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Book Reviews
10:03 am
Sat August 8, 2015

History Hijacks Life In 'All That Followed'

Courtesy of Henry Holt and Company

On the morning of March 11, 2004, ten bombs exploded on four commuter trains in Madrid. By the time the smoke had cleared, nearly 200 people had been killed; more than 1,800 were wounded, many gravely. It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in history; years later, several Islamists of North African heritage were convicted of the bombings.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:54 am
Sat August 8, 2015

Not My Job: Starlee Kine Gets Quizzed On Bugs Bunny

Originally published on Sat August 8, 2015 11:47 am

Starlee Kine is the creator and host of the Mystery Show podcast, which takes on — and solves — a mystery every week. (Not to be confused with last fall's hit podcast Serial, in which they explored a mystery without ever solving it.)

We invited Kine to play a game we're calling "What's up, Doc?" This last week marked the 75th anniversary of the debut of Bugs Bunny. We'll ask Kine three questions about the beloved cartoon character.

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Fine Art
7:47 am
Sat August 8, 2015

How A Candy Magnate Helped Bring A Holy Collection Home

When the reservations were established and peace made between the Apsáalooke and the Lakota, there were frequent visits between the tribes. The result was that Lakota warbonnets, pipebags and even pipes were placed in Crow hands.
Jenae Neeson Courtesy of the Brinton Museum

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 3:46 pm

At the foot of the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming, a century-old ranch plays host to a small art museum. It's quite an idyllic setting — but just a few years ago, the Brinton Museum's finances didn't paint such a pretty picture.

An endowment set up in 1960 preserved the historic ranch near Sheridan, Wyo., as well as the bachelor-rancher Bradford Brinton's art collection. By 2008, though, it seemed that before long the museum would have to close, says the place's director, Ken Schuster.

"You could really see the writing on the wall," Schuster says.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Sat August 8, 2015

Life Through The Lens Of A Falling 'Fishbowl'

Lars von Trier's films Melancholia and Antichrist both open the same way, with catastrophe playing out in beautifully rendered, ultra slow motion. One calamity destroys the Earth and the other only claims the life of one toddler, but both films have the same feeling of presenting disaster as a sort of pregnant pause, played out so exquisitely that viewers have to appreciate the technique even as they're given plenty of time to register and mentally protest the terrible but inevitable results.

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Book News & Features
5:08 am
Sat August 8, 2015

Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Beverly Jenkins says her mission is to write about the parts of black history you don't learn in school — and wrap them up in a good love story.
Greg Anthony

Originally published on Sat August 8, 2015 12:52 pm

Historical romance is big business — it's the most popular subgenre of a billion-dollar industry. You can read about pirates, knights, Regency rakes and just about anything else. But for a long time, you couldn't read about black history. Until Beverly Jenkins came along.

Jenkins calls herself a "kitchen table historian." She doesn't have a history degree, but she does have a mission: To light up the parts of black history you don't learn in school.

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Music Interviews
4:06 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

'May Allah Bless France!' Tells The Story Of France's Hip-Hop Gatekeepers

French rapper Abd Al Malik's film May Allah Bless France! tells the story of a teenager finding music and Islam.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 4:50 pm

Think back to the 1990s — to movies like Boyz n the Hood or Menace II Society.

Now, imagine one of those movies shot in black and white, with prayer beads and scenes from a mosque. And imagine it all in French.

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All Tech Considered
4:04 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 1:05 pm

A machine with superhuman intelligence is a staple of science fiction. But what about a machine with just ordinary human intelligence? A machine that's so humanlike in its behavior that you can't tell if it's a computer acting like a human, or a real human?

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Television
3:07 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Jon Stewart Makes A Laugh-Filled, Sentimental Exit From 'The Daily Show'

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Author Interviews
3:07 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

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Movie Reviews
3:07 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

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