Arts/Life

Monkey See
10:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Death And Dyeing: Five Thoughts About The Return Of 'Mad Men'

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men.
Michael Yarish AMC

1. The symbolism was a bit heavy-handed. It's frustrating that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner doesn't trust viewers of the show enough to allow symbolism to live in an episode as suggestion and not insistence. The Mad Men audience is small and self-selecting; it is made up of people who choose to watch a show that requires attention and rewards patience.

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Music
9:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Comedian D.L. Hughley Shares 'Savory And Sweet' Songs

D.L. Hughley is an actor-comedian, and currently a top 10 competitor on Dancing With The Stars. For Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, he shares some favorite songs that he calls 'savory and sweet' — including an unlikely pick, a folk song that makes him think of his parents.

Arts & Life
9:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Poker Player Muses About Mondays

Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the 'Muses and Metaphor' series — where listeners submit their own poems via Twitter. Today's tweet comes from professional poker player, Joel Dias-Porter.

The Two-Way
5:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Book News: Chile Prepares To Exhume Pablo Neruda's Remains

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

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New In Paperback
5:03 am
Mon April 8, 2013

April 8-14: Impeachment, Mourning, Sobriety And Soccer

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Television
1:38 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Pirates Steal 'Game Of Thrones': Why HBO Doesn't Mind

Richard Madden plays Robb Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan HBO

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 3:42 pm

More than 1 million fans illegally downloaded the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 3 this week, within 24 hours of its premiere.

That set a record, according to TorrentFreak, a blog that reports the latest trends on file-sharing. The blog also named the popular HBO series the most illegally downloaded television show of 2012.

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Movie Interviews
1:21 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

'Ginger And Rosa': A Study Of Women's Relationships

Best friends Rosa (Alice Englert, left) and Ginger (Elle Fanning) are nearly torn apart by the political and social changes of the 1960s.
A24

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 3:42 pm

British filmmaker Sally Potter gained worldwide attention with her 1992 film Orlando. Like all of her movies, it was unconventional in its story and structure. Her new film, Ginger & Rosa, is more realistic and direct.

It's also got a high-profile cast that includes Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Christina Hendricks and young Elle Fanning. They all play Britons during the fateful Cold War year of 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis had the world thinking the unthinkable: That a nuclear war was about to begin between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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The Picture Show
1:21 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Meeting Florida's Seminoles Through Rediscovered Photos

The widow of Tigertail, a leader during the Second Seminole War.
Julian Dimock Collection American Museum of Natural History

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:07 pm

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in Florida has a new exhibit that gives patrons a rare glimpse into the past.

Taken by photographer Julian Dimock during a 1910 expedition across the undrained and untamed landscape of tropical wetlands and cypress hammocks of southern Florida, the photos show everyday activities and portraits of the Seminole people he encountered.

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You Must Read This
5:03 am
Sun April 7, 2013

In A Vivid Memoir Of Life In Pakistan, A Vortex Of Tragedies

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:15 am

Rajesh Parameswaran is the author of I Am An Executioner: Love Stories.

Sara Suleri Goodyear's heartbreaking 1989 memoir of life in Pakistan, Meatless Days, circles backward and forward in time and space, from Lahore to Connecticut and around again. The author renounces plot in favor of an intimate, impressionistic survey of her family's tragic history.

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Arts & Life
4:52 am
Sun April 7, 2013

National Poetry Month: Poet Nick Friedman Takes A Look Inside

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

Weekend Edition is celebrating poetry month by hearing from young poets about why poetry still matters. Today Nick Friedman shares some of his thoughts and some of his work.

Europe
4:52 am
Sun April 7, 2013

The River Thames, A Not-So-Secret Treasure Trove

Found objects from the Thames. Top row: a 1687 tin halfpenny, a Victorian clay pipe, a gold ring, a Victorian ring. Middle row: a decorated medieval button, a Victorian clay pipe, an 1830 George IV farthing, a Georgian military button. Bottom row: a Hooper Brewery stopper, a sailor's bag lock, a French Jacob pipe bowl and a child's toy clay pipe bowl. Note: objects not to scale.
Nick Stevens Thames and Field

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:45 pm

In the United Kingdom, British archaeologists have made a number of significant discoveries as of late, from the battered remains of King Richard III — found buried beneath a parking lot — to, more recently, a 14th-century burial ground for plague victims in London.

