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Citing Threats, Guggenheim Pulls Three Works Involving Animals From Exhibition

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:22pm

An online petition demanding the museum remove the works garnered more than 600,000 signatures since it was posted five days ago, contending that three of them depict animal cruelty.

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Jennifer Egan's 'Manhattan Beach' Is A Gorgeous Tribute To NYC And Its Seaport

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 2:18pm

Egan's sweeping new historical novel doesn't just draw from the classic catalog of New York stories — it also takes its place among them.

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The 'Law & Order' Franchise Goes True-Crime With 'The Menendez Murders'

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 9:41am

Law & Order is a resilient franchise that's been on television in some form since 1990. Tuesday night, it makes a push into true crime, covering one of the most famous murder cases of the 1990s.

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Like It Or Not, You're Getting A 'Pretty Woman' Musical

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 8:32am

Is it a good idea to make a musical adapted from Pretty Woman? Or is it, just possibly ... a "big mistake — huge!" We have a few details about the new show, coming to Broadway in 2018.

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James McBride's 'Five-Carat Soul' Is A Gem

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 6:00am

The National Book Award-winning writer's debut story collection includes stories both straightforward and surreal. Our critic calls it "brash, daring and defiantly original."

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'Nomadland' Tracks Rising Number Of Americans Living On The Road

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:31pm

A new book by the journalist Jessica Bruder describes the increasing number of Americans living on the road, often in RVs, moving from job to job as a way to avoid the expense of a permanent home. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bruder about her book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.

CBS' 'Star Trek: Discovery' Goes Boldly Where No Trek Show Has Gone Before

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:31pm

How does CBS's new Star Trek: Discovery stack up against all the TV series that have boldly gone before? NPR's Eric Deggans reviews the first new, original Star Trek series in a dozen years.

A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:55pm

David Litt says writing speeches and jokes for former President Obama was often a delicate task: "There's a whole industry of people trying to take your words out of context."

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After Irma, South Florida's Fairy Tale Estate Looks Stricken By An Evil Spell

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 6:00am

Before the hurricane wreaked "cataclysmic destruction," the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami hosted decades of quinceañeras and weddings. Now, hundreds of volunteers are helping clean up.

(Image credit: Anderson Gonzalez/Vizcaya Museum and Gardens)

National Museum Of African American History And Culture Celebrates 1 Year

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 5:21pm

Thousands of people flock to the museum each day, making it one of the most popular Smithsonian destinations in the nation's capital.

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Katharine Hepburn's Brownies: A Recipe For Home-Wrecking?

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 7:58am

Two years ago in The New York Times' food section, Syne Newberry commented on this recipe — and the bittersweet end to her marriage. The comment went on to become Internet legend.

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'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 7:02am

The retelling of the 1782 French novel has just as much betrayal and bed-hopping as the original, but in a new locale. Author Sophfronia Scott explains why Harlem — and how she writes good sex scenes.

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Leveling Up In The Video Game Industry, Without Checkpoints: 'Significant Zero'

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 6:00am

Videogame writer Walt Williams describes his Red-Bull-and-Adderal-fueled advancement in a competitive and secretive industry. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book "plays out ... like a videogame."

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Goodbye, For Now, To A Vital Source For Native American News

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 5:01am

Indian Country Today Media Network announced it would "cease active operations." That leaves a big hole in news coverage by, and about, Native Americans.

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'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 6:01pm

In his new one-man show, On the Media host Bob Garfield grapples with questions of identity and belonging. "I've been running from the religious part of my religion for my entire adult life," he says.

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'Inside Studio 54' Takes You Behind The Velvet Rope, And Into Some Dark Corners

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 9:00am

Owner Mark Fleischman's memoir drops plenty of celebrity names while detailing the day-to-day logistics (and the drugs) that kept the nightspot running.

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Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 7:11am

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can get."

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Not My Job: 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Gets Quizzed On Cookies

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 6:33am

On the hit TV show, Daniels created one of the great characters of our time — the ambitious record company matriarch Cookie Lyon. So we'll see what he knows about actual cookies.

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'Battle Of The Sexes' Poised To Be A Crowd-Pleaser All Over Again

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:41pm

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. The event drew an enormous audience and NPR's Bob Mondello says the movie could too.

'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:18pm

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.

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