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Hardboiled Historical Noir With A Heart In 'By Gaslight'

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 6:00am

Steven Price's hefty new novel stars William Pinkerton, whose father founded the famous detective agency that bears his name, plus a colorful cast of Victorian ne'er-do-wells. And a severed head.

Hip Hop And Superheroes Inspire 'Luke Cage' Showrunner Cheo Coker

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:35am

Cheo Coker was a well-respected journalist chronicling hip hop and pop before he moved to film and TV. His latest gig is as showrunner on Marvel's highly anticipated black superhero series, Luke Cage.

How Carli Lloyd Became A Soccer Star 'When Nobody Was Watching'

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:32am

Lloyd's journey to success was long and hard-fought. In her new memoir, she describes how she nearly quit playing soccer, and reveals painful details about her strained relationship with her parents.

When Mrs. Eisele Took Manhattan: Big City Failed To Awe Minnesota Journalist

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:09pm

In 1936, Country Home magazine sent its "rural correspondent of the year" Susan Eisele on a trip to NYC. With a 6-week-old in tow, she soaked up the city and hit it off with hard-bitten newspapermen.

Agnes Nixon, 'Queen Of Modern Daytime Drama,' Dies at 93

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 7:47pm

Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon created All My Children and One Life to Live. She was known for exploring challenging and taboo social issues through daytime television.

Curious George Celebrates 75 Years Of Monkey Business

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:20pm

George has had many close calls, but did you know he once outran the Nazis? Despite some dated themes (we're looking at you, Man with the Yellow Hat) George is now a multi-million dollar franchise.

Award-Winning Campaign To Eliminate Prostitution Takes A Dark Approach

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:00pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Riccardo Fregoso, executive creative director of McCann Paris, about their Clio Award-winning ad called "The Girls of Paradise," which draws potential johns in for a rude surprise.

Pepe The Frog's Long, Strange Journey — From Internet Meme To Hate Symbol

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:00pm

The Anti-Defamation League lists a number of symbols used by hate groups. Now among them is a cartoon frog named Pepe — but how did this odd image come to be associated with hate speech?

'Eyes On The Street' Details Jane Jacobs' Efforts To Put Cities First

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:56pm

Robert Kanigel's new biography recounts the life of Jacobs, a Greenwich Village public intellectual who championed street life and community. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a powerful work.

Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Herschell Gordon Lewis Film Or Children's Book?

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 8:00am

The movie titles of the late splatter-film director are evocative ... and wonderfully terrible. Can you tell them apart from the titles of some less-than-classic kids' books?

'Cloudbound' Is Stunning, But Doesn't Quite Soar

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:00am

Fran Wilde built a glorious world of living bone towers and wing-gliding people in last year's Updraft. Her new Cloudbound has stunning skyscapes but lacks some of the first book's emotional heft.

Kevin Hart And Amy Schumer: The New King And Queen Of Comedy

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:38pm

For the first time in a decade, someone other than Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes' ranking of the highest-paid comedians.

Book Review: 'Born To Run,' Bruce Springsteen

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:34pm

Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.

'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:18pm

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of their Own.

'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:00am

Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.

Acting For Film Or Acting For Life? Doc Tells Story Of Kim Jong Il's Captives

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:05pm

The North Korean leader was so crazy about movies that he kidnapped a South Korean actress and director and forced them to work for him. The Lovers and the Despot tells their story.

New Law Will Require IMDB To Remove Actors' Ages If Requested

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:41pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require websites like IMDB Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so.

How Arnold Palmer Hit A Hole In One With His Signature Drink

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:40pm

As we mourn the golf great, we acknowledge another contribution he made to our culture: the tasty and refreshing iced tea and lemonade beverage that carries his name.

Arts And Craft Beers: Brewers Draw Drinkers' Eyes With Snazzy Tap Handles

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:26pm

As craft brewers try to make their brews stand out in an increasingly crowded field, they're driving the expansion of a singular business: custom-made beer taps.

'Deepwater Horizon' Director On The BP Oil Spill And The 'Addictive Dance' For Fuel

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:11pm

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster.




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