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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Friday, April 10, 2015

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.

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Cooking With Emoji: We're Taking Eggplant Back From The Bros

Friday, April 10, 2015

The eggplant emoji has become a favorite of salacious sexters. To rescue its sullied rep, we turn to our emoji keyboards and conjure up recipes to highlight the fruit's, ahem, culinary attributes.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Comedians' And Cameo Appearances

Friday, April 10, 2015

This week's show is all about FX's new Billy Crystal/Josh Gad comedy, the uses and misuses of cameo appearances, and what's making us happy this week.

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All Things Considered

'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

Friday, April 10, 2015

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on television this spring.

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Morning Edition

Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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Morning Edition

'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

Friday, April 10, 2015

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.

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All Things Considered

Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Thursday, April 09, 2015

For the first time, two black dancers will star in a major American production of Swan Lake. NPR's Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it has been so hard for ballet to diversify.

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Bloody Yet Unsatisfying, 'Kill Me Three Times' Disappoints But Once

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Andrew Lapin says the bloody Australian black comedy wants to be a genre caper, but can't quite hit the right notes.

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'The Sisterhood Of Night' Wonders What These Girls Are Up To

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Ella Taylor says this heartfelt first feature appears at the beginning to be trafficking in cliches about teenage girls, but it ultimately asks questions about secrecy and the growth of public fear.

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Listening To The Ho-Hum Of The Machine

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mark Jenkins says the new artificial intelligence film Ex Machina is diverting, but ultimately comes to a predictable and unsatisfying conclusion.

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Women Ascend With Uncertainty In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The drama from director Olivier Assayas is the rare work that can hold opposite ideas in tension, refuse to fully resolve them, and be entirely satisfying nonetheless, says Tomas Hachard.

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Small Batch Edition: 'Wolf Hall' On PBS

Thursday, April 09, 2015

PCHH pal and book enthusiast Barrie Hardymon joins us to talk Tudors, historical fiction, and expressive eyebrow acting.

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All Things Considered

Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Liu Cixin's science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos and offer commentary on current events. The first book in his trilogy has been translated into English.

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Fresh Air

Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.

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Ask Me Another

Historical Figure, Sci-Fi Villain Or Tech Startup?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

If you think you can tell the difference based on their names, earn some nerd cred by taking our quiz.

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Renata Adler, Taking A Buzz Saw To The 'Tall Timber'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

This new volume collects some of the uncompromising writer's greatest hits, from her coverage of the march on Selma to Monica Lewinsky, and of course her famous takedown of film critic Pauline Kael.

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'The Only Words' Remembers Love And Science After The Apocalypse

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Jeffrey Rotter's new novel follows a young man searching for connection in a post-apocalyptic America. Critic Jason Heller calls it a "humbling monument to the sorrow, and the power, of loneliness."

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Morning Edition

China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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Morning Edition

These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

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