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The Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

We test the "wisdom of the crowd" theory when a contestant tries to guess whose numerical estimate is closest to the correct answer: Coulton's or the crowd's?

Hear Here

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

Every answer in this game are two words or phrases that sound similar but are spelled differently.

The Complaint Department

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

We take a trip to the Complaint Department, for a game in which clues are inspired by actual complaints and corrections we've received from our listeners.

Oscar Documentaries And A Foreign Language Film We Loved

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 9:37am

On this week's show, we run down an impressive list of Oscar-nominated documentary features and dive into Asghar Farhadi's complicated, suspenseful The Salesman.

(Image credit: Dan Budnik/Magnolia Pictures)

Horror Sequel 'Rings' Brings Them All, And In The Darkness Bores Them

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 8:22am

Director F. Javier Gutiérrez attempts to give the horror franchise a VHS-to-digital upgrade with muddled exposition and too-few scares.

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Justina Machado On Her Quinceañera, Rita Moreno's Abs And 'One Day At A Time'

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:25pm

Machado and Moreno star in Netflix's reboot of the 1970s sitcom. This time, the family is Cuban-American and its single mom (Machado) is a veteran who served in Afghanistan.

(Image credit: Michael Yarish/Netflix)

Maudlin Teen Romance 'The Space Between Us' Burns Up On Re-Entry

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:00pm

Martian, Martian, Martian!: Asa Butterfield stars as a Mars-born teen who struggles under Earth's gravity — and a treacly script — in this sci-fi romance.

(Image credit: Peter Chelsom/STX Entertainment)

'Youth In Oregon' Follows A Fractious Family On A Bittersweet Road Trip

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:00pm

Frank Langella is an aging, stoic patriarch determined to end his life in this uneven but effective cross-country comedy-drama.

(Image credit: Orion Pictures)

James Baldwin, In His Own Searing, Revelatory Words: 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:00pm

Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary transforms an unfinished Baldwin manuscript about Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers into an urgently resonant film.

(Image credit: Dan Budnik/Magnolia Pictures)

Ad For Nice Living: Discover The Joy Of Yummy Words

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:34pm

One of our "Commercials for Nicer Living," written by one of our listeners to celebrate the simple pleasures of life, is about yummy words.

LISTEN: These 5 Fake Ads Will Sell You On Some Of Life's Real Delights

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 7:00am

Go ahead, we told you, sell us something wonderful we can't buy. And you did — more than 2,000 of you did, in fact. We picked our five favorites and made them into polished ads. Now listen to the joy!

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR)

'Mr. Seabrook' Might Be A Little Too Abominable

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 6:00am

Artist Joe Ollman's new The Abominable Mr. Seabrook is a biography of the Lost Generation travel writer (and sadist, alcoholic and cannibal) William Seabrook. But how much Seabrook can you stand?

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BET Continues To Redefine Brand With Nelson Mandela Miniseries

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

The new BET miniseries, Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela, premieres Wednesday night. BET says the show is at the heart of their Black History Month programming. The show is also part of the latest attempt to redefine the BET brand with high quality scripted shows.

What's Life Like For Immigrant Kids? 2 Teen Novels Paint A Sober Picture

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

The Radius of Us is about a young asylum seeker from El Salvador, and Something in Between follows a high schooler who's devastated when learns she and her family are living in the U.S. illegally.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Remembering 'Elephant Man' Actor John Hurt

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

The British actor, who died last week, became famous in the U.S. in the '70s for his starring role in the BBC series I, Claudius, and later appeared in the film Alien. Originally broadcast in 1989.

'The Salesman' Offers A Brilliant Portrayal Of Marriage And Vengeance

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:13pm

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's latest film is one of the five nominees for this year's foreign-language Academy Award. Critic David Edelstein says The Salesman is tense and powerful.

Bunny Chow: South Africa's Sweet-Sounding Dish Has A Not-So-Sweet Past

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:52am

The country's street-food staple is a fusion meal that has nothing to do with rabbits, and everything to do with the rise of immigrant Indian workers in the 19th century and the era of apartheid.

(Image credit: Alan Greenblatt for NPR)

Four Lives In Parallel Run Through Ambitious '4 3 2 1'

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 6:00am

Paul Auster's new novel is a departure for the author — 880 pages of flowing prose about four versions of one character, living four mostly-parallel lives. It's sometimes confusing, but never boring.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Ad For Nice Living: Discover Trees, Now With Chlorophyll

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:28pm

We hear one of the five selected listener suggestions for our updated Commercials for Nicer Living project: trees.

Jim Jarmusch On Iggy Pop, Hip-Hop And Finding Poetry In Mundane Things

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:39pm

Jarmusch's new movie, which was inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem Paterson, is about a bus driver who writes poetry. Jarmusch also made a documentary about Iggy and the Stooges.

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