'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Nicholas Kristof On Combating The Empathy Gap In 'A Path Appears'

OPB | Jan. 23, 2015 9:30 a.m.

The New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner talks about his new book and documentary which tackles systemic issues of gender oppression like sex trafficking, poverty and domestic abuse in the United States and globally.

Portland Art-Focused School Shows Gains

OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 4:02 p.m.

Reading scores are up at King Elementary, a school at the center of local and federal efforts to boost achievement with arts-based curricula.

'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

NPR | Jan. 22, 2015 2:13 p.m.

When the U.S. team beat the USSR during the 1980 Olympics, it was dubbed the "miracle on ice." Red Army profiles the Russian athletes and their place in the Soviet Union's propaganda machine.

'Anne Frank: A History For Today' Opens At The Oregon Jewish Museum

OPB | Jan. 21, 2015 7:15 a.m.

This exhibit gives global and historical context to Anne’s life before, during and after she and her family went into hiding.

In 'Selma,' British Actor Brings Outsider's Perspective To MLK

NPR | Jan. 19, 2015 3:06 p.m.

David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.

NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 2:20 p.m.

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

A Parisian Finds Her Place In A Rarely Seen Part Of 'Girlhood'

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 2:04 p.m.

The coming-of-age drama about a black teenager in a poor Paris suburb takes some unexpected turns, but struggles to define why they progress as they do.

Sex, Death, And Terrible Dialogue Climb Up To 'The Loft'

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 2:04 p.m.

The American remake of a hugely successful European thriller could have been a lot of fun if anyone had realized how silly it was.

'Timbuktu': Stories From A City Held, Then Freed

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 2:04 p.m.

Director Abderrahmane Sissako sets several vignettes in the Mali city seized by Islamic militants in 2012, but held for less than a year.

In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 11:21 a.m.

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

Low-Key, Real Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 7:03 a.m.

Congressman John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two, and he isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those history often overlooks.

A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

NPR |Jan. 29, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed followup to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

NPR |Jan. 28, 2015 2:36 p.m.

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

NPR |Jan. 28, 2015 12:03 p.m.

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

NPR |Jan. 28, 2015 11:05 a.m.

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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