Arts & Life

It's All Politics
1:56 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom

Comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast might not seem like the place for a typical presidential interview, but several months ago the White House reached out to Maron to see if he'd be interested in having Barack Obama as his guest. "I just didn't think that it would ever happen," Maron says.

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Book News & Features
6:03 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Longest Thou To Go On Summer Pilgrimage? Chaucer Hath Advice

Pilgrims leaving Canterbury, from text of the end of the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
British Library The Art Archive

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:58 am

Editor's Note: We've been having so much fun running advice columns from the Internet's own Chaucer Doth Tweet, we've brought him back to dispense wisdom on all things summery. As always, Middle English is involved.

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Television
5:18 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'

USA's Mr. Robot tells the story of a cyber-security engineer and vigilant hacker (played by Rami Malek) who also suffers from anxiety.
Sarah Shatz USA Network

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:13 am

Cyborgs and androids are nowhere to be seen in the new USA show Mr. Robot. Instead, the drama is centered on a very human interior — the mind of Elliot, the unlikely hacker hero. From his first words — "Hello, friend" — his voice-over keeps audiences squarely inside his world.

"Elliot is sort of an internal, isolated guy who can't really interact with people socially, in real life, but online he can hack them and knows all the intimate, private details of them," Sam Esmail, the show's creator and executive producer, tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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Author Interviews
4:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Beyond The 'Sometimes Sentimental' Story Of Filipino Migrants

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 5:18 pm

Mia Alvar was born in the Philippines, but as a small child her family moved to Bahrain. A few years later, they moved again, this time to New York.

The cities of her childhood are the settings in her debut collection of short stories, In The Country. The nine stories feature very different characters, in and outside of the Philippines, who are grappling with some form of exile or emigration.

"Part of the project," she tells NPR's Arun Rath, "was getting behind the official, sometimes sentimental, narrative about overseas Filipino workers."

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Arts & Life
4:11 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Remembering James Salter, A 'Writer's Writer' Who Died Friday

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 5:21 pm

The acclaimed U.S. author died in New York at age 90. A master of his craft, Salter never received the mainstream success many believe he deserved. His novels include A Sport and a Pastime and All That Is.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Sunday Puzzle
6:57 am
Sun June 21, 2015

A Mental Block May Help Solve This Puzzle

NPR

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 2:48 pm

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is called "Monkey Business." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase starting with "M" and "B" — as in "monkey business."

Last week's challenge: Think of an adjective that describes many shampoos. Add the brand name of a shampoo in its basic form. The result, reading the letters in order from left to right, will name a famous musician. Who is it?

Answer: Herb Alpert.

Winner: Mark Dressner of Long Beach, Calif.

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Book News & Features
6:57 am
Sun June 21, 2015

A Boy And A Brutal Slaughter In 'Caminar'

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:26 am

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Book News & Features
6:03 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Words Made Flesh: Literature And The Language Of Prayer

Lately, my prayers have become a form of artistic expression: Carefully chosen words, praise reports like songs, and sometimes pissed-off pronouncements entwined with polite requests that I please not screw something up. This season of life has required thoughtful consideration of even my private devotional time — and that makes me think of the conviction of Flannery O'Connor.

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Author Interviews
4:40 am
Sun June 21, 2015

After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

Emily Bogle Emily Bogle

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:34 pm

When Sarah Hepola got her very first writing job at The Austin Chronicle, her editor-in-chief gave her an unlikely Christmas gift — a hat that could hold beers. "It was my top boss," Hepola recalls, who had drawn her name in a Secret Santa gift exchange. "He just threw it on my desk and said: 'So you can drink more at work.'"

Hepola's new memoir -- Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget -- is filled with such funny/tragic stories, about drinking until last call, blacking out, and then trying to piece it all together the following day.

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The Salt
4:39 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

To make Christina Tosi's Bird in a Bag, you'll need a chicken breast or boneless thigh, seasoning, buttermilk (or even bottled ranch dressing), a heavy-duty zip-top freezer bag and a straw.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:28 pm

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

First up: making magically moist sous vide chicken without the fancy equipment.

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Music Interviews
4:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Erik Jensen portrays rock critic Lester Bangs in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.
Craig Schwartz

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 5:42 pm

In his 33 years on earth, rock critic Lester Bangs left behind tens of thousands of pages of writing. He died of a drug overdose in 1982 — but this month, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif., Bangs and his ideas are coming to life on stage in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.

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Author Interviews
4:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 12:28 pm

For years, Naveed Jamali gave secrets to the Russians, selling out his country for cash.

Or so the Russians thought. In fact, Jamali was working for the FBI by pretending to be a spy for the Russians: a real-life double agent.

Jamali chronicles his experiences in his new book, How To Catch A Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent.

The story starts back when Jamali was a child. A well-dressed Russian man entered his parent's bookstore to buy some books.

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My Big Break
4:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

Jonathan Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in beer company Dos Equis' ad campaign.
Bobby Quillard Anderson Group Public Relations

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 12:42 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:54 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:05 am

Mindy Kaling started out as the youngest writer on the staff of NBC's The Office and ended up being a star, producer and director of the show. She went on to create her own sitcom, The Mindy Project and now, she's the voice of Disgust in the new Pixar movie, Inside Out.

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project" — three questions about do-it-yourself projects.

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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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