Arts & Life http://apr.org en Tales Of Immigration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities' http://apr.org/post/tales-immigration-explore-modern-day-odysseys-and-hyphenated-identities For many writers, the migrant's journey is a storytellers' dream. The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and inherent literary drama. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Bilal Qureshi 56626 at http://apr.org Tales Of Immigration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities' Book Review: 'A Replacement Life' http://apr.org/post/book-review-replacement-life <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Book+Review%3A+%27A+Replacement+Life%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 56624 at http://apr.org Box Office Wallows In A Summer Slump, And Some Seek To Find Out Why http://apr.org/post/box-office-wallows-summer-slump-and-some-seek-find-out-why <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Box+Office+Wallows+In+A+Summer+Slump%2C+And+Some+Seek+To+Find+Out+Why&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 56625 at http://apr.org War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://apr.org/post/war-words-met-opera-may-signal-shutdown When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.<p>At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:45:27 +0000 Jeff Lunden 56608 at http://apr.org War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown Judge rules against Mercedes, and could shrimp provide nuclear power? http://apr.org/post/judge-rules-against-mercedes-and-could-shrimp-provide-nuclear-power <p> 6am Newscast</p><p>Monday July 28, 2014</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:31:48 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 56602 at http://apr.org Judge rules against Mercedes, and could shrimp provide nuclear power? Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons http://apr.org/post/book-news-clash-comic-cons <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The nation's biggest comic book convention has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the nation's third-biggest comic book convention over the use of the name "Comic Con," <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/comic-book-convention-organizers-clash-over-name/2014/07/27/e93435ba-15e7-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_story.html">The Associated Press reports</a>. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 56603 at http://apr.org Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "When the Blue and Gray isn't Black and White" http://apr.org/post/battle-mobile-bay-when-blue-and-gray-isnt-black-and-white <p>Alabama Public Radio is looking back on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The engagement, on August 5, 1864, was a turning point in the “war between the states.” APR listeners heard about the re-enactment of the Battle of Resaca yesterday, but that’s not the end of the story. An Alabama cavalry unit took part in the actual battle. And, we warn you, there’s a twist.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:40:15 +0000 Pat Duggins 56246 at http://apr.org The Battle of Mobile Bay-- "When the Blue and Gray isn't Black and White" What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet http://apr.org/post/what-its-own-your-very-own-harrier-jump-jet The Harrier Jump Jet combines the speed of a jet with the maneuverability of a helicopter.<p>These single-seater planes are known for vertical take-offs and landings, making them ideal for close-air support near the front-lines where runways may be damaged or non-existent.<p>Designed by the British and now flown by the U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0000 editor 56578 at http://apr.org What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands http://apr.org/post/love-and-drowning-us-virgin-islands In the new novel <em>Land of Love and Drowning</em>, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.<p>The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.<p>It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.<p>Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 56577 at http://apr.org 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses http://apr.org/post/some-venues-ipads-take-place-opera-glasses <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=At+Some+Venues%2C+iPads+Take+The+Place+Of+Opera+Glasses&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDI3MDk2MDEzMjA0NDE3NTExOWRjNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath.<p>Every day, it seems that more places are invaded by mobile devices. But the concert hall- surely that's the one place where it's completely unacceptable to pull out that iPhone, right? Well, no. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 56562 at http://apr.org What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends. http://apr.org/post/what-made-double-agent-kim-philby-great-spy-his-friends <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Made+Double+Agent+Kim+Philby+A+Great+Spy%3F+His+Friends.&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMzIzNDMxMDEzNTEyMDg4NzFlOTllMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>If I say greatest spy ever, you probably imagine a James Bond or a Jason Borne type -gadgets, aliases, and action hero sort of adventures. But the man who's been called the greatest spy in history didn't do any of that stuff. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 56563 at http://apr.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters http://apr.org/post/flowery-puzzle-budding-quizmasters <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony. For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Will Shortz 56564 at http://apr.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge http://apr.org/post/75-batman-still-seeks-justice-not-revenge It's been 75 years since Batman first swooped onto the scene in 1939. Glen Weldon, author of <em>The Caped Crusade</em>, says it's important to note that for the last three quarters of a century, Batman has been seeking justice, not revenge.<p>"Once his parents are killed he doesn't seek revenge," Weldon tells NPR's Arun Rath. "That's what distinguishes a superhero from an action movie hero. He doesn't go out for revenge. It's not a vendetta, it's a crusade. He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56557 at http://apr.org At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://apr.org/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 56558 at http://apr.org Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery http://apr.org/post/foodie-detective-solves-crime-delectable-italian-mystery The Inspector Montalbano books, by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, supply everything I need for the beach. A good mystery. An exotic location — in this case, the beaches and piazzas of Sicily. And great writing that wears its fineness lightly, and keeps the pages turning. All with the most charming fuss-bucket of a detective to come along since Hercule Poirot: Inspector Salvo Montalbano.<p>As an added bonus, I don't remember a single book in the series featuring a serial killer. Plenty of murderers, but no Ted Bundys. Is anyone else sick of serial killers? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Rosecrans Baldwin 56559 at http://apr.org A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery