Arts/Life

Architecture
3:27 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

This gargantuan beauty was built during the 1999 Delaware State News Sandcastle Contest. The castle was lost all too soon in a tragic high-tide accident.
Grant L. Gursky Associated Press

Architect Renzo Piano has designed the 87-floor Shard skyscraper in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the new home for the Whitney Museum in New York.

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Television
4:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:53 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

When the BBC canned the host of one of its best rated programs "Top Gear," it was a big deal. Millions of fans tuned in each week to see longtime star Jeremy Clarkson and the flashy stunts of the long-running car show.

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Books
2:28 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

Sonya Cheuse

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:53 pm

A member of the All Things Considered family has died. Alan Cheuse, who reviewed books on our air nearly every week since the early 1980s, passed away today after a car accident in California two weeks ago. He was 75 years old.

In two minutes every week, Alan paid his respects to good writing in his soft, intense, passionate voice.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 3:10 pm

Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher and longtime literary commentator for NPR, has died at the age of 75. His daughter, Sonya, confirmed that he died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident in California two weeks ago.

"On behalf of the family, we are in deep grief at the loss of our beloved father, husband and grandfather," Sonya Cheuse told NPR. "He was the brightest light in our family. He will always remain in our hearts. We thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support."

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NPR Ed
1:45 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:53 pm

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The Salt
12:44 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

The U.S. military's need for longer-lasting rations led to the invention of many modern processed foods.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:14 pm

Many of the foods that we chow down on every day were invented not for us, but for soldiers.

Energy bars, canned goods, deli meats — all have military origins. Same goes for ready-to-eat guacamole and goldfish crackers.

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Movie Reviews
12:24 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

A spry 52 when the film was shot, Tom Cruise — still his own stuntman — careens a motorcycle, sans helmet, around a winding Moroccan highway at suicide-miles-per-hour.
Bo Bridges Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:49 am

The most mercilessly thrilling action sequence of 2015 is still the entirety of Mad Max: Fury Road. But a credible challenger has at last arrived in the perilously punctuated Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, a super-fun sequel that spends its best 15 minutes at the Vienna State Opera.

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Television
11:59 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It

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DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies. Next week, Jon Stewart ends his 16-year run as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. A lot of "Daily Show" viewers share the sentiment expressed by President Obama when he made his seventh and final appearance on the show last week.

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Television
11:59 am
Fri July 31, 2015

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

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Movie Reviews
11:21 am
Fri July 31, 2015

New Griswolds Take New Dysfunctions On A 'Vacation'

Skyler Gisondo (from left), Steele Stebbins, Christina Applegate and Ed Helms star as the next generation of Griswolds in Vacation.
Hopper Stone Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:08 pm

Those keeping up with the National Cinematic Lampooniverse (NCL) will be interested to know that Vacation isn't a remake of the three-plus-decade-old Chevy Chase comedy, but a continuation of the series. It takes place in a world where the events of Vacation, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation have happened and everyone has gotten older, if not wiser. Now Rusty Griswold, the grown son of Chase's Clark Griswold, wants to follow in his father's footsteps and drag his own family on a cross-country misadventure.

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In 1968, The 'Best Of Enemies' Faced Off In A Brutal, Televised Feud

In 1968, ABC paired two pundits from opposite ends of the political spectrum — William F. Buckley Jr. (left) and Gore Vidal — for a cut-throat intellectual faceoff. The documentary Best of Enemies explores this media milestone.
ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Late in a series of bruising televised debates on ABC tied to the momentous Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968, Gore Vidal beamed one of his supercilious side-eyes at William F. Buckley Jr. and called him a "crypto-fascist." Buckley bared his teeth, branded Vidal a "queer" and threatened to rearrange his face.

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Movie Reviews
10:26 am
Fri July 31, 2015

'The End Of The Tour' Is A Film For David Foster Wallace Buffs

Jesse Eisenberg (left) plays journalist David Lipsky and Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour.
A24 Films

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:44 am

Some David Foster Wallace fans recoiled when they heard that sitcom veteran Jason Segel had been cast to play the Infinite Jest author in a movie. But Segel stretches impressively beyond expectations in The End of the Tour, an intriguing if not altogether convincing film. The actor is not just hulking physique and long hair wrapped in an unflattering bandana.

