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Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

NPR | June 28, 2017

Recently, the New York Times published an essay defending cultural appropriation as necessary engagement. But that's a simplistic, misguided way of looking at appropriation, which causes real harm.

Actor Michael Nyqvist, Of Swedish 'Dragon Tattoo' Films, Dies At 56

NPR | June 28, 2017

Nyqvist, whose other films include John Wick and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, died of lung cancer, according to his representative.

Multiple Narratives Mean Non-Stop Action In 'The Child'

NPR | June 28, 2017

Fiona Barton's latest — a followup to last year's hit The Widow — picks up with journalist Kate Waters as she digs into another cold case, this one an infant skeleton found at a building site.

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In 'Baby Driver,' The Action, The Script And The Music Go Full Throttle

NPR | June 27, 2017 2 p.m.

"This is a squealing-tires symphony that owes more to Jacques Tati ... than to Justin Lin or Michael Bay," says critic Chris Klimek.

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With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

NPR | June 27, 2017 9:10 a.m.

Armed with cotton swabs, strong solvents and a lot of training, conservators are entrusted with restoring priceless works of art. At the National Gallery of Art we learn that varnish is enemy No. 1.

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In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

NPR | June 27, 2017 4 a.m.

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

NPR | June 26, 2017 2:55 p.m.

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

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Tituss Burgess Says He Plays The Most 'Everyman' Character On 'Kimmy Schmidt'

NPR | June 26, 2017 2:55 p.m.

Titus Andromedon "doesn't have money to pay the rent; he can't keep a job; he gets racially profiled," Burgess says. "I mean, so what that he ... wears women's clothes?"

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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

NPR | June 26, 2017 8:25 a.m.

David Leveaux's new film follows exiled German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II as he realizes that the new Germany of National Socialism has nothing at all in common with the Germany of his memories.

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Sasha Velour Cut From A Different Fabric

NPR | June 25, 2017 1:44 p.m.

"I try to tune out all the drag that's out there and tap into the drag I was doing when I was a little kid — when I didn't even know the word 'queer' or that gay people were out there," Velour said.

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'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

NPR | June 25, 2017 8:12 a.m.

Known for his on-court outbursts, McEnroe famously yelled, "You cannot be serious!" at one official. Now, decades later, he says it's a "miracle" if he goes a full day without hearing that line.

Books | Arts

An Ancient Curse Awakens In 'The Suffering Tree'

NPR | June 25, 2017 4 a.m.

A family curse, a resurrection and a vengeful witch are at the center of Elle Cosimano's Southern Gothic chiller The Suffering Tree. But the book elides its setting's history of racial violence.

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Not My Job: Eddie Izzard Gets Quizzed On King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

NPR | June 24, 2017 8:06 a.m.

We'll ask the comedian three questions about the Australian psychedelic rock band. Izzard has a new book called Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.

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Assemblage Art (1806)

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