Arts & Life

Fresh Air Weekend
8:03 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Weighing In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 11:56 am

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Code Switch
2:50 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks At The Physical Toll Of Being Black In America

Coates with his son Samori.
Random House

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 2:12 pm

When writer Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down at NPR's New York studios a few days ago, he got a little emotional.

It was the first time that Coates, who writes for The Atlantic, had held a copy of his latest book, Between the World and Me.

This book is personal, written as a letter to his teenage son Samori. In it, we see glimpses of the hard West Baltimore streets where Coates grew up, his curiosity at work on the campus of Howard University and his early struggles as a journalist.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

A Documentarian Wonders: 'Do I Sound Gay?'

Filmmaker David Thorpe (middle) explores whether there's such a thing as a "gay voice."
IFC

In the wake of a bad breakup, journalist and gay activist David Thorpe did what many of us do: He took intense inventory of his own flaws and insecurities, then stepped up one of them into a Thing. A good Thing, as it turns out, whose end result is the charming documentary Do I Sound Gay?, in which Thorpe wryly treats his anxieties about his "gay" voice as an exercise in self-improvement, and winds up with a compelling portrait of internalized homophobia and liberation.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

A Strong Central Performance Grounds An Uneven 'Boulevard'

Robin Williams in Boulevard.
Starz Digital

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 7:07 pm

Inevitably, several months after a beloved actor dies too young, we are expected to reckon with the ghost. That time has come for Robin Williams, the apple-cheeked performer with the giant heart, whose final onscreen appearance is arriving in theaters 11 months after his suicide (Absolutely Anything, which features his last voicework, comes out later this year).

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Coming Back As A Better Slab Of Beef Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Madeline (Natalie Martinez) and daughter Anna (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) with Young Damian/Edward (Ryan Reynolds) in Self/less.
Alan Markfield Gramercy Pictures

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:23 pm

The rich are different from you and me. They can buy fresh bodies when the old ones wear out.

Well, at least they can in Self/less, a movie that raises provocative questions about identity and then doesn't think about them at all. In this sci-fi fantasy, rebottling your soul in a new vessel begets not contemplation but chase scenes. Lots of chase scenes.

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Goats and Soda
3:23 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music Universal

Even if you don't speak their language, you can likely communicate with these musicians through song and dance: Men from Papua New Guinea; Wiz Khalifa at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards; and Japanese dancers at the Daihanya Festival in Kagoshima City.
Ness Kerton/AFP/Getty Images; Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images; iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:57 am

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Movie Reviews
12:20 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

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Architecture
11:27 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Take A Trip To D.C.'s Indoor Beach, Where It's Always 75 And Sunny

Museumgoers play in the 10,000-square-foot exhibition called "The Beach" at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Noah Kalina National Building Museum

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:24 pm

The nation's capital is sweaty and sweltering right now, but Washington locals and visitors can find a seaside getaway in the most unlikely of places. In the middle of downtown D.C., the National Building Museum has installed a 10,000-square-foot indoor "beach" that has attracted kids, tourists and workers looking for an out-of-the-ordinary lunch break.

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Monkey See
11:03 am
Thu July 9, 2015

There's Still Appointment Television, But The Appointment Is '@midnight'

Chris Hardwick is the host of Comedy Central's popular series @midnight.
Mark Davis Comedy Central

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:10 pm

Earlier this week, @midnight (pronounced "at midnight," for the uninitiated) was renewed by Comedy Central, where it airs Monday through Thursday (at ... uh ... midnight), for a generous 40-week third season that will extend the show's run all the way through 2016. It was great news for late-night Twitter users who are eager to be part of the world's biggest online roast and flock to their screens every night — when the show is actually on, just like the olden days — to play along at home and online.

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Arts & Life
9:02 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Maria Schneider Finds Inspiration In Her Minnesota Roots

Maria Schneider's latest album is "The Thompson Fields." (Briene Lermitte)

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 7:45 am

Grammy-winning jazz composer Maria Schneider has released “The Thompson Fields.” It’s her first album since 2013’s “Winter Morning Walks,” a collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and it comes eight years after “Sky Blue,” Schneider’s last album with her ensemble “The Maria Schneider Orchestra.”

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Ask Me Another
6:58 am
Thu July 9, 2015

The Dad Bod Diet

VIP Jim Gaffigan has spent a lifetime "researching" junk food, so naturally he aces this game on fun facts about our favorite guilty pleasure foods. Which has more calories: a Cinnabon Roll or a McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese?

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Ask Me Another
6:58 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Get In Shape

Don't worry, no burpees or pushups in this final round. Instead, every answer is a word, phrase, or proper noun that contains the name of a geometric shape or figure. Turn up your Ice "Cube" and get ready for some mental calisthenics!

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Ask Me Another
6:58 am
Thu July 9, 2015

According to Jim (Gaffigan)

Jim Gaffigan
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:56 am

In his new TV Land show The Jim Gaffigan Show, Gaffigan plays a version of himself. That is, he plays a stand-up comedian raising five kids in a small two bedroom New York City apartment. But how autobiographical is it actually? "I'm better looking in real life," Gaffigan told Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Joining him was his wife Jeannie, who is also a writer and executive producer on the show.

"We do have five kids," Jeannie Gaffigan said. "And we do live in Manhattan, and we definitely did the two bedroom apartment [with them]."

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Ask Me Another
6:58 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Forget This Mother Father Game

Oh, bleep! When R-rated movies go to network TV, some of their saltiest language is dubbed out in favor of less impassioned — and more hilarious --alternatives. Can you identify the famous film by its redubbed iconic line? "Pardon my French, but you're an aardvark!"

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Ask Me Another
6:58 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Tasty Sayings

Everyone loves food, so naturally, many English idioms involve edible delicacies. We've put a literal spin on some of these yummy sayings — what's "a lazy tuber sprouting on the upholstered piece of furniture intended to seat multiple people"?

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