Neda Ulaby http://krwg.org en For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet http://krwg.org/post/these-vegans-masculinity-means-protecting-planet Real men eat meat. They kill it and then they grill it.<p>That's the stereotype, or cliche, that's about as old as time.<p>At a recent barbecue in Brooklyn, N.Y., a half-dozen guys who resist that particular cultural stereotype gathered together. Many of them are muscled semi-professional athletes, including triathlete Dominic Thompson, competitive bodybuilder Giacomo Marchese and mixed martial arts fighter Cornell Ward.<p>They're also all vegans and eschew all animal products. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 70969 at http://krwg.org For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist http://krwg.org/post/rainbow-rowell-does-romance-subversive-read-realistic-twist Rainbow Rowell writes conventional fiction unconventionally. They're romances, but there's no meeting-cute, or ripping bodices — the people in them seem real.<p>Rowell got a lot of attention last year for her best-selling young adult romance, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/190377730/eleanor-park" target="_blank">Eleanor & Park</a>, about a half-white, half-Korean boy who falls in love with an overweight white girl. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 69915 at http://krwg.org Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track http://krwg.org/post/snowpiercer-never-ending-train-ride-and-society-badly-track The world has frozen over in the movie<em> Snowpiercer. </em>Set after a climate change disaster, all the action happens aboard a train that has to keep circling the globe for its passengers to stay alive.<p>The movie itself is uniquely international: <em>Snowpiercer</em> is based on the French graphic novel <em>Le Transperceneige</em> by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. It's directed by a Korean auteur and stars Hollywood A-listers including Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris. The movie opened in South Korea last summer. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 69434 at http://krwg.org In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World' http://krwg.org/post/cory-still-s-topanga-new-generation-meets-world Among that enormous demographic of people born after 1981, you'll find a major generational touchstone: the TV show <em>Boy Meets World</em>.<p>Nick Gray, 24, says, "Everybody that I know that is our age --"<p>"-- watched it," interrupts his girlfriend, 21-year-old Elizabeth Spivey, "and loved it!"<p>Every generation has its television families. Boomers watched <em>Leave It to Beaver</em>; in the 1970s, it was <em>The Brady Bunch</em>; in the '80s, it was <em>The Cosby Show</em>. <em>Boy Meets World</em> aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000 and lives on in syndication. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 69269 at http://krwg.org Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World' Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics http://krwg.org/post/why-tv-drama-so-obsessed-pandemics Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>And now for a warning. Television is in the grip of a terrifying pandemic. Or maybe an obsession with pandemics is a better way to put it. This year has seen a feverish spike in dramas where the antagonist is a deadly virus. These shows include "Helix" on Sy-fy, "The Strain" on FX and "The Last Ship," which starts Sunday on TNT. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 68867 at http://krwg.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://krwg.org/post/i-kinda-stole-show-laverne-cox-and-path-prestige-television "My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."<p>Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 67799 at http://krwg.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen http://krwg.org/post/john-greens-stars-shines-bright-silver-screen It's a writer's fantasy. You author a book. It hits the young adult jackpot. It sells 10 million copies. Hollywood actors fight for parts in the movie.<p>Welcome to John Green's reality. Not too long ago, in New York City, he introduced a screening of the film based on his novel, <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, to an audience of hundreds of teenagers ecstatically screaming his name. They cried copiously throughout the film, which follows a romance between two teenagers with cancer.<p>The next morning, in his hotel suite, Green appeared somewhat dazed. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 67625 at http://krwg.org John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen With Possible Theme Park, 'Hunger Games' May Live Beyond Final Film http://krwg.org/post/possible-theme-park-hunger-games-may-live-beyond-final-film The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on <em>The Hunger Games</em> films and books. To test the idea's viability, the company announced that it will launch a <em>Hunger Games</em> exhibition at museums around the country next summer. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+Possible+Theme+Park%2C+%27Hunger+Games%27+May+Live+Beyond+Final+Film&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 67284 at http://krwg.org 'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS http://krwg.org/post/normal-heart-teaches-new-generation-about-early-years-aids Why would Ryan Murphy, one of TV's hottest and most prolific producers, decide to adapt a 30-year-old play about the forming of an AIDS service organization for HBO? Sat, 24 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 66824 at http://krwg.org 'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast http://krwg.org/post/pricey-cities-being-bohemian-starving-artist-gets-old-fast There are very few professions where poverty is romanticized, but if you're a Franciscan friar or an artist, being poor is seen as somehow ennobling. Josh Shaw, who ran a recent <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOnIDWIaC2g" target="_blank">Pacific Opera Project production</a> of <em>La Boheme</em> in Los Angeles, says the opera's famous story of starving artists hits a little close to home.