Pop Culture

HBO
October 31, 2014 | NPR · “I’ve made a career of playing small supporting roles,” McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who “should be a leading lady.”
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It’s about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We’ve rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.
 

 NPR
October 31, 2014 | NPR · The panel discusses a new film about black campus life, engages in a wide-ranging discussion of animated TV shows, and expounds on What’s Making Us Happy this week.
 

FOX
October 31, 2014 | NPR · FX’s new digital platform, Simpsons World features all 25 years of episodes from The Simpsons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it’s also among several sites that are revitalizing the TV rerun.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · When writer Jill Soloway’s father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about “boundaries, legacy, gender, family.”
 

CBS
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.
 

October 29, 2014 | NPR · Fright Night is not just for kids anymore. Never really was.
 

NBC
October 28, 2014 | NPR · Poehler joins Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image “demon,” being a “world-class snooper” and how she was once told that she had a “great face for wigs.”
 

October 28, 2014 | NPR · Folks say it’s a new golden age of small-screen diversity. But how much browner is today’s TV sitcom landscape compared with prime-time eras of the recent past?
 

 

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News

AP
October 31, 2014 | NPR · Philip Banks III was set to become Commissioner William Bratton’s deputy. The reasons for his abrupt resignation are not clear.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope’s 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.
 

NPR
October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans remember loved ones with grand floral tributes. But the atmosphere is downbeat in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students are still missing.
 

Arts & Life

October 31, 2014 | NPR · This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope’s 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.
 

HBO
October 31, 2014 | NPR · “I’ve made a career of playing small supporting roles,” McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who “should be a leading lady.”
 

University of Alabama Press
October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.
 

Music

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · In an interview with NPR’s Melissa Block, Swift addresses what’s changed since she began her career — not just for her, but for the teenaged girls who have always been her biggest supporters.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.
 

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