Arts/Life

Politics
3:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Clinton Sought 'Tougher Deal,' But Won't Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:38 pm

Below are excerpts from Hillary Clinton's interview Monday with NPR's Renee Montagne. Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, will be published Tuesday.

Portions of this interview will air on Morning Edition.

On running for president in 2016

HILLARY CLINTON: I have made some hard choices, and I face some hard choices. And, as I say in the book, I have not made a decision yet. ...

RENEE MONTAGNE: This is, may I say, a classic campaign book. ...

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The Salt
1:45 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Forbidding Fruit: How America Got Turned On To The Date

How about a date?
Loomis Dean Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:07 pm

In 1898, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a special department of men called Agriculture Explorers to travel the globe searching for new food crops to bring back for farmers to grow in the U.S.

"These agricultural explorers were kind of like the Indiana Joneses of the plant world," says Sarah Seekatz, a California historian who grew up in the Coachella Valley, the date capital of the U.S.

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Monkey See
3:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

'Working Stiff TV' — Hey, Meat And Potatoes Are Pretty Tasty

Mary McDonnell stars in Major Crimes, a good solid show that preserves the ensemble created in TNT's more successful drama The Closer.
TNT

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:13 am

Even the snobbiest entertainment fan has got to admit it: Television is pretty good these days.

So it's easy to get distracted by talk of big-ticket dramas like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Orange Is the New Black. But the fact is, there's a whole wide universe of TV shows out there that aren't trying to top critics' best-of lists, make the short list at the Emmys or get recapped on Vulture.com.

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Performing Arts
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

There's a new queen of Broadway. Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony award last night for her betrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, CRAZY HE CALLS ME")

AUDRA MCDONALD: (As Billie Holiday, singing) Crazy he calls me. Sure I'm crazy. Crazy in love, I'd say.

CORNISH: When she got to the stage to accept her Tony, the audience at Radio City Music Hall was on its feet. The standing ovation that initially drowning her out.

MCDONALD: Thank you so much. Thank you.

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Movie Interviews
1:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

In Supermensch, talent agent Shep Gordon recalls arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, dropping acid and getting slugged by a woman who later identified herself as Janis Joplin.
Dogwoof Films

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:48 pm

Shep Gordon's job is managing musicians and chefs and turning them into stars. Gordon created celebrities out of the likes of Alice Cooper and Anne Murray, but he says fame isn't necessarily a good thing.

"I made excuses to myself for how I made a living and tried to do it as honorably as I could, but I can't say that I'm proud," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. " ... If you make someone famous, they have to pay a price."

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The Salt
1:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Sandwich Monday: Taco Bell's Quesarito

Don't be fooled. This is no average burrito.
NPR

When you bite into a traditional burrito, your teeth have to endure one or two boring seconds of tortilla before they reach the filling within.

Taco Bell, continuing its mission to solve all of life's problems, has fixed that with the new Quesarito. It's a burrito that replaces the tortilla with a cheese-filled quesadilla.

Miles: What a revolutionary idea. I'm excited to see how a burrito tastes once you add some tortilla and cheese.

Robert: It's like a soft cast for a sprained burrito.

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Music
11:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Laverne Cox Loves 'Trouble'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:45 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Author Interviews
11:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

One Man's Search For His Personal Narrative And 'Asian Self'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:45 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon immigrated from the Philippines as a young boy when his parents — like so many before them — moved his family to the U.S. in search of a better life.

But, at some point Tizon realized that much of what he saw and heard around him told him that what he was — an Asian man — was shameful, weak and at the bottom of the manhood hierarchy.

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Food
7:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

These 10 Summer Cookbooks Will Make The Good Life Even Better

liz west via Flickr

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 11:02 am

Toss out the china and pick up the picnic basket! Summer cookbooks are fanciful creatures — high on whimsy and shamelessly devoted to making a good life better. For some, that means lingering in the farmers markets or gardening with the kids. For others it's indulging in some usually forbidden pleasures — the fried, the icy sweet, the charred and meaty. And for some, it means crossing oceans to sample less familiar fare — without ever leaving the porch. There's something for everyone, but all go just fine with bare toes and a sun hat.

