Middle and high school girls participate in the Dorothy's House and Land of Oz program in Liberal, Kan.
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"I am the executive director of Dorothy's House and Land of Oz in Liberal, Kan. We have a Dorothy program where girls from middle school to high school age dress up as Dorothy Gale. The girls give tours of Dorothy's House and guide people on a walk-through of the 1939 Wizard of Oz movie. In this photo, all of the girls who play Dorothy are on the Kansas Senate floor." -- JoAnne Mansell
"My daughter and I each won best costume awards last year at the annual Oz Fest, held in Chittenango, N.Y., birthplace of L. Frank Baum." — submitted by amberink
"The whole family dressed up one year for Halloween — Dad was the Wizard, Mom was the Lion, oldest son was Tin Man, middle son was scarecrow, daughter was Dorothy, and guinea pig was Toto." — submitted by amberink
"My twins dressed up as Dorothy and the Lion one year. The Lion suit has now been passed down through three generations." — submitted by barteleye
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"This is a photo from 1977 when the 1st-grade class of Miss Franceschetti and the kindergarten class of Mrs. MacNabb took on the challenge of the FULL Wizard of Oz script and musical production. ... Recently the photo was shared on Facebook reconnecting the cast who shared their fond memories of being a part of the play over 35 years ago." — Debbie (Coccia) Young, 42, Wicked Witch of the West
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"Dorothy and her Flying (crying) Monkeys!" — Amy Brodsky
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"I have always been terrified of The Wizard of Oz. My mom made me this costume at age 8 to go along with my siblings and cousins as a group for trick-or-treating that year. Because every 8-year-old girl wants to be the Tin Man for Halloween? My 'body' was made of a Styrofoam container a rose bush came in. I couldn't sit or go to the bathroom all day." — Nina Schmidt, 35
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"I was Dorothy every year for Halloween as long as I can remember. This was the year I made my brother join in the fun as well." — Hannah Kinsley
"Here is the Wolkenfeld Family dressed for Purim 2013. The theme was chosen collectively, and the kids worked out who should be which character. Top, from left: Rabbi David Wolkenfeld, Sara Wolkenfeld, Sophie (1), Grandma Jo Lang, Aunt Debra Tillinger. Bottom: Hillel (4), Noam (6), Akiva (4), and Uncle Richie Miller." — submitted by drmermaid
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"My name is Jenny Barker Devine and I grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We had the perfect back porch for staging productions. Over the years we did such classics as Lady and the Tramp and The Wizard of Oz. This is my sister, Karen Barker Crowley, as the Cowardly Lion, ca. 1985." — Jenny Barker Devine
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"Welcome to Oz — Colin the Cowardly Lion, Karen the Scarecrow, Napoleon as Toto, Lauren as Dorothy, and Scott as the Tin Man. This imaginative book and movie has captured the heart of my daughter! She loves the whimsical characters and the catchy tunes of the movie." — Karen Hamilton, 36, San Jose, Calif.
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"I took my children (dressed as Dorothy and The Tin Man) to a local JCPenney portrait studio (circa 1989) and I was surprised when the young woman photographer asked what they were supposed to be. When I explained, I was even more shocked when she claimed to have never before heard of The Wizard of Oz." — Sonja Brouwers
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"2008: Mom made the Dorothy costume about 10 years earlier for older sister and made the Lion costume this year; Dad assembled the Scarecrow costume." — submitted by David W.
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"My four oldest grandchildren, the Weitzes of Oz, on Halloween 2006 in Stockton, Calif. These costumes were a collaboration by me and their paternal grandmother. They were actually the second generation of Wizard of Oz trick-or-treaters. Their mom, aunt and two friends did it first in 1984." — Ava Simpson
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"For the Fall Festival each year, my elementary school would create a 'labyrinth' in the science lab, like a literary haunted house. ... I think the theme this year was something along the line of 'Great American Classics.' I was determined to be the Tin Man, and my dad made it happen (with lots of duct tape and silver spray paint)." — Heather Fauland
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"My mother took great pride and pleasure in designing my elaborate Halloween costumes each year. In 1987, when I was 3 years old, she handmade this adorable Dorothy costume. ... I am now an English teacher, and I keep two copies of the book in my classroom library. It is a timeless classic that captures the heart of the reader, regardless of his or her age." — Stephanie Moore
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"This was from the 1970s. We became all friends. I was the lion." — Tom Payne
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"Because we went from Kansas to Chicago for a Halloween-themed race (the Monster Dash) in 2011, we thought we'd represent the state by dressing as some familiar characters. I think our 4-year-old Lion was the most popular. We even won for best costumes!" — Eric R. Price
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"It all started with a hand-me-down Dorothy costume for our baby sister. Mom got crazed with making the costumes as authentic as possible. The Tin Man had moving joints, Scarecrow was itchy from all the straw, and the Lion was hot and sweaty under all that fake fur!" — Eyde Reilly, 50, Southern California
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"Halloween 2009, Houston — there's Kathryn as Dorothy with her little moose named Toto (we didn't have a stuffed dog) and 2-year-old Eliza as a very tiny Good Witch Glinda, plus Phoebe as the Wickedest Witch of the West. The gorgeous costumes were handmade by my mother-in-law." — Brenda Lightfoot
"At 15, my friends and I joked about dressing up as characters from The Wizard of Oz. Ten years later, we actually did it! Left to right: Holland, Briana (that's me!), Beth, and Bree in College Station, Texas." — submitted by brimorrison
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Three kids dressed up as the Scarecrow, the Lion and Dorothy.
