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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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In Twitter Rant, Tinder Blasts 'Vanity Fair' Article On New York Dating Culture

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

In an outburst on Twitter, the dating app Tinder criticized a recent Vanity Fair article describing the hookup culture in New York City. Tinder said it was unfairly portrayed in the article, and reporter Nancy Jo Sales failed to seek the company's comment for the story.

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The Compton You Haven't Seen On Screen

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

While the new Straight Outta Compton may Hollywood's attempt to keep it real, Compton's reality in 2015 is quite different from the stream of images pop culture has churned out since the 1980s.

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Sesame Street's New ABCs: On PBS And Now HBO

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 1:23pm

For the next five seasons of Sesame Street, episodes will air first on HBO before they're made available to PBS for free nine months later.

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A 'Diary' Unlocked: A Teenage Coming-Of-Age Story Put On Film

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 1:04pm

When she was 15, Phoebe Gloeckner lost her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Gloeckner wrote about the experience in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which Marielle Heller adapted into a film.

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Kafka Would Love 'The Beautiful Bureaucrat'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:03am

Helen Phillips' surreal, dark, funny new novel follows a young woman named Josephine, who gets a job at a mysterious agency. Critic Michael Schaub says the book works as both love story and thriller.

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A House That's Not A Home In 'Bright Lines'

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 6:03am

Tanwi Nandini Islam's debut novel is an understated queer coming-of-age tale, set in a vividly-portrayed Brooklyn brownstone whose residents all ache for some kind of home they've never been to.

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The Anxious Art Of Japanese Painter (And 'Enemy Alien') Yasuo Kuniyoshi

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

After moving to the U.S. in 1906, Kuniyoshi became a prize-winning artist. But with World War II, things changed. "When he walked down the street," says one curator, "he looked like the enemy."

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A Comedian And An Angry Kid Find An Unexpected Connection On Twitter

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:15am

When you're yelling on the Internet, it's hard to remember that there's a real person on the receiving end. But comedian Chris Gethard recently connected with a kid who sent him a foul-mouthed tweet.

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Pack Your Bags

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition.

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On The Road

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.

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Stuck in the Backseat

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.

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Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:44am

Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.

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