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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFi-r8yLWPc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUn4GJjflcA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shCKghKa1rA It has been a week since a massive fire in Oakland, Calif., claimed the lives of 36 people at a party in a warehouse. "Ghost Ship," as the space was known, was an artist community and music venue, and many of the people who attended the concert the night of last week's deadly fire were up-and-coming electronic music artists. Among those who died that night are...

The World War II drama, Land of Mine , has what sounds like the season's proudest, most patriotic title, but it's actually a dark pun — a reference to the more than one million land mines the Nazis buried on the Danish coastline, hoping to deter an Allied invasion. Perhaps the strategy worked, since American and British forces landed miles away in Normandy on D-Day, but it left Denmark with a booby trapped west coast, and a logistical problem of staggering proportions. The coastline wasn't...

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Damien Chazelle's new movie, La La Land , is very different from his first one, Whiplash — which was about a jazz drummer and his abusive mentor. La La Land is also about struggle and jazz, but instead of dimly lit rooms and a grey color palette, it's a brightly colored modern musical.

"I wanted this move to be very unapologetic about being a musical," Chazelle tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "Just try to return to that simpler idea that I think really was at the core of the early ...

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Patricia Aquilar, 21, began working at DeRuyter Brothers Dairy in central Washington nearly three years ago. She worked at the dairy's milking parlor, which she says handles about 3000 cows three times each day, seven days a week. Aquilar was one of four dairy workers responsible for pushing and guiding the cows into the parlor, connecting the animals to milking machines, wiping them and the machinery down, and cleaning towels and milk tanks.
"I worked six days a week for eight or nine...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDQ7MUWg92M You may know Donald Glover from his TV roles on 30 Rock and Community . Or maybe you know him as the creator and star of the hit FX show Atlanta . Or perhaps you know his music alter ego, Childish Gambino . Glover recently released the third Childish Gambino album, "Awaken, My Love!", and even if you know Glover's work, this album may come as a surprise. For his latest project, Glover transformed a house in the Hollywood Hills into a multi-purpose...

Even after he becomes president, Donald Trump will hold another title dear to his heart: executive producer. The next head of the U.S. government is to retain a stake and a credit for the NBC reality series Celebrity Apprentice, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks tells NPR. The story was first reported in the Hollywood trade publication Variety . "Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett," Hicks told NPR. The show, for which Trump served as host and an executive...

Alsarah was born in Sudan to politically active parents. When she was still a child a coup there forced the family to flee to Yemen. Then, after civil war broke out in Yemen, they had to flee again, this time to Amherst, Massachusetts — all by the time Alsarah was 12. But please, says the singer-songwriter, don't pigeonhole her as some sort of "refugee artist." "I was a refugee coming in. I know what it feels like when you first land somewhere and you don't have any of the resources, you don...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoOAW5RxMeA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f93w847CuSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwItd7FLvGA Since 1981, Naoko Yamano has been the lead singer and driving force behind the pioneering Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife. She's still based in the band's hometown of Osaka, and after 35 years in the biz, she's about as plugged into the music scene in her home country as it gets. So when Yamano visited World Cafe with her bandmates to play tracks off Shonen...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, FRESH AIR's TV critic, sitting in for Terry Gross. TV executive Grant Tinker died last week at age 90. Today, we'll listen back to Terry's 1994 interview with him, as well as a 1995 interview with Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker's ex-wife, who starred in two famous and influential sitcoms with which Tinker was involved - "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. "La La Land" is the third film by the director Damien Chazelle, best known for his drama "Whiplash," which won an Academy Award for J.K. Simmons as a sadistic music teacher. The protagonist of "La La Land," played by Ryan Gosling, is also a jazz musician, but the film is a full-scale musical that also stars Emma Stone. Film critic David Edelstein has a review. DAVID EDELSTEIN, BYLINE: Damien...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of "Little World," the second album by the California-based singer Allyson Seconds. Ken says its pop songs recall an earlier era of California rock music. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUN DON'T SHINE") ALLYSON SECONDS: (Singing) I want to know why the sun don't shine and why the snow fall in summertime. Rational thought... KEN TUCKER, BYLINE: In Allyson Seconds'...

Navigating Newscasts at NPR

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"Live from NPR News..." it's the NPR newscast, the short broadcast of news reports on local NPR member stations, starring some of NPR's most recognized names, including Korva Coleman , Lakshmi Singh and friends. The attention tends to go to NPR's flagship newsmagazines, but NPR's newscasts are in fact the most-listened-to programming in public broadcasting, reaching more than 28.8 million listeners every week. That's more than the combined weekly cumulative listenership of Morning Edition and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcXvFFy2lzg Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition . Holiday Spirits Raise a glass to Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller. In the spirit of the holiday season, he decided to spread some Christmas cheer. Miller gave every member in the AFC West a bottle of wine, Morning Edition host Rachel Martin said on Tuesday. Each bottle of a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon came with a thank you note that read, "It's an...

