Arts/Life

Television
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Ex-'Weekend Edition' Producer Tight-Lipped On Her 'Jeopardy!' Appearance

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Author Interviews
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

Mohsin Hamid is also the author of three novels, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke.
Jillian Edelstein CAMERA PRESS

Mohsin Hamid has been called a water lily for the way he's drifted from place to place. The 43-year-old novelist and essayist, born in Lahore, has established roots, grown and thrived in places as disparate as Pakistan, London, California and New York.

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Remembrances
6:01 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 6:04 am

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Author Interviews
6:01 am
Sat February 28, 2015

'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 6:04 am

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Code Switch
5:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page

Viewers have criticized the lack of characters of color in Marvel's Agent Carter -- K. Tempest Bradford says it's just one of a long line of properties that overlook the presence of African Americans outside of slavery, Reconstruction and the civil rights era.
Kelsey McNeal ABC

One of the major criticisms leveled against the popular but problematic Marvel's Agent Carter (which just finished up its first season on ABC) is that it lacks black characters. The show takes place in New York City in 1946, and to some people that means the lack of diversity makes sense — and it's only the most recent example in an ongoing conversation/argument about books and other media set in the past — whether it's the real past or an alternate history — that are missing people of color.

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Author Interviews
4:08 am
Sat February 28, 2015

The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'

Kazuo Ishiguro is also the author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go.
Jeff Cottenden Courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 6:04 am

Kazuo Ishiguro has written his first novel in ten years — making it both a literary event and a news story. The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day has gone even deeper into history to write a story that's both one couple's on-the-road tale, and a mystery for a great civilization. It's set in post-Arthurian England — but The Buried Giant is no Camelot, with noble royals, clever sorcerers, strutting steeds, and bold adventures.

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Monkey See
2:33 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek episode, "Plato's Stepchildren" in 1968.
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For this Star Trek fan, Leonard Nimoy was more than the guy who played one of the most popular characters in the most popular science fiction franchise on American TV.

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Movie Interviews
3:00 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'

When Annie Clark was assaulted in 2007 she said the response from her university was victim blaming: "I talked to one campus employee and she gave me this extended metaphor about how rape was like a football game and I was the quarterback in charge and what would I have done differently in that situation," she says.
Courtesy of Radius

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

A warning to listeners: This conversation may contain some disturbing content.

Andrea Pino was the first person in her family to go to college. When she found out that she had been admitted to the University of North Carolina she was thrilled. "Not only was I going to college — I was going to my dream school," she says. "... I was definitely one of those students that, you know, cried and threw their laptop on the floor and couldn't believe that I was going."

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Movie Reviews
2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Tense 'Eastern Boys': Cruising, and Bruising

Eastern Boys begins as a home invasion story but evolves to something more complex, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.
Courtesy of First Run Features

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

Seen from street level, the young Eastern European men cruising a Paris train station at the outset of Eastern Boys would doubtless look like individuals. But filmmaker Robin Campillo has positioned the camera overhead, and from his bird's eye perch it's clear they're working in tandem — looking out for each other, stealing, soliciting.

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Remembrances
12:17 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

While Leonard Nimoy became famous as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, he was conflicted about the role. He later came to embrace it. He's shown here with actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk.
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Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

In 1966, when Leonard Nimoy was offered a minor role on a new space drama, he was thrilled. As he told Archive of American Television: "You have to understand that prior to Star Trek I never had a job that lasted longer than two weeks in any TV show or movie. Never. Two weeks — max. And here I was, looking at a season of work."

The actor beloved for his role as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan died of lung disease at his home in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 83.

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Movie Reviews
11:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

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Author Interviews
11:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

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Monkey See
11:09 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

Petra Mayer of NPR Books sat down with our regular panelist Glen Weldon to chat about the massive graphic novel The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud. They talk about what the book does and what they wanted from it, and from there, they go on to recommend some other good reads.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

Actor Leonard Nimoy died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 83.
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 2:02 pm

Updated at 1:16 p.m.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original Star Trek series and several movies, has died at his home in Los Angeles, his granddaughter, Madeleine, told NPR. Nimoy was 83.

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she said.

NPR's Neda Ulaby, who is reporting on the story, tells our Newscast unit:

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Monkey See
5:36 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Parks And Rec' And 'Better Call Saul'

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Well, now that we're past the Oscars (whew!), this week's show takes us into some quality television, both departing and arriving. It also brings to the table our pal Barrie Hardymon to join me, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for this smaller-screen chat.

