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In 'Only The Brave,' The True Story Of Fated Wildland Firefighters

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017

Actor and one-time volunteer fireman Josh Brolin explains his role in a new movie portraying the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz.

Not My Job: We Quiz Former Minnesota Viking Alan Page About Actual Vikings

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017

The Hall of Fame defensive tackle turned Minnesota Supreme Court Justice answers three questions about the Scandinavian peoples of 1,000 years ago.

No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017

Lindsey Fitzharris' new book about the horrors of Victorian medicine and the introduction of antisepsis is a vital, effective history — but perhaps you shouldn't read it with a full stomach.

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Myth-ed Connections: 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 11:35 a.m.

Yorgos Lanthimos' deadpan film explores the friendship between a cardiologist (Colin Farrell) and an odd young man (Barry Keoghan) with mysterious intentions.

Entertainment | Arts

'Will & Grace' Is Back, But Will Its Viewers Be?

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 7:29 a.m.

NBC is bringing back Will & Grace for at least two revival seasons, more than 10 years after it went off the air the first time. But the show has some work to do to get its viewers back.

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'Blade Runner 2049': Even Sharper Than The Original

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 7:27 a.m.

Critic Chris Klimek says this "inspired, expansive" sequel is "an astonishing achievement" that features Harrison Ford's most deeply felt performance in years.

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After 30 Years, 'The Princess Bride' Abides

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 7:26 a.m.

More than just a grab-bag of oft-quoted great lines, The Princess Bride is a fairy tale about fairy tales and a showcase for a gaggle of great character actors.

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A Competitor And A Clown Walk Onto A Tennis Court In 'Battle Of The Sexes'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 7:18 a.m.

The new film, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell as the players facing off in one of the most famous tennis matches in history, shows how easy it is to paint a trailblazer into a corner.

Music | Arts

William Eggleston's Secret World Of 'Musik'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 6:46 a.m.

Watch a short film about the revered artist who liberated color photography in the 1970s. Now, at age 78, his lifelong passion for music is revealed in his very first album release.

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Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 5:19 a.m.

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Shark Tank'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 3 a.m.

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs to beg for money from rich people.

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'Wonderstruck': A Lifeless Diorama About Lifeless Dioramas

NPR | Oct. 19, 2017 2:01 p.m.

Todd Haynes follows up Carol with this New York fable set in different time periods, but "there's little room left for insight and emotion in this overstuffed cabinet of curiosities."

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In The Searing 'BPM (Beats Per Minute)' ACT UP Acts Up

NPR | Oct. 19, 2017 2:01 p.m.

This French drama about the Paris chapter of ACT UP in the '80s and '90s feels urgent and chillingly relevant — a call to arms against silence and complacency.