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Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By

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Pablo Hidalgo is a creative executive at Lucasfilm, but host Ophira Eisenberg isn't quite buying the title. "Sounds a little made up," joked Eisenberg from NPR's New York City studios. "What actually is your day-to-day job?" Hidalgo explained it quite simply: it's to know absolutely everything there is to know about Star Wars . As the universe expands, it's Hidalgo's job to make sure everything stays accurate and in sync — a Star Wars story consultant, if you will. Hidalgo's journey started...

There is no cold like a Wyoming cold. You'd think a ballet troupe from Russia might be able to take that cold but even the Moscow ballet couldn't move through it. The traveling troupe was in Casper performing the Nutcracker, but when the temperature plunged to 31 degrees below zero, the dancers couldn't start their tour bus. The group cancelled one of their shows as a result. After their sugar plums have finally defrosted, they'll dance in the warmer climes of Denver this weekend. Copyright...

Dr. Joseph Linsk grew up on Atlantic Avenue in the uptown section of Atlantic City, N.J., in the early 1930s. It's an area where he's spent most of his life and where he practiced medicine starting in the 1940s, specializing in cancer and blood diseases. Now 94 years old, the former hematologist and oncologist is failing in health, as he battles Parkinson's disease. This grave illness, however, is only one part of a perennial struggle Linsk faces. For more than 80 years, he has kept a secret....

Stump Jonathan Coulton

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In this round of Stump Jonathan Coulton, it's the year 1004 and a relatively new hand-held object has just been derided by clergy as being "sinfully decadent." Can you figure out what the object is before Jonathan? Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. JONATHAN COULTON: From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from a studio in a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan, it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm...

Tilt The Title

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In this game, contestants rearrange the titles of famous books to make entirely new books. For example, if we said, "In this book by John Steinbeck, fruits that are tired of being stomped on finally take their revenge," the answer would be The Wrath of Grapes . Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST: It's time to welcome our first two contestant callers to the show. First up, David Pickett. You're a...

Dog, Park, Or Monster?

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This, That, or the Other returns! Our clues fit into one of three categories: is it a dog breed, a national park, or a Japanese kaiju monster? Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST: All right. Next we're going to play a version of our favorite game - This, That or the Other. This one is celebrating National Parks and Japanese monsters. But first, let's check in with our contestants. David Pickett, now...

Mystery Guest

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This episode's Mystery Guest, Leslie Scott, calls in all the way from England. Leslie created something you can do with friends. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton ask "yes" or "no" questions to figure it out what it is. (HINT: You've probably done it yourself!) Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. "La La Land" is the third film by the director Damien Chazelle, best known for his...

Allads

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If Jonathan Coulton sang the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time," but the lyrics were about the show Project Runway after Tim Gunn retires, the answer would be "Time After Tim." That's the gist of this music game where we remove one letter from the title of ballads. Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. "La La Land" is the third film by the director Damien Chazelle, best known for his...

Mis-Direction

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The never-ending struggle with your confused GPS hits an all-time high in this game about national landmarks. Contestants figure out where a virus-afflicted GPS is trying to direct them to. Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. "La La Land" is the third film by the director Damien Chazelle, best known for his drama "Whiplash," which won an Academy Award for J.K. Simmons as a sadistic...

Something Fishy

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Our finalists get nautical in this final round where every answer contains a form of marine life. For example, if we said, "it's a piece of sports footwear worn in ice hockey," the answer would be "skate." Heard On Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. "La La Land" is the third film by the director Damien Chazelle, best known for his drama "Whiplash," which won an Academy Award for J.K. Simmons...

We spend a lot of time on Pop Culture Happy Hour talking about interesting cable television, because interesting cable television gives us a lot to talk about. But this week, we look at two strong fall shows that showed up on broadcast networks. NBC's This Is Us is a breakout hit, and falls into the long-established tradition of family dramas that follow many threads at once and bring the crying relatively frequently. (Just ask Ari Shapiro of All Things Considered, our guest for this segment....

Worn down by life on the road, Irish indie-pop stars Two Door Cinema Club took a three-year break before coming back together to record their third full-length album, Gameshow . The trio, which originally made its U.S. live radio debut on KCRW in 2010, recently made a triumphant return to our studios. "Bad Decisions" is a new favorite. SET LIST "Bad Decisions" Photo: Davis Bell/KCRW. Watch Two Door Cinema Club's full Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW.com . Copyright 2016 KCRW-FM. To...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: One of the most prominent far-right politicians in Europe has been convicted of, quote, "inciting discrimination" against Dutch Moroccans. His name is Geert Wilders, and he's been an outspoken critic of Europe's immigration policies, especially in his own country, the Netherlands, and has adapted Donald Trump's campaign slogan for his own purposes. Make the Netherlands great again. Joining us now for more details...

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