25 Years Later, He Speaks To The Man Who Killed His Son

NPR Books - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:11

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of a shooting incident at Simon's Rock college in Massachusetts, a father whose son was killed that day sits down with the man who pulled the trigger.

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Exploring Politics And Religion In 'Three Daughters Of Eve'

NPR Books - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:11

Turkish writer Elif Shafak juggles politics, faith and feminism in her new novel set in Turkey and England. Steve Inskeep speaks with her about her book Three Daughters of Eve.

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Season 2 Of 'The Crown' Exposes The Royal Family's Fitful Evolution

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:00

The best episodes of this season are layered and complex; they juggle questions of whether a good marriage is possible in a royal setting, and how forgiveness has its limits.

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Mystery Solved: Saudi Prince Is Buyer Of $450M DaVinci Painting

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:01

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the buyer, according to U.S. intelligence sources who talked to the Wall Street Journal. It will be displayed in the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Purple Is The Color Of The Year For 2018

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:41

Specifically, "Ultra Violet" is the "provocative and thoughtful" hue for 2018, Pantone says. What does it mean? Maybe mystery or royalty ... or, perhaps, high odds of fiery destruction.

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'The Shape Of Water': An Elegant Fable Of Starfish-Crossed Lubbers

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:01

Guillermo del Toro's fish story may play like The Carol from the Black Lagoon, but the director's penchant for lyricism make it "a transporting, lovingly made specimen of escapism."

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'I, Tonya,' You, Implicated

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:00

Director Craig Gillespie brings bold innovation to the biopic genre, using various tones and approaches to tell the tale of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) — and satirize our love of spectacle in the process.

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'Quest': Documentary Captures The Music Of One North Philly Family's Life

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:00

Filmed over four years, Jonathan Olshefksy's bracing and beautiful film follows Christopher and Christine'a Rainey as they invite local rappers into their basement music studio.

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Nothing Lasts Forever, Even Cold 'November Criminals'

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:00

Director Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of a 2010 novel about a student (Ansel Elgort) investigating his classmate's murder features a great cast, but this "sketch of a movie" feels rushed and heavily truncated.

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Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

NPR Arts - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:16

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."

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At Design Miami, The Future Isn't So Bright

NPR Arts - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:33

The Florida fair is an alternative to the expensive contemporary art market: collectible design, which includes everyday items that speak to a shift away from seeing the future as bright and polished.

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Design Miami Features Affordable Collectible Design

NPR Arts - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:33

The contemporary art market has become so expensive that only the wealthiest people can participate. For those who want to collect art but can't afford a famous artist's work, a less expensive alternative is collectible design which includes objects, furniture, ceramics, lighting and everyday items. This week, designers, galleries and collectors gather for Design Miami, the premiere international design fair.

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James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'

NPR Arts - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:06

Franco's new film is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic The Room. "It was made for $6 million," he says. "It looks like it was made for about $60."

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Haute Dots Of Sauce: Culinary Art Or A Horror Show On A Plate?

NPR Arts - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:21

Chefs the world over seem to love serving patrons tiny portions on pristine white plates garnished with dainty drops and squiggles of sauce. Not everyone is impressed, and resistance is mounting.

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#MeToo Movement Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

NPR Arts - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 04:35

It created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process.

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Color Coding Your Babies And Other Tips For Raising Triplets

NPR Arts - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:01

Audrey Degraaf is having triplets and is pretty terrified. Lorie Shelley just sent her triplets to college. Get ready for exhaustion and giggling, and to be amazed at your capacity for love, she says.

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'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

NPR Books - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:41

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

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Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'

NPR Arts - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:41

"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.

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'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

NPR Arts - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:41

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

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The Politics Of Myanmar's Changing Tea Culture

NPR Arts - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 10:32

Myanmar's tea shops have long been central as public spaces to meet and talk, especially during the military regime. But with the country's "opening" to Western influence, their prominence is fading.

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