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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 29, 2015

Dance and music are used to explore ancestral origins and impact. Then on Saturday, you can get geared up for Halloween fun with a matinee of a spooky silent movie.


'Birth Of A Race': The Obscure Demise Of A Would-Be Rebuttal To Racism

The Birth of a Nation, a Ku Klux Klan-glorifying epic, was America's first blockbuster film. It was also the spark for Emmett J. Scott, a black filmmaker who hoped to answer with a vision of his own.

Maureen O'Hara, Hollywood's 'Queen Of Technicolor,' Dies At 95

The Irish-American actress, known for her cascading red hair and sea-green eyes and who often starred opposite John Wayne, passed away at her home in Boise, Idaho, Saturday.

Bill Murray Talks The 'Kasbah' — And The Merits Of A Life Lived Phoneless

In Rock the Kasbah, he plays a tough-luck talent agent who finds a special voice in Afghanistan. In real life, the agentless Murray found something else after losing a phone: a "vacation from myself."

From Shirley Bassey To Sam Smith, Bond Songs Remain A Pop Oddity

Scott Simon speaks with the authors of a new book about the two dozen theme songs produced by the James Bond films, and what they say about the times in which they were written.

When Everything's Gory, What's Scary?

As Halloween approaches, Pop Culture Happy Hour visits All Things Considered for a talk with hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish about scary things.

The Bonnets Come Off In 'Suffragette'

Screenwriter Abi Morgan's new movie focuses on the working-class women who fought for votes in the U.K. before World War I. She tells NPR she had no intention of making a polite British costume drama.

'Experimenter' Revisits A Decades-Old Trial Of Free Will And Compassion

A new film revisits a controversial 1961 social science experiment in which volunteer subjects were asked to administer electrical shocks to other human beings. David Edelstein reviews Experimenter.

Movie Review: 'Suffragette' Has A Weakness For Earnestness And Contrivance

Suffragette reminds us of the angry and savage battle over women's right to vote was in Britain in the early years of the 20th century.

New Film Follows Talent Agent From L.A. To Kabul

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with director Barry Levinson about making his movie Rock the Kasbah. It's set mostly in Afghanistan, and stars Bill Murray as a hapless music manager who stumbles upon a Pashtun woman with a golden voice.