Arts http://wuis.org en 'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel http://wuis.org/post/rocket-girl-jetpack-powered-21st-century-angel One word: Jetpack. You perked up, right? When most of us dream of the future, jetpacks are one of the first things we dream about. And yet, even now that the future is indisputably here, we continue to be denied the ultimate sci-fi accessory. With all the 21st-century tech we've got these days — maps that talk, handheld videophones — why aren't we all flying through the air with the greatest of renewable-energy-fueled ease? Maybe jetpacks need a special kind of power, an explosive force the average adult just can't muster. Maybe they need a teenager instead — say, a teen girl. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Etelka Lehoczky 29842 at http://wuis.org 'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel PG-13 Movie Rating Turns 30 http://wuis.org/post/pg-13-movie-rating-turns-30 Until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films as G, PG, R or X. But that year a couple of gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:10:00 +0000 editor 29838 at http://wuis.org Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' http://wuis.org/post/book-review-angels-make-their-hope-here Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 29818 at http://wuis.org How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' http://wuis.org/post/how-scientists-created-typhus-vaccine-fantastic-laboratory When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Nazi commanders had another worry besides the Red Army. Epidemics of typhus fever, which is transmitted by body lice, killed untold numbers of soldiers and civilians during and after World War I.<p>As World War II raged, typhus reappeared in war-torn areas and in Jewish ghettos, where cramped, harsh conditions were a perfect breeding ground for lice.<p>So the Nazis employed Dr. Rudolf Weigl to produce a typhus vaccine. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 29787 at http://wuis.org How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages http://wuis.org/post/despite-disability-one-mountain-climber-reflects-his-advantages Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now we'll hear from a man who's been overcoming bias and doubts for his entire life. Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that affected his legs. Minutes after he was born, a physician told his parents he would probably never walk. And by the age of five, both of his legs had been amputated. But he spent a lifetime challenging himself and challenging the way people think about physical disability. In the past year, West completed a 300 kilometer trek across Canada in a wheelchair and on his hands. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 editor 29784 at http://wuis.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers http://wuis.org/post/audience-measurement-how-networks-and-critics-are-wrestling-numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 29779 at http://wuis.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS http://wuis.org/post/what-golden-girls-taught-us-about-aids <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRoKiwmgFkw</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 BARBARA FLETCHER 29761 at http://wuis.org What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' http://wuis.org/post/london-through-eyes-dickens-victorian-city In September 1777, Samuel Johnson declared to his friend James Boswell, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."<p>Johnson actually was referring to his hectic social calendar, but he did have a point. The city he was discussing was on course to become the largest metropolis the world had ever seen. In 1800, London was home to 1 million residents. By 1911 that number had grown to a staggering 7 million: a population far greater than Paris, Berlin, St. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:37:36 +0000 editor 29759 at http://wuis.org London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies http://wuis.org/post/book-news-thomas-berger-author-little-big-man-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Thomas Berger, the witty and feverishly prolific author of <em>Little Big Man</em>, died July 13 in Nyack, N.Y., following an illness, his publisher said Monday. He was 89. Although Berger was most famous for <em>Little Big Man, </em>which became a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, he wrote dozens of other books in genres varying from sci-fi to crime to Westerns. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 29758 at http://wuis.org With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time http://wuis.org/post/swirls-steel-these-sculptures-mark-passage-people-and-time Growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s, Albert Paley played with blocks and Legos. And he loved wandering the streets, scavenging bottle caps, matchbook covers, cigar bands and "picking up pebbles that I thought were interesting," he recalls.<p>Now 70, the American sculptor has moved from pebbles to monumental gates. His iron and steel works adorn Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Rochester, N.Y. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 29740 at http://wuis.org With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time Piano Made Famous In 'Casablanca' Goes On Auction Block http://wuis.org/post/piano-made-famous-casablanca-goes-auction-block Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And that brings us to today's last word in business. You must remember this - the most famous piano in film history is going up for auction.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CASABLANCA")<p>INGRID BERMAN: (As Ilsa Lund) Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By."<p>DOOLEY WILSON: (As Sam, singing) You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 editor 29743 at http://wuis.org Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois http://wuis.org/post/sandwich-monday-menage-trois We're in San Francisco this week, and despite an exhaustive search, we have yet to find anywhere serving a Rice-a-Roni sandwich. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Ian Chillag 29737 at http://wuis.org Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wuis.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 29731 at http://wuis.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet http://wuis.org/post/these-vegans-masculinity-means-protecting-planet Real men eat meat. They kill it and then they grill it.<p>That's the stereotype, or cliche, that's about as old as time.<p>At a recent barbecue in Brooklyn, N.Y., a half-dozen guys who resist that particular cultural stereotype gathered together. Many of them are muscled semi-professional athletes, including triathlete Dominic Thompson, competitive bodybuilder Giacomo Marchese and mixed martial arts fighter Cornell Ward.<p>They're also all vegans and eschew all animal products. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 29732 at http://wuis.org For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You http://wuis.org/post/trolley-train-show-boat-or-surrey-these-musicals-will-move-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3Gb5mkwTc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_jjHAQoJU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0odXnKhKBxQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvXvBPw6Uqc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izSCwP_4YGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ9U4Cbb4wg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1CXo8QMi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK63eUyk-iM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VvpDE87b7E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8GnU8UAoEc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYoRwQWgA5c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 29718 at http://wuis.org By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation http://wuis.org/post/tomlinson-hill-journalist-seeks-truth-and-reconciliation As the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders, journalist Chris Tomlinson wanted to find out what crimes his ancestors had committed to maintain power and privilege.