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Television
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

'I Am Cait' Premieres As Reality Series With A Cause

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

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Movie Interviews
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

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Monkey See
4:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles during a game against the New York Knicks on Oct. 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jason Miller Getty Images

A couple weeks ago, Code Switch blogger Gene Demby and I sat down to reflect on a decade-old sports moment — a single play in a single game — and describe how it affected us as rival fans of the teams involved. In this second episode of the series we're calling The Giant Foam Finger, the two of us tackle a far unwieldier subject: hatred.

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Movie Interviews
3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Discover A Trove Of Hollywood Treasures At The Motion Picture Academy Library

Costume designer Walter Plunkett made an intricate watercolor design for Scarlett O'Hara's famous curtain dress in Gone with the Wind.
Courtesy of AMPAS

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:21 pm

Summer blockbuster season is upon us. Dinosaurs, little yellow minions, an ant-man, all vying for our hard-earned entertainment dollars. But if you're looking for gentler thrills, try the Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills. There, you can poke through artifacts from the movies' golden years.

The Margaret Herrick Library's vaults contain millions of pieces of paper holdings — director's shooting scripts, photos, production designs, payrolls and, of course, fan mail.

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Author Interviews
4:03 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game'

George Brett wipes a new bat down with a pine tar rag before a game with the Cleveland Indians on July 25, 1983. The day before, Brett had been called out for using a bat with pine tar too far down the bat; the league president decided that Brett's bat was OK.
Doug Atkins AP

A game-winning home run becomes a game loser — and 25 days later, it's turned back into the game-winner.

That alone would warrant an entry in baseball's history books.

But cast it with David and Goliath, include a temper tantrum of epic proportion, and hinge it all on an obscure old rule — and you've got the infamous Pine Tar Game.

That 1983 game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals is recounted in a new book by New York Daily News sports columnist Filip Bondy.

The Context: Rivalries And Rules

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Television
3:12 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

'I Am Cait' Review: Brave, Tasteful — And Kind Of Boring

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:55 pm

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Caitlyn Jenner's new reality show, ”I Am Cait,” premieres on E! tonight.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "I AM CAIT")

CAITLYN JENNER: Isn't it great that maybe someday you'll be normal? Just blend into society.

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Movies
3:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Getting The Ants In 'Ant-Man' Right Was No Tiny Challenge

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 3:48 pm

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Superheroes, by definition, are extraordinary individuals - not exactly the type to blend in with a crowd - but what about Ant-Man?

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "ANT-MAN")

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My Big Break
3:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

How One Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The World

National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, shown in Kuwait in 1991, says his big break came at a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, after he heard the sound of children laughing.
Courtesy of Steve McCurry

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:16 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

In December 1984, a war was raging in Afghanistan; millions of refugees were fleeing to Pakistan to escape the fighting.

National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry was there — stationed at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to cover the crisis.

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Author Interviews
5:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 8:38 am

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Book News & Features
5:03 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Women's Comics Are Surfing The Crowd

If you're in any doubt whether women are having a Moment in the comics world, take a look at the new incarnation of superhero Black Canary. DC Comics' Annie Wu has taken the character's platinum hair and fishnets from kittenish to riot grrrl by way of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Glowering from the cover of the first issue, she seems to be saying, "Put your eyeballs back in your head and let me save you."

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Author Interviews
3:50 am
Sun July 26, 2015

In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us

Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 8:38 am

"I promise you I will show the same contempt for the historical record that it has shown for me."

So intone the opening pages of Austin Grossman's Crooked, in what are supposed to be the thoughts of our 37th president, Richard Nixon — or, at least, those thoughts as Grossman imagines them.

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The Salt
3:42 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors

Smoked fish — a cooking method that uses the smoke of an indirect fire to lightly cook, flavor, and preserve the meat — is too often left to the professionals. But there are ways to do it indoors, at home and without much effort.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:09 pm

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn how to smoke fish without any specialized, pricey equipment.

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Arts & Life
3:28 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Want To Get Inside Your Favorite Show? Go To Comic-Con

This two-story ship is just one of many enormous marketing displays both inside and outside at San Diego Comic-Con.
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 8:23 am

The swarms of fans are gone from San Diego, and the elaborate displays that spilled out of the city's convention center during Comic-Con have been dismantled. Nonetheless, the studios and networks are already planning next year's show, because Comic-Con is the sweet spot for a peculiar kind of advertising that's at its peak here.

It's called immersive — or experiential — marketing, and it has taken off in the past few years. I ventured onto the convention floor to check out some of the displays, like the the giant installation for the TNT network show The Last Ship.

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Newport Folk Festival
3:28 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert

Diana Davies Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution

In the early 1960s, burgeoning folk music scenes were burbling up all over the country, and the Newport Folk Festival was their confluence.

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Movie Interviews
3:28 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Back To Walley World: The Griswolds Go On 'Vacation' Again

Skyler Gisondo (from left), Steele Stebbins, Christina Applegate and Ed Helms are the new Griswold family — en route to Walley World — in the 2015 follow-up to the 1983 movie Vacation.
Hopper Stone Warner Brothers Pictures

National Lampoon's Vacation has been resurrected: more than 30 years later, the Griswolds are back on another reckless, wild road trip.

