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A Marriage Struggles To The Beat Of 'Band Aid'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:00am

Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally star in an ambling but insightful comedy about a couple that uses music to stop fighting.

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In 'Beyond Respectability,' A History of Black Women As Public Intellectuals

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:00am

Brittney C. Cooper's history of black women thinkers traces decades of struggle against racism and misogyny. It's a crucial cultural study and a dense, serious read that rewards close attention.

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A Worthy Big-Screen Treatment Of A Long-Neglected 'Wonder Woman'

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:00am

Director Patty Jenkins understands the scale of a screen superhero who's a true demigod, not an ordinary millionaire or spider-bite victim.

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Seamus Heaney Poems Come To Life In Belfast, Ireland

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 3:31pm

Poetry reviewer Tess Taylor has just spent the past semester teaching in Belfast, Ireland. She talks about how Seamus Heaney poems and visions of home swirled in her head.

In NYC, Activism Begins With Lessons In Theater

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:28pm

Wielding techniques from the global Theatre of the Oppressed movement used to train activists, one group challenges people to think beyond labels.

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Why A Theater Director Made A 'Color-Conscious Choice' In 'Virginia Woolf' Casting

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:58pm

A small theater in Portland, Ore., cast an African-American actor in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But the Albee estate wouldn't grant the rights to produce the 1962 play.

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David Sedaris On The Life-Altering And Mundane Pages Of His Old Diaries

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:13pm

Sedaris' Theft by Finding is a collection of excerpts from those diaries. In it, he revisits major turning points, like how he met his longtime boyfriend and his decision to stop drinking.

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Total Failure: The World's Worst Video Game

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:30am

In the late summer of 1982, one man worked around the clock to program the video game version of Steven Spielberg's E.T. in just five weeks. The result wasn't pretty.

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'The Dispatcher' Is A Short Stroll In A Strange Neighborhood

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 9:00am

John Scalzi's new novel — originally an audio book — imagines the implications of a world where 999 out of 1,000 murder victims pop back into existence, naked, confused and safe in their own beds.

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'Beren And Lúthien' Reflects Tolkien's Real Life Love Story

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:00am

J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher proves an able guide through Beren and Lúthien, his father's haunting tale of a mortal man who falls in love with the daughter of a disapproving Elven King.

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 4:03am

Bazille was part of a circle of artists eager to make a mark on the 1860s art scene. He helped lay the groundwork for the impressionist movement, but died in battle before it was fully formed.

(Image credit: Musée d'Orsay, Paris/Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art)

From Pez To Ticks, 'Atlas Obscura' Discovers 'Wonderfully Specific' Museums

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:32pm

People often become obsessed with collecting certain types of objects and then, before you know it, they have the basis for what writer Molly McBride Jacobson calls a "wonderfully specific museum."

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13 Reasons Why Not: Michigan Teens Talk Honestly About Suicide

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:40pm

The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is about a teen who commits suicide. Youth Radio brings us the story of one Michigan high school's project called 13 Reasons Why Not. It features 13 stories of students overcoming their struggles.

College Art Professor Challenges Students To Build Insect Motels

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:40pm

A concerned University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee art instructor challenged her students to construct insect motels out of natural, untreated materials. Each motel must provide an appropriate habitat for a particular insect and attract human interest too, as each has a QR Code with information about why that bug or bee matters in nature and needs to be nurtured. Nearly 100 are installed in a state park overlooking Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee.

For A Few Hours, A Sculpted Dog Was Urinating On The 'Fearless Girl'

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:38pm

The statue of a defiant girl has confronted Wall Street's Charging Bull for months, much to the chagrin of the bull's sculptor. Briefly Monday, another sculptor made clear which side he's on.

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Philadelphia Says Goodbye To Little Pete's, An All-Night Dining Icon

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:37pm

For nearly 40 years, the old-fashioned diner has served up round-the-clock Reubens and eggs Benedict to all walks of life. But on Monday, the landmark served up its last meals.

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Sen. Al Franken On Comedy, Trump And The 'Curdling' Of Washington

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:10pm

As a former SNL cast member, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn't levity: "This guy is outside the norm in many ways."

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In 'Boundless,' The Modern World Is Timeless

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:00am

Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki's new book is packed with of-the-moment topics — a pyramid skin-care scheme, a porn sitcom, a bedbug battle — but her existential wistfulness raises them to archetype.

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An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 7:00am

In her new cookbook, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Samin Nosrat says the key to good food is learning to balance those elements when cooking — and to trust your instincts.

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'Descent' Is A Witty Manifesto On Modern Manhood

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 6:00am

English author and artist Grayson Perry realized at age 12 that he wanted to wear women's clothes. That fascination is part of his new book, a funny, engaging look at what it means to be a man today.

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