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7:59 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 9:05 am

Mindy Kaling started out as the youngest writer on the staff of NBC's The Office and ended up being a star, producer and director of the show. She went on to create her own sitcom, The Mindy Project and now, she's the voice of Disgust in the new Pixar movie, Inside Out.

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project" β€” three questions about do-it-yourself projects.

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Monkey See
6:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

In 'Not A Game,' The Story Of A Star Player And A Hard Fall

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Television
5:35 am
Sat June 20, 2015

HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

The Brink imagines how the White House situation room —€” and the U.S. secretary of state, played by Tim Robbins —€” respond when Pakistan is taken over by a certifiably crazy general.
Merie W. Wallace HBO

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 2:04 pm

HBO's new comedy The Brink refers to a world on the brink of nuclear warfare β€” possibly one of the least-funny premises imaginable. But the two brothers who created the show cut their teeth on a particular kind of political scripted satire that had its heyday in the 1960s and '70s. Think Dr. Strangelove, M*A*S*H and Network and other films by Paddy Chayefsky.

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Book News & Features
5:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Mary McLain

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 11:20 am

While our intern is diligently tallying up the 18,000 nominations that came in for the Summer of Love reader poll (sorry, Intern Laura!), we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to the expert panel that will help us wrestle this massive list down to 100 finalists.

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Author Interviews
3:52 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:40 am

Emily St. John Mandel's new novel, Station Eleven, opens with a vain actor β€” and is there really any other kind? β€” who dies of a heart attack onstage as he plays King Lear in Toronto. His co-stars can't remember if he had a family to notify. But soon, within minutes, the death of one man playing Lear disappears into the vast, mass death of a worldwide plague called the Georgia Flu.

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Simon Armitage frowns with dignity after being awarded the Commander of the British Empire medal at Buckingham Palace in 2010. Though he began the nomination process for the Oxford post as an underdog, he emerged from the ensuing drama with the professorship.
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Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 3:47 pm

It's been a scuffle of candidate platforms, fickle endorsements and even a few dignified bouts of mud-slinging β€” and for once, the hubbub had nothing to do with American politics. In fact, it featured a cast of characters you might not have expected: those men and women of letters, the poets.

On Friday, British poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry. He edged out Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and American poet A.E. Stallings.

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Monkey See
12:47 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

The Weird β€” Weirder? β€” Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

This is the real promo art for a real Lifetime movie starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell.
Lifetime

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Movie Reviews
11:26 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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Author Interviews
11:26 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

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Monkey See
8:59 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Riley is on her own in Inside Out.
Pixar

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 9:38 am

Villains are staples of stories for kids. Making them bigger, meaner, madder, more impossible to defeat β€” that's how you build the ideas of fear and then, inevitably, of courage. A small person faces a giant, or a witch, or a wolf, or Jafar, or Cruella De Vil, or the Buy 'N' Large, and by watching that happen, you learn. You learn what it takes to beat the bad guy. You learn that you, too, can beat the bad guy. You learn not to lose heart and not to give up. You use something inside yourself to beat something outside yourself.

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Monkey See
7:30 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out.
Pixar

I'm just going to tell you right off the bat, you guys: we really liked Inside Out. This does not exactly make us outliers in the critical landscape, but we sit down this week with the great Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch team to talk about the film. It's a thought-provoking story and visually inventive, so we'll spend some time on the various creative forces at work. At the same time, we ding its one weak scene that unfortunately shows up in a lot of the trailers and we debate who cried the most.

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TED Radio Hour
6:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Can You Remember Your Life 1 Second At A Time?

Cesar Kuriyama explains his app 1 Second Everyday at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 7:41 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Cesar Kuriyama's TED Talk

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

About Cesar Kuriyama

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TED Radio Hour
6:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished," says psychologist Dan Gilbert.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 7:41 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Dan Gilbert's TED Talk

Psychologist Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

About Dan Gilbert

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TED Radio Hour
6:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Poet Rives explores why 4 a.m. has become synonymous with the strangest hour of the day.
Bret Hartman Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 7:41 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Rives' TED Talk

Poet Rives explores why 4 in the morning has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.

About Rives

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Movie Interviews
3:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

"[Sadness is] such a funny opposite energy to Joy, who is literally jumping up and down," Poehler says. "And Sadness just wants to lie down and kind of feel her feelings." Poehler plays Joy (left) and Phyllis Smith plays Sadness in the new film Inside Out.
Disney/Pixar

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 10:37 am

A new animated feature from Pixar aims to do the near-impossible, as any parent would tell you: get inside the mind of a preteen girl. Inside Out is about an 11-year-old girl named Riley, but the real stars are her emotions β€” five colorful characters representing joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.

Pete Docter, the creative force behind Up and Monsters, Inc., wrote and directed the film, and actress Amy Poehler plays Joy. Both of them laugh about one of the biggest challenges of the movie: deciding how many emotions to include.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

One 'Overnight,' Two Couples, Countless Boundaries Violated

Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling in The Overnight.
John Geleserian The Orchard

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:31 pm

"I thought you wanted to loosen up," Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) asks Alex (Adam Scott) close to the end of Patrick Brice's The Overnight. "I do," Alex replies warily. "But I guess I'm just wondering what loosen up means at this point."

