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The Hapless 'Veep' Staff Trips Itself Up As Selina Ascends

Monday, April 13, 2015

HBO's terrific political satire returned Sunday night as a teleprompter created a disaster.

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All Things Considered

Karen Haglof, No-Wave Guitarist Turned Doctor, Relaunches Music Career

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Karen Haglof made her name as a guitarist on the ultra-competitive New York no-wave scene of the 1980s. Then she stopped playing and launched a career in medicine. Now she's back with a solo album.

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Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The renowned physicist is featured in a soon-to-be-released video of the classic song from the 1983 film The Meaning of Life.

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Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Forget Big Brother and Real Housewives. Local governments and nonprofits are starting to capitalize on our unquenchable thirst for reality programming — in the form of bird nest cams.

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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.

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Inside The Wild (And Hand-Drawn) World Of Bill Plympton

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Indie animation king Bill Plympton's latest feature, Cheatin', tells the loopy love story of Jake and Ella, and how their perfect romance fractured. Reporter Jon Kalish visited Plympton in his studio.

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'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.

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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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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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Ask Me Another

Family Guy's Alex Borstein On Her Voice, Fans And New Gig On HBO

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Family Guy star explains the origins of Lois Griffin's voice, and discusses her new HBO show Getting On.

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Ask Me Another

Sex Advice Columnist Dan Savage Still Fresh After 20 Years

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The gay activist, journalist, and sex advice columnist talks about the evolution of readers' questions, and dispels the notion of "normalcy" when it comes to dating.

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Fresh Air

'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.

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Morning Edition

For The Modern Man, The Sweatpant Moves Out Of The Gym

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

High-end sweatpants are becoming a staple in an increasing number of men's wardrobes. It's part of a global fashion trend called "athleisure," where gym clothes find their way out of the workout room.

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Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

Monday, April 06, 2015

Two of our Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.

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The Times Grow Messier As The Last Chapter Of 'Mad Men' Begins

Monday, April 06, 2015

The corseted '60s give way to the freer '70s, as Don Draper begins to fall to pieces in earnest.

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The Dilemma With Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Dong's character in the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has raised eyebrows. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Kat Chow about whether his character pushes against stereotypes, or reinforces them.

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Drinking With 'Mad Men': Cocktail Culture And The Myth Of Don Draper

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The culture of retro cocktails that the show helped reignite is intriguing, considering how much of Mad Men is actually about excessive — even abusive — drinking.

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'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.

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