Arts

Author Interviews
5:03 am
Sat July 12, 2014

History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Amanda Petrusich and the beginnings of her 78 collection.
Bret Stetka

If you've ever enjoyed the ghostly weird-old-America wail of Robert Johnson, the deep blues of Charley Patton or Skip James' guitar wizardry, you can thank the 78 collecting community — those dedicated (okay, obsessive) folks who hunt down the rare old shellac records that hold so much of our musical past.

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Author Interviews
3:35 am
Sat July 12, 2014

A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing'

Robin Black is also the author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.
Picasa Random House

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:12 am

Life Drawing is a novel that will make you want to hug the person you love and never let go.

It's a thriller and a love story. But it isn't about over-the-moon, happy, young love; it's about love when the marriage is no longer easy, when every move the couple makes is haunted by a betrayal.

Life Drawing is Robin Black's first novel. She tells NPR's Tamara Keith why she chose to explore a marriage in crisis and the challenge of writing about Alzheimer's when she had no experience with the disease.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Not My Job: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:23 am

Wait Wait is at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre this week, and so we've invited Colorado native Mikaela Shiffrin to play Not My Job. Shiffrin grew up in Vail, and this year at the Sochi Olympics, she became the youngest person ever to win an Olympic medal in slalom.

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This Week's Must Read
2:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:21 pm

Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.

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Fine Art
2:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration

Panel Five of Rothko's Harvard Murals hangs in Holyoke Center in January 1968.
Courtesy of Harvard University Archives

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:21 pm

Paintings by postwar abstract artist Mark Rothko are highly coveted — in May one of his works sold at auction in London for $50 million. But oddly enough, Harvard University has had a handful of Rothkos — faded by sunlight and splattered with food and drink — in storage. Now, new technology has led to a potentially controversial restoration.

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Movie Reviews
12:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

Eller Coltrane — pictured here with screen family Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater — grows from boy to man on-screen in Richard Linklater's new Boyhood.
IFC Productions

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:21 pm

Filmmaker Richard Linklater breezed through plenty of genres in his career, establishing that he's comfortable making loose comedies like Slacker, animated sci-fi thrillers like A Scanner Darkly, and even messing with longer-form studies in time with his Before trilogy, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Before Midnight.

Still, it's safe to say that he's never done anything even remotely like Boyhood, his latest film, because neither has anyone else.

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Movie Reviews
12:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Our film critic David Edelstein has a review of the new film "Boyhood." It was written and directed by Richard Linklater, who also made the movies, "Slacker," "Dazed And Confused," "School Of Rock," "The Before Sunrise" Trilogy and "Bernie." "Boyhood" covers a dozen years and was shot over a 12 year period. It stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Ellar Coltrane as the boy we watch grow up.

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Goats and Soda
10:52 am
Fri July 11, 2014

It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

Apollo Omondi Omware couldn't find a white-collar job, so he created his own business, weaving baskets and training others to weave as well.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 12:37 pm

Sure, it's tough to earn a living as an artist. But it helps if your materials don't cost a lot. At the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, several of the Kenyan craftspeople work wonders with discarded beer bottles and flip-flops.

Jonathan Lento: He Fashions Flip-Flops Into Funky Fauna

Jonathan Lento grips a slender knife in one hand and a colorful block made of glued-together flip-flops in the other.

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Barbershop
10:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music
10:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now as this program winds down - the last broadcast is scheduled for August 1 - we thought it would be nice to hear about the music members of our staff are listening to as part of our series, In Your Ear. Producer Freddie Boswell has spent most of her life living and traveling outside of the U.S. from Kenya and Tanzania to (unintelligible) and England, and that definitely informs what's on her playlist.

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Faith Matters
10:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos

An eagle flies over Bali's Barat National Park, in this award-winning image taken by a camera attached to a drone.
capungaero Dronestagram

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 10:15 am

An eagle soars above a national park in Bali, Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from above its shelf of cascading water. Those are the top two finishers in a contest held to find the best images captured by cameras mounted on aerial drones. The winners were recently unveiled by the site Dronestagram.

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The Two-Way
5:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries

And Tango Makes Three, co-written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole.
AP

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

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Monkey See
5:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly announce nominations for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Thursday morning.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 5:27 pm

There are things you could quibble about in the array of nominations announced today for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

No best drama series nomination for CBS' The Good Wife, though several stars got acting nods. No acting nomination for Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, though she plays about eight different roles on BBC America's clone-focused adventure drama. No best variety show nod for John Oliver's increasingly stellar Last Week Tonight on HBO. And a best TV miniseries nod for Lifetime's dreadful Bonnie and Clyde?

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The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way'

George Carlin opens the 13th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colo., in 2007, a year before his death at age 71.
E. Pablo Kosmicki AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:41 am

The Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan, where iconoclastic comedian George Carlin once attended school and which he later ridiculed in some of his monologues, has a new street address: George Carlin Way.

The New York Times calls what's being described as a clerical error "an irony of Carlinesque proportions." The church fought a street named after the comedian since the idea was proposed three years ago.

