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Watch This: The Akils On Black Film And TV You Can't Miss

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The husband and wife team of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have created some of the most iconic African-American characters on television. This is their list of must-see shows and movies.

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King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The British monarch ruled at a time of civil war — and was blamed for much of the bloodshed. In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer tells the story of the men who signed the king's death warrant.

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The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A veteran of both music and medicine, Henderson got his first trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong, played in Herbie Hancock's band and once had Thelonious Monk as a patient.

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Thrilled By Chills? Take A Look At The World's Coldest City

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In a remote region in Russia, six time zones away from Moscow, lies the coldest city on earth. Rich with natural resources, Yakutsk is home to 270,000 residents brave enough to face the extreme cold.

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America Loves Smoothies And The Frozen Foods Industry Knows It

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Less than a decade ago, American consumers tended to buy frozen fruit as a dessert topping. But the smoothie craze changed how Americans eat frozen fruit — and pushed sales above $1 billion a year.

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Fake It Till You Make It, Then Come Clean: A Sportscaster's Big Break

Sunday, February 15, 2015

How do you become a sportscaster when you've never done it before? Adrián García Márquez, now La Voz De Los Lakers, faked a demo tape with the help of a Sega console and FIFA '95.

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In His Latest Book, Neil Gaiman Offers Readers A 'Trigger Warning'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Trigger warnings caution readers to tread carefully and Neil Gaiman encourages those who pick up his latest collection of "short fictions and disturbances" to do the same.

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For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jack White is a meticulous musician, so it's no surprise that his homemade guacamole has to be well crafted, like his music. And Peruvian chef Martin Morales thinks White has a pretty good recipe.

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Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters. The two friends discuss working together to finish it.

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'The Room' Offers An Escape From The Office — Or Does It?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Swedish actor and playwright Jonas Karlsson ventures into fiction with The Room, a surreal tale of a dour bureaucrat who finds a tiny secret room at his workplace, a room which may or may not be real.

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At 'The Grand Budapest,' A Banquet Of Beards And Melange Of Mustaches

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nearly every male actor in The Grand Budapest Hotel has some kind of facial hair. In charge of each follicle — real or fake — was Oscar-nominated hair and makeup designer Frances Hannon.

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Filmmaker David Cross Says It's No Wonder We All Want Fame

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Arrested Development actor makes his directorial debut with the film Hits, which explores how easy it is to become famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

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In Love And Music, Estelle Is Out To Get It Right

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"I end up living a lot of the things I write and sing about, so I'm pretty careful now," says the British singer, whose wish for an "American Boy" turned into a love affair that went sour.

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'Strange Fruit' Shares Uncelebrated, Quintessentially American Stories

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Have you heard of Bass Reeves? Richard Potter? Spottswood Rice? "Box" Brown? If not, illustrator-historian Joel Christian Gill says, you're missing out on some of the best stories in American history.

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Dangerous Freedoms And Fading Memories In 'Find Me'

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Imagine a future where an epidemic that erases memories (and eventually kills) takes over the country: That's the setting for the first novel from celebrated short story writer Laura Van Den Berg.

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Hugh Grant On Smart Romantic Comedies And Standing Up To The Tabloids

Saturday, February 14, 2015

In The Rewrite Grant plays a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college. Recently, Grant has been fighting against British tabloids using illegal hacking tactics.

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A Berkeley Student Comes Home In 'Braggsville,' With Consequences

Saturday, February 14, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.

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A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To Three White Murderers

Friday, February 13, 2015

Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced three young white men in the murder of an innocent black man. But first, he had something to tell them.

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Chapel Hill Shooting Victims Were 'Radiant,' Teacher Says

Friday, February 13, 2015

One of the young students killed in Tuesday's shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C., Yusor Abu-Salha, spoke to StoryCorps last year with her former third grade teacher.

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Meet The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Thursday, February 12, 2015

To stand out in a crowd of 7,000, you need something special. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Fantastic Negrito, the musician who won judges over with his original song "Lost In A Crowd."

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