Arts/Life

This Week's Must Read
4:33 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 6:15 pm

Cuba is dominating the news, following President Obama's announcement that he will begin to normalize relations with the island nation.

For our series This Week's Must-Read, poet and Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco turns to literature for another perspective on this story.

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Movie Reviews
2:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

Timothy Spall finds beauty in the unlikeliest places as painter J.M.W. Turner.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:58 pm

If you picture landscape painting as a delicate, ethereal, pristine process involving an easel on a hillside and a sunset, Mr. Turner will be an eye-opener.

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The Salt
12:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Panamanian tamales stuffed with chicken and wrapped in bijao leaves β€” one of hundreds of interpretations of the dish found throughout Latin America.
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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:40 pm

This Christmas Eve, many Latinos will celebrate the holiday by unwrapping delicious little presents: tamales.

At its essence, a tamale consists of masa (dough made from corn or another starch) that's been wrapped in aromatic leaves, then steamed or boiled. Some come bundled in corn husks, others in plantain, banana or mashan leaves. Some are sweetened with molasses or coconut milk, others spiced with mole or seasoned with achiote. Some are plain; others are filled with meat, cheese or vegetables.

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Strange World β€” And Life β€” Of 'Mr. Turner'

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:48 am

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Movie Interviews
11:15 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:48 am

Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.

Originally broadcast Feb. 6, 2012.

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The Two-Way
10:01 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

People wait in line at Macmillan Publishers to have books autographed by their authors at last year's Book Expo America in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Mark Lennihan AP

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

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Monkey See
9:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Top Five' And The Art Of The Mixtape

NPR

This week's show brings our pal Audie Cornish into the studio for a conversation about Chris Rock's comedy Top Five. We get into the balance of industry satire and romance, the particular variety of raunchy comedy the film favors, and how his deft handling of the agony of junkets contrasts with the actually impressive round of interviews Rock has done surrounding the film.

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Monkey See
7:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Different 'Annie,' But Still A Good Kid

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis star in the latest incarnation of the musical Annie.
Barry Wetcher Sony Pictures

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:19 am

The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
7:47 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: What Music Means

These TED Radio Hour stories get musical.
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In this playlist, TED speakers share stories about composing songs after years of writer's block, the culture of sampling, and a glimpse inside a jazz musician's brain.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
7:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: Writers On Writing

TED speakers share their ideas about creativity and the writing process.
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What makes for a great read? How does a single idea grow into a novel? In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct?

"It's almost a meditative practice. To think β€” what emotionally can I connect with?" β€” Sally Kohn
Ryan Lash TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Sally Kohn's TED Talk

Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct, but instead we need to focus on being emotionally correct.

About Sally Kohn

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

"We're designed to convince ourselves that our very selective deployment of compassion is thoroughly justified" β€” Robert Wright
courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Robert Wright's TED Talk

Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

About Robert Wright

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

"I've become acutely aware of the centrality of compassion in all the major world faiths" β€” Karen Armstrong
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Karen Armstrong's TED Talk

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions β€” in the form of the golden rule.

About Karen Armstrong

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

"Compassionate concern activates the same system you see in every mammal when a parent cares for the young" β€” Daniel Goleman
Robert Leslie TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Daniel Goleman's TED Talk

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

About Daniel Goleman

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Book Reviews
3:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:22 am

Librarian Nancy Pearl occasionally joins Morning Edition to talk about books she loves that you might not have heard of. As she tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, her latest batch of under-the-radar reads includes some older books as well some new ones.

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Movie Interviews
2:01 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

Amy Adams stars as painter Margaret Keane in the new movie Big Eyes.
Leah Gallo The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:45 am

It's a story almost too strange to be true: Throughout much of the 1960s and '70s, the wistful, wide-eyed children of painter Walter Keane were absolutely everywhere.

Paintings and posters of the big-eyed waifs, often in rags, their hair unkempt, brought fame and fortune to the charming, smooth-talking artist β€” along with widespread critical disdain.