<p>So he went to Tomlinson Hill, the plantation his ancestors built in the 1850s, to not only explore the slave-owning part of his family tree, but also to find the descendants of the slaves who kept the Tomlinson name after they were freed.<p>Tomlinson had spent 11 years for the <em>Associated Press</em> reporting on wars and conflicts, mostly in Africa, including the end of apartheid and the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 29717 at http://wuis.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy http://wuis.org/post/phyllis-schlafly-explains-why-feminism-has-made-women-unhappy Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:53:00 +0000 editor 29704 at http://wuis.org Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service http://wuis.org/post/book-news-big-5-publishers-absent-amazons-new-e-book-service <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The so-called Big Five publishers — Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster — don't appear to be participating in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/18/332575051/amazon-launches-subscription-service-for-books">Kindle Unlimited</a>, Amazon's new e-book subscription service. Following the model of services such as Oyster and Scribd, Kindle Unlimited offers unlimited e-books for a fixed monthly fee. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:44:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 29689 at http://wuis.org Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past http://wuis.org/post/writer-plumbs-nature-evil-hometowns-violent-civil-rights-past Mississippi's past looms large in Greg Iles' best-selling thrillers. His latest book, <em>Natchez Burning,</em> is the first in a trilogy that<em> </em>takes readers back 50 years to chilling civil rights-era murders and conspiracies all set in Iles' hometown — the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss.<p>Iles' hero, Penn Cage, is a former prosecutor and widowed single father who has returned to his childhood home. Once there, he finds himself confronting killers, corruption and dark secrets.<p>"Penn Cage I think of as annoyingly righteous sometimes," Iles says. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 29674 at http://wuis.org Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies http://wuis.org/post/actor-james-garner-rockford-files-dies Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>OK, we don't to let that play much longer for you to know where we're going with this - the theme from "The Rockford Files" and a few seconds to remember actor, James Garner. He died yesterday at home, here in Los Angeles. He was 86. A native of Oklahoma, Garner was a Korean War vet. He got his start in Hollywood with small parts in Westerns. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 29660 at http://wuis.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' http://wuis.org/post/fitness-trainer-shaun-t-i-understand-why-you-feel-weak <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vnicyr94o</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 29661 at http://wuis.org Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak' Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero http://wuis.org/post/appreciating-james-garner-tvs-best-unhero I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on <em>The Rockford Files</em>, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.<p>All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere else on television.<p>Perpetually strapped for cash and working a case that wasn't likely to change that situation, Rockford was a wrongly imprisoned ex-con who cloaked his heroism in a cynic's quips and world-weary attitude (Hayes was a physically intimidating fellow ex-con who always misp Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 29659 at http://wuis.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself http://wuis.org/post/when-defending-your-writing-becomes-defending-yourself In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head. It bothers me to no end that the pressure is beating me, and yet it is.<p>Like many writers of color, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/04/mfa-vs-poc.html">I read Junot Diaz's "MFA vs. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 editor 29658 at http://wuis.org At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight http://wuis.org/post/monty-python-reunion-show-circus-makes-one-last-flight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlBUglE6Hc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Rich Preston 29655 at http://wuis.org At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86 http://wuis.org/post/james-garner-rockford-files-and-maverick-dies-86 Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 editor 29646 at http://wuis.org How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.' http://wuis.org/post/how-bad-can-he-be-only-worst-person-ever Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Usually, when I do an interview, I'm the one asking the questions. But when I sat down with writer Douglas Coupland, he had some questions for me.<p>DOUG COUPLAND: Have you ever tried to get rid of a body?<p>RATH: Not a human body, no. Some I was unqualified to answer.<p>COUPLAND: Why do different parts of the body taste different? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:39:00 +0000 editor 29647 at http://wuis.org The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' http://wuis.org/post/secret-behind-romeros-scary-zombies-i-made-them-neighbors Director George A. Romero grew up on classic movie monsters — and he says he never dreamed he'd be responsible for creating the modern zombie that now lurks alongside those monsters. "I never expected it. I really didn't," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "... All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors ... I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors!"<p>Zombies are everywhere in Hollywood — there's a new batch of films every year, and AMC's <em>The Walking Dead </em>continues to kill it in the ratings. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 NPR Staff 29641 at http://wuis.org The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors' James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies http://wuis.org/post/james-garner-70s-tv-show-rockford-files-dies Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows <em>Maverick</em> and <em>The Rockford Files</em>, has died. He was 86.<p>Los Angeles Police confirm that Garner was found dead of natural causes at his home in Brentwood on Saturday.<p>Garner had a long career and remained active as a TV and film actor well into his 70s. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Giles Snyder 29639 at http://wuis.org James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies Take A Ride On The Plural Side http://wuis.org/post/take-ride-plural-side <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be provided. The first is for a brand name that ends in the letter S and sounds like it's plural. Change the first letter to spell a new word that is plural and answers the second clue. Example: tennis shoes, places to sleep; the answer would be Keds and beds.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This challenge came from listener Ben Kaufman of Portland, Ore. Think of a popular TV show about cooking — a show everyone has heard of. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 29637 at http://wuis.org Take A Ride On The Plural Side Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' http://wuis.org/post/lose-yourself-wild-forests-those-who-wish-me-dead Jace Wilson is a 13-year-old boy who plans to do what many boneheaded 13-year-olds do: something dumb on a dare, to once and for all dispense with the idea that he might be a coward. But while psyching himself up to go through with the dare, he witnesses a murder — and before we know it, we're off. Michael Koryta's new novel, <em>Those Who Wish Me Dead</em>, sucks you in from the first page and doesn't let you go.<p>It's clear that Jace must disappear until the murderers are found. So, how do you make a teenager disappear for a while? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Madhulika Sikka 29635 at http://wuis.org