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It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

Lots of families fight over politics at the holiday table. But decisions about which foods to put on the table can also whip up stress and squabbles.

Mexico, Music And Family Take Center Stage In 'Coco'

Pixar's newest movie is meant to be a love letter to Mexico. Coco has an all-Latino cast, it's packed with references to Mexican culture, and it went right to No. 1 at the Mexican box office.

A Missed Connection Success Story

A young man shared a ride with someone with whom he felt a spark. But he didn't ask for a phone number, so he put up a flyer. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Steven Mion and Robert Dealy.

'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. In fact, maybe we should be eating some of them more often.

In 'Body Music,' Love Is Sweet, Sexy And A Touch Sentimental

French graphic novelist Julie Maroh β€” author of Blue is the Warmest Color β€” is back with an earnestly sweet collection of vignettes about love, kept from being saccharine by her skill with faces.

In Its Second Season, 'Search Party' Finds New, Even Darker, Life

Last season, four morally bankrupt friends found the missing Chantal. Now, the TBS series shifts focus, and genre β€” from blackly comic mystery to acidly funny suspense.

A New Documentary Calls Into Question The Simpson's 'Apu'

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's new documentary, The Problem with Apu, unearths an essential truth about Hollywood: "Success justifies everything." Even racism.

The Tiny, Murderous World Of Frances Glessner Lee

Frances Glessner Lee is known to many as the "mother of forensic science" for her work training policemen in crime scene investigation in the 1940s and 50s using uncanny dollhouse crime scenes.

Azzedine Alaia, French Fashion Designer Known As The 'King Of Cling,' Dies

The Tunisian-born designer was known for his body-hugging designs that were sculpted to celebrate the female form. In the 1980s, stars such as Madonna and Naomi Campbell popularized his fashions.

Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls'

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

A Lady From 1881 Gets A New Portrait In 'Mrs. Osmond'

Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has written a sequel to Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady. 'It was my initial foolhardiness and overweening pride that made me do it,' he says.

Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.

Not My Job: 'Simpsons' Artist Liz Climo Gets Quizzed On Jessica Simpson

Known also for her children's books full of cute cartoon animals, the illustrator attempts to answer questions about the pop star.

Caleb Landry Jones, 'Three Billboards' Salesman, Sees His 'Fat Face' On Screen

The modest young Texan β€” prominent in the new film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and other 2017 movies -- contemplates on his improvement as an actor.

'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating β€” And Frustrating

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing β€” both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.

Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.

In 'The Problem With Apu,' Hari Kondabolu Discusses South Asian Representation

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based stand-up comedian, the child of Indian immigrants, and a big fan of The Simpsons. NPR's Elise Hu talks Kondabolu, whose new film The Problem With Apu delves into issues of South Asian representation.

Music In 'Mudbound' Intended To Evoke Earth, Dirt And Mud

Afro-punk artist, Tamar-kali, makes her debut as a film composer in Mudbound, the new movie from director Dee Rees. Her background includes running a five-piece rock combo and a string sextet that fuses classical music and post-punk.

Remembering Syndicated Gossip Columnist Liz Smith

Smith, who died Sunday, started her daily column for The New York Daily News in 1976. In 2000, she told Fresh Air: "I always held back from writing things that were intentionally hurtful."

Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms

Kaling's Hulu series, The Mindy Project, recently ended after six seasons. In 2012, the actress told Fresh Air that her character on the show was inspired by her late mother, who was an obstetrician.

Ingrained Prejudices Collide With Wartime Trauma In 'Mudbound'

Dee Rees' sweeping epic follows two families in the Mississippi Delta during the 1940s. Reviewer Justin Chang says Mudbound is "easily one of the year's most ambitious American movies."

The In Crowd

We challenged our contestants to a final round in which every answer is a three-word phrase with the middle word "in."

Mystery Guest

We spoke to Chloe Swantner, who practices an unusual craft. Can you solve the mystery before Ophira and Jonathan figure it out?

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Finally, a game that combines the glitz of bromocriptine with the glamour of phosphocreatine! We rewrote Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to be about other things that end with "teen."

Letters Witch

In this word game, contestants must identify a common two-word phrase, then move the first letter of the second word to the end of the first word to form a completely new phrase.

Mozhan MarnΓ²: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Mozhan MarnΓ² shares the research behind shaping her character, FBI and Mossad operative Samar Navabi, on 'The Blacklist.' Inspired by her voiceover work, we play a game about celebrity audiobooks.

Say It With A Song

In this audio quiz, contestants must identify numbers from special musical episodes of non-musical TV shows. Not included: That 70s Musical!

Closed Mondays

Welcome to the Museum of Ask Me Another Game Descriptions! In this game, contestants have to identify whether a museum we describe is real or fake.

Sarah Silverman Asks: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

In an emotional monologue, Silverman addressed "the elephant masturbating in the room" and plumbed the anger and sadness she feels about her friend Louis C.K.'s actions.

Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

'Mudbound' Is A Grand, Sweeping Epic Of The Jim Crow South

Director Dee Rees adapts Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel about two families β€” black sharecroppers who've worked the land for years, and the newly arrived, white farm owners β€” with raw, evocative power.

'Sweet Virginia': Small-Town Noir With A Slice Of Hope

A small Alaskan community is left reeling by an act of violence. Jamie M. Dagg's thriller tenderly explores its aftermath without the glib, jokey cynicism that so often marks the noir genre.

'Jim & Andy': The Thin Line Between An Actor's Method β€” And Madness

Documentarian Chris Smith aims his camera at Jim Carrey and the actor's on-set behavior while shooting the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.

'Wonder': Why?

A boy born with a facial disfigurement enters a new school in this low-stakes, superficial "sundae-sweet tale" from the director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

'Justice League' Is Just Okay

Various heroes meet for the first time to face down a generic, CGI-generated villain who wants to collect ancient boxes. Think Antiques Roadshow, but loud and evil.

Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

An art world record was set Wednesday night at Christie's auction house in New York, when a painting credited to Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450 million to an unknown bidder. Art critic Blake Gopnik says that number is in some ways the least interesting part of this story.

'Justice League' Filmmakers Made A Heroic Effort

Justice League is the latest chapter of the DC cinematic universe. But will our caped crusaders actually make a good movie after a tragedy required a change in directors?

Greta Gerwig Explores Mother-Daughter Love In 'Lady Bird'

"I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. Her new film tells the story of a teenager preparing to leave home for the first time.

Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison β€” And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment with General Hospital.

Leonardo Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Kooning sold privately.

The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison β€” And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and there he developed a passion for soap operas. Now free, he still keeps his appointment viewing with General Hospital.

Leonardo Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Koonig sold privately.

'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book β€” action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science β€” though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

Director Dee Rees Explores Racism In Post-War Mississippi In 'Mudbound'

Mudbound follows two families β€” one white and one black β€” just before, during and after World War II. Rees says her experiences growing up in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1980s informed her new film.

Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

'Stranger Things 2' Creators Wanted A Sequel That Topped The Original

Brothers Ross and Matt Duffer return to the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., for the second season of their Neflix series. "We wanted to scale it up a little bit," Matt says of Stranger Things 2.