Arts/Life

Movies
1:26 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Setting Your Movie In Boston? Bettah Get The Accent Right

The Hollywood movie about mobster Whitey Bulger has been filming in and around Boston for months, with a high profile list of actors. That means getting Johnny Depp and the others to sound like they're from Boston. And as locals certainly know — getting that Boston accent right can make or break the movie.

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Television
5:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

For TV critics, last night's Emmy Awards show was a bit like seeing an old flame promise to treat you better, only to slide right back into the same old disappointing behavior.

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Author Interviews
3:37 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Soldiers fill a hole left by an explosion on a road outside Beiji, Iraq, in 2005. In his debut novel, Michael Pitre follows a group of Marines doing similar work on Iraq's highways.
Ryan Lenz AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 6:07 pm

"Every inch of that place, every grain of sand, wanted desperately to kill us."

That's a line from a compelling new novel about the Iraq War, written by former Marine Michael Pitre.

Pitre was a history and creative writing major at Louisiana State when he joined the Marines after Sept. 11. He became an officer and served two tours in Iraq's Anbar province working in logistics and communications.

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Performing Arts
11:45 am
Tue August 26, 2014

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

Originally broadcast March 27.

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The Salt
11:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

Yolanda Andujar and her daughter Astrid bake together every weekend. Andujar primarily makes the cakes while Astrid, a graphic designer by day, makes elaborate decorations using fondant and bright colors.
Néstor Pérez-Molière Courtesy of Feet in 2 Worlds

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:49 pm

For many immigrants arriving in the U.S., opening a family food business can be a pathway to economic stability. While many fail, one Dominican woman in the Bronx has managed to get her family off food stamps, send her kids to college and share her heritage with new friends and neighbors. And it all started with cake.

Not just any cake — but bizcocho Dominicano, flavored with rum and vanilla extract, and layered with tropical fruit spreads and meringue.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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First Reads
5:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks' By David Mitchell

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 8:57 am

David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, is a treat for longtime fans and people who've never picked up one of his books before. It's a decades-spanning saga that switches perspective from section to section among a wildly disparate group of people — but the center of it all is Holly Sykes, at the start of the book a psychically sensitive runaway who gets caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 8:37 am

Not long after we're introduced to John, the protagonist of Katy Simpson Smith's The Story of Land and Sea, he's reflecting on the loss of his wife, who died in childbirth several years ago. John is a former sailor on pirate ships who gave up the privateer's life to take care of his daughter, Tabitha. "The grief, besides, has waned to washes of melancholy," Smith writes, "impressions connected to no specific hurt but to the awareness of a constant. He is in no pain but the pain of the living."

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Monkey See
9:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The Emmys: Past Winners Trump New Shows; 'Breaking Bad' Takes A Bow

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for HBO's Veep. It was a big night for people who had already won.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:14 pm

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[Note: The audio above is a conversation about the Emmy Awards I had today with Stephen Thompson, my co-panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.]

The Emmys are known for one thing more than any other, and that's repetition. Shows winning four times, actors winning three times — the most likely Emmy winner is always the guy who's already won.

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Television
5:02 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Eric Deggans Live-Tweets The Emmys

Host Seth Meyers speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 7:55 am

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Movie Interviews
2:56 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Longtime Friends Lithgow And Molina Play Longtime Couple In 'Love Is Strange'

Alfred Molina (left) and John Lithgow play George and Ben in Love Is Strange, a film about two men who have shared four decades of their lives.
Clay Enos Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:53 pm

When actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina came by NPR's New York studios, they brought with them a loose, joking rapport — the shorthand of longtime friends. "Fred and I had known each other for 15-20 years," says Lithgow — who calls Molina "Fred."

"If anyone says, ... 'I know Alfred really well,' they're lying!" Molina tells NPR's Melissa Block.

"You can call him Freddie Teacups; that's his mob name," Lithgow says with a laugh.

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Movies
2:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

Richard Attenborough's career in movies spanned decades.
Lois Bernstein AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:53 pm

When Steven Spielberg was looking for someone who could make dinosaurs seem plausible in Jurassic Park, he asked fellow filmmaker Richard Attenborough to do something he hadn't done in almost 14 years: act. Plenty of performers could look at green screens and convey a sense of wonder. What Attenborough could do while playing the owner of Jurassic Park, figured Spielberg, was flesh out the bigger picture — the why. And when he did, it sounded almost as if he was stating the filmmaking credo he'd lived by all his life.

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Monkey See
1:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

5 Things To Watch For On Monday's Emmy Awards

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play partner detectives Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart in HBO's True Detective, nominated in several major categories Monday night.
Michele K. Short HBO

Sure, some of the coverage so far has been about the fear that holding the Emmys on a Monday — and forcing the attendees to compete with weekday traffic — will create havoc. But one way or another, Seth Meyers is hosting the Emmy Awards on Monday night, and there are a few races that will be interesting to watch.

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Movies
1:12 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

From Carpet-Wetter To Film Icon: How Terry The Terrier Became Toto

Terry the terrier earned $125 a week on the set of The Wizard of Oz, more than many of the human actors in the film.
MGM The Kobal Collection

It was the kind of moment that has defined the lives of many young performers and future stars. Abandoned by her birth parents, Terry had spent the better part of three weeks hiding under the bed of the German couple who had taken her in.

