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#NationalPuppyDay: The Holiday You Didn't Know You Needed

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:28:56 -0400

People rarely need an excuse to unleash photos of their pets, but they get one today. The holiday was started in 2006 to promote puppy adoption.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Musical Discoveries From SXSW 2018

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:00:13 -0400

Rodney Carmichael, Katie Presley and Stephen Thompson join host Linda Holmes to effuse over some of the festival's highlights.

With HBO's 'Barry,' Bill Hader Presents His Finest Work Yet

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:36:00 -0400

Bill Hader stars in a new HBO series, Barry. He plays a paid assassin who takes on a job in Los Angeles only to discover a passion for acting.

Scrunchies Are Back, 'Wall Street Journal' Headline Exclaims

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:44:00 -0400

The scrunchie is a puffy fabric hair tie that was big in the 80s and 90s. As evidence of its longevity, the Journal points to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg who uses one almost daily.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'High Maintenance'

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:55:52 -0400

The popular web series turned HBO comedy follows a single weed dealer from customer to customer, dropping in on their lives and doing little to cure their loneliness.

White Skin, Black Emojis?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0400

This week on Ask Code Switch: Is it OK for a white teenager to use emojis that don't match her skin color? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

'National Geographic' Turns The Lens On Its Own Racist History

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:11:00 -0400

Generations of Americans had their worldviews shaped by photo and editorial choices that the magazine now says were racist. But some scholars and staff photographers knew that decades ago.

Before 'Love, Simon': Coming Out And Coming-Of-Age At The Movies

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Love, Simon is only the latest in a surprisingly long line of films that have explored what it's like to come out in high school. Here's some of the smaller, quirkier films that paved the way.

Imagining — Yet Again — A New Disney Heroine

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:00:11 -0400

For decades, Disney has been criticized for its passive, love-struck heroines. Do the women in Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time finally signal real change?

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Talk Shows With Guy Branum

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:08:46 -0400

We've wanted to spend some time talking about talk shows — not just hosts, but guests, too — for a while now. We got the perfect opportunity when Guy Branum came to town.

The Queen Was Paid Less Than Her Prince On Netflix's 'The Crown'

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:25:16 -0400

The producers of the TV drama say the star, Claire Foy, got less than former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, but also say that will be rectified in future seasons when new actors take over the characters.

An Indigenous Language Is Stayin' Alive In A Karaoke Contest

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 18:12:52 -0500

Native American tribal members in the Pacific Northwest host an annual karaoke contest to keep their indigenous language, Salish, alive.

20 Years On, 'The Big Lebowski' Reminds Us To Slow Down, Dude

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:16:30 -0500

NPR's Don Gonyea declares the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski a cinematic masterpiece in this week's essay. It really ties the whole show together.

Why The Revival Of 'American Idol' Might Just Work

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:19:00 -0500

ABC will revive Fox's onetime blockbuster music competition American Idol on Sunday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the first episode reveals lots of reasons why the reboot was probably a bad idea — including a tarnished host in Ryan Seacrest. But there are also a couple of surprising arguments for why it just might work.

The Great Norwegian Porridge Debate, Or Tradition Vs. 'Science'

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:34:00 -0500

In 1864, a male scientist tried to "porridge-splain" how to make proper gruel to Norwegian women who had been making it for centuries. It caused quite a stir and didn't work out so well for him.