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5:18 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

In 'Straight Outta Compton,' Hip-Hop Legends Get The Biopic Treatment

MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), DJ Yella (Neil Brown, Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) form the NWA hip hop group in Straight Outta Compton.
Jaimie Trueblood Courtesy of Universal Pictures

"I can make you legit."

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Latin America
5:13 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Poet Richard Blanco On U.S., Cuba: 'We All Belong To The Sea Between Us'

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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Movie Reviews
5:06 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

A Funny And Sexy Adaptation Of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander,) Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer,) and Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) in a scene from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Daniel Smith Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a period adventure film. It has periods of international intrigue and periods of sexy comedy. Basically, it has a lot of periods. Even in this benighted age of wantonly colon-ized movie titles, U.N.C.L.E. stands out as the most punctuated picture of the year.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Generation Y Satire Meets Screwball Comedy In 'Mistress America'

Brooke (Greta Gerwig) takes Tracy (Lola Kirke) under her wing in Mistress America.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Brooke is a New York spin-class instructor who plans to open a restaurant that will also be a hair salon and a community center, and furthermore has an idea for a TV show called Mistress America. This sort of aspirational multi-tasking is also characteristic of the movie that shares the name of the imaginary TV program: It's a contemporary Gen-Y satire, a throwback screwball comedy, and a notebook of random jottings by writer-director Noah Baumbach and writer-star Greta Gerwig, all stuffed into 84 minutes.

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NPR Ed
4:53 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

As 'Sesame Street' Heads To HBO, Will Low-Income Kids Lose Out?

Big Bird, played by puppeteer Caroll Spinney, reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street in 2008 in New York
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:04 pm

Will Grover's promotion to HBO be good for kids?

Elmo, Snuffy, Grover and Big Bird could soon hit the HBO after-parties alongside Tyrion Lannister and the ethically challenged cops from True Detective.

Promising a win-win for kids and quality children's programming, HBO, the nonprofit Sesame Workshop and PBS have announced that new Sesame Street episodes will move to HBO and its streaming service HBO GO this fall.

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The Salt
4:46 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Party Of 1: We Are Eating A Lot Of Meals Alone

Communal meals are woven into our DNA. But eating alone is no longer a social taboo.
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Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 12:15 pm

Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher, once likened eating alone to "leading the life of a lion or wolf." This philosopher of pleasures, it seems, was a big fan of companionship. Communal meals are woven into our DNA.

But a lot of us are lone wolves these days when it comes to dining. New research finds 46 percent of adult eating occasions — that's meals and snacks — are undertaken alone.

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Media
4:43 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

In Twitter Rant, Tinder Blasts 'Vanity Fair' Article On New York Dating Culture

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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Television
4:16 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

'Sesame Street' To Air Next 5 Seasons On HBO

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:14 am

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Arts & Life
4:16 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

The Compton You Haven't Seen On Screen

Since the 1980s, the image of Compton has been shaped around the world by rap groups like N.W.A and movies like Straight Outta Compton, a new film that depicts the group's rise in the chaotic 1980s and 1990s. These murals at Compton City Hall promote an image overhaul: "Birthing a New Compton."
Corey Takahashi for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:40 pm

Straight Outta Compton is a music biopic that captures the dramatic rise and evolution of rap supergroup N.W.A. But there's one character that doesn't change much in the film, and that is the city itself — the City of Compton.

From the movie's opening scenes in 1986, viewers see a city defined by strife and crime, as the camera follows soon-to-be rap star Eric "Eazy-E" Wright to a darkly lit house in Compton, right before a drug raid. Almost 30 years later, I went to visit a Compton cricket player — right before a quinceañera.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Sesame Street's New ABCs: On PBS And Now HBO

These familiar faces will soon be appearing on another channel.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 3:17 pm

Known for adult dramas and gory thrillers, HBO is home to some of the most colorful characters on television, but this fall another brightly colored crew is joining the network.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the beloved children's show, announced a new deal with HBO Thursday that will bring the next five seasons of Sesame Street to the premium cable channel and its streaming services.

But Sesame Street isn't vacating its old neighborhood, NPR's Neda Ulaby reports. She tells our Newscast unit that:

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