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Movie Reviews
3:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

In Prison And Among Zombies, Shakespeare's Reflection Shines

In the Romeo and Juliet-inspired Warm Bodies, a zombie known only as R (Nicholas Hoult) falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer), who's still human.
Jan Thijs Summit Entertainment

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:39 am

The Italian art-house film Caesar Must Die and the teen zombie-comedy Warm Bodies do not, at first glance, appear to have much in common. But they share a bit of creative DNA, both being inventive riffs that turn Shakespearean tragedies into something else entirely.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Sound City': Music And Memories In An L.A. Landmark

Rock musician Dave Grohl recorded Nirvana's Nevermind at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; now, he's turned his musical memories of the place into a documentary film of the same name.
Varrance Films

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 9:25 am

Dave Grohl has always been a joy to watch onscreen, whether bashing away at a drum kit like the heavy-footed, wild-haired spawn of John Bonham and the Muppets' Animal in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, or flashing an endearingly goofy grin in the Mentos-spoof clip for the Foo Fighters' "Big Me." And a big part of that appeal is the sense that no matter how long he's been in the business, Grohl is still a guy who is acutely aware that he's living out a teenage daydream every day of his life.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How's 'Koch' Doing? Years Later, Still All Right

Former three-term New York City Mayor Ed Koch may be long out of Gracie Mansion, but he's still a political force.
Zeitgeist Films

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 8:35 am

Editor's Note: This review was edited and published before news of Koch's death broke. The headline has been updated to reflect that news, but the text of the review is unchanged.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Stand Up Guys' Falls Terminally Flat

Doc (Christopher Walken) and Val (Al Pacino) are old friends and ex-cons who go on one last rampage in the crime comedy Stand Up Guys.
Lionsgate

Intended as a victory lap for three great stars of advancing age, Stand Up Guys is another entry in the "old folks doing stuff" subgenre, which offers comic affirmation that life is not strictly for the young.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Bullet To The Head': No-Brainer Bubblegum

Sung Kang plays a D.C. cop at large in New Orleans, where he finds himself in an uneasy alliance with hit man Sylvester Stallone in the blues-rock driven crime drama Bullet to the Head.
Frank Masi Warner Bros. Pictures

Adapted from a French graphic novel and outfitted with an ethnically diverse cast, Bullet to the Head is an artifact of a newly internationalized Hollywood. But that doesn't mean it feels especially new.

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Ask Me Another
2:46 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Rosie Schaap: What Are You Drinking?

"I don't care how great a cocktail is made at a bar, if people aren't talking to each other, it's no fun."
M. Sharkey

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:13 am

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Ask Me Another
10:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

We Will Rock You

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants. We have Eric Linn and Chuck Petruccione.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We are very happy to have you. Let me ask you this, Eric, how do you feel about the band Queen?

ERIC LINN: They're the king.

EISENBERG: Good answer.

JONATHAN COULTON: Nice.

EISENBERG: I like the way you think. Chuck, how do you feel about the song "We Will Rock You?"

CHUCK PETRUCCIONE: What a great song they had there, Queen.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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Ask Me Another
10:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Compound Interest

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two contestants, shall we?

JONATHAN COULTON: Let's do.

EISENBERG: Here they are. We have Dory Green and David Steinberg.

(APPLAUSE)

DAVID STEINBERG: Hello.

DORY GREEN: Hi.

EISENBERG: Dory, I give you props, being a pediatric dentist.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Big props. And you like to build stuff.

GREEN: I do like to build stuff.

EISENBERG: Recently you were in a costume contest of sorts. Did you win?

GREEN: No.

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Ask Me Another
10:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Initial This

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the quick fire round Ask Me One More. From Adult Young Fiction, we have Danny Errico.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Celebrity Crossbreeds: Diana Tenery.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Compound Interest, we have Dory Green.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We Will Rock You: Eric Linn.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And from A to Z, Mike Nothnagel.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: John, what kind of game do we have for our final round?

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Ask Me Another
10:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Young Adult Fiction

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, what do you say we get this puzzle started?

JOHN CHANESKI: That sounds like a good idea.

EISENBERG: Let me introduce our first two contestants. We have Alix Claps and Danny Errico.

(APPLAUSE)

ALIX CLAPS: Hi.

DANNY ERRICO: Hi.

EISENBERG: Thank you so much for joining us. Alix, I hear you're a big theater and music geek and a production manager at NYU.