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Monkey See
7:34 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?'

Hugh Jackman gave it all he had at Sunday night's Tony Awards.
Heather Wines CBS

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:43 pm

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

2014 Tony Awards: Audra McDonald Nets A Record Sixth Win

Audra McDonald won her record sixth Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
Heather Wines CBS /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 9:20 am

When a new batch of Tonys was awarded Sunday night, Audra McDonald walked off the stage as the most decorated actress in the event's history. McDonald won for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill.

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Author Interviews
6:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

'The Farm' Is A Terrifying Break From Reality — Or Is It?

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Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:01 pm

In the spring of 2009, British author Tom Rob Smith received a disturbing phone call from his father. "And he was crying," Smith tells NPR's David Greene. "He never cries. And he said to me, 'You've got to come to Sweden. Your mom has suffered a psychotic episode, and she's in an asylum.' "

Then, Smith's mother called. She had just been released from the psychiatric hospital in Sweden, and she said everything his father had told him was a lie. "She wasn't mad. My dad was involved in a criminal conspiracy, and she was flying to London to tell me the truth."

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Book News: Maya Angelou Remembered As Having 'The Voice Of God'

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

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Book News & Features
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Capturing A Dreamlike Moment In 'Time Present'

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Weekend Edition is kicking off a series of conversations with authors who'll recommend great reads for our listeners.

This week, we're paging through Time Present and Time Past, a new book from Irish author Deirdre Madden. It takes its name from T.S. Eliot's poem "Burnt Norton," and it takes place in 2006, just before the Irish financial crisis.

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Author Interviews
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Filing For Divorce From The World In 'Eyrie'

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Tom Keeley's life is unraveling. He's lost his job in a very high-profile firing. His marriage is over, and he is swimming in all kinds of regret. But when a woman from his past emerges, along with her young grandson, Keeley finds new purpose in trying to help them escape the oppressive trappings of their own circumstance. This is the story Australian author, Tim Winton, weaves together in his new novel. It is called "Eyrie." Tim Winton joins me from our studios in London. Thanks so much for being with us.

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Around the Nation
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Confronting The Challenges Of Traveling With A Disability

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Planning a vacation can be a daunting experience for many of us. But all those logistics can get far more complicated if you have a disability, which is the topic we're tackling on this week's Winging It.

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Education
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Words Unlocked Free Voices Of Young Offenders

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Aaron Martin had a problem with crystal meth. And last year, at the age of 19, it was part of what landed him in a correctional facility with a sentence of 46 months, although his actual crime was texting explicit pictures of his underage girlfriend.

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Author Interviews
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Should Adults Be Embarrassed To Read Young-Adult Books?

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The books that you read can say a lot about who you are, or so goes the adage. So when a recent article in Slate criticized grown-ups for reading young adult fiction, both young and old took to social media to denounce its author. Ruth Graham, who wrote the article, joins us from her home in New Hampshire. Welcome to the program, Ruth.

RUTH GRAHAM: Thank you so much.

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Movie Interviews
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Disney Translates 'Frozen' Into A More Formal Arabic

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:43 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And what about the drug he's on right now to help him kick his addiction to Vicodin? I asked him how long he thinks he'll have to take that. Three months, he says. Maybe a year, maybe more. And that's OK with him. >>MARTIN: If you can't get the lyrics to Disney's megahit musical, "Frozen," out of your head, you are definitely not alone. Disney has dubbed the musical into 41 languages.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET IT GO")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (Singing in foreign language).

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Movie Interviews
9:46 am
Sun June 8, 2014

'Obvious Child' Tells An Abortion Story With Rom-Com Heart

In The Obvious Child, 20-something comic Donna (Jenny Slate) finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with Max (Jake Lacy), a young professional who's not remotely her type.
Courtesy of A24

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Obvious Child's story goes like this: Boy dumps girl; girl is sad; girl rebounds with nice guy she meets at a bar, and then things get complicated. Comedian Jenny Slate plays Donna, the main character:

"Donna's in her late 20s. She's a comedian in Brooklyn. ... It's going pretty well for her at the start of the film. [But then] she ends up getting dumped and fired and then pregnant all in time for Valentine's Day. ... It all really starts to circle the drain a little bit."

