Pop Culture

AMC
October 21, 2014 | NPR · One Florida mom started a petition calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us had said the Breaking Bad toys were meant for adults.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new box-set releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.
 

The Boston  Herald
October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

AP
October 19, 2014 | KCRW · In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multibillion-dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.
 

Jonathan McIntosh
October 18, 2014 | NPR · This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.
 

 NPR
October 17, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show, NPR’s Ari Shapiro joins us to chat about the Amazon show Transparent and about lots of different pop culture debuts.
 

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October 16, 2014 | NPR · It seems like Neil Patrick Harris has always hosted everything, but in fact, his February 2015 outing hosting the Oscars will be his first time in that particular job.
 

FOX
October 16, 2014 | NPR · The comedian says she often forgets that as an Indian-American woman who’s not pencil thin, she’s kind of a new thing for broadcast TV. But, she says, “I refuse to view myself in such terms.”
 

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October 15, 2014 | NPR · Pop Culture Happy Hour pal Petra Mayer just got back from New York Comic-Con, so we got her to update us briefly on Gillian Anderson, fandom and very big crowds.
 

 

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News

AP
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Butler, Perez and Infante each knock in two runs, and Kansas City’s powerful bullpen shut out the Giants in the final four innings of a 7-2 win over San Francisco. The series resumes Friday.
 

AP
October 22, 2014 | NPR · State and local health officials will begin monitoring all passengers entering the U.S. from countries hard hit from Ebola. The monitoring will last for 21 days.
 

AP
October 22, 2014 | NPR · A month after a man armed with a knife leapt the White House fence and got deep into the first floor of the building, another man made a run across the North Lawn Wednesday night.
 

Arts & Life

Luma Bites
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that’s literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It’s just basic food chemistry, folks.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Music

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

Mountain Stage
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.
 

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October 22, 2014 | WXPN · The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall.
 

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