Start Me Up

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

DING! That imaginary bell means it's time for an audio quiz about the sounds you hear when events, movies, and video games begin.

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Hanks For Nothin'

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

Break out your multiple Oscars for a game that mashes up Tom Hanks movie titles! It's his best work since Apollo 13 Going On 30.

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Leilani Schweitzer: How Can Hospitals Be More Transparent About Medical Errors?

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:30

Leilani Schweitzer lost her son due to a medical error. She says the hospital's honesty and openness helped her heal. She now works to provide that level of honesty to patients at the same hospital.

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Trevor Timm: When It Comes To Government, How Much Do We Have The Right To Know?

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:30

Whistleblowers who expose government wrongdoing often risk prosecution. Journalist Trevor Timm says the press can't truly act in the public interest if sources fear speaking out.

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Ray Dalio: What Would Happen If You Were 100% Honest With Your Colleagues?

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:30

Entrepreneur Ray Dalio would want somebody to tell him if he's about to make a mistake. So in his company, even the most junior employees are expected to give him--the boss--critical, honest feedback.

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David Burkus: Would Work Improve If You Knew What Your Colleagues Get Paid?

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:30

How much money you make is a taboo subject. But business writer David Burkus says you should know how much your coworkers are paid. It can improve your job satisfaction--even reduce pay inequality.

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Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Is An Antidote For Today's Cynicism

NPR Arts - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:04

In the Mexican director's latest film, a mute cleaning lady befriends a sea creature who is able to communicate without words. "The movie is about connecting with 'the other,' " del Toro says.

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FDA Says 'Stay!' ... Away From 'Bone Treats'

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:17

In addition to guidance to avoid brittle chicken and turkey bones, the FDA says "bone treats," which they distinguish from uncooked butcher bones, can cause harm, sickness and sometimes death.

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'The Other Side Of Hope': Finding Haven — And Hamachi — in Helsinki

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:00

Finnish writer/director Ali Kaurismaki follows up his 2011 film The Havre with a darker, but still comic, variation on a similar theme — a character fleeing bloody conflict gets taken in by a group of outcasts.

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Woodyland In Bad Decline: 'Wonder Wheel'

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:00

Woody Allen's film about an unhappily married woman in 1950s Coney Island strains to evoke Eugene O'Neill. Critic Andrew Lapin says Wonder Wheel "isn't merely a bad movie but a laughable one."

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'The Disaster Artist' Is 'The Room' Where It Happened

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:00

Director/star James Franco fondly — and hilariously — chronicles the making of the cult-movie fiasco The Room, evincing a deep understanding of the unhinged ambition at its core. (Go figure.)

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Jim Nabors, Who Played Affable Klutz Gomer Pyle, Dies At 87

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:40

The actor and singer starred as Pyle for years — first in The Andy Griffith Show, then in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors parlayed the stardom of the beloved goof into a long career on stage, TV and film.

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'The Hardest Bakery Possible': Reinventing The Meaning Of 'Whole Grain'

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:19

A handful of bakeries are pushing the envelope of what's possible — and palatable — by leaving the bran and germ in freshly milled grains from local farmers, who also help drive the menu.

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First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its List Of Nominees

NPR Books - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:00

The annual prize, in its inaugural year, will be awarded to one work of fiction. For the next few months, 20 books remain in contention — including works by Jesmyn Ward, Roxane Gay and Lisa Ko.

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First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its List Of Nominees

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:00

The annual prize, in its inaugural year, will be awarded to one work of fiction. For the next few months, 20 books remain in contention — including works by Jesmyn Ward, Roxane Gay and Lisa Ko.

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The Argentine Cartoonist Who Moonlights As A Nerd Rockstar

NPR Books - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 05:00

The illustrator known as Liniers is becoming known in the U.S. for his New Yorker covers and children's books. But in Argentina, he's been a multimedia presence for over a decade.

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Teen Angst Has A Body Count In 'I Am Not Okay With This'

NPR Books - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 04:00

Sydney, the teenage protagonist of Charles Forsman's new graphic novel, has all the usual problems of her age, plus one: She's telekinetic. And it quickly becomes clear that her story is a grim one.

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Teen Angst Has A Body Count In 'I Am Not Okay With This'

NPR Arts - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 04:00

Sydney, the teenage protagonist of Charles Forsman's new graphic novel, has all the usual problems of her age, plus one: She's telekinetic. And it quickly becomes clear that her story is a grim one.

(Image credit: Fantagraphics)

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Stars Of 'The President Show' Present An 'Off The Rails' Version Of Trump

NPR Arts - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:32

Anthony Atamanuik and Peter Grosz's new Comedy Central series is set up like a late night talk show, hosted by President Trump with Vice President Pence as his sidekick.

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The Meaning Of Meghan: 'Black' And 'Royal' No Longer An Oxymoron

NPR Arts - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:00

"Why do I have to choose? For people who are mixed-race, I think that this is really a big step forward. I'm so exited. I'm over the moon." Amal Fashanau, BBC reporter

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