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Theater
6:06 am
Sun June 8, 2014

While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung

Wigs play an especially important role in the drama Casa Valentina. The play features Reed Birney (standing) as Charlotte, one of several male characters who spend their weekends dressing and living as women.
Matthew Murphy

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Every time you see a Broadway show, chances are a lot of the actors are wearing wigs.

Sunday night at the 68th Annual Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honors will be presented in a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Awards will go to actors, actresses, set and lighting designers, but not the people who make the wigs the stars wear, even though the wigs are an essential part of theater craft.

Essential, and yet often invisible, says Jason P. Hayes, the wig designer for Harvey Fierstein's Tony-nominated play, Casa Valentina.

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Books
6:41 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Remembering The Short Fiction Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:58 am

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I have a few things in common: We both discovered Kafka while studying in Bogotá, and we both knew we wanted to write forever after borrowing copies of The Metamorphosis. Reading that little novel — an exercise in the seemingly endless possibilities of fiction — proved to be a transformative experience for both of us.

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Author Interviews
5:58 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Howling Cur Takes Over 'Mr Dog Bites'

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:05 pm

The young adult novel, When Mr Dog Bites, is full of curse words and caused a stir when it was released in the U.K. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Brian Conaghan.

Around the Nation
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

No One Judges The Ride At Americade

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:03 pm

This week, bikers in the Northeast are flocking to Lake George, N.Y., for a motorcycle rally called Americade. Some 50,000 visitors take to the streets in tattoos, leather jackets and revving engines.

Author Interviews
5:52 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Swallowed By The Times And The Fate Of 'Great Powers'

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:41 am

Tom Rachman has written a book for book lovers in The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. The best-selling novelist talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the difference between reading and literature.

Television
3:41 am
Sat June 7, 2014

New Faces Keep 'Orange Is The New Black' Humming In A New Season

Taylor Schilling's Piper Chapman is among the fascinating characters who continue to push forward in the second season of Netflix's Orange Is The New Black.
Jojo Whilden Netflix

Orange is the New Black has always been a bit of a head fake.

Creator Jenji Kohan has admitted she uses the story of WASPy prison inmate Piper Chapman to draw TV audiences into stories about the types of women who rarely take centerstage in more mainstream fare: a transgender woman, an older Russian woman, poor and undereducated black and Hispanic women and the mentally ill.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:35 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Not My Job: Project Runway's Tim Gunn Gets Quizzed On Terrible Fashion

Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:16 am

As a mentor on Project Runway, Tim Gunn has become a nationally beloved icon of good taste and optimism in the face of some terrible ideas. And since he's always urging designers to "make it work," we've invited him to play a game called "You're never going to make that work." Three questions about fashion ideas that we believe are truly beyond help.

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Monkey See
3:47 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television

Laverne Cox of Netflix's Orange is the New Black.
Netflix

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

"My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."

Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Her third-grade teacher warned her mother, "Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress if we don't get him into therapy right away."

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This Week's Must Read
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Like A Smitten Teenager, In Love With The Beautiful Game

iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

Soccer in Sun and Shadow is the most lyrical sports book ever written. Perhaps this is also because its writer is one of the most lyrical authors in any language: Eduardo Galeano.

Galeano's rhythmic prose as poetry is often used in the service of explaining the injustices faced by Latin America. He's written about despots, dictators and revolutions. Here, Galeano puts his unmatched gifts toward the sport he clearly still loves with the ardor of a smitten teenager.

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Movie Reviews
12:48 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Mike Myers Steps Behind The Camera With 'Supermensch'

In Supermensch, talent agent Shep Gordon recalls arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, dropping acid and getting slugged by a woman who later identified herself as Janis Joplin.
Dogwoof Films

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:55 pm

When you've played Austin Powers, Shrek, The Cat in the Hat and the title dweeb in Wayne's World, what do you do for an encore? If you're comedian Mike Myers, the next logical step, evidently, is to direct a documentary about your agent. And damned if it doesn't turn out to be a decent career move — as smart, and sometimes even as funny, as anything Myers has done recently.

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