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Reading The Game: Stardew Valley

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 9:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games travels to Pelican Town to explore the bucolic pleasures of Stardew Valley, a farming simulator inspired by the classic 1990s Harvest Moon games.

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'Indecent': A Play About A Play

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:57am

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is using a controversial Yiddish play more than a hundred years old as the basis for her first Broadway production.

'Indecent': A Play About A Yiddish Play That Was Ahead Of Its Time

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:57am

A new Broadway production takes audiences through the history of Sholem Asch's 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner whose daughter falls in love with a woman.

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'Obit' Follows The 'Times' Team Charged With Turning Lives Into History

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:54am

A documentarian spent six days filming The New York Times obit desk at work. One staffer describes the process of writing an obituary as "equal parts exhilaration and terror."

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She Calls Her Movies 'Afro Bubble Gum Art'

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:00am

Wanuri Kahiu doesn't want to make films about suffering Africans. Her movies celebrate happiness — with a sci-fi twist.

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Art Is A Matter Of Life And Death In 'The Electric Sublime'

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 6:00am

W. Maxwell Prince's bloody, silly and deeply likeable new graphic novel imagines a world where works of art are real spaces you can step into — with real problems that can cause hundreds of deaths.

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A Haunting '60s Film About Mental Illness And Incarceration Becomes A Ballet

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 3:31pm

Frederick Wiseman's controversial 1967 documentary Titicut Follies exposed conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Fifty years later, the filmmaker, now 87, has adapted it to dance.

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'Obit' Documentary Follows Journalists Who Tell Lively Stories Of Death

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Obit, a documentary about obituary writing at The New York Times.

Fyre Festival Fiasco: Luxury Music Experience Turns Into Vacation Nightmare

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 3:31pm

Attendees to the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas were promised a luxury music festival experience. Instead they found themselves in a vacation nightmare.

Listening Back To A 2009 Conversation With Director Jonathan Demme

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 1:22pm

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who died Wednesday, directed The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and Stop Making Sense. We'll hear a clip of his 2009 conversation with Dave Davies.

In 'The Circle', What We Give Up When We Share Ourselves

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 1:12pm

The film, based on the book by Dave Eggers, presents a dystopian view of where Silicon Valley is taking the world and captures the tech industry's failure to acknowledge the downside of its creations.

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19th Century Princess And Cookbook Author Was Also Georgia's First Feminist

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:38pm

Princess Barbare Jorjadze is renowned for her cookbook. But she spent most of her life writing letters, poems and essays, to fight for a greater public role for Georgian women.

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Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:26pm

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.

Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:26pm

Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin says Hearst, who was abducted in 1974 and declared allegiance to her captors, "responded rationally to the circumstances." Originally broadcast Aug. 3, 2016.

Are We There Yet?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

In honor of our long flight from Brooklyn to Phoenix, this final round is called, "Are We There Yet?" Every answer contains something that sounds like a method of transportation.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Our Mystery Guest Stacey Gordon has an interesting job that takes her from Phoenix to a street in New York City. Can you guess what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

Things With Wings

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Inspired by the 1980s band from Phoenix, Arizona, we rewrote the Mr. Mister hit song "Broken Wings" to be about things...with wings.

Rinse, Pete, Repeat

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

We invented alternate definitions for words that start with "re." If we said, "I GIVE UP trying to WRITE MY NAME at the bottom of this letter," you would say, "Re-sign" or "resign."

Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Ask Me Another rises from the ashes in Phoenix, AZ with Penn Jillette! He pulls back the curtain on his distaste for magic, his strictly working relationship with Teller, and his love of being fooled.

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Daylight Saving Time Travel

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am

Fun fact! Phoenix, Arizona does not recognize Daylight Saving Time! So we wrote an audio quiz with clips from famous works involving time travel.

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