In the new movie Vacation, Rusty Griswold, the son from the original series, is all grown up and taking his family on a cross-country trip to the theme park Walley World. It goes about as smoothly as you'd expect.

Co-writers and co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein say the R-rated movie is not a reboot or a remake, but very much a sequel.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:29 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Not My Job: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Gets Quizzed On 'General Hospital'

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Dr. Vivek Murthy — the 19th U.S. Surgeon General — has had a pretty good medical career: As a college freshman, he, along with his sister, co-founded an HIV/AIDs education program, and, in a move that would make even Doogie Howser jealous, he was confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General when he was just 37.

But! Did he ever work at General Hospital? We suspect not. We'll ask him three questions about the long-running ABC soap opera which mysteriously treated 5,000 percent more cases of amnesia than the national average.

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The Seams
6:42 am
Sat July 25, 2015

From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities

Parsons School of Design graduate Lucy Jones created Seated Design, a collection of clothing for people who use wheelchairs. The clothes include extra fabric at the elbows for greater mobility.
Courtesy of Lucy Jones

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 11:51 am

Think of all the accessibility amenities you've gotten used to seeing since July 26, 1990, the day the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law: Wheelchair ramps leading into government buildings; Support rails in restroom stalls; ATM keypads and elevator buttons in Braille.

Despite these improvements, people with disabilities still struggle in many areas, including one you might not think much about: clothing.

Cute Canes, Like Eyeglass Frames

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Book News & Features
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Iconic Literary Road Trips, Mapped In Time For Summer

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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Movie Interviews
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Finding The Humor In Desparation In 'Samba'

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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Author Interviews
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

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Time Machine
5:03 am
Sat July 25, 2015

'Sandman Slim' Is Urban Fantasy With Brains, Guts And A Blackened Heart

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 11:24 am

Six years ago I picked up a book called Sandman Slim by an author, Richard Kadrey, whose name was only vaguely familiar to me. I bought it on a whim. I'm happy I did. Turns out Kadrey wrote Metrophage — a book I'd heard about but never actually got around to reading — back in the '80s, during the golden age of cyberpunk.

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Author Interviews
3:35 am
Sat July 25, 2015

In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

Lea and Bandy met in 1976 at a high school dance. "He was the boy from out of town," Lea writes. "I was the girl who wanted out."
John Carswell Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 8:55 am

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had a 23-year marriage filled with ups, downs and memories. In 2000 Bandy developed a rare form of appendix cancer and had an operation which was successful — sort of.

Bandy lived, but he was almost a different man. He had suffered a post-surgical complication called "anoxic insult" that cut oxygen to his brain and cleared much of his memory. He called his wife "Sweetness," but could not remember how they met, when they got married and the births of their two children. Twenty-three years more or less vanished from his mind.

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The Salt
3:34 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

At Anise, a bar in Beirut, Lebanon, beloved local herbs like za'atar, sage and rosemary are making their way into cocktails. "We want to do something fresh in our cocktails," says co-owner Marwan Matar.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 9:38 am

The sun has very nearly set on Beirut, and in a bar called Anise, they're mixing the first cocktail of the evening.

There's vodka, vermouth and iced glasses. And next to the bunches of mint for mojitos are sage, wild oregano, rosemary and the Lebanese favorite, za'atar, a kind of wild thyme.

Here in Lebanon, mixologists and brewmasters are taking a national cuisine and reimagining it in liquid form.

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Movie Reviews
6:03 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

'A Gay Girl' Who Was Not What She Seemed

A scene from A Gay Girl in Damascus.
IFC Films

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:53 pm

Imagine discovering a blog written by an attractive, vivacious woman who lives in a city torn by civil war. Imagine corresponding with that woman, falling in love with her, and receiving erotic messages and nude photos from her. Then imagine hearing that this online lover has been kidnapped, probably by her repressive country's secret police.

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U.S.
2:28 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Ralph Waldo Emerson.
George Eastman House Collection via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:22 pm

It's high summer, and for a lot of us that means it's time to go camping. This summer, we're celebrating one particular camping trip.

Way back in 1858, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great philosopher and poet, set out into the Adirondack Mountains in New York. On the famous journey, he took with him some of the most famous artists, scientists and thinkers of his day.

This year, I set out early in the morning in my canoe with a company of my own: environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben and our guide, Mike Carr with the Nature Conservancy.

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Media
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

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Dance
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

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Movie Reviews
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

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Author Interviews
11:21 am
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:12 pm

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Monkey See
7:42 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Trainwreck' And 'Ant-Man'

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck.
Universal Pictures

Two movies are up to bat this week for our conversation with our pal and producer emeritus Mike Katzif, and the bottom line: we like 'em both.

First up is Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, which I wrote about last week (and talked about on the air), but which we have more time to explore here. We talk about the movie's stance toward monogamy, its unavoidable Apatovian looseness, the charms of Bill Hader, the bold (and, for some of us, tear-inducing) vulnerability of Amy Schumer, and lots more. It's a good movie.

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