Crippled by anxiety and shyness, life seemed like one big rug stretching endlessly ahead, and Terry — a 1-year-old cairn terrier — was a carpet-wetter.

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Monkey See
12:41 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

At The VMAs, Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Play With Personas

Beyonce performs on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Sunday night, women gave the most memorable performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and Stephen Thompson and I got together to chat about the provocations of Nicki Minaj, the royal Beyonce and more.

You can check out the video of all the performances for yourself, from the triple threat of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj to the 16-minute Beyonce-stravaganza that closed the show.

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Arts/Life
12:21 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

"The Coasters" To Peform In Las Cruces

  THE COASTERS, one of the major bands from the 1950’s, will be in Las Cruces at the Rio Grande Theatre on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 pm.  

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The Salt
12:21 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Do-Rite Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich

Fried upon fried.
NPR

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:48 am

True story: The first time we went to get this sandwich, they told us they couldn't make it because they were out of glazed doughnuts. We said we'd take it on any kind of doughnut; they said only glazed will do. When we went back to try again, there was a woman at the front of the line having the exact same discussion with them. The third time was the charm — the fattening, fattening charm.

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Television
11:25 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her family members helped inform her characters.

Originally broadcast Aug. 4.

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Television
11:25 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Meyers is hosting the Emmys Monday. In April, he told Fresh Air why he left a dream job at Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.

Originally broadcast April 23.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
8:49 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Playlist: Explore The Cosmos

Journey to the stars with these TED Radio Hour stories.
Roman Krochuk iStock

We made playlists of TED Radio Hour stories that will keep you curious about big ideas throughout the summer.

Transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away with this TED Radio Hour playlist. It includes stories about the wonder and awe of journeying to space, and defending our own planet from asteroids.

The Two-Way
5:39 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Crime In The City
1:26 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

The Hagia Sophia is one of the city's most well-known Byzantine monuments, but it's also home to a lesser-known memorial: a plaque for the man who encouraged the Fourth Crusade's plundering of the city.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:20 pm

Istanbul makes an exotic first impression: Boat traffic on the Bosporus sends waves brushing up against the shores of both Europe and Asia as enormous mosques and monuments from previous empires stand guard.

The city wears its history more openly than many, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to find. So writer Selcuk Altun spins mysteries that take his heroes into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of modern life.

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Television
3:24 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Viewer Beware: Watching Reality TV Can Impact Real-Life Behavior

MTV's Jersey Shore starred, from left, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick, Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Ronnie Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola.
MTV AP

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 5:13 pm

In the pilot episode of Jersey Shore, we're introduced in the first minute to the "new family": Snooki, JWoww, Vinny and the rest of the gang.

A few minutes later, Snooki has already questioned JWoww's sexual morals. Vinny is calling Snooki stupid. The new family is already getting gossipy and aggressive.

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Author Interviews
3:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 6:30 am

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker with child protective services in New York City, where she worked with teenagers and families in crisis. She was, at times, responsible for removing children from their homes and placing them with foster families. The foster parents would often have children of their own.

"I was always wondering: What would it be like for those kids to have these new kids come and leave and come and leave and not want to attach to them?" she tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of NPR's weekends on All Things Considered.

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Television
3:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

A Growing Backlash Against 'Amish Exploitation' In Pennsylvania

Lebanon Levi (center) is depicted as the ringleader in Discovery's Amish Mafia. Locals in Lancaster County, Pa., say the reality TV show and its spinoffs are offensive fabrications.
Discovery Networks

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:34 am

It's no secret many "reality" TV shows bear little resemblance to actual reality. Discovery Channel's hit show Amish Mafia is a vivid example. The show portrays Amish youth in rebellion, racing buggies and carrying guns. Amish characters appear on screen and describe for the camera how the "mafia" operates outside of Amish law.

In reality, the Amish don't like to be photographed, and rarely speak out publicly.

Now, locals in Lancaster County, Pa., where the show is filmed, are fighting back against what they call "Amish exploitation."

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Author Interviews
5:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:37 am

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Monkey See
5:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

The Emmys Grapple With New Formats And A Move To Monday

Seth Meyers will host the Emmy Awards on Monday night.
Rodolfo Martinez NBC

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:21 am

I sat down with Linda Wertheimer this morning on Weekend Edition to talk about the Emmys, which will be on Monday night this year, rather than the usual Sunday, so you've got an extra 24 hours to ponder the blurry lines between categories that become more noticeable by the year.

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Author Interviews
5:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Feiffer Draws On 1930s Noir In 'Kill My Mother'

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 10:02 am

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Movie Interviews
5:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Elisabeth Moss Revels In Naive-But-Calculating Characters

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 4:38 pm

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Code Switch
4:08 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

To Pitbull's Fans Around The World, 'Dale' Is A Way Of Life

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull has popularized the Spanish expression "dale" among fans all over the world, including non-Spanish speakers.
Felipe Dana AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:25 am

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