CLAPS: That's true.

EISENBERG: Fantastic. What's your favorite musical?

CLAPS: "Kiss of the Spider-Woman."

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Ask Me Another
10:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Celebrity Cross-Breeds

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 8:13 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants. We have Diana Tenery and Samantha Boardman.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Diana, you are a hard-core competitive bridge player.

DIANA TENERY: Sort of.

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Monkey See
10:04 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Doing The Work: What '30 Rock' Meant For Women On Television

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.
Ali Goldstein NBC

I have never considered Liz Lemon a feminist icon of any kind, nor have I ever considered 30 Rock especially strong when it comes to gender politics.

I don't care for the obsessive joke-making about how Liz is ugly/mannish/old/awkward, and I haven't always been comfortable with the way some of the "she's baby-crazy!" or "she's relationship-crazy!" comedy has played. I was ambivalent about the way the Jezebel parody and the "women aren't funny" storylines were executed.

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Television
10:04 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Gabourey Sidibe, From 'Precious' To 'AfroPop'

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we will pay tribute to the late Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner. The leader of the funk band, The Ohio Players, died earlier this week at the age of 69 and we will tell you more about him in a few minutes.

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Television
8:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Spacey And Fincher Make A 'House Of Cards'

Kevin Spacey is the star and a producer of the new Netflix series House of Cards, on which David Fincher is a co-producer.
Melinda Sue Gordon Netflix

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:18 am

Ten months on the road playing Richard III in theaters around the world is a good way to prep for playing a ruthlessly ambitious politician and Washington insider — according to Kevin Spacey, at least.

Just before he took the role of Francis "Frank" Underwood, the fictional majority whip of the House of Representatives who hatches a plan to take down the president in the new Netflix original series House of Cards, Spacey spent nearly a year playing Shakespeare's murderously ambitious king.

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The Picture Show
8:45 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Google Street View Takes A Hike. So?

A view of the Grand Canyon captured by the Google Trekker
Google

A few months back, Google released a few of its engineers into the wild with a camera called the Google Trekker.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu January 31, 2013

In Search Of A Father, Finding Herself

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Nicole Georges grew up believing she became a half-orphan when her father died in his 30s, but when a palm reader suggested that her father — the one her mother had told her died of colon cancer — might still be alive, she began to look more closely at the whole of her unexamined life. This personal reconsideration is the heart of Calling Dr. Laura, an inventive graphic memoir that recounts this quest, as well as Nicole Georges' coming into her own as an artist and daughter.

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Food
3:50 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Folding Empanadas Into Your Super Bowl Spread

For chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, watching football on television as a boy also meant snacking on his mother's homemade empanadas.
Jason Varney

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 4:47 pm

Say "Super Bowl" to Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, and he instantly recalls winter Sundays growing up in Chicago. "While my dad and two brothers and I were watching a Bears football game, empanadas would just appear in front of my lap," he tells All Things Considered for the Found Recipe series.

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The Salt
2:56 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

International Culinary Competition Gold Eludes Americans Again

The plating of Team USA's Irish beef dish was based on Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house.
Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:29 am

Americans may have perfected food television and exported our fast-food tastes around the world, but we still haven't made it to the podium in the so-called Olympics of Cooking. The prestigious Bocuse d'Or chef competition, held in Lyon, France, on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw Team USA unable to break its dry streak, with a seventh-place finish behind winners France, Denmark and Japan.

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Television
10:50 am
Wed January 30, 2013

William H. Macy Is 'Shameless' On Showtime

In Shameless, William H. Macy is the dysfunctional father of six.
Cliff Lipson Cliff Lipson/SHOWTIME

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 12:05 pm

William H. Macy is the first to admit that he has played his fair share of losers. His latest role, as the alcoholic, narcissist Frank Gallagher — the single dad of a dysfunctional six-kid family — on the Showtime series Shameless, adds to the list of hapless characters Macy has portrayed on screen and stage.

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Television
10:38 am
Wed January 30, 2013

'House Of Cards' Is Built To Last

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star in the new Netflix original series House of Cards, which premieres Feb. 1.
Patrick Harbron Netflix

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:06 am

This week brings two new high-profile drama series. One is The Americans, premiering Jan. 30 on the FX network; it's about sleeper KGB agents living in the U.S. during the Reagan era. The other is House of Cards, a new series premiering Feb. 1.

