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'Endgame' Nears All-Time Record, And The Age Of The Disney Mega-Blockbuster Is Upon Us

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Critic Bob Mondello reviews the history of movie blockbusters and tracks how Disney's ownership of mega-blockbusting franchises is reshaping the multiplex.

From 'Buffy' Superfan To Pulitzer Prize, A Critic Celebrates TV On Her Own Terms

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Emily Nussbaum's new book, I Like To Watch, is a collection of essays that span her career and the age of prestige TV. She wants to "explode and expand" the types of shows we take seriously, she says.

'A Lot Of Gray Area': A Legal Expert Explains 'How To Read The Constitution'

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Inspired by the challenges to the current presidential administration, law professor Kim Wehle has written a guide to the founding document — and its susceptibility to interpretation.

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Skywalker, The Joker, Now Chucky: Mark Hamill Takes On Another Iconic Character

The murderous doll comes back to life in the reboot of the 1988 horror classic Child's Play. "Good stories are meant to be told over and over," Hamill says of the remake.

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2 Fractured Halves Make A Whole In 'Evvie Drake'

The debut novel from NPR's own Linda Holmes follows a suddenly widowed (and not all that grief-stricken) woman, and her new lodger — a former major-league ballplayer who's lost his ability to pitch.

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'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary

New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.

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'Alternatino' Star Arturo Castro Wants You To Know You're 'Invited To The Party'

"I really want people to know: You don't have to be Latin in order to enjoy the show," says Castro. His sketch comedy series on Comedy Central pokes fun at supposedly woke white people.

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Bad Things Happen Out Of The Blue In Sadie Jones' 'The Snakes'

The author says writing this novel was like writing an "anti-murder mystery." Murder mysteries are nice and tidy, she says, but this disturbing morality tale is about unforeseeable tragedy.

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Satchmo In His Adolescence: 1915 Film Clip May Show Young Louis Armstrong

Music historian James Karst explains his recent research into the early life of the legendary Louis Armstrong.

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Randy Newman, The Musical Voice Of 'Toy Story'

Randy Newman wrote the songs and scores for all of Pixar's Toy Story movies. As the fourth film opens on June 20, Newman reflects on his time with Woody, Buzz and friends.

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'Damaged' Tales Of Love, In Fiction From 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

The writer, better known for his dark animated comedy about a has-been horse, has written a collection of surreal short stories called Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.

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Summer Memories: Share Yours As A Haiku

NPR and poet Kwame Alexander are asking for haikus — that don't include the word "summer" — for an upcoming story. Write a poem inspired by your favorite summertime memories in just three lines.

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'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am': A Defiant Tour Of A Beloved Author's Life, Work

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' discursive documentary features Morrison addressing the camera and dispensing earned wisdom and zingers by the bushel.

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