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Author Interviews
4:52 am
Sun April 7, 2013

'The Interestings': An Epic, Post-Summer Camp Coming-Of-Age

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Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

Meg Wolitzer's new novel is an epic exploration of friendship, coming-of-age, talent and success. The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.

Wolitzer joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about the convergence of talent and luck, envy-inducing gremlins and her own experiences at summer camp.

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Sunday Puzzle
4:06 am
Sun April 7, 2013

A Brand-New Word

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Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a well-known commercial name that spells a regular word or name backward. Identify the brands. For example, given "laundry detergent" and "work in a magazine office," the answer would be "tide" and "edit."

Last week's challenge: Name something in four letters that you use every day. Add the letters O, H and M, and rearrange all seven letters. You will name something else you probably use every day. This seven-letter thing is usually found near the four-letter thing. What are they?

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Author Interviews
3:28 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Stories Of 'Outside The Wire' Give An Insider's View Of War

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

In some ways, it was like any other writing class: backpacks, books, rough drafts, discussions about literature. But instructor Christine Dumaine Leche and her students weren't sitting in a college classroom or a community center — they were on an air base in Afghanistan and the students usually came to class after long days in a war zone. Leche was teaching them to translate their experiences — the danger, the boredom, the painful separation from their families, the fear and the hatred — into prose.

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Commentary
2:57 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Wrinkle Your Nose At Fermentation

Kimchi is a traditional pungent fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

It's delicious, it's nutritious and it's basically rotten. Fermentation is a hot culinary trend, and, as Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf explains, the preservation process gives food a flavor unique to time and place.

People you know may intentionally be growing bacteria in their homes — on food, outside the refrigerator. And they are doing it to make food safe, and nutritious.

They are doing what cooks have always done: fermenting food.

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Author Interviews
3:20 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

How Twitter Star Kelly Oxford Makes Everything 'Perfect'

Kelly Oxford is a little bit wicked and a whole lot wild and funny.

In no time, she went from being a housewife and mother of three in Calgary to Internet fame through her blog — and later, through Twitter, where her popularity exploded.

There, she shared zips like:

And:

Oxford's been retweeted by Jimmy Kimmel, John Mayer, and even the late Roger Ebert — one of her earliest supporters. Her secret? "The simpler they are, the better they hit," she tells weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden.

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Asia
2:55 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

The Extraordinary Lives Of Ordinary North Koreans

Amid a cascade of headline news from North Korea, often forgotten are the 24 million average citizens living under the most authoritarian regime in the world. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times on the lives of ordinary North Koreans.

Books
4:53 am
Sat April 6, 2013

'It's Pat' Creator Muses On Motherhood And Family Life

Julia Sweeney is a comedienne, writer and performer. She lives outside of Chicago.
Lauren Topel Simon & Schuster

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

Julia Sweeney is a figure of bicoastal sophistication. She's a comic actor who does one-woman shows about love, illness, faith and family. She's still remembered for creating the androgynous Pat on Saturday Night Live. She hobnobs with famously glamorous and witty people.

So how did it come to pass that she wound up in Wilmette, Il., driving a minivan and dreaming of solitude? Sweeney has put some of her musings on becoming a Midwestern mother — and keeping up her life in comedy — into a new book, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother.

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Poetry
3:34 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Does Poetry Still Matter? Yes Indeed, Says NPR NewsPoet

Tracy K. Smith was NPR's first NewsPoet.
Tina Chang

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

April is the cruelest month, according to one of the most famous poems in the English language. Perhaps to take the edge off of April, the Academy of American Poets chose it as the month to draw attention to the art and legacy of poetry — and the achievement of American poets.

We're celebrating this month by hearing from young poets about how they chose — or were chosen by — poetry, and why poetry — one of the oldest human art forms — still matters.

