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'Good Time' Filmmakers Wanted To Make A Movie That 'Actually Feels Dangerous'

NPR | Aug. 23, 2017

The gritty pulp thriller follows a small-time criminal trying to get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong. It's directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

NPR | Aug. 23, 2017

Carter High School is really an afterthought in Friday Night Lights — the thug-like football team that stole the state title. A new film follows Carter's rise to the top, and its fall from grace.

Knausgaard Comes Up Short: In 'Autumn,' Less Isn't Always More

NPR | Aug. 23, 2017

Karl Ove Knausgaard — famed for his epic memoir My Struggle -- goes for short and sweet in Autumn, a meditative seasonal reflection. But while there are lovely moments, the book strays into banality.

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

NPR | Aug. 23, 2017 10:08 a.m.

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.

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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

NPR | Aug. 23, 2017 8:41 a.m.

Karl Ove Knausgaard — known for his six-volume autobiographical series My Struggle — is now writing meditative, short texts, focused on a variety of topics, interspersed with letters to his daughter.

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From Rolls-Royce To Grey Poupon, A Look At Brand Mentions In Chart-Topping Songs

NPR | Aug. 22, 2017 3:13 p.m.

Musicians love to sing about cars — but they've also referenced mustard, bandages and chocolate. Bloomberg reporter Kim Bhasin talks about analyzing the lyrics of popular songs for brand mentions.

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Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

NPR | Aug. 22, 2017 12:52 p.m.

Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. "I want to elevate the mundane ..." she says. "This is the way I live my life."

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Books Become A Bridge Out Of Grief In 'The Futilitarians'

NPR | Aug. 22, 2017 7:31 a.m.

Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.

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'Good Booty' Explores A Century Of Music, Sex And American Culture

NPR | Aug. 21, 2017 3 p.m.

In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form.

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Love Is An Enigma In David Lynch's 'Bird Of Flames'

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 1:15 p.m.

"Bird of Flames" is an enigmatic music video from Chel White, Chrysta Bell and David Lynch.

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Saving Green Sea Turtles In 'My Haggan Dream'

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 1 p.m.

When a green sea turtle talks to you in a dream, you listen.

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Making Noise, And Friends, At Free Beat Nation Drum Camp

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 12:45 p.m.

For the parents whose kids attend Portland’s Free Beat Nation Drum Camp each summer, the extra noise is worth it.  

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

NPR | Aug. 21, 2017 8:45 a.m.

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.