Arts/Life

The Two-Way
6:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Donor Gives Los Angeles Museum Art Worth $500 Million

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:38 pm

In a gift the Los Angeles County Museum of Art says is the largest in its history, billionaire Jerry Perenchio is donating art worth an estimated $500 million to the museum.

From member station KPCC in Los Angeles:

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Book Reviews
2:23 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Actress Anjelica Huston's Memoir Has Glitz, But Lacks Depth

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

Last year, when I heard that Anjelica Huston's memoir A Story Lately Told was about to come out, I was excited. I imagined that it would include a lot of inside stuff about the '70s and Hollywood and the actress' long relationship with Jack Nicholson. As it turned out, that book's subtitle was Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York, and it ended with Huston arriving in California. But I didn't miss the glitz. The story she had to tell was original.

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Load Of B.S.

Don't worry, this is a G-rated game. The answers will be people and things with the initials B.S., like "baby shower." Then, VIP Ethan Hawke serenades the winner live on the Ask Me Another stage.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Cinema Snacks

If you think the best part of going to the movies is the popcorn and candy, this game is for you! All the answers are mash-ups of movie titles and names of foods, like "Children of the Corned Beef."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Rick Rolling

House musician Jonathan Coulton gives Rick Astley a run for his money. Donning a turtleneck and trench coat, he sings "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the lyrics changed to be about other famous Ricks.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Backwards Logic

These sentences contain a word that becomes another word when spelled backwards. Use the clues to find the backwards word and reverse it! If we said "It's not a tuber!" the answer would be "rebut."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

The Game Room

Hope you're in the mood for game night. In this round, all the answers contain the name of a popular board game. Who will use their Craniums and emerge numero Uno?

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

To Be Or Not To Be

To bedazzle, or not to bedazzle? In the spirit of Hamlet's famous soliloquy, all the answers in this game begin with the letters "B-E." Now give us your best dramatic read.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

'Act Of Faith': Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood' And Its 12-Year Shoot

Ethan Hawke, backstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y. Later, he would serenade Ask Me Another's winning contestant.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:40 am

Ethan Hawke's roles have spanned the genres, from Shakespeare, to slacker comedy, to art house drama. So, naturally, he has many different types of fans. When Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg asked what people say when they approach him on the street, Hawke broke it down this way:

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Book News: Netflix To Film Series From Lemony Snicket's 'Unfortunate Events'

Daniel Handler, the man "often mistaken" for Lemony Snicket, will nevertheless have a hand in the development of the show.
Imeh Akpanudosen Getty Images for LA Times

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

Everyone, it's probably best to sit for this. In a decision that even Lemony Snicket himself is saying he "can't believe," Netflix is deliberately wading into the dreary and depressing tale of the orphaned Baudelaire children. Deadline Hollywood broke the bad news to the world.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Frankly, Bascombe's Return Has Some Problems

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Ecco Publishing

"Most things that don't kill us right off, kill us later." Welcome back, Frank Bascombe, failed novelist turned real estate agent turned retiree, and Richard Ford's most famous character. Through three previous novels (The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land), readers have seen Frank lose a child, deal with divorce, and even get shot. Frank is cynical. You would be, too.

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Monkey See
7:42 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Documents, Not Institutions: On 'Benched' And Not Sweating The Future

Eliza Coupe as Nina and Jay Harrington as Phil in USA's Benched.
Isabella Vosmikova USA

Eliza Coupe is one of the most precise comedic actresses you will ever see. Every muscle is at work on comedy, all the time. She has the kind of face that tempts you to say she has a great face, but that makes it seem like luck, and it's not luck. It's work.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

In The World Of Rare Books, This Mystery Goes Off-Script

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Mysterious Press

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:44 am

Brief as his new novel may be, Bradford Morrow has no problems with taking his time. The fine mists of a seaside vista, the loops and lines of a writer's careful lettering, even the meals his characters eat (truly, just about every single one): None of it escapes the lingering eye of the narrator behind The Forgers. Each detail gets its due — except, of course, the ones he doesn't want you to see.

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Book Reviews
2:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Dizzying, Fictional 'History' Draws On Bob Marley's Life

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

As much as I wish it were different, Robert Nesta Marley is mainly known in the United States as the front man for smoking pot. Or, as a favorite subject for poster makers, who profit off college students searching for an identity. Students who associate the great dreadlocked one with good vibes.

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Book News & Features
2:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A French Best-Seller's Radical Argument: Vichy Regime Wasn't All Bad

Philippe Petain, head of the French World War II collaborationist government in Vichy, greets French prisoners arriving from Germany in 1941.
AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

On a recent night in France, conservative journalist Eric Zemmour, author of Le Suicide Francais (French Suicide), was under attack on a talk show — again. The debate over Zemmour's book has monopolized conversation on the airwaves and in cafes.

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Television
1:11 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

'Daily Show', 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Jon Stewart (from left) and Stephen Colbert hosted live editions of their programs, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, on Tuesday.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 1:17 am

Jon Stewart may be the only media figure who started his election coverage Tuesday with an apology.

"I did vote today ... I was being flip and it kind of took off," said Stewart, who had told CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour in an interview earlier Tuesday that he wasn't voting because he "had just moved, and I don't even know where my thing is." The comment sparked loads of stories about how the comedian wasn't voting in an election he had been talking about for months.

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Movie Reviews
1:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

'Interstellar': A Good Old-Fashioned Chunk Of Sci-Fi Silliness

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Author Interviews
1:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

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Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:27 pm

In the early '70s, New York Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman received a confidential tip that American immigration authorities knew of dozens of former Nazis — some implicated in serious war crimes — who were living in the U.S.

