Arts/Life http://krwg.org en Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich http://krwg.org/post/sandwich-monday-korean-steak-sandwich Ever since we landed in San Francisco and refused to leave, we've heard people talking about the Korean steak sandwich at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rheas-deli-and-market-san-francisco">Rhea's Deli and Market</a>. People say things like "It's amazing" and "Get away from me, I'm trying to eat" and "Did you just lick a drop of sauce off of my shirt? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ian Chillag 71479 at http://krwg.org Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich Box Office Wallows In A Summer Slump, And Some Seek To Find Out Why http://krwg.org/post/box-office-wallows-summer-slump-and-some-seek-find-out-why <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=Box+Office+Wallows+In+A+Summer+Slump%2C+And+Some+Seek+To+Find+Out+Why&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 71457 at http://krwg.org Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities' http://krwg.org/post/tales-immigration-explore-modern-day-odysseys-and-hyphenated-identities For many writers, the migrant's journey is a storytellers' dream. The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and inherent literary drama. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 71458 at http://krwg.org Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities' Book Review: 'A Replacement Life' http://krwg.org/post/book-review-replacement-life <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=Book+Review%3A+%27A+Replacement+Life%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMjUwMzQ2MDEyNjIyMDkxNjA1MzMzYw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 71456 at http://krwg.org Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons http://krwg.org/post/book-news-clash-comic-cons <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The nation's biggest comic book convention has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the nation's third-biggest comic book convention over the use of the name "Comic Con," <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/comic-book-convention-organizers-clash-over-name/2014/07/27/e93435ba-15e7-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_story.html">The Associated Press reports</a>. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 71425 at http://krwg.org Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://krwg.org/post/love-and-drowning-us-virgin-islands In the new novel <em>Land of Love and Drowning</em>, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.<p>The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.<p>It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.<p>Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 71402 at http://krwg.org 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet http://krwg.org/post/sold-harrier-jump-jet-bought-auction The Harrier Jump Jet combines the speed of a jet with the maneuverability of a helicopter.<p>These single-seater planes are known for vertical take-offs and landings, making them ideal for close-air support near the front-lines where runways may be damaged or non-existent.<p>Designed by the British and now flown by the U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +0000 editor 71403 at http://krwg.org What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters http://krwg.org/post/flowery-puzzle-budding-quizmasters <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony. For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:24:00 +0000 Will Shortz 71375 at http://krwg.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses http://krwg.org/post/some-venues-ipads-take-place-opera-glasses <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=At+Some+Venues%2C+iPads+Take+The+Place+Of+Opera+Glasses&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Every day, it seems that more places are invaded by mobile devices. But the concert hall- surely that's the one place where it's completely unacceptable to pull out that iPhone, right? Well, no. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 71373 at http://krwg.org What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends. http://krwg.org/post/what-made-double-agent-kim-philby-great-spy-his-friends <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=What+Made+Double+Agent+Kim+Philby+A+Great+Spy%3F+His+Friends.&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMzIzNDMxMDEzNTEyMDg4NzFlOTllMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>If I say greatest spy ever, you probably imagine a James Bond or a Jason Borne type -gadgets, aliases, and action hero sort of adventures. But the man who's been called the greatest spy in history didn't do any of that stuff. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 71374 at http://krwg.org At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge http://krwg.org/post/75-batman-still-seeks-justice-not-revenge It's been 75 years since Batman first swooped onto the scene in 1939. Glen Weldon, author of <em>The Caped Crusade</em>, says it's important to note that for the last three quarters of a century, Batman has been seeking justice, not revenge.<p>"Once his parents are killed he doesn't seek revenge," Weldon tells NPR's Arun Rath. "That's what distinguishes a superhero from an action movie hero. He doesn't go out for revenge. It's not a vendetta, it's a crusade. He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 NPR Staff 71372 at http://krwg.org At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://krwg.org/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 71369 at http://krwg.org Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery http://krwg.org/post/foodie-detective-solves-crime-delectable-italian-mystery The Inspector Montalbano books, by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, supply everything I need for the beach. A good mystery. An exotic location — in this case, the beaches and piazzas of Sicily. And great writing that wears its fineness lightly, and keeps the pages turning. All with the most charming fuss-bucket of a detective to come along since Hercule Poirot: Inspector Salvo Montalbano.<p>As an added bonus, I don't remember a single book in the series featuring a serial killer. Plenty of murderers, but no Ted Bundys. Is anyone else sick of serial killers? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Rosecrans Baldwin 71370 at http://krwg.org A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula http://krwg.org/post/hoping-reach-wider-audience-lifetime-breaks-out-familiar-formula TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows — stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance — starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup with the premiere of a new "docu-series" called <em>BAPs. </em>BAPs stands for Black American Prince or Princess. The reality show follows a group of young, wealthy African Americans in St. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 71357 at http://krwg.org Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role http://krwg.org/post/director-says-hoffman-inhabited-most-wanted-man-role When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose in February, he left behind several unreleased films.<p>His most significant role: The haggard German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann in the spy thriller <em>A Most Wanted Man</em>. Hoffman's character leads a fictional intelligence unit and is tasked with recruiting informants within the Islamic community to uncover terrorist plots.<p>The film is based on the 2008 John le Carré novel by the same name. It's set in Hamburg, Germany, more than 10 years after Sept. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 71359 at http://krwg.org Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less http://krwg.org/post/lessons-essentialism-getting-more-out-life-doing-less Greg McKeown doesn't believe in having it all or doing it all. In his new book <em>Essentialism, </em>he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.