<p>"There's been times recently ... where I have practically nothing in my bank account," Shaw says. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 66199 at http://krwg.org In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form http://krwg.org/post/hard-g-or-soft-gif-takes-its-place-modern-art-form "!!!!"<p>That was the body of the note from NPR producer Evie Stone, along with a link to an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image titled <a href="http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2014/03/12/detail/the-reaction-gif-moving-image-as-gesture/">The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture</a>.<p>Obviously, Evie and I share a certain sensibility. Fri, 09 May 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 65738 at http://krwg.org Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form Lurid Meets Literary In 'Penny Dreadful,' An All-Star Gothic Revue http://krwg.org/post/lurid-meets-literary-penny-dreadful-all-star-gothic-revue There's a specific subset of NPR listeners who are also dedicated horror fans. If you fall in that category, the new drama <em>Penny Dreadful --</em> premiering Sunday on Showtime — may hit all your sweet spots. Imagine an all-star Gothic revue that brings together Dr. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 65717 at http://krwg.org Lurid Meets Literary In 'Penny Dreadful,' An All-Star Gothic Revue On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus http://krwg.org/post/television-more-transgender-characters-come-focus Over the past year or so, I've looked at how TV's expanding universe represents <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/02/168215115/whos-gay-on-tv-dads-journalists-investigators-and-footmen" target="_blank">gays and lesbians</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/05/18/184832930/working-women-on-television-a-mixed-bag-at-best" target="_blank">working women</a>. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 64648 at http://krwg.org On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://krwg.org/post/nsa-coverage-garners-pulitzers-post-and-guardian Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 64035 at http://krwg.org Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' http://krwg.org/post/coming-out-basketball-how-brittney-griner-found-place-peace Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male <em>and</em> female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.<p>Now, Griner is also an author. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 63619 at http://krwg.org Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://krwg.org/post/dance-music-legend-frankie-knuckles-dies-59 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrGnh7QUDo</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 63178 at http://krwg.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 This Year, Biblical Films Are Fruitful And Multiplying http://krwg.org/post/year-biblical-films-are-fruitful-and-multiplying There's a flood of biblical proportions this year in Hollywood: <em>Noah,</em> starring Russell Crowe, floats into theaters Thursday. It follows <em>Son of God, </em>another Bible-based movie released by 20th Century Fox. And later in 2014, we'll see <em>Exodus,</em> a 3-D epic based on the story of Moses from director Ridley Scott.<p>Why so many Bible movies in 2014? "It just has to be that God is moving. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 62873 at http://krwg.org This Year, Biblical Films Are Fruitful And Multiplying From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range http://krwg.org/post/action-hero-teenage-nerd-shailene-woodley-has-range "I'm sorry you have to see my pancake face."<p>Those are among Shailene Woodley's first words as she opens the door to a suite in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She's got a publicists' luncheon later in the day — otherwise, she explains, under <em>absolutely no condition </em>would she have worn makeup for an interview.<p>Woodley is against makeup. She's against new clothes. But she's a Hollywood starlet whose job it is to mask herself in makeup and couture. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 62393 at http://krwg.org From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range Forget Nancy Drew: Thanks To Fans, 'Veronica Mars' Is Back On The Case http://krwg.org/post/forget-nancy-drew-thanks-fans-veronica-mars-back-case When Rob Thomas created <em>Veronica Mars</em>, his show about a sharp-elbowed girl detective, he had an ulterior motive: He wanted to kill off the reigning queen of teenaged sleuths — one who's been around for more than 80 years.<p>"Nancy Drew," Thomas says, his soft-spoken affect barely betrayed by a trace of a snarl. "Like, I feel like <em>she had her run</em>."<p>Thomas gently eases himself into a faux leather couch backstage at <em>Last Call With Carson Daly</em>, where he's just wrapped up an interview with the host. