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Songs We Love: The New Year, 'Mayday'

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:00:03 -0400

With couplets as clean and exact as the guitars that chime neatly around them, the mathematical precision of "Mayday" never gets in the way of shaggy, ragged beauty.

Trying To Wring Entertainment Out Of A Quagmire In 'War Machine'

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:08:00 -0400

War Machine, a Netflix production based on a book about the drawn-out U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, suffers from a one-note Brad Pitt performance and a frustrating lack of focus.

Youthful Protest Gets Serious In 'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower'

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:07:25 -0400

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower tells the story of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong in 2014. Led by then-teenager Joshua Wong, it ended with a pizza party, but provoked plenty of response.

Hanson's Got A New Song, And Guess What? It's Fantastic

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 -0400

"I Was Born" is out today, and if it's not in a car commercial by this time next week, every ad agency in America will have fallen down on the job.

Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote Of The 'Painfully Beautiful,' Dies At 67

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:56:00 -0400

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Alien: Covenant' And 'Veep'

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:22:06 -0400

Alien fan Chris Klimek joins us to talk about the newest entry in the decades-old franchise, and we check in with the fast-talking, faster-swearing people of HBO's Veep.

Hear Carly Rae Jepsen's Triumphant New Song, 'Cut To The Feeling'

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:15:27 -0400

Carly Rae Jepsen, the pop star of our hearts, voices a character in the animated film Leap! This song, originally intended for the E•MO•TION: Side B collection, appears on the soundtrack.

Larissa MacFarquhar: How Far Would You Go To Help Others?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:11:00 -0400

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

Peter Singer: How Can We Be More Effective Altruists?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:11:00 -0400

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

Cheryl Steed: Can Altruism Be Learned?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:10:26 -0400

At the prison where Cheryl Steed works, certain inmates are chosen to be caregivers for elderly inmates. The program has made her wonder — can altruism be learned?

Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:10:26 -0400

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:03 -0400

Gabriel Garzón-Montano spent three years writing and recording his beautiful, dense album Jardin -- but for his Tiny Desk visit, he stripped it all down to two elements, the piano and his voice.

WATCH: Hillary Clinton Delivers Commencement Speech At Wellesley College

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:58:00 -0400

It's a familiar stage for Clinton — Clinton delivered the commencement address as a College Government president in 1969.

A Return To Visit Old Friends In 'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios'

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:52:01 -0400

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios catches up with the musicians who came to prominence with a 1997 album and a 1999 documentary. It's not an entirely satisfying sequel, but you can sure dance to it.

Top Stories: Montana GOP Candidate Wins; Attack On Egyptian Christians

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:48:56 -0400

Also: President Trump is reviewing U.S. sanctions on Russia; Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg speaks to Harvard graduates; and hockey's defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins return to the NHL final.