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Theater
2:33 am
Sat April 6, 2013

On Broadway, Old Shows And New Tricks

Willemjin Verkaik is the latest leading lady to play Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl who grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West in Broadway's long-running Wicked. She has also played the role in Dutch and German in Europe.
Bankhoff-Mogenburg

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

When I was a teenager falling in love with the theater, I picked up a book called Broadway's Greatest Musicals. The sole criterion for inclusion was that a show run for at least 500 performances, which translates to about a year and a quarter.

How quaint.

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Movie Interviews
1:03 am
Sat April 6, 2013

In '42,' A Young Star Suits Up For A Hero's Role

Chadwick Boseman plays baseball's trailblazing Jackie Robinson in the upcoming biopic 42.
D. Stevens Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

The number 42 has been retired from every team in Major League Baseball, and in recent years, teams have been eager for fans to remember why: It was the number Jackie Robinson wore for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he broke the sport's color barrier — and began to break a new path in American history.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:37 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Rick Nielsen Of Cheap Trick Plays Not My Job

Courtesy of Michael Graham

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 9:56 am

Every Midwestern city has garages full of four local teenagers playing rock 'n' roll and dreaming of the big time ... but Rockford, Ill., boasts the few that made it. Rick Nielsen formed Cheap Trick with three of his friends back in 1973 in Rockford and since then they've traveled the world and put out more than 16 albums.

Since Nielsen was in a band called Cheap Trick, we've invited him play a game called "BAAAAAAAA." Three questions about sheep tricks.

Author Interviews
3:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

In Somalia, Mother And Daughter Are 'Keeping Hope Alive'

Grand Central Publishing

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:04 pm

The collapse and rebirth of rebirth of Somalia have been a long battle, and women like Dr. Hawa Abdi have been on the front lines. Back in 1991, when the Somalian government collapsed, Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on her farm with her family south of Mogadishu. As the conflict raged on, Abdi's clinic grew into a 400-bed hospital — and ultimately, a refugee camp. At the height of the war, 90,000 displaced Somalis made their home around Abdi's hospital.

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Arts
2:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

David & Solomon

Monkey See
11:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Grown Ups 2'

Tracy Bennett Sony Pictures

This is an experiment with a minimalist approach to the Let's Rush To Judgment post.

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Remembrances
10:15 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Roger Ebert In Review: A 'Fresh Air' Survey

The iconic Chicago photographer Art Shay took portraits of presidents, prizefighters, prose poets — and in the person of Roger Ebert, at least one Pulitzer-winning critic.
Art Shay

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 11:10 am

Fresh Air remembers the film critic and bon vivant Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, with a roundup of interviews from our archive.

In one, from all the way back in 1984, host Terry Gross talks with Ebert alone; in a second conversation, from 1996, Terry interviews both Ebert and his late partner Gene Siskel onstage at Northwestern University.

In two very special conversations, Ebert himself interviews iconic directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

And finally, critic-at-large John Powers discusses Ebert's 2011 memoir Life Itself.

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Monkey See
9:46 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In The Long Run

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On this week's extremely punchy round-table podcast, once we cover our most important landmark of the week, Stephen Thompson gets through some preposterous claims loosely connected to this video and we get on the topic of

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Ask Me Another
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Johnson and Johnson

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From We Didn't Start the Fire: Paul Dreyer. From On the Colbert Report: Marc Levy. From Our Greatest Author: Meera Siddharth. From This, That, or the Other: Shannon Sun-Higginson. And from The Sound of Art: Max Genecov.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Art, take us out.

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Ask Me Another
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Sound of Art

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants, Michelle Skinner and Max Genecov. We are happy to have you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Michelle, are you into - do you have any hobbies, outdoor hobbies?

MICHELLE SKINNER: Not so much.

EISENBERG: Not so much.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Sort of...

SKINNER: I'm a runner. I run.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's outdoors.

SKINNER: Yeah, yeah.

EISENBERG: Unless you run in circles in a basement.

SKINNER: Yeah.

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Ask Me Another
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Dr. Ruth: Let's Talk About Sex

Dr. Ruth and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg crack each other up. Their conversation--covering sex and love in the 21st century, monogamy and a certain sexy novel--might crack you up, too.
Steve McFarland NPR

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