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Photography
3:25 am
Thu July 23, 2015

'Close Up Baltimore' Tells Stories Of The City, One Portrait At A Time

"Winter is better. You can't get nothing on a summer day. You can't get no help in the summer. I don't have no place to stay, but I sleep out here sometimes on the streets. I try to make a little money to buy me a little something to eat because I don't like eating out of trash cans. That makes me sick."
Joe Rubino Close Up Baltimore

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:50 pm

It's a muggy summer day, and Joe Rubino is at the train station in Baltimore, taking pictures of a stranger and asking some deeply personal questions. Later, he'll post this portrait online, along with snippets from the conversation.

"I think that people are hungry for a more real, emotional connection to people," Rubino says.

His street photography project, Close Up Baltimore, was inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York blog.

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The Salt
2:42 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Buddhist Diet For A Clear Mind: Nuns Preserve Art Of Korean Temple Food

Iced tea made from local berries is served with melon and squares of sweet sticky rice topped with fruits and nuts. The nuns eat these sweets on head-shaving day, to replenish their energy.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:01 pm

Detox diets come and go, like any other fad. In South Korea, one popular diet has staying power. It has been around for at least 1,600 years, ever since the founding of the Jinkwansa temple in the mountains outside of Seoul.

This Buddhist monastery sits at the convergence of two streams, amid twisting leafy trees and soaring peaks. It's one of many temples in the countryside outside of South Korea's capital. Each temple has its own specialty. Jinkwansa is famous for two reasons.

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Remembrances
4:37 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

The way E.L. Doctorow told it, the phrase "historical novel" is something of a misnomer when it comes to his writing. "I think really of myself as a national novelist; I am an American novelist writing about my country."
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:35 pm

E.L. Doctorow used to tell a story about a journalism class he took as a high school student in the Bronx. As he told NPR back in 2003, he wrote a profile of a doorman at Carnegie Hall who was beloved by all the performers there. His teacher, apparently, loved the story so much, she wanted to publish the story in the school paper — so she told Doctorow to get a photo of the man.

There was just one problem.

"I hadn't expected that kind of enthusiasm," Doctorow recalled, "and I said, well, 'Not exactly, there is no Carl.' I made him up."

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Arts & Life
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

The Story Of South Korea Told Through One Cartoonist

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:40 pm

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Movie Interviews
12:29 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Jake Gyllenhaal plays boxer Billy Hope in Southpaw.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:04 pm

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal knows what it feels like to take a punch. "It doesn't feel great, you know," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie. At least that's how I justify when I would get hit: 'That was good for the movie.' "

The movie in question is Southpaw, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a boxer who grew up in the foster care system and is struggling to be a father to his daughter.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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."

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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