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

After Debra Jarvis went through cancer treatment, she didn't want to be labeled only as a cancer survivor.
Robert Benson Robert Benson/TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Debra Jarvis' TED Talk

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

About Debra Jarvis

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Movies
2:55 am
Fri July 31, 2015

'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
A24 Films

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:20 am

The late David Foster Wallace still casts a long shadow over the literary world almost seven years after his suicide at age 46. Wallace is the subject of a new movie, The End of the Tour, which opens Thursday in New York and Los Angeles. The film depicts Wallace at a big moment in his career: It's 1996, he's just turned 34, and he's on a publicity tour for his breakthrough novel, Infinite Jest.

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StoryCorps
2:46 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

Newspaper clippings of young Donnie Dunagan from the early '40s.
Courtesy of Donnie and Dana Dunagan.

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:23 am

Donnie Dunagan is a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the '50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret.

A dark reminder of the past Dunagan left behind still lurked unspoken: He was Bambi.

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Movie Interviews
3:02 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

'Listen To Me Marlon' Explores Brando's Life In His Own Words

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Two words - Marlon Brando.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE")

MARLON BRANDO: (As Stanley Kowalski) Hey, Stella.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "ON THE WATERFRONT")

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Movie Reviews
1:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:20 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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Shots - Health News
1:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com.
Zan Keith

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 2:31 pm

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout.

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The Salt
12:39 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

(Left) Afghan girl; (Right) Albert Einstein, by Maria Aristidou
Courtesy of Maria Aristidou

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:18 pm

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission using watercolors, when all the sudden, I spilled all over the drawing," she says.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:45 pm

There's something meaningful, almost defiant, about the title of Lauren Holmes' debut, Barbara the Slut and Other People. It's not the first part, either; while the word "slut" is still frequently used as a term of abuse, it has lost some of the power to shock that it had a few decades ago. It's the final few words — "and other people," not "and other stories," which is the usual naming convention for short story collections.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Courtesy of MIRA Books

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:34 am

A novelist friend once told me she loves the TV series American Crime because it focuses on "the other people affected, the ones you never hear about, when a crime happens." You might think creators of fiction, like my friend, would be the first to consider "the other people affected," but finding a suspense novel that upends both the linearity and the nature of what constitutes "crime" occurs less than I might like.

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Candy Crush

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people. Which rap & rock star shouts "Bawitdaba!" as he battles the tart, acidic flavor of his favorite chewy candy?

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Yo Yo Yo!

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

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Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Tin Age Of Television

The 1980s gave us some TV gems, like Cheers, The Golden Girls, and Full House. But there were also some shows that, shall we say, didn't enjoy quite as much success. In this game, guess whether TV show descriptions are of actual short-lived '80s shows, or if we made them up.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Totally Rad Sayings

We're celebrating all things '80s in this show, and why not start with the decade's unmistakable slang? We'll thesaurus-ize some '80s phrases, and you have to give us the original saying. It's completely long, round, and hollow (totally tubular)!

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

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10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

You're Eighty-Sixed!

Our host, the SummerStage Festival, was founded in 1986, so we decided to pay homage to that year — musically. Play along as house musician Jonathan Coulton sings the biggest hits of 1986, rewritten to be about the biggest celebrities born that year.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Why You Buggin'?

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Ask Me Another
10:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Day Of Camp

The cast of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on the AMA stage in Central Park
Mike Katzif NPR

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Arts & Life
5:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

Booklist American Library Association

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:24 am

Agloe, N.Y., is a place suspended between fiction and reality.

The town started showing up on maps in the 1930s, but it's actually a "paper town," or a fake town created by cartographers to catch those who might copy their work. Mapmakers Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers came up with the name by rearranging their initials.

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Movie Interviews
3:34 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

At 79, Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

When asked about his major shortcomings, filmmaker Woody Allen says, "I'm lazy and an imperfectionist."
Thibault Camus AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:40 am

Woody Allen is a prolific filmmaker — he's been releasing films pretty much every year since the mid-1960s. (His latest, Irrational Man, is now in theaters.) But Allen isn't exactly prolific as an interview subject. When film critic Sam Fragoso sat down with Allen in Chicago, the filmmaker revealed his insecurities (well, not so much revealed as reiterated), and discussed why actors like to work with him and what he regrets.

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