Arts & Life

The Salt
12:23 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

A vintage ad for Popsicle
The National Archives

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:35 pm

The next time you pop a Popsicle in your mouth, think about this: You're enjoying the fruits of an 11-year-old entrepreneur's labor.

Back in 1905, a San Francisco Bay Area kid by the name of Frank Epperson accidentally invented the summertime treat. He had mixed some sugary soda powder with water and left it out overnight. It was a cold night, and the mixture froze. In the morning, Epperson devoured the icy concoction, licking it off the wooden stirrer. He declared it an Epsicle, a portmanteau of icicle and his name, and started selling the treat around his neighborhood.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

Cartoonist Tom Moore brought the character of Archie and his teenage friends to life for decades. Moore died Monday in Texas at the age of 86.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 11:55 am

Artist Tom Moore, who gave life to the teen angst of Archie and his Riverdale pals from 1953 to the late 1980s, has died of lung cancer in El Paso, Texas.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:04 am
Wed July 22, 2015

After 4 Years, Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets His Passport Back

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei received a new passport four years after authorities confiscated it.
Ai Weiwei via Instagram

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:51 am

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei finally got his passport back today, four years after it was seized by government authorities.

Ai made the announcement on Instagram, posting a selfie of him holding his red and gold passport with a simple caption: "Today, I picked up my passport."

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Read more
Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed July 22, 2015

In 'Lovers,' There's A Lot To Like — And Plenty Of Self-Pity To Go Around

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 9:28 am

Juan Gabriel Vasquez opens Lovers on All Saints' Day with a line that's almost a thesis statement.

"I didn't leave Belgium much during that season," says the narrator at the start of "Hiding Places," the first story in the collection. "I spent the time observing the people of the Ardennes and participating in their activities, and then learning to write what I'd seen in such a way that as little of it as possible would be squandered."

Read more
Arts & Life
5:02 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:47 am

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

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's take a moment now to remember a Grammy-winning songwriter.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALWAYS ON MY MIND")

ELVIS PRESLEY: (Singing) Maybe I didn't love you.

Read more
Arts & Life
5:00 am
Wed July 22, 2015

For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:55 am

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

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Read more
Arts & Life
4:57 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Novelist E.L Doctorow, Master Of Historical Fiction, Dies At 84

E.L. Doctorow, center, stands with other National Book Critics Circle award winners in March 2006 at a reception following the awards ceremony in New York. Doctorow's "The March" won the prize for fiction that year.
Tina Fineberg AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:30 am

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

Television
4:13 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

Mark Cuban, left, as President of the United States, faces killer sharks with Ian Ziering in the Syfy film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
The Global Asylum/Syfy

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:12 pm

For connoisseurs of wonderfully bad television, there is a fine line between stuff that's so bad it's great fun to watch and stuff that's just bad.

And Syfy's latest Sharknado movie — the third one based on tornadoes filled with killer sharks terrorizing America, if you can believe it — has finally, unfortunately, fallen into that last category.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Author Of 'Billy Bathgate,' 'Ragtime,' Dies At 84

E.L. Doctorow, center, stands with other National Book Critics Circle award winners in March 2006 at a reception following the awards ceremony in New York. Doctorow's "The March" won the prize for fiction that year.
Tina Fineberg AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:14 am

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th-century United States, died Tuesday at the age of 84, his agent confirmed late Tuesday.

Read more
Remembrances
4:35 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:23 pm

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

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Read more
Book Reviews
4:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Book Review: 'How To Be Drawn,' Terrance Hayes

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:23 pm

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

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Read more
Fine Art
4:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

Chiharu Shiota takes over an entire townhouse for her 2013 work Trace of Memory. It's one of the many unusual installations at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.
Courtesy of The Mattress Factory

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:09 pm

The Mattress Factory hasn't been an actual mattress factory for a while now. Built on a hillside in the Central Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, back at the turn of the last century, it was used as a warehouse and showroom for Stearns & Foster until the 1960s.

Today, it's one of the country's more unusual art museums. Filled not with paintings or sculptures — and certainly not with mattresses — it is now, four stories of ... well, of "stories" in a way. Installations that take you places you don't expect to go in an art museum.

Read more
The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Actor Theodore Bikel Dies At Age 91

Theodore Bikel, seen here in 2013, died Monday after a long illness.
Jim Ruymen UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:06 pm

Actor and musician Theodore Bikel, whose talents landed him memorable roles on the stage and screen, has died at age 91. His manager Robert Malcolm confirmed the news to NPR's Neda Ulaby, who says Bikel "died last night at a hospital in Los Angeles after a long illness."

Some of Bikel's most notable work took place on stage — starting with an early breakthrough in the London staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which he starred opposite Vivien Leigh.

Read more
Movie Interviews
1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Actress Mya Taylor and director Sean Baker collaborated on the film Tangerine, a comedy about a friendship between transgender sex workers in Los Angeles' unofficial red-light district.
Rebecca Cabage AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 8:48 pm

When film director Sean Baker moved to Los Angeles three years ago, he found himself drawn to one of the city's most infamous intersections. The corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is "an unofficial red light district," Baker tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But Baker's interest in the area went beyond the usual transactions: "I thought there must be some incredible stories that take place on that corner."

Read more
The Salt
11:39 am
Tue July 21, 2015

A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum

For 3-D food printers, chocolate is a good material to start with, because it's fairly simple to make it liquid inside the printer cartridge and solid once it drops out.
Courtesy of Smart Gastronomy Lab, University of Liège

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:59 am

Dorothée Goffin's lab in Belgium is outfitted with 3-D printers and digital milling machines. It's also a kitchen. And, one day a week, the doors open to anyone who feels like walking in to mess around with the equipment. These days, the tech geeks, chefs and curious folk that inhabit the lab are focused on 3-D printing. Instead of spouting plastic doodads, the printers exude chocolate.

Read more

Pages