Arts & Life

Author Interviews
5:37 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

Lydia Thompson NPR

Louis Sachar knows a few things about writing for kids. His first book, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, came out in 1978 — and the wacky collection is still in print.

His 1999 Newbery Medal winner, Holes, centers on a boy wrongly confined to a juvenile detention facility. It's mysterious and creepy, and it's still flying off the shelves.

So if he says kids will love a scary eco-bioterror-mystery-thriller-comedy, you just might trust him.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 5:37 pm

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Movie Interviews
4:09 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

'Who Am I Without My Sport?' Greg Louganis On Life After Olympics

The documentary Back On Board follows the career of four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis.
HBO

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:03 pm

Greg Louganis is the best diver of his generation — perhaps the best the world has ever seen. The four-time gold medalist is the only man to ever sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympics.

The new documentary Back on Board, by director Cheryl Furjanic and producer Will Sweeney, contrasts that success with the inner turmoil Louganis experienced rising to stardom at such a young age.

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Music Interviews
6:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:28 am

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The music of Colombia is in the spotlight this week as we check in with our friends at Alt Latino. Felix Contreras usually joins us with a number of artists to share. Today he has just one artist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAMBOLERO")

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Movie Interviews
6:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

'Best Of Enemies': When Televised Verbal Fireworks Were A Novelty

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:28 am

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Performing Arts
6:24 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Caught In The Act: Joke-Stealing In The Age Of Twitter

Conan O'Brien's been sued by a comedy writer who alleges he's been stealing jokes. But journalist Larry Getlen warns not to assume the worst: In the world of topical comedy, similar jokes are bound to arise.
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Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:03 pm

Conan O'Brien got some bad news this past week: The late-night host is getting sued for allegedly stealing jokes. A freelance comedy writer claims that O'Brien lifted four jokes from the writer's personal blog and Twitter.

The dust-up arose after an odd story surfaced about a flight that had just two passengers on board. Naturally, the two men found some humor in it.

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Religion
6:24 am
Sun August 2, 2015

In Utah, 'Book Of Mormon' Strikes A Chord

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:28 am

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Sun August 2, 2015

This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 7:11 am

Crime is bred from secrets.

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Author Interviews
4:42 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Courtesy of Amistad

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:28 am

If anything was going to make the case for putting warning labels on music, it was 2 Live Crew at the turn of the 1990s. The hip-hop group's output was so sexually explicit that it eventually became the subject of an obscenity case that made its way through some of the highest courts in this country. The man at the center of it all was Luther Campbell, a.k.a Luke Skywalker, the alter-ego that helped make 2 Live Crew one of the most legendary and notorious rap acts ever.

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The Salt
4:23 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.
Ed Anderson Courtesy of Ten Speed Press

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:28 am

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn to make a "counterfeit" version of duck confit, a classic French dish that traditionally can take days to prepare.

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Author Interviews
6:21 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 12:31 pm

Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West. The British-born Kenyan woman was also a racehorse trainer, a writer and a fearless adventurer.

Once famous as an aviation pioneer, she's largely dropped out of the public consciousness. But novelist Paula McLain has put her back in the spotlight — as the protagonist of her new novel, Circling the Sun.

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My Big Break
4:15 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

Reggie Watts calls his form of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his audience, sometimes talking non-sense and switching seamlessly between accents — all improvised on the spot.
Kyle Christy

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 5:55 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Book News & Features
4:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day

F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Temperature" — which was found as an unpublished manuscript — appears in the new issue of The Strand Magazine.
AP

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 5:55 pm

Andrew Gulli has an unusual passion: finding unpublished short stories by famous American authors. He searches through libraries and archives, finds works, researches to confirm they've never been published — then publishes them in the literary magazine he edits, The Strand.

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Books
4:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 5:55 pm

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Movie Interviews
4:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

More Than A Toy: Lego Enthusiasts Have Built A Community

A LEGO Brickumentary explores the enduring global appeal of the little plastic toys.
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Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 5:55 pm

It's almost impossible to think of a toy that's more ubiquitous than Lego bricks. The popular interlocking building blocks are everywhere — from the big screen to kids' rooms around the country.

So it may be hard to believe that in 2003, the Lego Group almost went bankrupt.

The company's near fall and meteoric rise is chronicled in the new film A LEGO Brickumentary.

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