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

The House Music Of Paris Takes Center Stage In 'Eden'

Felix De Givry in Eden.
Broad Green Pictures

A subtle portrait of an EDM Adam, Eden is neither a star-is-born fable nor a soul-is-lost parable. In 1992, teenage Paul (Felix de Givry) gives his life to Paris' house-music scene. Two decades later, he reluctantly takes it back.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

From The 'Inside Out,' A Lively Look Inside A Young Mind

Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
Pixar

Pixar's Inside Out is the perfect tool for coming to grips with what has happened to Pixar itself. The film's most valuable insight is that it's natural to feel sad about growing up, which is true even when the thing growing up is a movie studio that has shepherded countless childhoods.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Difficult Times With A Difficult Father In 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Mark Ruffalo, Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide in Infinitely Polar Bear.
Claire Folger Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:26 pm

Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo), the bipolar father of two at the center of Maya Forbes' amiable domestic comedy Infinitely Polar Bear, comes to us attired in a scarlet swimsuit with matching bandana as he bangs furiously on the window of a car containing his departing wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), and small daughters Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide). When his family visits soon after, Cam is an institutionalized zombie, medicated to the gills, his weight ballooning from the side effects of Lithium.

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The Two-Way
1:34 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Kids' Art Show Takes Over 2 Billboards In Times Square

Who? by Sharon Yang, 10, a fifth-grader in Brooklyn. Of this work, she says: "I put a lot of effort in my artwork to make the texture on the tree and the feathers on the owl."
Isaak Liptzin WNYC

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 4:49 am

For the next few days, two large billboards in New York's Times Square are being given over to art created by the city's public school students. The project highlights students' work that's part of a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Art is my favorite subject. It lets me see new things," artist and fifth-grader Sharon Yang told a crowd Wednesday, according to member station WNYC.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Brian Williams at an event in New Jersey in 2014.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 1:54 pm

NBC has worked out a deal to keep tarnished news anchor Brian Williams at the company, sending him to MSNBC to serve as anchor of breaking news and special reports.

But this brings a new question: How, exactly, can NBC get viewers to trust him again?

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Movie Interviews
11:46 am
Thu June 18, 2015

'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

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Book News & Features
10:03 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Don't Know Much About History? Read A Romance

Napoleon Bonaparte flees the field of Waterloo, June 18, 1815.
Alfredo Dagli Orti The Art Archive

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 3:12 pm

Pick up a romance novel and you'll often get more than just a pleasant read – many fans of historical romance say their favorite books have given them a new grounding in history and geography by bringing long-lost people and places to life.

So I'd hazard a guess that few Americans under the age of 30 know much about Napoleon Bonaparte, beyond the fact that he was short and had a complex, unless they study history β€” or read romance.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu June 18, 2015

'Seven Good Years' Remembers Tiny Moments Writ Exquisitely Large

Courtesy of Riverhead Books

There are a hundred writers that I want to have a beer with, but Etgar Keret isn't one of them.

I want to almost have a beer with him β€” to have plans and a time and a place β€” and then for everything to go wrong. For trains to break down, cabs to be late; for him to be delayed by a missing wallet or a flood in his hotel, for me to blow a tire and for my cell phone to die so that we miss each other, arriving at the bar at different times to find it actively on fire or already burned to the ground.

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The Salt
6:27 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Appetite For War: What Napoleon And His Men Ate On The March

Napoleon's last grand attack at Waterloo.
Life of Napoleon Bonaparte by William M. Sloane

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:34 pm

On the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte's most celebrated statement about food and warfare β€” "An army marches on its stomach" β€” is worth recalling.

Except there is no record of him saying it. Just as there is no record of Marie Antoinette saying, "Let them eat cake."

If he did say it, the words would have been as hollow as the stomachs of his soldiers. Though one of the greatest military generals of all time, Napoleon was surprisingly negligent about feeding his army.

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Performing Arts
2:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

'The Projects' Explores The Evolution Of Chicago's Public Housing System

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 4:53 pm

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Movie Reviews
12:34 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

'The Tribe' Says A Lot About Violence, Sex And Love β€” Without A Single Word

Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy clearly intends the boarding school for the deaf as a stand-in for all the things that have gone wrong with Ukrainian society.
Courtesy of Drafthouse Films

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:21 pm

The notion that action speaks louder than words gets quite a workout in a new movie called The Tribe. It's the often-violent story of a teenager who tries to join the in-crowd at his new school. But on the film festival circuit, what has caused a lot of talk ... is that the film has no talk. Not a single syllable of dialogue.

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Author Interviews
11:38 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Apatow (who dressed up as Harpo Marx for Halloween in 1975) was one of the youngest kids in his grade. "When you're little, that year is impactful," he says. "You are smaller, you are behind in every possible way."
Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 11:07 pm

As a kid, Judd Apatow was obsessed with comedy. "No other kids in my school cared about it at all," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "There was no one to talk about it with."

That's all different now. Today, Apatow says there's a "giant culture of comedy nerds." But as a kid, he was on his own β€” and in some ways, that worked in his favor. "Back then I was alone and I had a little confidence about it because I felt like: 'This is my thing. This is the only thing that only I know about,'" he says.

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Television
11:38 am
Wed June 17, 2015

HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

In Ballers, Dwayne Johnson (left) plays an ex-Dolphin who is trying to make the transition from pro football player to financial planner for wealthy athletes. His boss is played by Rob Corddry, from The Daily Show.
Jeff Daly HBO

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 3:55 pm

Last weekend, HBO presented the season finales of its three Sunday night prime-time spring series, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep. This weekend, HBO unveils its new Sunday night lineup: the all-new second season of True Detective, and two new comedies, Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as the wrestler called The Rock, and The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black.

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Book Reviews
8:15 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Too Much 'Word,' Not Enough 'Nerd' In This Scrabble Story

Courtesy of Liveright Publishing Corporation

Here's one way to attract readers: Spell out your title in Scrabble tiles. It worked for Stefan Fatsis's Word Freak in 2001, though that's not all that worked for that wonderful book, which remains the best about the game of Scrabble and its obsessed competitors.

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