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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Florida Project'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:42:00 -0500

Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch joins the panel to talk about Sean Baker's portrait of a 6-year-old girl and the mother who tries to take care of her in a run-down Florida motel.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'I, Tonya'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:00:19 -0500

This week's show takes a look at an emerging awards contender in the acting categories: I, Tonya, the semi-mockumentary retelling of the life of Tonya Harding, controversial figure skater.

James Franco Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims, Saying They're 'Not Accurate'

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:51:00 -0500

Several claims against Franco have surfaced on Twitter. In a TV appearance Tuesday, he rejected them — but he also said, "I can't live — if there's restitution to be made, I will make it."

For The Men #MeToo Has Toppled, Redemption Will Take More Than An Apology

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:52:00 -0500

Some see restorative justice as a way forward. But it takes courage to hold yourself accountable, and the men called out by the #MeToo movement might not be there yet.

Activism Hits The Red Carpet And Oprah Hits A Home Run At The Golden Globes

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:34:00 -0500

Recent stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood inspired black dresses and unexpected guests at the Golden Globes. In the actual awards races, Three Billboards, Ladybird, and Amazon scored.

At The Golden Globes, Not Just Another Red Carpet

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 20:39:00 -0500

This year, industry reports of sexual harassment and abuse echoed on the red carpet. Some celebrities chose to wear black to convey their support for people who have reported misconduct.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other, 2018 Edition

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:14 -0500

Once again, the gang makes New Year's resolutions, conjures up predictions for 2018 and, with wildly varying results, looks back on last year's guesses and promises.

John Cho On Representation, 'Columbus' And His Need To Slip On A Few Banana Peels

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:05:00 -0500

Actor John Cho joins Linda Holmes to talk about the questions he continues to grapple with as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood, and his small, thoughtful, not-quite-a-rom-com Columbus.

Hollywood Women Launch Initiative To Stop Sexual Harassment

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:15:00 -0500

Some 300 actresses, writers, producers and talent agents took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to announce the campaign, which includes a $13 million legal defense fund.

Women Star In 2017 Blockbusters

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:42:34 -0500

Movies starring women did the best at the box office in 2017. The top three spots for highest grossing domestic films featured female lead roles.

Reading The Game: Inside

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:00:13 -0500

In this installment of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we take a look at the dark puzzle platformer Inside. You play as a boy in a red jacket, with no special powers — so run!

Meghan Markle's Royal Hat Debut

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:02:17 -0500

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancee, took a step toward acceptance in the royal clan by donning a hat. NPR's Linda Wertheimer considers her fashion statement.

The Ultimate Cocktail To Send Off An NPR Host: 'Radio Silence'

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:49:44 -0500

For the past few years, bar reviewer Emma Allen has introduced us to great drinks. This year, she surprises retiring host Robert Siegel with a cocktail designed just for him.

Move Over, 'Despacito.' These Videos Also Ruled YouTube In 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:07:55 -0500

To see how the world wastes time ... er, explores cultural phenomena ... check out some of the top videos by country from YouTube Rewind's rankings for 2017.

In Season 4 Of 'Black Mirror,' Power Corrupts, But Love Still Matters

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:00:12 -0500

The fourth season of Black Mirror continues to explore technology and privacy, but also more fundamental impulses of power and love. All that, plus a Star Trek send-up that's spot-on.