealed how food was a key tool in the immoral mechanics of slavery.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: LEGO Batman And Kids Who Cook On TV

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 8:34am

This week, we've got podcast cousins all over the place including Sam Sanders talking about 'The LEGO Batman Movie' and Kat Chow chiming in on 'MasterChef Junior.'

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Can The Internet Help You Get The Right Diagnosis?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors told Jen Brea that her symptoms were psychosomatic, so she filmed herself and turned to the Internet for guidance. She describes how her online community helped her find the right diagnosis.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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John Oliver On Facts, Donald Trump, And The Supreme Court For Dogs

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:44am

In an NPR interview, the comedian talks about why facts matter more to him as a comedian than the president he's about to lampoon. Oliver's Last Week Tonight returns for a new season on HBO Sunday.

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