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Wendell Pierce On Acting, New Orleans, And His Memoir, "The Wind in the Reeds" (Rebroadcast)

Best known as "Bunk" from the TV series "The Wire," Wendell Pierce is now working to rebuild his old neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park, one of New Orleans' first middle-class African American communities.


Superlatives Notwithstanding, Even 'The Force' Has Its Limits

NPR film critic Bob Mondello has been listening to the Star Wars hype train. Here's why he isn't climbing aboard.

Barbershop: Nikki Haley And Oscar Nominations

Virginia Republican Puneet Ahluwalia, actor Ravi Patel and NPR's Sam Sanders join Michel Martin to talk Nikki Haley hashtags and the Oscar nominations.

Looking At Oscar Nominee List As A Symptom Of Hollywood's Racial Bias

For the second year in a row, the Oscar nominees for acting categories are decidedly — white. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with film critic and interviewer Bobby Rivers about the pallid list.

Oscars Still So White: Academy Nominates Nearly All White Actors, Again

For the second year in a row, no non-white actor was among the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards.

Movie Review: '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi'

David Greene talks to Justin Chang, chief film critic for Variety, about 13 Hours — the new movie about the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Scoop Up Most Oscar Nominations

NPR reviews this year's Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning. The Revenant picked up a dozen nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nods.

His 'Potential Was In Maturity': Helen Mirren, Chris Columbus On Alan Rickman

The actor Alan Rickman has died. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the actress Helen Mirren and Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, about the actor and his career.

The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'

Bay's new film presents the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya from the perspective of military contractors. Critic David Edelstein says 13 Hours is a "ham-handed but ... generally effective portrait."

The Oscars Show Some Love To Global Topics

And the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include plenty of globally-minded films, covering everything from Ebola to honor killings.