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'A Wrinkle In Time' Will Delight Target Audience That Doesn't Have Too Many Wrinkles

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:22

NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello discusses the star-studded film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, the sci-fi fantasy novel about light and darkness, time and tesseracts.

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Mattel Introduces 17 'Shero' Barbies To Celebrate International Women's Day

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:22

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan about the new Barbie dolls Mattel made to mark International Women's Day. The special series celebrates famous women including NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and artist Frida Kahlo.

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'Jessica Jones' Returns, Her Rage Especially Resonant In The #MeToo Era

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:35

Netflix's drama about a woman who rebels against conformity and power structures returns for a second season on Thursday. Critic David Bianculli says Jessica Jones "transcends the superhero genre."

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Remembering Barry Crimmins, A Comic Who Advocated For Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:35

Crimmins, who died last week, mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. The two men spoke to Fresh Air in 2015 about their documentary Call Me Lucky.

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On The Road To Women's Rights, Susan B. Anthony Stomached Plenty Of Bad Food

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 05:44

For 45 years, Anthony traveled the U.S. relentlessly, stumping for women's rights. She endured ridicule, was hanged in effigy and faced many horrid meals on the road. Nevertheless, she persisted.

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In The White House Cabinet Room, Parallels To 'Apprentice' Boardroom

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 04:42

A former producer from The Apprentice says he feels for White House advisors watching as President Trump goes off script in televised cabinet room listening sessions, much as he did on the show.

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Profiling History's Troublemaking Women, French Cartoonist Gets 'Brazen'

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 04:00

Pénélope Bagieu's curly, pretty style is sometimes in conflict with her material; it works well when her "rebel ladies" meet happy ends, but she struggles to depict the hardships many suffered.

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If It's Awkward, 'My Instinct Is To Make Fun Of It,' Says Armando Iannucci

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 02:09

The Scottish satirist's new movie, The Death of Stalin, spoofs the way the dictator's lackeys jostled each other after his death — all part of a lifetime of mocking the pompous and powerful.

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'Jessica Jones' Season 2 Is Full Of (Politically Inspired) Rage

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:00

Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg says, for season two, she and the show's writers channeled their anger over the 2016 election. "We walked in really pissed off," she says.

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New Book Dives Into How 'The Bachelor' Wooed The Nation

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:20

Amy Kaufman interviewed dozens of producers for her book Bachelor Nation. "They know your weak spots," she says. "That's really how they start to craft your narrative and turn you into a character."

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John Oliver Finds Humor In The News No One Wants To Hear About

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:26

On Last Week Tonight, Oliver dives into often obscure stories, like NRA TV and the laws that govern televangelism. He describes the show's style as "the slowest improv you've ever seen."

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Oprah In The Sky, With Wisdom: The Earnest, Imaginative 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 09:35

Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images and deeply moving.

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Life Hacking Life: The Scary Premise Of 'Annihilation'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:59

As with Ex Machina, says Marcelo Gleiser, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?

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A Push To Modernize Philippine Transport Threatens The Beloved Jeepney

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:38

The colorful, crowded vehicles are a cheap and popular form of public transport. But they also pollute the air. Jeepney drivers have been pushing back against government plans to phase them out.

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'Architecture Is A Backdrop For Life,' Says 2018 Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:00

The Indian architect has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the Nobel for architects. His buildings reflect an investment in local materials, social change and the environment.

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Despite A Sad Setup, 'House Of Broken Angels' Hums With Joy

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:00

Luis Alberto Urrea's latest, based loosely on his own brother's death, follows the members of a vibrant Mexican-American family as they deal with grief and impending death — but also celebrate life.

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Deal To Take Over The Weinstein Co. Falls Through

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:32

The bid to create a women-led film studio collapses upon the discovery that the company carried more debt than previously known.

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'Dancing Bears' Offers A Look Into How Countries Adapted To Life After Communism

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:26

Polish journalist Witold Szablowski's nonfiction book, Dancing Bears, introduces readers to people in formerly communist countries who have a hard time adapting to life after the being freed from oppressive regimes.

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Why Doesn't Tucson's Mexican Food Scene Get More National Attention?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:48

Migration from the Sonoran region of Mexico tends to flow almost exclusively to this part of Arizona. So its distinctive cuisine remains a hidden treasure. But that is changing.

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Oscars TV Ratings Fall, Again

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:18

It may be Hollywood's biggest night, but fewer people chose to watch the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday. It's the fourth consecutive year viewership has declined as Oscars lose luster to Web rivals.

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