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NPR News Nuggets: Mail Pals, Fright Knight & Sir Elton John

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:09:00 -0500

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gilmore Girls' And 'Moana'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:08:00 -0500

On this week's show, we return to Stars Hollow and travel to Disney's latest gorgeous world with Daisy Rosario and super-librarian Margaret H. Willison.

Hot-Dog Tiaras And Other '70s Dinner Party' Delicacies

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500

A food blogger's fascination with retro entertaining pays off in a colorful volume of curious eats.

Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

Stand Clear Of The Doors: TV Finally Gets On Board With Mass Transit

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:42:00 -0500

TV doesn't have the best track record with public transportation; in the '90s and early 2000s, even shows set in New York rarely showed characters on the subway or bus. Now, that's starting to change.

In The New 'Gilmore Girls,' Rory Gilmore Turns Out To Be A Bad Journalist

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:26:00 -0500

The beloved show Gilmore Girls returned to the screen last week. In a Netflix revival, the characters are facing new challenges, but one character has been seen as a disappointment: Rory Gilmore. Megan Garber of The Atlantic describes why.

'Moonlight' Scored At The Gotham Awards, Which Is Why We Have Awards

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:30:00 -0500

The ability of an initially low-profile film like Moonlight to soar at the Gotham Awards is one of the times when awards prove they don't have to just be cynical back-patting exercises.

Actor Ron Glass Dies At Age 71

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:00 -0500

Actor Ron Glass died Friday evening. He was 71. In a career spanning more than four decades, Glass is best remembered for his role as detective Ron Harris on the sitcom "Barney Miller."

Do 'Hipster Cooking Gadgets' Spoil Comfort Of Cooking?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:00 -0500

Keith Blanchard wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled "Why Hipster Cooking Gizmos Are Killing Cooking." He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about why they bother him so much.

Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Best Known For 'Barney Miller,' Has Died At 71

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:55:00 -0500

Glass died Friday of respiratory failure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavett, told The Associated Press. He appeared in dozens of shows in a television and film career dating to the early 1970s.

Black Friday May Start Looking A Little Greener With These Alternatives

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:42:00 -0500

People often reflect on what they're grateful for on Thanksgiving, but then go crazy for Black Friday deals in stores and online. But for some people a family hike is better than a store's deal.

Bah Humbug! Why Are Most Christmas TV Specials So Bad?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:42:00 -0500

How the Grinch Stole Christmas airs tonight — and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It's one of a rare few watchable Christmas specials. Why is it so hard to make a good Christmas special?

'Gilmore Girls' Returns On Netflix, Just In Time For A Holiday Binge

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:52:00 -0500

Gilmore Girls was a much-loved series that returns to the small screen after almost a decade. Most of the cast is returning, including the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Fans are ecstatic.

'Brady Bunch' Mom Florence Henderson Has Died

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:14:00 -0500

The actress was 82. She was one of the stars of the popular 1970s show about single parents who marry and raise six kids. It played for decades in reruns.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From Los Angeles With Kumail Nanjiani

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:35:00 -0500

This week's show was taped during our west coast tour, and it gives us a chance to talk about romantic comedies with actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani.