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Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference'

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 4:08pm

The Grey's Anatomy co-star tells NPR's Michel Martin he's seen the effects of his actions in the public consciousness and discourse. He says he's inspired by black women and the black LGBTQ community.

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Reading The Game: 'The Last Of Us'

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 9:01am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2016

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 8:59am

It's time again for our annual collection, in no particular order, of 50 wonderful pop-culture things from 2016. Read them, watch them, or listen to them; we think something will delight you.

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'Lost Journalism' Revisits The Golden Age Of Ring Lardner

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

Ron Rapoport, himself the recipient of the Ring Lardner Award for sportswriting, has collected the legendary columnist's work in a new book. Lardner wrote about sport, but also his family and travels.

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Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise 'Understanding' On Stage

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

What happens when you put seven cops and seven civilians in a rehearsal room once a week for 10 weeks? The result is a free show called To Protect, Serve, and Understand at the Brooklyn Music School.

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Remembering Debbie Reynolds

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

In 2013 NPR's Scott Simon interviewed Debbie Reynolds. She shared a lesson she learned from Fred Astaire on the set of Singin' in the Rain — that even great artists have to work hard.

Simon & Schuster Will Publish Book By Breitbart Editor, Despite Criticism

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:32pm

Some Simon & Schuster authors are outraged over plans to publish the book by Milo Yiannopoulos, widely known for his attacks against actress Leslie Jones on Twitter.

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Remembering Elie Wiesel, In His Words

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:44pm

Elie Wiesel survived concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald to become a Nobel Laureate, activist and defender of human rights. He died this summer at age 87.

'Late Show' Host Says He Has Finally Found His Post-'Colbert Report' Voice

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:27pm

The comic initially avoided joking about politics on The Late Show for fear that he would fall into his Colbert Report persona. Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other, 2017 Edition

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 9:06am

Every year at this time, we revisit our resolutions and our predictions from 2016 and we make new ones for 2017. From creating more to who might win Oscars, we're working hard to figure out 2017.

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Is It Possible To Die Of Grief?

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:07pm

Actress Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher's sudden death — which has led some to speculate that grief might have been a contributing factor.

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Affleck's 'Live By Night': An Ambitious, Frenetic But Overstuffed Gangster Film

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:00pm

Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay, directed and stars in this bloated genre exercise, which never slows down enough to pack any real emotional impact.

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'Neruda' Affectionately Dismantles The Myth Surrounding The Chilean Poet

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Pablo Larrain digs beneath the poetry to offer a warm, humorous and revealing biopic of Pablo Neruda, neatly avoiding the genre's tendency to lionize its subjects.

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Celebrating 50 Years Of Kwanzaa

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

Tonight is the third night of Kwanzaa. Those who celebrate the seven-day festival will gather around the Kinara and light the last red candle. The holiday is also observing it's 50th anniversary.

How Tattoo Artist Brian Finn Is Covering Up Pain With Art

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

Just over a year ago, Toledo, Ohio tattoo artist Brian Finn began offering free tattoos to people to cover their scars from trauma. We take a year-end look at his work.

Studios And Audiences Had Lots To Celebrate In 2016

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

This is the time of year when critics release their best-of lists. Usually, they pick the ten best — but our film critic Bob Mondello couldn't narrow it down that much. He picked 18 of his favorites.

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To Make 'The Godfather' His Way, Francis Ford Coppola Waged A Studio Battle

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 2:54pm

Coppola was 29 years old when he signed on to direct a film. "I was young and had no power," he says, "so [the studio] figured they could just boss me around." Originally broadcast Nov. 16, 2016.

Run, Run, Fast As You Can! We're Smashing Your House, Gingerbread Man

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 6:47am

They've been run over with cars, exploded by fireworks, bombarded by cannons and squished under children's snow boots. But in Australia, these baked buildings are demolished for charity — and fun.

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In A Massive City, This Bar Serves Up Diverse Drinks — To 8 People At A Time

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

Bar Moju in Shanghai is tiny and only serves authentic concoctions created by its owner, Moe. To visit, you must make a reservation.

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Shanghai Bar Offers New Year's Revelers A Simple, Yet Award-Winning, Cocktail

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

The bar Moju will be serving a drink called the Sakura. It's made with Botanist gin, Cointreau triple sec, a twist of lemon and the bright pink syrup of the cherry blossom flower, imported from Japan.




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