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He Called Himself 'One Lucky Bastard': Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:36:00 -0400

British actor Sir Roger Moore began his career as a model and small-time MGM studio player but was best known for stepping into the role of James Bond in the 1970s and 1980s.

'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:03 -0400

A quarter of a century later, Showtime has revived the series some fans consider the most inventive of all time. Critic David Bianculli offers his first impressions of Twin Peaks: The Return.

David Lynch's Trippy 'Twin Peaks' Revival Is A Love Letter To Hardcore Fans

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:23:00 -0400

Lynch has assembled a rambling, surreal story that vaults from a spiritual limbo to places all over the country. But as any Twin Peaks fan can tell you, the story really isn't the point.

Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

'America Needs Us': Johnson And Hanks Announce Presidential Bid On 'SNL'

Sun, 21 May 2017 04:37:00 -0400

On the season finale of Saturday Night Live, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson used the monologue to enlist Tom Hanks to be his 2020 running mate. A "crazy week" in news provided lots of fodder for the show.

Male Rompers: Could This Garment Be The Worst Idea Ever?

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:33:28 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin interviews Washington Post style editor Robin Givhan about the questionable new fashion curiosity — male rompers.

A Salute To 30 Years Of 'The Simpsons'

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:20 -0400

We listen back to interviews with some of the show's cast members and writer-producers, plus its music composer. Among those featured: creator Matt Groening and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Master Of None' And 'Snatched'

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.

This Week In Race: Dave Says Sorry, Coin Controversy, Health Hazards Of Segregation

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Has there ever been such a week?

Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:16:35 -0400

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.

Asian-Americans In Hollywood Still Waiting For The Spotlight

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:45:00 -0400

In the meantime, some are producing their own shows or creating material for alternative platforms like YouTube.

The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

On the cusp of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 50th birthday, hear the first take The Beatles recorded of a legendary song.

Can You Copyright Your Dumb Joke? And How Can You Prove It's Yours?

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

"Joke theft" sounds funny, but that claim is at the heart of a lawsuit lodged against Conan O'Brien. The case brings thorny questions of humor to the courtroom, a place not always known for jokes.

'Fargo' Is A Series About The 'Things People Do For Money'

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:31:00 -0400

Noah Hawley says his FX series, now in its third season, explores the central premise of the Coen Brothers' iconic 1996 film. Hawley is also the creator of the FX series Legion.

A Mother's Day Update On TV Moms

Sun, 14 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

A lot has changed on television in the last 20 years or so. We take a moment to check in on how all these changes are treating TV moms.