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'The Americans' Showrunners On Writing Cold War-Era Drama Amid New Russian Relations

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, co-showrunners of the acclaimed series "The Americans," about Russian spies in the Washington, D.C., area, look ahead a season amid newly tense times with Russia.

'Take The Cannoli': 45 Years Spent Quoting 'The Godfather'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

The Godfather was released 45 years ago this spring. NPR's Scott Simon takes the anniversary as an opportunity to revisit some of his favorite lines from the classic film.

How The Long-Lash Look Went From The Red Carpet To Everyday Life

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:03:00 -0500

False eyelashes used to be mostly seen on people in movies and were hard to put on and take off. But these days, you can see that red carpet false-eyelash look on people almost anywhere.

This Week In Race: Immigration Headaches, Oscar Glow And POTUS At The Blacksonian

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:05:00 -0500

If the human rights aspect of (deportation) doesn't interest you, the prospect of $8 avocados and double-digit fast food might.

The Struggles Of Austin's Music Scene Mirror A Widened World

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

As the face of Austin's music office prepares to depart, the city's problems and successes may offer a lesson for the world at large about globalization and technology.

Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:00:13 -0500

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

'Get Out' Offers Sharp Satire Along With The Scares

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Get Out is an impressively accomplished directorial debut says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.

Beyonce Cancels On Coachella, Planning To Return In 2018

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:09:00 -0500

One of the world's biggest stars pulls out from one of the world's largest festivals — on doctor's orders.

'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:38:43 -0500

After the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan turned to stand-up. "I needed to be more self-determining, and the most self-determining thing you can do in comedy is stand-up," he says.

'Top Chef' Is Delivering A Satisfying Season Right On Time

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500

If you need a lift and a bit of diversion, it's not too late to enjoy the last two episodes of an awfully satisfying season of Top Chef.

Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.

What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:00 -0500

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

Singer And Actor David Cassidy Says He Has Dementia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:22:00 -0500

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," the former teen idol, 66, says of his condition.

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:41:00 -0500

Jordan Peele discusses his new film in which he addresses the politics of race. It's about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's family for the first time and the horror that ensues.

'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:51:39 -0500

The Good Fight is a spinoff of CBS's award-winning drama, The Good Wife. It brings back star Christine Baranski, whose character's savings were wiped out in a financial scam.