Arts & Life

Arts & Life
4:19 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

'Holy Smokes!': Rare Baseball Card Collection Hits Home Run

Even Leila Dunbar (right), Antiques Roadshow appraiser, was overwhelmed by the collection. "It is the greatest archive that I have ever had at the Roadshow," she says.
Meredith Nierman WGBH

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 5:47 pm

This week on Antiques Roadshow on PBS, a woman brought in a set of old baseball memorabilia that she had found in a desk drawer — and received a big surprise.

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Arts & Life
4:19 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Eyes Of The Courtroom: Sketching The Nation's Biggest Trials

Over the past 25 years, Mona Shafer Edwards has depicted some of the most famous trials in Los Angeles, including Rodney King and O.J. Simpson (above).
Mona Shafer Edwards

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 5:47 pm

It might seem like cameras have conquered the world. Paparazzi with zoom lenses chase down celebrities; drones take images from above; anyone with a smartphone can snap selfies, capture stunning moments or take video of newsworthy events. Photographers, these days, are everywhere.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:39 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Not My Job: Former CIA Officer Robert Baer Gets Quizzed On Bears

Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:26 am

Robert Baer was a CIA officer for decades, before coming in from the cold in the late 1990s. He's written a series of memoirs, including Sleeping with the Devil, The Company We Keep, and See No Evil, which was the basis for the George Clooney movie Syriana. His latest book is called The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins.

We've invited Baer — who may or may not have been tapping our phones all week — three questions about bears.

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Movie Interviews
9:16 am
Sat January 10, 2015

'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:31 am

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Arts & Life
8:48 am
Sat January 10, 2015

A New Year means more stories from our APR interns

The start of 2015 means a new group of University of Alabama student journalists are joining the Alabama Public Radio news team as newsroom interns. We're breaking in our latest group right now. Our student reporters receive daily assignments, research the stories, conduct interviews, an write copy--all under professional supervision by the news team. The results air statewide and go on their resumes. Here’s a smattering of the work our students did that aired statewide on APR in 2014.

Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Cold Weather Protection for Your Pet

Pets need shelter in cold weather.
Credit WOWK 13 NEWS (Charleston, WV) [FaceBook]

A lot of folks complain about the cold weather during the winter months, but what about our pets?  They need to stay warm when the temperatures drop into the frigid zone.  Make some arrangements to protect your best friend from winter's icy blast.

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Sports
6:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Skiing The Back Country Is Intoxicating, And Dangerous

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:31 am

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Author Interviews
6:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Australian Cyberthriller 'Amnesia' Echoes Julian Assange Story

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears at a 2012 press conference in London. Author Peter Carey says he was drawn to Assange's story because of their shared Australian history.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:31 am

Peter Carey's new novel, Amnesia, opens just as a computer virus is unlocking the cells of Australian prisons from Alice Springs to Woomera. And because those computer systems were designed by an American company, the virus also worms its way into thousands of U.S. prisons, from dusty towns in Texas to dusty towns in Afghanistan. Around the world, security monitors flash with this message: "The corporation is under our control. The Angel declares you free."

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Sat January 10, 2015

'The Galaxy Game' Is Rich And Strong As A Shot Of Rum

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Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:24 pm

Two scenes in The Galaxy Game are useful metaphors for my experience of reading it: In one scene, two characters travel from one planet to another, and have to adjust their balance and breathing to the unfamiliar gravity of their new environment. In the other scene, one character introduces another to rum.

Reading The Galaxy Game is almost precisely like drinking the richest, most full-bodied rum while trying to find your legs on a new planet (especially if — like me — you didn't realize this was a sequel to 2013's The Best of All Possible Worlds).

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Author Interviews
4:57 am
Sat January 10, 2015

'West Of Sunset' Imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Years In Hollywood

This portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald was done in 1925, back when things were going well for the young writer. "Everything was golden for him early on," says writer Stewart O'Nan, "and then things started going against him ... it's a spiral."
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 10:31 am

In West of Sunset, novelist Stewart O' Nan imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's final years, which he spent in Hollywood. It's a time when the glow of The Great Gatsby has dimmed, and he's trying to punch up scripts — most of which will never be produced — with a few lines of dialog for $200 a day. Holed up in the Garden of Allah apartments on Sunset Boulevard, he's supporting his daughter and the lost love of his life, Zelda, who is in a North Carolina sanitarium.

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Arts & Life
4:54 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition

Syrian political cartoonist Ali Farzat sits at his desk at a Kuwaiti newspaper on Dec. 14, 2011. Earlier that year, Farzat was badly beaten in retaliation for cartoons that mocked Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Yasser al-Zayyat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 3:42 pm

"Can't they take a joke?" That's the question that came up after the 2005 Danish cartoon controversy and now, again, after the massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The suspected killers obviously reflect a tiny minority of extreme religious fanatics, but the question made us wonder: What is the role of satire in the Muslim world?

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Movie Interviews
5:04 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Jessica Chastain says her grandmother has played a key role in her career. "I've taken her to the Oscars both years," Chastain says. "She's really a special lady and has helped me in more ways than I could ever explain."
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

The new movie A Most Violent Year is set in New York City in 1981 — a chaotic time of spiraling crime. The story involves corruption in the heating oil industry: the hijacking of fuel tankers, a businessman trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and a prosecutor who has that businessman in his sights. And finally, there's the story of the businessman's wife ... who may hold all the cards.

Jessica Chastain plays Anna Morales, the upwardly mobile daughter of a Brooklyn gangster. She keeps the books for her husband's fuel business — as well as a number of secrets.

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Monkey See
2:27 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

C'mon, 'Glee': Bring It Home

Rachel (Lea Michele) seeks advice from Will (Matthew Morrison) in the first part of the two-hour Glee season premiere, airing Friday night.
Tyler Golden Fox

It's wrong, I think, to say that Fox's Glee was only good at the beginning. It's certainly been inconsistent. It's certainly struggled with new cast members once the original group moved on.

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Author Interviews
1:38 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

Originally aired March 31, 2014.

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Goats and Soda
12:41 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Men play a struck beau while women and children sing behind them at an Mbenzele Pygymy village.
Nathalie Fernando University of Montreal

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:46 am

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