Movies

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish became famous for jumping with his wife Jean in the 1970s and ’80s. Marah Strauch, director of the documentary, says “this felt like a love story to me.”
 

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May 16, 2015 | NPR · It took Queen Latifah more than 20 years to bring the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. “Inhabiting her has inhabited me,” she says.
 

Universal Studios
May 15, 2015 | NPR · Banks makes her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2; she talks to NPR’s Audie Cornish about breaking into directing, the true meaning of a cappella, and how the Barden Bellas are really Rocky.
 

Warner Bros.
May 15, 2015 | NPR · Mad Max: Fury Road reboots a testosterone-fueled franchise with some tough new female characters. Director George Miller says women were an organic element as he rethought the original movies.
 

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May 3, 2015 | NPR · “The idea was not to tear him down, nor was it to put him on a pedestal,” says director Brett Morgen. Instead, executive producer Frances Bean Cobain told Morgen to “make it honest.”
 

Tribeca Film
May 2, 2015 | NPR · “It’s an awfully good job,” Caroll Spinney says, of the more than 40 years he has spent on Sesame Street. A new documentary tells the story of the octogenarian man playing a 6-year-old bird.
 

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May 1, 2015 | NPR · The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy’s modern, forward-thinking heroine.
 

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest a man they say is the killer.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · “By hour three,” Kroll says, “I’m either on my phone or taking a nap.” He tells NPR how being a youngest sibling and uncle of 12 informed his new film, Adult Beginners.
 

Richard C. Miller, 1955
April 24, 2015 | KRTS · The documentary Children of Giant tells the story of some of the people in the 1956 film — not James Dean or Rock Hudson, but rather the Mexican community that appeared in it.
 

 

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Madrid Scientific Films
May 27, 2015 | NPR · Scientists say it’s not just a murder from another era, but also part of one of the earliest mass graves.
 

AP
May 27, 2015 | NPR · Does Bill Clinton have a secret corporation that he is using to hide money? Is it intended to pay a lower tax rate? Or is it something else entirely?
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · The actor sued the retail giant for negligence last year after he was seriously injured in a crash in which his limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart truck traveling 20 mph over the speed limit.
 

Arts & Life

May 27, 2015 | NPR · For this final round, every answer contains an article of clothing or wardrobe accessory. So if we said, “colorful wasps sometimes mistaken for bees,” the answer would be “yellow jackets.”
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · We all remember Clint Eastwood’s character Dirty Harry and his famous line, “Go ahead, make my day.” In this game, contestants deliver that line… Ask Me Another-style. So go ahead, make our pâté.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · It’s hard to keep a good rock band together; you’re always losing members. In this game, we take the names of famous bands and drop a letter to make a whole new band.
 

Music

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel sits down with Oscar Paz Suaznabar, who has played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and on the NPR show From The Top.
 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · The titanic 85-year-old jazz saxophonist and composer says two much younger musicians had no right to release a recording with him.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel update listeners on our crowdsourcing music project, the All Things Considered Road Trip Playlist. NPR has received nearly 2,000 song suggestions, and on Wednesday shares some of the most literal picks — songs that are all about the feeling and adventure of hitting the road.
 

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