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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.
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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

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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

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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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Theater
7:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

McDonald, Cranston Big Winners At 68th Tony Awards

Audra McDonald won a sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Bryan Cranston won a best actor trophy for his Broadway debut in All the Way.

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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Author Interviews
4:46 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Take This Man': Uncovering A Mother's Reinventions

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:08 pm

When Brando Skyhorse was 5 years old, his mother said she would take him to meet his father. They took a train from California to Illinois, where, at a prison, he met Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a Native American political activist who'd been incarcerated for armed robbery.

"He looked literally like the part of a stereotypical American Indian brave," Brando tells NPR's Arun Rath. "And I thought, 'Oh good God, this is my dad? This looks great!' "

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Business
4:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, which has helped fuel a growing demand for butlers around the world.
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Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 3:05 pm

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Birdcage. Or, like Batman's Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Eulogy For Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Nancy Robinson/Maya Angelou's Office AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 12:04 pm

This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., family, friends and dignitaries gathered to pay their final respects to author and poet Maya Angelou, who died last week.

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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
3:40 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

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 3:41 am

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

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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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Television
11:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Has A Strong, Unsettling Start

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:31 pm

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Movie Reviews
11:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Ansel Elgort (Augustus) and Shailene Woodley (Hazel) star in The Fault in Our Stars, the film adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel about two teens with cancer.
James Bridges Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:40 pm

I know people who cried at the trailer of the romantic teen cancer movie The Fault in Our Stars — at the movie they'll need a life preserver to keep from drowning in a flood of tears. Me, I didn't cry, though at times my tear ducts tingled; I was on the verge. The film is a little slick for my taste, too engineered. But it's gently directed by Josh Boone and beautifully acted. Whatever the faults, it's not in the stars.

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Barbershop
10:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?

"This is the kind of technology that will merge millions of individual vehicles into a single system" — Bill Ford
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Bill Ford's TEDTalk

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.

About Bill Ford

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

"When the rocket stops, you will be in space, there will be complete silence, you will unbuckle, you will float around" — Richard Branson
Robert Leslie TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Richard Branson's TEDTalk

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

About Richard Branson

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

"When you build it they will come — we've seen quadrupling of bike commuting in New York City since 2000" — Janette Sadik-Khan
Ryan Lash TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Janette Sadik-Khan's TEDTalk

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

About Janette Sadik-Khan

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?

"If you live in a city and don't need a car to get to work, you're crazy to be owning one" — Robin Chase
Robert Leslie TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Robin Chase's TEDTalk

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.

About Robin Chase

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Monkey See
7:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief

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This week's show brings back our friend Petra Mayer of NPR Books. Like me, Petra is fresh off a trip to Book Expo America (a/k/a BEA, FYI), where we both heard about a whole lot of new books. We'll mention some of the titles (though in many cases we haven't actually received the books yet), and we'll try to give you a sense of how this enormous trade show followed by a fan event actually works.

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