Arts & Life

Movie Reviews
4:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

'Everyman's Journey': Don't Believe Everything You Hear

Arnel Pineda's journey from obscurity to international fame as the new frontman for the rock band Journey is the narrative thread that drives Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Some bands are born of passion and deep camaraderie, a collective desire to rebel against authority — or at least to look cool. Others are born because a major label threatens to drop them if they don't find a lead vocalist.

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Movie Reviews
4:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Friendship Fades To Bleak 'Beyond The Hills'

As Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) settles into life as a Romanian Orthodox nun, her childhood friend Alina (Cristina Flutur) returns to try to draw her out of a life of deep religious piety.
Sundance Selects

The opening shot of Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills may look somewhat familiar. As in the Romanian writer-director's previous film, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a young woman strides purposefully while a handheld camera follows mere inches behind. She's on a mission to help a close friend, her resolve demonstrated by the way she marches against two lines of travelers who've just disembarked from a train.

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Movie Reviews
4:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

From 'Oz,' A Less Than Magical Prequel

Theodora (Mila Kunis) is the first person the young conjuror Oscar (James Franco) meets when he lands in the mystical, magical Land of Oz.
Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:03 pm

Oz the Great and Powerful tells the story of how the Wizard came to Oz, answering a question I suspect no one was asking, but with considerable digital wizardry.

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Asia
3:59 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Young Chinese Translate America, One Show At A Time

The Newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels, is one of the most popular American TV series in China. It's a favorite among a cadre of young, informal translators who see it as a way to challenge conventional Chinese thinking.

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 8:42 pm

Every week, thousands of young Chinese gather online to translate popular American movies and TV shows into Mandarin. Some do it for fun and to help people learn English, while others see it as a subtle way to introduce new ideas into Chinese society.

Among the more popular American TV shows on China's Internet these days is HBO's The Newsroom. One reason is an exchange between a college student and a news anchor played by Jeff Daniels. The young woman asks the aging newsman why the United States is the greatest country in the world.

The anchor explodes.

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Arts & Life
3:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Shrimp Trawling Comes With Big Risks

John Berthelot, top, and Hosea Wilson, bottom right, release the nets from their shrimp boat, Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Venice Marina in Venice, La.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 5:03 pm

Think your job is bad? Quit whining, unless you're a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Commercial fishermen have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities of any occupation in the country — 116 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010. A majority of the deaths happen when a fishing vessel sinks. About a third occur when someone goes overboard.

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Arts & Life
3:39 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

In The Iditarod Race, 'Pee Pants' Get An Endurance Test

Several female mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are trying out new attire that allows them to skip bathroom stops. Here, a musher and his team pass fans at the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage.
Dan Joling AP

It will take more than a week for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which began Sunday, to cover nearly 1,000 miles. But every minute counts — and several mushers are trying out special pants that allow them to race without stopping for bathroom breaks.

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The Salt
3:09 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

An Israeli cook displays locusts at a restaurant in Jerusalem, at a 2010 event promoting locusts as a tasty kosher treat.
Olivier Fitoussi AP

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 3:54 pm

A swarm of locusts that has devastated crops in Egypt made its way into neighboring Israel this week. And with Passover just around the corner, many news outlets couldn't resist noting the shades of the biblical tale of Exodus, when the insects were one of 10 plagues that descended upon Pharaoh and his people.

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Author Interviews
1:50 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza

Retired Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza's new autobiography, Long Shot, addresses the steroid controversy and recalls the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Simon and Schuster

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 2:30 pm

Back in 1988, it wasn't until the 62nd round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft that the Los Angeles Dodgers finally picked Mike Piazza. Nobody expected him to make it in the big leagues. But he did. He made his major league debut with the Dodgers on Sept. 1, 1992, and he hit his first home run just 12 days later.

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Ask Me Another
11:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Will Shortz: Aging Gopher Maracas

Will Shortz, puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987, is also the crossword editor of The New York Times.
Mark Mainz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:15 am

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Ask Me Another
11:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Product Placement II

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And we have our next two contestants. Let's welcome Rachel Wilson and Suzanne Wallace.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Rachel, you have many talents. I hear one of them is you can sing the alphabet backwards.

RACHEL WILSON: That may be true.

EISENBERG: That may be true?

WILSON: Mh-mm.

EISENBERG: All right. Can you take us back from M?

(LAUGHTER)

WILSON: (Singing) M, O, N, M, L, K, J, I, H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A.

EISENBERG: Yeah! Nice.

(APPLAUSE)

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Ask Me Another
11:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Sublime Rhymes

Transcript

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER, connecting people to puzzles since 2012. I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg, and joining me right now is puzzle extraordinaire, Greg Pliska.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And let's welcome our contestants. We have Marty Ambos and James Bronzan.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hi guys, welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER.

MARTY AMBOS: Hi.

EISENBERG: Hi.

JAMES BRONZAN: Thank you.

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Ask Me Another
11:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Electric Boogaloo

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right. Art Chung is back with us as well.

ART CHUNG: Hey Ophira.

EISENBERG: And it is time...

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: ...everyone, for what we've all been waiting for. It's our Ask Me One More final round. This final elimination round will determine this week's ASK ME ANOTHER champion. So we're going to bring back the winners from all of our previous rounds. From Two Tickets to Parodies, we have Matt Carman.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Sublime Rhymes, James Bronzan.

(APPLAUSE)

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Ask Me Another
11:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Two Tickets To Parodies

Transcript

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg, the first female game show host ever to be paid entirely in NPR tote bags.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Next to me on the stage this week are our ASK ME ANOTHER puzzle guys, Art Chung...

ART CHUNG: Hey, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hello, Art Chung.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And Greg Pliska...

GREG PLISKA: Glad to be here.

EISENBERG: Welcome.

(APPLAUSE)

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Ask Me Another
11:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Give Us The Bird

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, let's welcome our next two contestants. We have Jon Katz.

JON KATZ: Hello.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hello. And Amit Kooner.

AMIT KOONER: Hi.

EISENBERG: Hello.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right, Jon. Here's my question for you. How do you meet people?

KATZ: In non-scandalous ways through Craigslist.

EISENBERG: In non-scandalous ways through Craigslist?

KATZ: Yes.

EISENBERG: All right. That sounds like a sentence I'd like to hear more about.

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Book Reviews
9:27 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Samba, Spiderbots And 'Summer' Love In Far-Future Brazil

Arthur A. Levine Books

In the 17th century, fugitive slaves founded a free community in the mountains of northeastern Brazil. They called it Palmares. Contemporary accounts describe the courtyards and the fountains, the churches and council meetings of that sprawling settlement, which survived for decades before a concerted military effort by Portuguese colonists wiped it out in 1695.

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