Arts & Life

The Seams
7:34 am
Sat July 25, 2015

From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities

Parsons School of Design graduate Lucy Jones created Seated Design, a collection of clothing for people who use wheelchairs. The clothes include extra fabric at the elbows for greater mobility.
Courtesy of Lucy Jones

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 12:51 pm

Think of all the accessibility amenities you've gotten used to seeing since July 26, 1990, the day the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law: Wheelchair ramps leading into government buildings; Support rails in restroom stalls; ATM keypads and elevator buttons in Braille.

Despite these improvements, people with disabilities still struggle in many areas, including one you might not think much about: clothing.

Cute Canes, Like Eyeglass Frames

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Book News & Features
6:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Iconic Literary Road Trips, Mapped In Time For Summer

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:55 am

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Movie Interviews
6:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Finding The Humor In Desparation In 'Samba'

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:55 am

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Author Interviews
6:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:55 am

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Time Machine
6:03 am
Sat July 25, 2015

'Sandman Slim' Is Urban Fantasy With Brains, Guts And A Blackened Heart

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:24 pm

Six years ago I picked up a book called Sandman Slim by an author, Richard Kadrey, whose name was only vaguely familiar to me. I bought it on a whim. I'm happy I did. Turns out Kadrey wrote Metrophage — a book I'd heard about but never actually got around to reading — back in the '80s, during the golden age of cyberpunk.

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Author Interviews
4:35 am
Sat July 25, 2015

In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

Lea and Bandy met in 1976 at a high school dance. "He was the boy from out of town," Lea writes. "I was the girl who wanted out."
John Carswell Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:55 am

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had a 23-year marriage filled with ups, downs and memories. In 2000 Bandy developed a rare form of appendix cancer and had an operation which was successful — sort of.

Bandy lived, but he was almost a different man. He had suffered a post-surgical complication called "anoxic insult" that cut oxygen to his brain and cleared much of his memory. He called his wife "Sweetness," but could not remember how they met, when they got married and the births of their two children. Twenty-three years more or less vanished from his mind.

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The Salt
4:34 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

At Anise, a bar in Beirut, Lebanon, beloved local herbs like za'atar, sage and rosemary are making their way into cocktails. "We want to do something fresh in our cocktails," says co-owner Marwan Matar.
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Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

The sun has very nearly set on Beirut, and in a bar called Anise, they're mixing the first cocktail of the evening.

There's vodka, vermouth and iced glasses. And next to the bunches of mint for mojitos are sage, wild oregano, rosemary and the Lebanese favorite, za'atar, a kind of wild thyme.

Here in Lebanon, mixologists and brewmasters are taking a national cuisine and reimagining it in liquid form.

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Movie Reviews
7:03 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

'A Gay Girl' Who Was Not What She Seemed

A scene from A Gay Girl in Damascus.
IFC Films

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 12:53 am

Imagine discovering a blog written by an attractive, vivacious woman who lives in a city torn by civil war. Imagine corresponding with that woman, falling in love with her, and receiving erotic messages and nude photos from her. Then imagine hearing that this online lover has been kidnapped, probably by her repressive country's secret police.

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U.S.
4:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Ralph Waldo Emerson.
George Eastman House Collection via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:22 pm

It's high summer, and for a lot of us that means it's time to go camping. This summer, we're celebrating one particular camping trip.

Way back in 1858, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great philosopher and poet, set out into the Adirondack Mountains in New York. On the famous journey, he took with him some of the most famous artists, scientists and thinkers of his day.

This year, I set out early in the morning in my canoe with a company of my own: environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben and our guide, Mike Carr with the Nature Conservancy.

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Media
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

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Dance
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

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Movie Reviews
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

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Author Interviews
12:21 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:12 pm

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Monkey See
8:42 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Trainwreck' And 'Ant-Man'

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck.
Universal Pictures

Two movies are up to bat this week for our conversation with our pal and producer emeritus Mike Katzif, and the bottom line: we like 'em both.

First up is Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, which I wrote about last week (and talked about on the air), but which we have more time to explore here. We talk about the movie's stance toward monogamy, its unavoidable Apatovian looseness, the charms of Bill Hader, the bold (and, for some of us, tear-inducing) vulnerability of Amy Schumer, and lots more. It's a good movie.

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Arts & Life
4:56 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Nearly 200 Comedians, All Playing The Same City

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 2:31 pm

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