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Superparents Break The Fourth Wall In 'Eternity'

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 6:00am

Cosmonauts Abram and Myshka have traveled the universe and gained superpowers — but in Eternity, they face a new challenge: Parenthood. (And an epic conflict over the destiny of their super-kid.)

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Casting Aside Shame And Stigma, Adults Tackle Struggles With Literacy

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:00am

Over the past 25 years, U.S. adult literacy rates have not improved. Learning how to read, one adult learner says, is like "opening up a Christmas present every day."

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Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige On The Future Of Marvel Movies

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:00am

The studio president tells NPR, "Black Panther will not be a one-off for us. ... Movies should represent the world in which they are made." Marvel's latest, Avengers: Infinity War, is out this week.

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Mel Brooks Says It's His Job 'To Make Terrible Things Entertaining'

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:55am

Brooks, 91, has made a career of poking fun at topics that normally wouldn't make you laugh. "The comedy writer is like the conscience of the king," Brooks says. "He's got to tell him the truth."

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In 'Avengers: Infinity War,' The Superheroes Have Their Work Cut Out For Them

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 5:14pm

Avengers: Infinity War is the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In it, more than two dozen Marvel superheroes come together to try to save — not just the world — but the entire universe.

'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:56pm

Alisa Roth's new book suggests U.S. jails and prisons have become warehouses for the mentally ill. They often get sicker in these facilities, Roth says, because they don't get appropriate treatment.

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Hank Azaria, Longtime Voice Of 'The Simpsons' Apu, Says He's Willing To Step Aside

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:33pm

The controversy surrounding The Simpsons character Apu took another turn Tuesday night. Hank Azaria, who has voiced the character from the start, says he's willing to step aside from Apu.

How America's White Power Movement Coalesced After The Vietnam War

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:39pm

Author Kathleen Belew says that as America's disparate racist groups came together in the 1970s and '80s, the movement's goal shifted from one of "vigilante activism" to something more wide-reaching.

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In 'You Think It, I'll Say It,' Middle-Aged Moms Get Some Respect

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 7:44am

Curtis Sittenfeld's new collection gives sustained, compassionate attention to the inner lives of women — middle-aged, middle-American, moms — who are often dismissed and devalued in fiction.

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Fear, But Forever, As 'The Handmaid's Tale' Returns

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:00am

The second season of Hulu's Emmy-winning series returns on Wednesday, more consumed than ever with the effects of not only living with violence, but anticipating it unendingly.

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Space-Hopping 'Avengers: Infinity War' Raises The Stakes To Infinity — And Beyond

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 7:44pm

The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from bedazzling his space-glove and performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar (good) and unfamiliar (less good).

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Asylum-Seeking Student Says Nothing Can Stand Between Him And Poetry

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:05pm

Allan Monga of Portland, Maine recently won the right to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud festival. He was initially barred because he's an asylum seeker and not a U.S. citizen.

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In 'The New Face Of America,' Journalist Alex Wagner Saw Herself

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 3:56pm

In 1993, Wagner saw a computer-generated face on Time magazine that reminded her a lot of her own. The journalist searches for answers about her own ancestry in her new book, Futureface.

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'Zama' Offers A Withering Critique Of Colonialism From Within

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:45am

Lucrecia Martel's latest film centers on a frustrated Spanish official who is stationed at a remote outpost in South America in 1790. Critic Justin Chang calls Zama "feverishly brilliant."

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Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' Dead At 94

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:07am

Dorough spent two decades as a jazz player, singer, conductor and arranger in New York before being approached, at his advertising day job, to explain math to children via music.

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'Beneath A Ruthless Sun,' Cruelty And Injustice Burn Hot

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 6:00am

Gilbert King returns to Lake County, Fla., in his new book, which tells the tangled story of a rape accusation, a racist sheriff, and a mentally disabled white man railroaded and stuck in an asylum.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Reflects On 'Ambition And Manhood In America'

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:26pm

Gregory Pardlo's new memoir, Air Traffic, chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike.

'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:09pm

Patricia Hampl's sharp new book argues that daydreaming is a vital part of life. Maureen Corrigan says, after reading it, "you'll understand more of what makes life worth living."

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Edible Oddities: David Bowie-Inspired Menus Reflect His Many Personas

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:05pm

Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke are just two of the characters David Bowie created for himself. The innovator explored music and identity, and his art exhibition inspires chefs and mixologists.

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Muggles Rejoice: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Is Now On Broadway

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00pm

The play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened on Sunday and picks up where the last novel left off, with Harry sending his son off to Hogwarts.

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