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The Salt
10:10 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Ukrainian Comfort Dish Chicken Kiev Claims French Parentage

Chicken Kiev made by Viacheslav Gribov, head chef at Kiev's Hotel Dnipro, comes with a small bone sticking out one end. If done properly, some of the butter inside will remain unmelted.
Amy Guttman

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 11:38 am

You'd be forgiven for thinking chicken Kiev got its start in the Ukrainian capital. After all, a hearty dish of chicken filled with butter, wrapped in bread crumbs, and deep fried is the perfect meal to withstand subzero temperatures and cold winds blowing across the Dniepr River.

Ukrainian chefs say they have the only authentic recipe for the dish, but they concede that chicken Kiev, despite its name, has a far more sophisticated provenance: It's French.

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Monkey See
7:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Coastal Snobbery, 'The Masses,' And Respecting The Lowest Common Denominator

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:03 am

There are three phrases that are almost always bad news for a piece of cultural writing.

They are:

1. "The masses."

2. "Middle America."

3. "The lowest common denominator."

All three are ways to separate the writer and her sensibility — which are presumed to be congruent with the reader and her sensibility — from invisible and undefined others, for whom bad cultural content is produced and by whom it is unquestioningly gobbled up.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell

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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 5:23 pm

It used to be a truism among critics of British poetry that Keats and most of his fellow Romantic poets worked in the shadow of John Milton. I'm not making a perfect analogy when I suggest that most contemporary Japanese writers seem to be working under the shadow of Haruki Murakami, but I hope it highlights the spirit of the situation.

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Kitchen Window
11:47 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Understanding The Brussels Sprout

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 11:44 am

"What are those?" I asked my mom, suspiciously eyeing the little cardboard tub with its cellophane cover. It held a heap of pale, miniature cabbages. "They're Brussels sprouts," she said. "They're supposed to be good for you," she added, sealing my doom.

At dinnertime, the mystery vegetable reappeared, steaming hot and greenish-yellow but otherwise unaltered. It gave off a sulfurous stench. I recoiled, but I knew my job. I took a bite.

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Author Interviews
1:05 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

'The Insurgents': Petraeus And A New Kind Of War

Gen. David Petraeus is the subject of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, a new book by Fred Kaplan.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

In a new book, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, journalist and author Fred Kaplan tackles the career of David H. Petraeus and follows the four-star general from Bosnia to his commands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Central to the story are ideas of counterinsurgency. Kaplan says that while counterinsurgency is not a new kind of warfare, it's a kind of war that Americans do not like to fight.

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Monkey See
10:04 am
Tue January 29, 2013

How '30 Rock' Found Its Tone When Liz Lemon Didn't Marry Her Cousin

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's 30 Rock.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 12:49 pm

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New In Paperback
9:03 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Teen Lust, Gothic Fright And A History Of Introverts

In One Person by John Irving
Courtesy Simon & Schuster

Fiction and nonfiction releases from John Irving, Denise Mina, David Maraniss, Robert Kagan and Susan Cain.



Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

First Reads
8:41 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'The Dinner' By Herman Koch

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Herman Koch's new novel The Dinner is a meal that may give you indigestion, but you'll relish the burn. The book begins with two couples meeting for dinner in a posh Amsterdam restaurant: Paul Lohman, the entertainingly bilious narrator, his brother Serge, a rising politician almost certain to become prime minister in the next election, and their wives. But the dinner conversation is grim, even shocking. Each couple has a teenage son, and the two boys have committed a ghastly crime — a crime that's been captured on grainy viral video.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Separating Man From Myth In 'The First Muslim'

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Viewed through the lens of dogmatic perversions in the Soviet Union and China, communism is often seen as the antithesis of American society; an atheistic dystopia founded by Karl Marx, one of the post-Enlightenment's wayward secular philosophers. But Marx came from a deeply religious background — generations of rabbis on both sides — and his original motivation lay in that most Christian of principles: helping humanity's downtrodden.

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Poetry
1:36 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Rare Robert Frost Collection Surfaces 50 Years After His Death

American poet Robert Frost, shown here in 1955, died on Jan. 29, 1963. Now, 50 years after his death, a rare collection of letters, audio and photographs sheds new light on his religious beliefs.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 6:36 am

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the poet Robert Frost, famous for such poems as "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Road Not Taken." Fans of Frost's works have another reason to pay special attention to his legacy this week: Jonathan Reichert, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has just donated a rare collection of Frost materials to the university.

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