Arts & Life

Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Naming Your Cat

Charlotte looks a lot like Caspurr.
Credit aturkus (Alan Turkus) [Flickr]

Finding the right name for your new feline friend might be easy, or it could be a challenge.  You want something you like, something easy to remember - and nothing too embarrassing if you are calling for it in the unlikely (we hope) event it should it accidentally get out!

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Television
7:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

The Brink imagines how the White House situation room —€” and the U.S. secretary of state, played by Tim Robbins —€” respond when Pakistan is taken over by a certifiably crazy general.
Merie W. Wallace HBO

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 3:04 pm

HBO's new comedy The Brink refers to a world on the brink of nuclear warfare — possibly one of the least-funny premises imaginable. But the two brothers who created the show cut their teeth on a particular kind of political scripted satire that had its heyday in the 1960s and '70s. Think Dr. Strangelove, M*A*S*H and Network and other films by Paddy Chayefsky.

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Monkey See
7:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

In 'Not A Game,' The Story Of A Star Player And A Hard Fall

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Book News & Features
6:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Mary McLain

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 12:20 pm

While our intern is diligently tallying up the 18,000 nominations that came in for the Summer of Love reader poll (sorry, Intern Laura!), we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to the expert panel that will help us wrestle this massive list down to 100 finalists.

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Author Interviews
4:52 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 9:40 am

Emily St. John Mandel's new novel, Station Eleven, opens with a vain actor — and is there really any other kind? — who dies of a heart attack onstage as he plays King Lear in Toronto. His co-stars can't remember if he had a family to notify. But soon, within minutes, the death of one man playing Lear disappears into the vast, mass death of a worldwide plague called the Georgia Flu.

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Simon Armitage frowns with dignity after being awarded the Commander of the British Empire medal at Buckingham Palace in 2010. Though he began the nomination process for the Oxford post as an underdog, he emerged from the ensuing drama with the professorship.
WPA Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 4:47 pm

It's been a scuffle of candidate platforms, fickle endorsements and even a few dignified bouts of mud-slinging — and for once, the hubbub had nothing to do with American politics. In fact, it featured a cast of characters you might not have expected: those men and women of letters, the poets.

On Friday, British poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry. He edged out Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and American poet A.E. Stallings.

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Monkey See
1:47 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

This is the real promo art for a real Lifetime movie starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell.
Lifetime

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Movie Reviews
12:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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Author Interviews
12:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

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Monkey See
9:59 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Riley is on her own in Inside Out.
Pixar

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 10:38 am

Villains are staples of stories for kids. Making them bigger, meaner, madder, more impossible to defeat — that's how you build the ideas of fear and then, inevitably, of courage. A small person faces a giant, or a witch, or a wolf, or Jafar, or Cruella De Vil, or the Buy 'N' Large, and by watching that happen, you learn. You learn what it takes to beat the bad guy. You learn that you, too, can beat the bad guy. You learn not to lose heart and not to give up. You use something inside yourself to beat something outside yourself.

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Monkey See
8:30 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out.
Pixar

I'm just going to tell you right off the bat, you guys: we really liked Inside Out. This does not exactly make us outliers in the critical landscape, but we sit down this week with the great Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch team to talk about the film. It's a thought-provoking story and visually inventive, so we'll spend some time on the various creative forces at work. At the same time, we ding its one weak scene that unfortunately shows up in a lot of the trailers and we debate who cried the most.

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished," says psychologist Dan Gilbert.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:41 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Dan Gilbert's TED Talk

Psychologist Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

About Dan Gilbert

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Poet Rives explores why 4 a.m. has become synonymous with the strangest hour of the day.
Bret Hartman Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:41 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Rives' TED Talk

Poet Rives explores why 4 in the morning has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.

About Rives

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Can You Remember Your Life 1 Second At A Time?

Cesar Kuriyama explains his app 1 Second Everyday at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:41 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Cesar Kuriyama's TED Talk

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

About Cesar Kuriyama

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Movie Interviews
4:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

"[Sadness is] such a funny opposite energy to Joy, who is literally jumping up and down," Poehler says. "And Sadness just wants to lie down and kind of feel her feelings." Poehler plays Joy (left) and Phyllis Smith plays Sadness in the new film Inside Out.
Disney/Pixar

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 11:37 am

A new animated feature from Pixar aims to do the near-impossible, as any parent would tell you: get inside the mind of a preteen girl. Inside Out is about an 11-year-old girl named Riley, but the real stars are her emotions — five colorful characters representing joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.

Pete Docter, the creative force behind Up and Monsters, Inc., wrote and directed the film, and actress Amy Poehler plays Joy. Both of them laugh about one of the biggest challenges of the movie: deciding how many emotions to include.

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