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 61903 at http://krwg.org Forget Nancy Drew: Thanks To Fans, 'Veronica Mars' Is Back On The Case A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://krwg.org/post/picket-line-oscars-visual-effects-artists-protest Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.<p>The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.<p>At first, visual effects was mostly engineers creating special effects with cameras, high-speed motors and models. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 61032 at http://krwg.org Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom http://krwg.org/post/oscar-glow-todays-tech-help-short-films-find-their-fandom <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3PUqY6HI20</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLnrn9Nw1iM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw965Xye8Rk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrXHcQyixTE</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:18:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 60943 at http://krwg.org Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It http://krwg.org/post/hard-watch-try-editing-12-years-slave A lot of people believe <em>12 Years A Slave</em> is the best film yet made about slavery in the United States. That doesn't make it easy to watch.<p>It also wasn't easy to edit.<p>"Editing is like a massive, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle," says director Steve McQueen. He's just arrived from Europe and is relaxing in a suite in a swanky West Hollywood hotel with the film's editor, Joe Walker.<p>Walker edited McQueen's previous feature films, <em>Hunger</em> and <em>Shame.</em> The two share a taste for experimentation. Walker was trained as a classical composer; McQueen comes from the art world. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 60234 at http://krwg.org Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will' http://krwg.org/post/getting-dallas-buyers-club-made-took-tenacity-and-will <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs1kpGNSRVk</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 60185 at http://krwg.org Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will' A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition http://krwg.org/post/baby-didnt-bump-these-moms-out-competition Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.<p>Aretha Thurmond is a discus thrower who'd already competed in two Olympics when she went to the hospital in labor.<p>"So I get there and they're like, 'Yeah, whatever, you're 4 centimeters dilated. Go walk around the hospital and come back,' " she says.<p>Thurmond's hospital was part of a university, so she headed straight for its track, where she power-walked for the next two hours. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 58435 at http://krwg.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of 'Supernatural' Redefine TV Success http://krwg.org/post/few-fervent-fans-supernatural-redefine-tv-success How do you measure love?<p>OK, it's a huge question. And maybe not one generally applied to television. But the metrics of success determine whether a television show lives or dies. (If this is the sort of topic that seems frivolous, consider the billions of dollars TV and other copyright industries contribute to the U.S. economy. The stakes start feeling higher.)<p>And this is why we're looking at the CW show <em>Supernatural</em>. Unlike a massively popular scripted TV show like <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> or <em>The Walking Dead,</em> it has only about 3 million viewers. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 57871 at http://krwg.org The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of 'Supernatural' Redefine TV Success Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://krwg.org/post/amiri-barakas-legacy-both-offensive-and-achingly-beautiful One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.<p>Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 57499 at http://krwg.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base http://krwg.org/post/youtube-powerhouse-looks-beyond-its-gamer-base One of the most popular channels on YouTube is aimed toward people who play video games. It's got tons of content — thousands of game reviews, how-to videos of people gaming away enthusiastically, even little homemade movies that people have made using video-game software.<p>That last format is a user-generated phenomenon called machinima — "little m" machinima. "Big M" Machinima is a company, and it wants to be a new media empire. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 56485 at http://krwg.org A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base The 'Anchorman' Legend Continues, And It's Everywhere http://krwg.org/post/anchorman-legend-continues-and-its-everywhere <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uetalQpXwUI</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 55279 at http://krwg.org The 'Anchorman' Legend Continues, And It's Everywhere Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters http://krwg.org/post/hollywoods-new-strategy-supporting-chinese-made-blockbusters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqZb1bUKJQ0</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 54578 at http://krwg.org Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters Neflix To Stream Original Series Based On Marvel Characters http://krwg.org/post/neflix-stream-original-series-based-marvel-characters Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It was a wham, boom, pow kind of an announcement from Netflix. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 53468 at http://krwg.org