Pop Culture

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · A study analyzes more than a billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.
 

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April 24, 2015 | NPR · In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20″, the former gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete described a struggle with gender identity that began in childhood.
 

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April 24, 2015 | NPR · On this week’s show, we talk about competitive cooking shows, delicious food in the movies, and all the things we’ve learned about pop culture representations of college.
 

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April 24, 2015 | NPR · The Urban Movie Channel, created by BET founder Robert L. Johnson, is being touted as the black Netflix. Its first original movie, Blackbird, is about a gay interracial romance in the Deep South.
 

Fox
April 22, 2015 | NPR · Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is “all about commitment.”
 

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April 22, 2015 | NPR · Its fiercest critic, Eddie Huang, whose memoir inspired the show, says his life isn’t recognizable in it. What’s “real” or not is up for debate.
 

People
April 22, 2015 | NPR · The actress is the oldest person to head the annual list. But as Clinton and Bush race for the White House, the news seems like deja vu — a vision from 1992.
 

AP
April 22, 2015 | NPR · The Academy Award-winning actor has been at the center of a media storm after the release of hacked emails showing he asked a TV show about genealogy to avoid mentioning an ancestor who owned slaves.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their hallway dedicated to figure skaters in 1994? Because the story of their rivalry, Kerrigan’s attack and the media frenzy is just so American.
 

Netflix
April 18, 2015 | NPR · The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.
 

 

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News

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · People have been lining up for days hoping they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday’s historic arguments. At issue: whether states can ban, and refuse to recognize, gay marriage.
 

April 27, 2015 | NPR · Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement, and make an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his week-long visit.
 

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.
 

Arts & Life

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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 the alleged killer.
 

April 26, 2015 | NPR · In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten’s collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten’s power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.
 

April 26, 2015 | NPR · Every answer to today’s puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.
 

Music

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · On her second album, Sprinter, Torres confronts the problem of confession head-on and proceeds to annihilate its boundaries.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · A versatile sideman serves as leader, filling a three-disc, nearly three-hour album with dozens of players, new ideas and transformed old ones. The title is justified.
 

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April 26, 2015 | NPR · Raw, belligerent and dissonant — that’s just the tip of the noise-rock iceberg when it comes to Metz.
 

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