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

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

Arts | Entertainment | Books

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

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.

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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.


Sunday Puzzle: Cut From The Same Cloth

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Nicole Johnston of Falls Church, Va.


Not My Job: We Quiz Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett On MTV VJs

Jarrett is the longest serving senior adviser to a president in U.S. history. Her book is called Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.

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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.


Sunday Puzzle: D'oh!

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz plays a word game this week with KCRW listener Robert Wemischner of Los Angeles.


Not My Job: We Quiz Soccer Star Kristine Lilly On Cups That Aren't The World Cup

Over the course of more than 20 years, Lilly played in five World Cup finals and three Olympics. She holds the record for the most international appearances in the sport's history.

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Decades Later, 'Tales Of The City' Returns To A New San Francisco

A new Netflix series resurrects the house at Barbary Lane, with characters reprised by Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. Showrunner Lauren Morelli says she aimed to expand the range of queer stories.

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'Project Runway' Proves Change Can Be Healthy

Fans worried when longtime host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn left the franchise. But Project Runway thrived in its 17th season, particularly because of new mentor Christian Siriano.