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Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

In Netflix's newest Marvel Universe show, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist patrol the dirty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that doesn't exist in today's New York City.

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

In addition to starring in Hulu's Difficult People, Eichner roams the streets of NYC, asking open-ended questions about celebrities in Billy on the Street. Originally broadcast Dec. 12, 2016.

High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag

A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.

'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz Returns

It seemed like time for a breather from summer movies, so we invited our pal Sam Sanders into the studio to play a game that goes all the way back to our very first episode in 2010.

High School Reunion: Making A 'Teachable Moment'

Rachel Martin talks with her former English teacher, Shirley Murphy. Mrs. Murphy was the only African-American teacher at Idaho Falls High School when Rachel attended.

'Patti Cake$' i$ $weet But $light

A Jersey girl dreams of rap stardom in this "conventional dramedy" that highlights star Danielle Macdonald's charisma but reduces other characters to types.

'California Typewriter': A Love-Letter To The Carriage-Return Lever

Doug Nichol's documentary profiles the stubborn holdouts β€” collectors, repairmen, and a few celebrities β€” who treasure the tactile pleasures of the humble typewriter.

'Dave Made A Maze,' But Dave Forgot A Script

In this gorgeously designed movie, the walls of an elaborate cardboard maze are more substantial than the characters inside it.

A NASCAR Caper Comedy Fueled By Thick Southern Accents: 'Logan Lucky'

Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a brief hiatus features strong chemistry between its two leads, a great cast, and the faint whiff of condescension.

'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

Over the years, Hollywood filmmakers have used solar eclipses as devices to mark moments of irrevocable transformation for their characters.

In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

Judith Light: The Content And The Context Of A Varied Career

Judith Light has done soaps, sitcoms, theater, drama β€” and now, she sits down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about her long career.

In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Look At Literary Adaptations

TV and movie producers are looking to the shelves for inspiration: a number of popular shows and films this year started as books.

40 Years After His Death, Elvis Presley Still Draws Large Crowds

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today in Memphis, Tenn. Tens of thousands of fans have gone to his Graceland home to commemorate the singer.

3 Romances For Your August Escape

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

Rachel Martin's High School Reunion

Rachel Martin graduated from Idaho Falls High School 25 years ago. She's checking in with some of the people she knew in high school β€” including Eric Hsu, who served as her senior class president.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

Kamila Shamsie's new book β€” beautifully written and paced β€” updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.

After Mastectomy, Young Woman's Tattoo Helps Her Feel Whole Again

Nicole was only 23 when she had a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis. After she recovered, Nicole got a chest tattoo that symbolized how she wants to live life after cancer.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 5: 'We're All On The Same Side'

In "Eastwatch," a long-missing character returns, some very scruffy avengers assemble and Sam finally uncovers a vitally important piece of information, which he completely ignores.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 5: 'We're All On The Same Side'

In "Eastwatch," a long-missing character returns, some very scruffy avengers assemble, and Sam finally uncovers a vitally important piece of information. That he completely ignores.

Woody Harrelson On 'Glass Castle' Dad Whose Rages And Redemptions Loomed Large

The film tells the story of writer Jeannette Walls' tortured upbringing. Harrelson plays Walls' father, Rex, an alcoholic who is determined to defy convention.

'Ghost Of The Innocent Man' Chronicles Justice Too Long Delayed

Benjamin Rachlin's crisply-written new book tells the story of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit β€” and the tortuous legal struggle that eventually freed him.

Not My Job: Football Hall Of Famer Jerry Rice Gets Quizzed On Hannah Montana

In the 1980s, wide receiver Jerry Rice and quarterback Joe Montana formed one of the greatest offensive tandems in football. So we'll ask Rice about the other great Montana β€” Hannah.

Art Camp Thrives On 8 Open Lots On Hamtramck-Detroit Border

In Hamtramck, Mich., a working class city almost surrounded by Detroit, camp is not affordable for many kids. An artist has started a camp inspired by adventure playgrounds and neighborhood artists.

'The Bettencourt Affair': Extravagant Friendship Or Cruel Swindle?

Cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt lavished money and gifts on her friend, photographer François-Marie Banier. Then, her daughter sparked a decade of scandal by accusing Banier of abusing her.

L'Oreal's Dark Roots Are On Display In 'The Bettencourt Affair'

A former Paris bureau chief for Time, Tom Sancton is the perfect chronicler of l'affaire Bettencourt β€” the juicy swirl of scandal, bribery and dark doings that fascinated France for a decade.

Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'

Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

As principal of a low-performing school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman's students faced huge challenges. She shares how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students.