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Movie Reviews
3:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

'Land Ho!' Takes An Agreeable Stroll Through Familiar And Unfamiliar Terrain

Mitch, a vulgar and cheery retired surgeon played by Earl Lynn Nelson, buys two plane tickets to Iceland, reviving the friendship between and sense of adventure in him and his ex-brother-in-law.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:49 am

In a more market-driven neighborhood of the movie business, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's comedy about two retired gents let loose on Iceland would surely be released under the title Geezers Do Geysers. And the modestly budgeted, charming Land Ho! is a caper of sorts, made less in snooty-indie opposition to the Grumpy Old Men franchise than as a fond goosing of the buddy movie, plus kooky innovation.

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Movie Reviews
3:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

'Apes' For A New Age, With Little Use For Us

In a post-apocalyptic battle for dominance over Earth, human survivors of a deadly virus face off against an army of highly evolved apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis).
20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Originally published on

It's the end of the world as we know it, and the apes feel fine. As for humanity? Not so much, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn't care so much about their feelings. This dawn is well past mankind's twilight.

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Code Switch
3:23 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith

Between Eli and Zarina (Greg Keller and Nadine Malouf), a family's Muslim faith undergoes rupture and renewal.
Erin Baiano Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 10:18 am

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, actor and screenwriter. And when his first play, Disgraced, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013, he also became one of the most talked about new voices in American theater.

Long before this buzz, though, Akhtar grew up in a Muslim family with roots in Pakistan. He mines this background to bring the inner lives and conflicts of Muslim Americans to the stage. His plays often feature cutting dialogue and confrontations steeped in the tension between Islamic tradition and personal evolution.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

A 'Closed Curtain' Conceals A Director's Real Confinement

Filmmaker Jafar Panahi wrote, directed and produced Closed Curtain — a film based off his own personal experiences in hiding with his dog from the Iranian government.
Celluloid Dreams Variance Films

Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi could hardly have found a more engaging surrogate than the four-legged co-star of Closed Curtain, the second movie Panahi has directed since he was officially forbidden from doing so. Making his entrance by hopping from the duffel bag that's hidden him, the dog called Boy embodies Iranian outcasts at their friskiest.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

'Empty Hours' Pass, But Little Is Said

The Empty Hours follows 17-year-old Sebastián, played by Kristyan Ferrer, as he meets and begins a game of seduction with a woman named Miranda while running his uncle's motel in Vera Cruz.
Strand Releasing

There's a beautifully revealed detail early in Aarón Fernández's The Empty Hours. It comes soon after the film's protagonist, 17-year-old Sebastián (Kristyan Ferrer), arrives in Veracruz, Mexico, to look after his uncle Gerry's motel for a few weeks. Gerry (Fermín Martínez), who has to leave town for a series of medical tests, gives Sebastián a tour of the premises, shows him where he keeps the cleaning supplies, takes him into one of the rooms, and explains an essential part of the cleaning process: There must always be a box of paper tissues next to the bed.

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The Two-Way
1:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Eileen Ford, Creator Of The Supermodel, Dies At 92

Eileen Ford with two of her famous models, Cheryl Tiegs (left) and Cristina Ferrare, in New York in 1983. Ford died on Wednesday at age 92.
Marty Lederhandler AP

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:58 pm

Eileen Ford, who is credited with inventing the modern modeling business and in the process launching the careers of supermodels such as Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell, has died at 92.

A spokeswoman who handles public relations for Ford Models confirmed Wednesday's death, which follows a fall Ford took last week at her New York apartment.

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Movie Interviews
1:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in the new movie Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role.
Courtesy of Matt Lankes

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:25 pm

Usually when characters age in movies, they're covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics — or directors use different actors as the characters grow older. But in the new film Boyhood, none of that is necessary.

The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.

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Books
1:02 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:02 pm

If you asked mystery fans to name the most important novel of the past decade, most would say The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — and they'd be right. In fact, Stieg Larsson's complete Millennium series, flanked by hordes of Nordic noirs by the likes of Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg and Jo Nesbo, have overrun the ranks of hard-boiled detective fiction, imbuing it with their distinctive strain of brittle dialogue and chill fatalism.

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

He's Back

Throw on your shades and leather jacket to honor the iconic Terminator quote, "I'll be back," by using other words that rhyme with "back." Are you a large mammal related to an ox? "I"ll be yak."

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Soundgarden Of Music

We mashed up popular musicians with the names of Broadway shows to create a can't-miss theatre lineup. Look out for the show about a rap artist who meets a girl named Maria: Kanye West Side Story.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Reverse The Irreversible

Get ready to roll and rock: in this game, switch the order of paired words that always appear in a certain sequence. We give you the second part; you give us the first: the bees and the...?

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Nice Outfit

We're not sure if Prince would be into a girl wearing a "Raspberry Foulard." In this game, we've replaced songs featuring articles of clothing and accessories with more hilarious ones.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Something Special In The Air

What does the painting American Gothic and a "continental" breakfast have in common? They both contain names of airlines. Grab your boarding pass and get ready for take-off in this quiz.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Body Eclectic

Make no bones about it, this final round is body-licious! The answer to every clue contains the name of a body part. Who will prove themselves head and shoulders above the rest?

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Ask Me Another
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder

Doug Liman.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

Since his earliest films, director Doug Liman has been a rule breaker. He shot Swingers in increasing order of what scenes were most likely to get him arrested. When he made The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Liman treated the multi-million dollar productions like a film school, figuring out every last detail out on the fly.

And in his latest film, Edge of Tomorrow, Liman stays true to that belief, as he cast Tom Cruise in a role he's never taken on before: an inept, cowardly soldier.

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