<p>"In the bigger picture essentialism is about fighting this nonsense that we have been sold ... that if we can fit it all in then we can have it all," he tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.<p>McKeown provides advice and real-life examples from people who revised their do-it-all approach. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 71360 at http://krwg.org Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note http://krwg.org/post/idea-stuck-how-hymnal-bookmark-helped-inspire-post-it-note <em>As part of a series called "My Big Break," </em>All Things Considered<em> is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.</em><p>For Spencer Silver, a retired chemist at 3M, his big break was the Post-it Note.<p>It all started when he stumbled on a new type of adhesive that used tiny microspheres.<p>The adhesive was weak enough that Silver could stick it and reapply it to surfaces without leaving behind any residue. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 editor 71358 at http://krwg.org An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause http://krwg.org/post/lovers-letters-president-harding-pushed-german-cause <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=Lover%27s+Letters+To+President+Harding+Pushed+German+Cause&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>President Warren G. Harding philandered. That's such old news that in fact it's history. The 29th President of the United States was elected in a landslide, became embroiled in scandal and died in August 1923 after just two years in the White House. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 71343 at http://krwg.org Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job http://krwg.org/post/dressing-t-rex-all-part-job <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=Dressing+Up+As+A+T-Rex+Is+All+Part+Of+The+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Our theme music is by B.J. Leiderman. This summer, we're profiling young people with unusual jobs. So let's introduce to you now to a man who gets paid full-time to dress up as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 71342 at http://krwg.org We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric http://krwg.org/post/we-can-be-heroes-some-glue-and-little-fabric The San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing — celebrating not just comics, but movies, TV, books, video games and really cool costumes. It's called cosplay: the art and science of dressing up like your favorite character.<p>I've got a confession to make. I'm a cosplayer myself, though without any sewing skills, my costumes are a little hacked together. Luckily for me, there are some truly fantastic sights out on the convention floor, like zombie Teletubbies or an army of Daenerys Targaryens (Daenerii?). And so many <em>Frozen</em> princesses I can't keep track. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Petra Mayer 71329 at http://krwg.org We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir http://krwg.org/post/plot-poison-famed-french-wine-makes-gripping-pinot-noir Romanée-Conti — a legendary French vineyard — produces one of the most elegant and extravagantly-priced wines in the world. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71327 at http://krwg.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets http://krwg.org/post/forget-fishing-boat-alaskans-scoop-salmon-dipnets Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.<p>Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets — and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.<p>Novena Registe sits on a cooler on the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River, relaxing in the sun after a long day of fishing. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71330 at http://krwg.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue http://krwg.org/post/back-channel-turns-white-house-intrigue <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=%27Back+Channel%27+Turns+Up+White+House+Intrigue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MTExMzYxMDEzMTU0MTU2MDdlYjM2Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. When Stephen Carter's new novel opens, President Kennedy is alone in a bedroom with the beautiful intern. Did I say this was a novel? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71337 at http://krwg.org Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures http://krwg.org/post/silent-film-fans-make-some-noise-help-id-forgotten-treasures Deep in the archives of the Library of Congress' Culpeper, Va., film preservation center lie thousands of movies in cool, climate-controlled vaults. Hundreds are a century old or older, and unidentified. Their titles have been lost over the years and the library knows little about them, so it started inviting fans of early film to a yearly event called <a href="http://www.culpepertheatre.org/mostly-lost/" target="_blank">Mostly Lost</a> to help figure out what they are.<p>And you know what? Those fans are <em>rowdy</em>.<p>"It's Alaska! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 71328 at http://krwg.org Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business http://krwg.org/post/dueling-markets-show-native-american-art-big-business The 93rd annual <a href="http://www.swaia.org/">Santa Fe Indian Market</a> is only a month away. It's the biggest and best-known destination for Native artists and Native art collectors on the planet, and this year, it's got competition — a new event called the Indigenous Fine Arts Market.<p>Native American art and culture is big business. If you don't believe that, look no further than the controversial or illegal sides of the market. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:34:00 +0000 editor 71325 at http://krwg.org Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y. http://krwg.org/post/not-my-job-we-ask-san-francisco-drag-queen-about-queens-ny Behind all the nerd billionaires and trendy restaurants in today's San Francisco, there is another city, where the most interesting people aren't wearing hoodies — they're wearing spike heels, glitter catsuits and fantastic hair.<p>We've invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called "Fuggedaboutit!" Three questions for a drag queen about Queens — that borough of New York City destined to be the next hipster capital now that Brooklyn is old news.<p><em>[And as promised, <a href="https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153025938489992&substory_index=0&id Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 71319 at http://krwg.org Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y. In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen http://krwg.org/post/which-colin-firth-debunks-some-myths-about-working-woody-allen In<em> Magic in the Moonlight</em>, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 editor 71313 at http://krwg.org In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://krwg.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 71302 at http://krwg.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity http://krwg.org/post/fiction-explores-push-and-pull-arab-israeli-identity To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.<p>I'm not talking here about Palestinians who live in Gaza and the West Bank. I'm talking about Arabs who live inside the Green Line and vote in Israeli elections. Some even serve in Israel's military. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 71303 at http://krwg.org Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man' http://krwg.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-leaves-indelible-bond-most-wanted-man <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=Philip+Seymour+Hoffman+Leaves+Indelible+Bond+In+%27Most+Wanted+Man%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 71287 at http://krwg.org