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Code Switch
5:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:12 pm

Author Steven Barnes vividly remembers attending science fiction conventions when he first started in the field 30 years ago: "For almost 20 years, as far as I could tell, I was the only black male science fiction writer in the world," he says. The legendary Samuel R.

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Television
1:39 am
Fri February 27, 2015

This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

Kevin Spacey's President Frank Underwood is embattled and often frustrated in the third season of Netflix's House of Cards.
David Giesbrecht Courtesy of Netflix

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 9:13 am

When House of Cards' third season opens, Kevin Spacey's murderous politician Frank Underwood is fooling the world again.

From the very first scene, he's bringing a presidential motorcade to his tiny hometown of Gaffney, S.C., pretending to honor his father's grave for the press.

"Nobody showed up for his funeral except me, not even my mother," Underwood says in one of those sly asides where he speaks directly to the audience. "But I'll tell you this: When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."

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Fine Art
1:33 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Impressionist Hero Edouard Manet Gets The Star Treatment In Los Angeles

Edouard Manet's 1873 oil on canvas, The Railway, is on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Los Angeles until March 2. It is on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Studio A Courtesy of Norton Simon Museum

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 1:14 pm

A major star who has absolutely nothing do to with movies is having his day in Los Angeles right now. It's the 19th century French painter Edouard Manet. Not exactly an Impressionist, Manet was revolutionary enough for the Impressionists to make him their hero.

Two LA museums are now featuring two major Manet works. Several museums in the area have Manets in their permanent collections. But these two — The Railway, on loan from Washington's National Gallery of Art, and Spring, which is worth about $65 million — are new in town and getting the star treatment.

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Author Interviews
3:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:42 pm

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Books
2:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:09 pm

Decades before Fifty Shades of Grey and George R.R. Martin, we had Bertrice Small, the romance legend and industry pioneer who died Tuesday at 77.

Small was part of a group of female writers, known collectively as "The Avon Ladies" (others were greats like Johanna Lindsey and Rosemary Rogers), who transformed the romance novel in the late '70s, taking it from tame and sexless (think Barbara Cartland) to fiery and sensual — and creating some of the first classics of modern romance.

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Shots - Health News
12:48 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

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Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 2:03 pm

When journalist Bill Gifford turned 40, his friends gave him a cake shaped as a tombstone with the words, "R.I.P, My Youth." As he reflected on his creeping memory lapses and the weight he'd gained, Gifford got interested in the timeless quest to turn back the aging clock — or at least slow it down.

His latest book, Spring Chicken, explores everything from some wacky pseudo-cures for aging to fascinating research that point to causes of aging at the cellular level.

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Television
12:39 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 2:28 pm

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Thu February 26, 2015

ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 1:16 pm

The self-styled Islamic State has released a video showing an orgy of destruction of ancient statues in the Iraqi city of Mosul, with footage at a museum and at least one archaeological site nearby.

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Ask Me Another
8:54 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Welcome To Night Vale: Tales From the Cryptids

Welcome to Night Vale.
Courtesy of Welcome To Night Vale

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

Hooded figures drift in the dog park, which one is never supposed to enter. A desert pier goes nowhere. Stay away from wheat, and wheat by-products. Welcome to Night Vale.

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Ask Me Another
8:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Bring Your 'Eh' Game

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

What sound does a frog make when it plays this popular lawn game in Canada? Croak-eh? All the answers in this game are words that become other words when pronounced with a Canadian accent.

Heard in All Hail The Might Quiz Show

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Ask Me Another
8:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

That's Not What This Is About

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

Remember when Maya Angelou and Pablo Neruda formed that club from beyond the grave in Dead Poets Society? No? Well, maybe we got the plot wrong. In this game, contestants must guess the names of films from inaccurate plot descriptions based on their titles.

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Ask Me Another
8:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Just Because

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

What famous spy likes his martinis shaken, not stirred? Every answer for this final round is the name of a person or fictional character with the initials JB.

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Ask Me Another
8:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

N-E-R-D Alert

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

Be on the lookout for 'banner drops,' 'dinner dates' and other words, names and phrases that have the letters N-E-R-D in order.

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Ask Me Another
8:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The World Makes Money Go Round

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

What Swiss currency buys you exactly one hot dog? A Frank! Play this game for more international currency puns.

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Ask Me Another
8:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Chore Song

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:02 am

This game makes chores sound almost fun. Can you guess the household chore being described in this rewrite to the classic Elton John hit, "Your Song"? Guest musician Julian Velard is on the keys.

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