Holtzman looked into it and discovered that it was true, and that the formerly named Immigration and Naturalization Service wasn't doing much about it.

But that was just the tip of the iceberg, according to investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Book News: Falconer's Memoir Pulls Down Britain's Top Nonfiction Honor

It was Helen Macdonald's relationship with a goshawk like this one that helped her to grapple with the loss of her father.
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Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:27 am

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

For the first time in the prestigious award's 16-year history, the Samuel Johnson Prize has gone to a memoir. Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk, an account of how falconry helped Macdonald grieve for her father's death, beat out a slew of histories and biographies to earn this year's honor. Historian Claire Tomalin presented the award to Macdonald at a ceremony Tuesday night in London.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'Ugly Girls' Is, Well ... Not A Pretty Read

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Perry, with her blond hair and long legs, is pretty. Baby Girl, with her shaved head and overdrawn lips, is ugly. Together they steal cars, shoplift, and ditch school — not knowing they are being watched by Jamey, an ex-felon posing as a teenage boy online. The girls begin to realize something is not right with Jamey, and the novel unfolds as you think it might, with flurries of attempted rapes and murders, screaming, vomit, death, and general chaos.

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Arts/Life
5:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

"Second City" Is Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council  is featuring the Second City 55th Anniversary Tour in Las Cruces for one night only.   The tour hits the Rio Grande Theatre stage Saturday, November 22, 2014.

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by the New York Times.

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Remembrances
1:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

'We Have Learned Absolutely Nothing': Tom Magliozzi On Decades Of 'Car Talk'

Ray and Tom (right) Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR's Car Talk show, pose for a photo in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008. Tom died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 3:42 am

When NPR Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi opened a do-it-yourself car repair shop in Cambridge, Mass., in the early 1970s, Tom had never had so many laughs. The people who came into the shop were complete "wackos," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2001. "But man were they fun. And they weren't worried! When the guy jacked up his Lincoln Town Car and drove the floor jack through his oil pan, did he cry? He said, 'Uh oh.' I mean people could take a joke!"

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The Salt
12:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Stressed About Holiday Cooking? Take Our Survey, And We'll Help

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:01 am

Supermarkets are taking turkey orders; the tins of Christmas cookies beckon from display tables. These and other signs are unmistakable: The holiday feasting season is quickly approaching.

If you're like us, the prospect of cooking for a group — or contributing a dish to the holiday meal — this time of year can cause some anxiety.

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The Salt
8:52 am
Tue November 4, 2014

How To Wean Your Kids Off Halloween Candy: Cold, Hard Cash

The scariest part of the holiday comes in the days that follow, as parents fight and negotiate to limit how much candy their kids eat. NPR's Gisele Grayson decided to pay her kids off to give up their loot.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 8:34 pm

Like many parents out there, I love Halloween as much as I dread it. The joy the kiddos get from the costumes and candy is balanced by what comes after: the fights and negotiations that go along with trying to limit their sugar intake.

Thus was born my candy buyback program.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Book News: Tom Hanks Turns To The Typewriter For His Debut Collection

Tom Hanks, perhaps imagining the loss of one of his typewriters.
The Kobal Collection

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

Gentlemen (and ladies), cue your clackers. Tom Hanks plans to share with the world his not-so-secret obsession: that elegant, ungainly machine, the typewriter.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue November 4, 2014

'The Heart Does Not Grow Back' Could Use An Imagination Transfusion

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What would a young man's life be like if he suddenly found he could heal from any wound? It's a fantastic premise for a book, especially one as swift and easygoing as Fred Venturini's debut, The Heart Does Not Grow Back.

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Television
1:25 am
Tue November 4, 2014

'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Benedict Cumberbatch, right, and Martin Freeman star as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson on the BBC's crime drama Sherlock.
Robert Viglasky © Hartswood Films

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

When I sat down with Benedict Cumberbatch to talk about Sherlock, the first thing on his mind wasn't exactly the show.

"I'm really worried about those Sherlock fans, because they have been here, probably, for a while," Cumberbatch says to his assistants, asking them to tell a small clutch of fans waiting outside the hotel where we were meeting that he would stop by to see them soon.

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Parallels
1:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

400 Years After Death, El Greco Receives Celebration He Sought

Tourists take photos and listen to an audio tour in front of El Greco's 'The Disrobing of Christ' inside Toledo's cathedral.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:44 pm

At a small exhibit at the Historical Museum of Crete, a visiting artist gazes at an early religious painting by El Greco.

"The Baptism of Christ" is a vividly colored, two-dimensional, egg tempera-on-panel work from the second half of the 16th century. But it already showed hints of the style that would later make him one of the Western world's most famous painters.

Sophia Vorontzova, a Russian artist now living in Germany, calls it his "signature in art."

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Michel Martin, Going There
1:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Carlos Santana visits NPR for an interview about his new memoir The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:10 am

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Carlos Santana has won 10 Grammys and sold more than 100 million records. He has become one of the world's most celebrated musicians, a destiny that was difficult to imagine during his childhood in a small Mexican town. His father, also a musician, was Santana's first teacher, but he really learned his craft playing on the street and in strip clubs in Tijuana.

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Author Interviews
3:21 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

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McSweeney's

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:57 pm

Information wants to be free. At least that's what Internet activists and many consumers say in support of free online content.

But when we stream a new film online or listen to music on Spotify, we don't always consider — or care about — the artists who are losing out.

The debates over intellectual property, copyright and traditional ideas of enforcement have been hot topics of late. The fall of Napster in the late '90s and the current battle between publisher Hachette and Amazon show that copyright law needs to be rewritten to fit digital standards.

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