But years later, it emerged that the art was actually the work of Walter's wife, Margaret Keane. She painted in secret, behind closed doors, and he publicly claimed the work as his own.

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Monkey See
3:07 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

Adnan Syed
Courtesy of Serial

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:32 pm

It's hard to believe that not only was there no Serial six months ago, there was no Serial three months ago. The hugely popular podcast, a spinoff production of This American Life, didn't even premiere until early October, but since then, it has made its way with great speed into worlds from Sesame Street to Funny Or Die.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

A Married Couple In Decline

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos in If You Don't, I Will.
Film Movement

Sophie Fillières' uneven relationship drama If You Don't, I Will opens with a scene of biting dialogue between Pierre (Mathieu Almaric) and Pomme (Emmanuelle Devos), whose marriage is seemingly on its last legs.

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Television
1:24 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

A Tribute To Stephen Colbert, A Self-Proclaimed 'Junkie For Exhaustion'

Stephen Colbert will host his final episode of The Colbert Report Thursday after nine years on air.
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After nine years, Stephen Colbert is retiring the character he created for The Colbert Report, the conservative, self-important blowhard who opines about the news and the media. The final episode airs Thursday. Colbert will take over as host for The Late Show, replacing the retiring David Letterman.

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The Salt
11:16 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

Tourtiere is a savory, spiced meat pie, which both French- and English-speaking Canadians love to serve around the holidays.
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Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 2:21 pm

A version of this story was originally published on Dec. 23, 2011.

If you happen to spend Christmas Eve in Canada β€” especially Quebec β€” you might be lucky enough to be invited to a festive dinner after midnight Mass. The feast is an old tradition from France called reveillon, and it's something to look forward to after a long day of fasting.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

Get your sci-fi with a side of cappuccino.
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Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:27 am

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

For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much-anticipated report on British public libraries, which is set to be released Thursday.

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Extras: TED Radio Hour
8:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Playlist: Inspiring Stories You'll Want To Share

You'll want to send these TED Radio Hour stories to everyone you know.
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This playlist includes some blockbuster TED talks that have already inspired millions. These stories about growing up, shaping identity, and finding courage will have you forwarding them to family and friends.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Blaze Of Gloria

JoDi Andersen (R) and Robin Aubry came dressed to win, and were completely game for this ridiculous round.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:45 am

We've rewritten the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard on High" to be about things that begin with the "glo-" sound of its famous refrain: "Gloooooooooria [in excelsis Deo]."

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Season's Eatings

Ideal size for your Christmas ham.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

When you're the editor-in-chief of Bon AppΓ©tit Magazine, people tend to expect a lot from your holiday cuisine.

"That's why we just give them ham," says the editor himself, Adam Rapoport. "Everybody loves ham. Especially us Jews. Give them a big, glistening, baked, bone-in ham with Martin's potato rolls and a big bowl of punch."

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Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Schaaps' Family Feud

A little friendly family competition between Rosie (R) and Jeremy Schaap.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

When the holiday season rolls around and families convene, board games are pulled out of storage...and then the gloves come off. In the spirit of friendly, familial competition, we welcomed back to Ask Me Another former VIPs Rosie Schaap and Jeremy Schaap, who also happen to be siblings.

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Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

'Tis The Season For Corny Movies

Nothing says "cheer" like a cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie. Can you tease out the real ones from the fake when it comes to The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever?

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Ho Ho Ho

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

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Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

All I Don't Want For Christmas

All they want for Christmas is for you to sing along.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

Warm up your vocal chords and join in singing some holiday tunes with the songwriting duo from Disney's Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Oscar-winning husband-and-wife musical team has written some of the all-time catchiest tunes about winter, and on a previous episode of Ask Me Another, graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go."

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Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Chappy Cholidays

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

Ask Me Another
7:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Reindeer Games

If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. In this round, we give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

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