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Inside The Wild (And Hand-Drawn) World Of Bill Plympton

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:38am

Indie animation king Bill Plympton's latest feature, Cheatin', tells the loopy love story of Jake and Ella, and how their perfect romance fractured. Reporter Jon Kalish visited Plympton in his studio.

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For Fans Of 'Super Troopers,' Meow They're Getting A Sequel

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:38am

Super Troopers is one of the silliest movies in the pantheon of cult comedies and the film's creators have raised more than $3.5 million for a sequel through crowdfunding.

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How Jim Grimsley Shed His 'Racist' Skin

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:38am

In 1966, Jim Grimsley's North Carolina school was integrated. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Grimsley and one of his first black classmates, Donnie Meadows, about Grimsley's book, How I Shed My Skin.

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'Super Troopers' Soliciting Investors For A Super Silly Sequel

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:38am

Super Troopers is one of the silliest movies in the pantheon of cult comedies. Now its makers have raised more than $2 million for a sequel. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to director Jay Chandresekhar.

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Autobiographical 'Indian' Probes A Painful Past

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:03am

Jón Gnarr, the punk rocker turned mayor of Rekjavík, paints a beautiful but disturbing portrait of a misfit childhood in his new novel. Critic Michael Schaub calls it hypnotic and heartbreaking.

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'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:17am

Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.

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Painting the 'Epic Drama' Of The Great Migration: The Work Of Jacob Lawrence

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

A rare exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art features 60 paintings by Jacob Lawrence about the journey of 6 million African-Americans, who fled the segregated South during the Great Migration.

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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:30pm

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:30pm

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.

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Cooking With Emoji: We're Taking Eggplant Back From The Bros

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:58am

The eggplant emoji has become a favorite of salacious sexters. To rescue its sullied rep, we turn to our emoji keyboards and conjure recipes to highlight the fruit's, ahem, culinary attributes.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Comedians' And Cameo Appearances

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:13am

This week's show is all about FX's new Billy Crystal/Josh Gad comedy, the uses and misuses of cameo appearances, and what's making us happy this week.

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'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:04am

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on TV this spring.

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'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:49am

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.

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Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:49am

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:51pm

For the first time, two black dancers will star in a major American production of Swan Lake. NPR's Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it has been so hard for ballet to diversify.

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'The Sisterhood Of Night' Wonders What These Girls Are Up To

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Ella Taylor says this heartfelt first feature appears at the beginning to be trafficking in cliches about teenage girls, but it ultimately asks questions about secrecy and the growth of public fear.

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Bloody Yet Unsatisfying, 'Kill Me Three Times' Disappoints But Once

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Andrew Lapin says the bloody Australian black comedy wants to be a genre caper, but can't quite hit the right notes.

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Women Ascend With Uncertainty In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

The drama from director Oliver Assayas is the rare work that can hold opposite ideas in tension, refuse to fully resolve them, and be entirely satisfying nonetheless, says Tomas Hachard.

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Listening To The Ho-Hum Of The Machine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03pm

Mark Jenkins says the new artificial intelligence film Ex Machina is diverting, but ultimately comes to a predictable and unsatisfying conclusion.

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Small Batch Edition: 'Wolf Hall' On PBS

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:51pm

PCHH pal and book enthusiast Barrie Hardymon joins us to talk Tudors, historical fiction, and expressive eyebrow acting.

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