Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 05:00

Hard cider is having a hot moment. Hotter still, if it's locally made and distributed. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig On Female Birds

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:44

The acclaimed actor and screenwriter (and now director) faces questions about hedge sparrows, cuckoos and palm cockatoos.

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Chris Matthews On The 'Raging Spirit' Of Bobby Kennedy

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

NPR's Scott Simon talks to veteran political commentator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews about his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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Newly Discovered Andy Warhol Art Up For Auction

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

A Massachusetts auction house is selling newly discovered Andy Warhol works. They are remnants of the artist's relationship with his last boyfriend found in his mother's attic.

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Elizabeth Olsen On A 'Wind River' Oscar Campaign Without Weinstein

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

The actress stars in the film once distributed by The Weinstein Company. "Everyday we're learning more about men in power and sexual assault," she says. "And those are what this film is about."

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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:43

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

(Image credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

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A Spurned Housewife Turns Stand-Up Comic In 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:31

Rachel Brosnahan claims not to be a comedian, but in a new Amazon series about a 1950s woman with a hidden talent, she certainly plays one on TV.

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'Dawn Of The New Everything' Argues For Human-Centered Technology

NPR Books - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:00

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier's book is part memoir, part history of the development of VR, and an unexpected but welcome comparison of the promises of VR with those of artificial intelligence.

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'Dawn Of The New Everything' Argues For Human-Centered Technology

NPR Arts - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 04:00

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier's book is part memoir, part history of the development of VR, and an unexpected but welcome comparison of the promises of VR with those of artificial intelligence.

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'The Disaster Artist' Is The Best Movie About A Bad Movie

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:45

Tommy Wiseau's The Room has inspired a cult following, a video game and a "making-of" memoir. Now, the memoir has been turned into a movie, directed by and starring James Franco. It's called The Disaster Artist.

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LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

NPR Books - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:23

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

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Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:23

Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.

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LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:23

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

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'Bad Sex In Fiction' Award Goes To Novelist Who Compared Skin To Stained Bathtub

NPR Books - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:02

American writer Christopher Bollen received the, uh, honor, which was announced on Thursday. His novel The Destroyers featured a memorable pair of less-than-appealing analogies.

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'Bad Sex In Fiction' Award Goes To Novelist Who Compared Skin To Stained Bathtub

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:02

American writer Christopher Bollen received the, uh, honor, which was announced on Thursday. His novel The Destroyers featured a memorable pair of less-than-appealing analogies.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:42

Can you guess how many people follow the most-followed raccoon on Instagram? We challenged house musician Jonathan Coulton and the hive mind of our audience to a guesstimation game.

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Cop To It

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:42

Get ready for the ultimate Sting operation: We rewrote songs by The Police to be about famous cop shows.

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This, That, Or The Other

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:42

Contestants guess whether phrases are spooky urban legends, nicknames of old-timey Hall of Fame baseball players, or a phrase following "The Adventure of" in the title of a Sherlock Holmes story.

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Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:42

Mraz recounts the palm reading that led him to drop out of college and make music, and how Sara Bareilles brought him to the Broadway musical Waitress. Then we quiz this organic farmer on avocados.

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