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We Got Your Letters: Listeners Puzzled By Tom Wolfe's Words On Evolution

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 7:50am

NPR's Scott Simon's interview last week with author Tom Wolfe prompted an unusual number of responses from listeners regarding the author's questioning of some aspects of the theory of evolution.

'A Gentleman In Moscow' Is A Grand Hotel Adventure

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 6:00am

Amor Towles' new novel stars a Russian aristocrat, sentenced by the Soviets to permanent house arrest in a luxury hotel. It's a frothy romp that tends to overlook the reality of life under Stalin.

Ray Liotta On 'Goodfellas,' Acting And His Return To TV

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:16pm

"My career has been up and down, and I like it much better being up," Liotta says. He plays a corrupt NYC police lieutenant on the NBC series Shades of Blue. Originally broadcast Jan. 12, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'You're The Worst' And Making Drama Funny

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 11:49am

The gang discusses a drama-filled FXX comedy as a jumping-off point for a look at the ways humor and seriousness can collide. Then, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Narcos' Actor Wagner Moura On Shedding The Weight Of Pablo Escobar

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 4:01am

The Brazilian actor gained 40 pounds for his role as the notorious drug kingpin. He says getting back in shape "wasn't only about losing weight, but getting rid of that character."

'Seasons In Quincy' Offers A Fractured, Frustrating Portrait Of Critic John Berger

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:00pm

The documentary, set in and around the French town in which the influential writer now resides, dissects his life in four discrete segments. The approach proves more intriguing than insightful.

'The Light Between Oceans' Richly Illuminates A Couple's Moral Dilemma

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:00pm

Stripped-down storytelling, stunning cinematography and finely calibrated performances make this tale of a withdrawn lighthouse-keeper and his wife vivid and compelling.

'Dekalog,' A Haunting, Ruminative 10-Film Tour Through The 10 Commandments

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:00pm

The late filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog, a masterpiece that began life as a series of films made for television, finally gets a digitally restored North American theatrical distribution.

'The Curse Of Cash' Makes Case For A World Without Paper Money

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Kenneth Rogoff about his latest book, The Curse of Cash, in which he argues that our advancing economies are phasing out cash and paper currency. Rogoff argues that paper money makes us poorer, less safe and feeds illegal behavior.

Robin Ha's New Cookbook Mixes Korean Cuisine With Comics

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 3:26pm

Korean-American artist Robin Ha's first cookbook is filled with recipes she learned from her mother. And appropriately, it's a comic book. Ha talks and cooks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

A Kitty Leads A Double Life In Beatrix Potter's Posthumously Published Tale

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 3:07pm

The unfinished work is a curious afterword to Potter's beloved catalog. But perhaps the best thing about The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is that it will likely send readers back to Potter's original work.

Actress Sarah Paulson Worked To 'Get It Right' As O.J. Simpson Prosecutor

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:16pm

Paulson, who has been nominated for an Emmy for her role in the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson, says she set out to portray Marcia Clark in a "truthful way."Originally broadcast March 10, 2016.

Literary 'It Couple,' Both Best-Selling Authors, Work Side By Side

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:07am

Taherer Mafi and Ransom Riggs married last year. The next few weeks will see the release of Tim Burton's adaptation of his book, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and her book, Furthermore.

S. Korea's Hit Zombie Film Is Also Searing Critique Of Korean Society

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:02am

The film's themes point to strains of modern Korea: distrust of government and institutions, disdain for corporate leaders and a sense everyone's in it for themselves.

Your Dilapidated Barn Is Super Trendy. Just Ask HGTV

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:02am

Small firms are popping up in the rural Midwest that buy old barns to feed remodelers' demand for weathered wood. As more historic barns come down, is the iconic American rural landscape fading away?

Encore: Glen Campbell Documents Farewell Tour In 'I'll Be Me'

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:28pm

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me follows the country singer's goodbye tour and his decline from Alzheimer's disease. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to director James Keach and Campbell's wife, Kim Campbell.

Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:01pm

TV has a bad guy problem. The rise of morally ambiguous anti-heroes like Tony Soprano has pushed chewier, more melodramatic villains aside. What we gained in nuance, we lost in sheer, hiss-worthy fun.

'The Nix' Is A Vicious, Sprawling Satire With A Very Human Heart

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 9:26am

Historical events both real (the 1968 Democratic Convention, Occupy Wall Street) and imagined come to life in this novel. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it will make you laugh and break your heart.

'Curioddity' Needs More Curiosity, More Oddity

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 6:00am

Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins tries his hand at the novel with Curioddity, but this quirky tale of imagination and innocence regained is smothered in smirking self-consciousness.

Can A Canadian Prime Minister Be An Action Hero? Marvel Comics Thinks So

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 3:42am

Justin Trudeau has had a varied career — bouncer, snowboard instructor, Canada's prime minister. Now he's a Marvel Comics action hero. Only two other world leaders have appeared in Marvel Comics.

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