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Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks talks to host Linda Holmes about his new short story collection Uncommon Type, the cosmos, David S. Pumpkins, Nora Ephron, men dancing in shrimp costumes, and how the film industry is changing.

Tom Hanks

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Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy

NBC's Will & Grace is back for at least two revival seasons, more than 10 years after it went off the air the first time. But is the sitcom still relevant in 2017? Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, Co-Hosts of Nancy from WNYC Studios.

Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy

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The Good Place

A discussion of the NBC comedy The Good Place, which stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. We're big fans of the show, and it's from one of the creators of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's funny and weird and packed with jokes, and it's all about the afterlife. Guest: Producer Emeritus and Music Director Mike Katzif.

The Good Place

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Blade Runner 2049

Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott cult classic Blade Runner.

Blade Runner 2049

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The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty

This year The Princess Bride turns 30, so we decided to discuss the film and its enduring legacy. Plus, we take a moment to remember rock legend Tom Petty, who died Monday at the age of 66. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow.

The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty

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Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy

The new film, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, the players facing off in one of the most famous tennis matches in history. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Writer Katie Presley.

Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy

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Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother!

Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon discuss three recent releases then look back at their summer box office predictions.

Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother!

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Fall Movie Preview

As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Critics Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Tasha Robinson, and Bilal Quershi share some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

Fall Movie Preview

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Emmy Awards 2017

NPR's TV critic joins the gang for a look at this year's Emmy Awards. The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies, Saturday Night Live, Veep and Atlanta all won multiple awards in major categories, on a night that rarely strayed far from current events. Also, we take a moment to remember actor Harry Dean Stanton.

Emmy Awards 2017

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The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy

The gang tackles David Simon's new HBO drama about the rise of the adult-film industry in New York's Times Square. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and Writer Katie Presley.

The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy

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