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"My adventures in Oz started in the fourth grade in Ashby, Mass., in 1945. ... I dressed myself up as the Wizard. I took my bathrobe and made a cape, carved out a stick with the letters OZ for my wand and made a star-like crown for my head. I stood outside in the sun and called to my mom to take my picture. There I was at age 10, 'The Wizard of Oz.' " — Frank Maitoza, 75, Hemet, Calif.
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"'We're off to see the Wizard' ... my amazing children (5, 4, 2 and 1) sang as they acquired more and more candy from the neighbors." — Bethany Jones
"We were our mother's guinea pigs for the yearly county fair costume class. At the time, we hated it. But to her credit, we won the trophy every time." — submitted by equestrianshaming
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The Yellow Brick Road is a well-traveled one; generations of young readers have followed L. Frank Baum's path to the magical Land of Oz. This spring, as members of NPR's Backseat Book Club embarked on their own journeys to the Emerald City, we asked you to share your Oz memories and photos with us. Here's a sampling of what we received.
When Fiona Maazel published her first novel, Last Last Chance, in 2008, her frenetic imagination and sharply etched characters earned her a spot on the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 authors list. Her 29-year-old narrator, Lucy, was heading into her seventh stretch in rehab; Maazel filtered her addiction, grief, self-involvement and fear through a scrim of dark humor.
There's a comic overlay to her second, even more frenzied and inventive novel, Woke Up Lonely. But the tilt toward pathos is stronger.
On many occasions in my longtime relationship with cookbooks, I have had this experience (which will sound familiar, if you like Middle Eastern flavors as much as I do). I'm happily paging through my new Moroccan or Lebanese or Israeli book, lost in dreams of lamb and sumac, saffron and figs. "Mmmm," I murmur over a glossy page, "that looks delicious."
I trace my finger down the ingredients list. Shallots, check. Tomatoes, check. Cinnamon stick, check. And then there it is: Preserved lemon. "Drat," I think. "Foiled again."
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:28 pm
In an essay for Sports Blog Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn reflects on his path from college basketball player to poet. "What basketball and poetry have in common," he writes, "is that they each provide opportunities to be better than yourself — opportunities for transcendence."
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 former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue, who not only has a fondness for crunching numbers, but is also a published poet.
Mental is madder than madcap. I heard one critic sniff, "It's kind of broad" — and, Your Honor, the defense agrees! But if broad means "unsubtle," it doesn't have to mean "unreal." Mental makes most other movies seem boringly, misleadingly sane.
Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper, is a lovely, loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who as the book opens is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive (somewhat requited) crush on redheaded dream girl Lola. Nate and his friends wander toward marriage and maturity over the course of 13 linked stories — encountering angry snapping turtles, bald eagles and mystic mechanics along the way.
Meg Wolitzer's fat, talky new novel begins in 1974 at an arts camp in the Berkshires where six teenagers sit around in a teepee smoking pot and discussing Gunter Grass. Yes, Gunter Grass, which gives you an idea of the kind of kids Wolitzer is writing about: smart, privileged, pretentious.
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:50 am
My earliest memory of code switching is at Pizza Hut, back when Pizza Huts were sit-down restaurants with salad bars and garlic bread. (Like any daughter of immigrants, most of my memories involve food.) My mom and dad would speak with the waiters in English, ordering our pan-crust pizzas and Pepsi products, but we used Mandarin at the table. Our Mandarin was our secret code.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is one of five celebrity directors taking part in a Canon-sponsored experiment called Project Imaginat10n. His short film, the inspiration for which was crowdsourced via the Internet and social media, focuses on familial loss and the process of grieving.
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Ron Howard was the lead on Project Imaginat10n; the Oscar-winning director says the process of crowdsourcing inspiration is one more and more artists should look to.
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Stone, like all the directors in Project Imaginat10n, was asked to choose 10 crowdsourced images to help shape the tone and structure of his film. This photo was selected under the category Setting; it was titled "Escapes."
When the CIA came into being in 1947, its mandate was to keep tabs on events around the world. Gather intelligence about foreign governments. Spy. But the agency has evolved away from this original mission, as Mark Mazzetti reports in a new book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.
Mazzetti, a national security correspondent for The New York Times, begins with a quote from John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:
As the U.S. economy struggles to recover from the financial crash, and Europe is buffeted by a series of banking crises, attention has focused on the presidents and prime ministers who've tried to cope with it all. Journalist Neil Irwin, an economics writer for The Washington Post, says there's an elite group of policymakers who can make enormously important decisions on their own, often deliberating in secret, and in many ways unaccountable to voters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.