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Newscast
6:15 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Poarch Creek GOP donation, Safer schools, Disaster prep

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Monday September 8, 2014

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Monkey See
6:07 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Toronto, Day 4: Pop Stars, Chess Prodigies And Battling Science

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a pop star and Minnie Driver as her controlling mother in Beyond the Lights.
Suzanne Tenner TIFF

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 9:27 am

Beyond the Lights: Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the terrific 2000 romance Love & Basketball, and here, she looks at the intersection of love and celebrity. Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a rapidly rising pop star whose hard-driving mother (Minnie Driver) has been pushing her hard all her life. Career-wise, she's doing great. Personally, not so much. On a particularly bad night, Noni meets a cop named Kaz (Nate Parker), who winds up knowing more than she (or her mom) would like about her state of mind.

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Book News & Features
2:20 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

Random House

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 11:10 am

Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — has been charming generations of children and adults since the 1950s. And though Seuss died in 1991, a new collection of his lesser-known work, called Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, comes out Tuesday.

"The four stories in this book came from columns that appeared in Redbook magazine in the 1950s," explains Cathy Goldsmith, an associate publishing director at Random House. "Dr. Seuss actually wrote a piece once a month for Redbook."

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Author Interviews
4:36 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer And Survivor

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Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:56 pm

In the spring of 1528, a crew of 600 Spanish and Portuguese soldiers landed on the Gulf Coast of the United States, hoping to find gold. The expedition was an utter disaster; only four members survived.

Within a year, nearly all of the men involved in the Narvaez Expedition had succumbed to disease, starvation, drowning or violent death in fights with indigenous people.

The survivors made their way across the continent, living with the natives, until finally they reached the Spanish settlements on the western coast of Mexico.

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My Big Break
4:27 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Dolph Lundgren's performance in Rocky IV as Ivan Drago — ” the "blond beast with flatiron hair and perfect muscles," as one critic wrote — ” made a big impression on American audiences
United Artists Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 2:17 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.

Before he was Ivan Drago, He-Man or an "Expendable," Dolph Lundgren was just another 6-foot-5-inch Swedish male model with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering.

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Monkey See
7:03 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Toronto, Day 3: Reitman, Costner, Kendrick, Race, Gender And Euthanasia

Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years.
Thomas Concordia TIFF

Men, Women & Children: If you can't get enough alarmist local news segments about how all the kids are sexting and everyone is giving up their families for free online pornography that's infected with malware, you'll love Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children, a cautionary tale about fighting the real enemies: the internet and terrible mothers.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Sun September 7, 2014

'I Am China' Asks: How Far Should An Artist Go?

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In an authoritarian state, is all art necessarily political? And if so, what is the artist's responsibility? How far should he or she push? How does an individual operate in a society that values collectivism above all? And is this intersection of art and politics worth the turmoil, chaos, and pain that it causes to those you love? These are the questions at the heart of Xiaolu Guo's new novel, I Am China.

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Author Interviews
5:13 am
Sun September 7, 2014

'What If' There Were An Entire Book Devoted To Absurd Hypotheticals?

"Earth outweighs us by a factor of over ten trillion," Munroe writes. "On average, we humans can vertically jump maybe half a meter on a good day. Even if the Earth were rigid and responded instantly, it would be pushed down by less than an atom's width."
Randall Munroe Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 9:00 pm

Simple questions can lead to very complicated answers. For instance: What if everyone actually had just one soul mate — one random person somewhere in the world? Could they ever meet?

"You know, there are a lot more people who have been alive than who are alive right now. So if your soul mate is randomly assigned from all humans, it's probably somebody who is already dead or who has not yet been born."

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Parallels
4:38 am
Sun September 7, 2014

China Gets A Big Dose Of Fine Art Photography

Peikwen Cheng; Praying from the Lost and Found Series, 2010.
Peikwen Cheng Courtesy of MD Gallery

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:24 am

China's largest fair devoted to fine art photography opened in Shanghai this weekend. The first-time event is called Photo Shanghai and includes more than 500 works from photographers around the world.

One of the exhibits drawing a lot of Chinese visitors this weekend is by photographer Zhang Kechun. One of the most striking images features a Buddha head, about 40 feet high, sitting in the middle of an open pit coal mine.

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Religion
8:49 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Group Questions Football Chaplain at Ole Miss

A group is questioning the role of religion inside the University of Mississippi football program, expressing concerns that a football chaplain is an inappropriate endorsement of religion by a public university.

The Clarion Ledger reports that The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison, Wisconsin-based group that seeks separation between church and state, has sent a public records request to Ole Miss.

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Movie Interviews
4:26 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

One Woman, Many Surprises: Pacifist Muslim, British Spy, WWII Hero

Grace Srinivasan plays Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian-American Muslim woman who spied for the British during World War II, in a new docudrama about her life.
Jonathan Mount Unity Productions Foundation

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:25 am

Noor Inayat Khan, one of the heroines of World War II, had a short, astonishing life, one that took her from a pacifist childhood to a daring career in covert operations. She was a Muslim woman who worked as a British spy — a radio operator — in Nazi-occupied Paris.

A new docudrama about her, Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, premieres Tuesday on PBS.

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Author Interviews
4:26 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Online Dating Stats Reveal A 'Dataclysm' Of Telling Trends

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Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 5:39 pm

OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder is a man obsessed with data. His dating site is known for gathering enormous amounts of information about users — the more questions you answer about yourself, the better the site's algorithm can, in theory, find you a match.

Like other social sites, OkCupid keeps track of user data in order to make the site more effective. But, Rudder says, that information could also change the way we see ourselves.

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Interviews
4:13 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

No Tiara, No Problem: 'Rejected Princesses' Have Stories Worth Telling

Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya is one of the women featured on Jason Porath's blog Rejected Princesses. Oktyabrskaya was the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award.
Jason Porath

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 9:13 pm

Many of us have come to know the tales of Disney's princesses by heart. But put Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and Ariel aside for a moment and consider these characters: A transgender Native American, a tank commander and a Mexican revolutionary.

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Music Interviews
4:13 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

The Full Escovedo: What You May Not Know About Sheila E.

Drummer, singer and bandleader Sheila E. unpacks the details of a rich musical life in the new memoir The Beat of My Own Drum.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 5:39 pm

Most people know Sheila E. as a pop star, from the hit records she made in the 1980s with the telltale influence of Prince. But did you know she made her debut album as a teenager, or that she played percussion on Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"?

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Levi's didn't even call them "jeans" until after James Dean wore them. Would he have preferred stretch fabrics and elastic waistbands?
AP

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:17 pm

The AP says that the nation's devotion to denim is wearing thin. Sales fell a significant 6 percent over the last year after decades of steady growth, according to the market research firm NPD Group.

Seems the nation is leisurizing its pants, bypassing the dungarees and choosing elastic waistbands and sweats instead. Sales of yoga pants and other active wear climbed 7 percent in the same period.

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