Arts

Author Interviews
3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:19 am

When Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first set of stories in the Magic Tree House series in 1992, she had a contract for four books, and she figured that would be it. But then she began getting letters from teachers, parents and kids.

"Those letters are priceless," she says. "I've memorized so many of them, like: 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, Your books almost made me smart!' or 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, I'm working on my own novel. ... It's not finished yet, it's scary, it's called The Septic System.'"

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Law
3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Settlement Brings An Early End To Apple's Price-Fixing Case

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:33 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with dozens of states and a number of other plaintiffs over e-book price fixing. The company was facing more than $800 million in damages. NPR's Mandalit Del Barco reports.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Apple introduced its entry into the e-book market in 2010 and kept upgrading its features.

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Sports
3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Do Soaring World Cup Ratings Mark A Foothold For Soccer In U.S.?

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:33 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Every World Cup, we ask the same question in our editorial meeting - has soccer finally turned the corner and become mainstream here in the U.S.? Well, if you go by the television ratings, the answer this year is a definite maybe. And for more on this, we turn to Brian Steinberg. He's the senior TV editor at Variety and he's been tracking the ratings. Welcome to the program once again.

BRIAN STEINBERG: Thank you very much.

SIEGEL: What numbers jump out at you in the first few days of the World Cup?

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The Salt
2:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

In 'My Name Is Salt,' The Toil And Joy Of India's Salt Harvest

The work of harvesting salt, portrayed in the documentary My Name Is Salt, is difficult. But there's also a certain pride that comes with doing it well.
Leafbird Films

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:24 pm

The little white crystals are on every table at every meal, from fine dining restaurants to roadside diners to the family dinner table, ready to bring even the most hum-drum foods to life.

But you may never look at them the same way again after watching My Name Is Salt, a slow burn of a documentary that made its North American debut in mid June at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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Author Interviews
1:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

Joshua Ferris has written two other novels — The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End.
Beowulf Sheehan Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 3:11 pm

Staring into the mouths of his patients all day, the dentist in Joshua Ferris' new novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, becomes obsessed with decay and death. He wishes he had religious faith and could believe in something larger than himself, but to him church is "a dark bus station of the soul."

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Movies
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Media
11:20 am
Tue June 17, 2014

O.J. And Oscar Trials: A 'Combination Of Celebrity, Wealth And Murder'

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:34 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'd like to start the program today by going back to a story that millions of people around the world watched with equal parts fascination and, I think, disgust. Twenty years ago today, television viewers around the world were focused on the image of a phalanx of police cars chasing a white Ford Bronco through south Los Angeles. Los Angeles police commander at the time, David Gascon, announced that former star football player, O.J. Simpson, was a fugitive.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Man Emerges From Picasso's Painting 'The Blue Room'

Scientists and art experts found a hidden painting beneath one of Picasso's first masterpieces, The Blue Room, thanks to advances in infrared technology. Here, associate conservator Patricia Favero of The Phillips Collection points to a detail in the image.
Evan Vucci AP

A bearded man lurks beneath the surface of a famous Picasso painting. That's the image brought to us by curators who used new technology to find details of a portrait the artist painted over when he created his famous The Blue Room in 1901.

The painting's surface depicts a scene in Pablo Picasso's studio in Paris, with a woman bathing between a window and a table. But a different scene lies underneath, as infrared and other analysis shows a man in a bow tie staring out from the canvas, his head propped on his hand.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Book News: Apple Settles In E-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuit

The Apple logo hangs outside San Francisco's Moscone Center earlier this month during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:21 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NPR Story
4:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

The Human Heart And Its Rhythmic Magnificence

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:18 am

Rhythm comes in different forms from music and poetry to those inside our bodies. There's art based on the most primal rhythm of all: the beating of the human heart.

Book Your Trip
4:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey

Book Your Trip with NPR this summer. We've got recommendations for literary travel by train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, balloon, rocketship, time machine and even giant peach.
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Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:46 am

WHAT, you might ask, is Anna Karenina doing on the same summer reading list as The Little Engine That Could?

Let me explain.

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NPR Story
4:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Sherr's Book Reveals Details Of Astronaut Sally Ride's Personal Life

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:26 am

Linda Wertheimer talks to journalist Lynn Sherr about her friendship with the late Sally Ride. Sherr has written a book, Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space.

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4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Summer Doldrums? These Nautical Reads Will Put Wind In Your Sails

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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:17 pm

Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Tales Of City Transit To Read While You Wait For The Bus

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Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Tales Of Two-Wheeled Travel: A Literary List To Cycle Through

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Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

By Dragon, Drugs Or Giant Peach, Fantastic Trips For Every Reader

Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Turn The Clock Back (Or Forward) With Time-Traveling Tales

Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

On The Rise: Hot Air Balloon Books About Soaring Flights And Sobering Falls

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Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

To Infinity, And Beyond: Rocket-Powered Summer Reading

Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Hold Your (Literary) Horses! An Exceedingly Equine Herd Of Books

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Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

The Fly List: Books About Takeoffs, Landings And Bumpy Rides

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Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

These Books Were Made For Walking: Summer Reads To Stroll Through

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Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:21 pm

Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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Book Your Trip
4:03 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Hitch A Ride! We've Got Road Trip Reads For Every Passenger

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Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 4:06 am

Who needs destinations? This summer, we're focusing on the journey.

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The Salt
3:41 am
Tue June 17, 2014

In Yabbies And Cappuccino, A Culinary Lifeline For Aboriginal Youth

Australian celebrity chef and author Kylie Kwong (left) teaches a cooking workshop at Yaama Dhiyaan, a cooking and hospitality school for at-risk aborginal youth.
The Kitchen Sisters

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:48 pm

If you teach an aboriginal man (or woman) to make a cappuccino, can you feed his career for a lifetime?

That's the hope at Yaama Dhiyaan, a cooking and hospitality school for at-risk indigenous young people in Australia.

Students there are learning the skills to be cooks, restaurant and hotel workers, and caterers. The school is also helping to reconnect them to their culture, disrupted when many of their grandparents were kidnapped off the land, forced into missionary schools and denied the right to vote until the 1960s.

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Arts & Life
3:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block

Huguette Clark in 1930. She had a mansion in Connecticut that was never occupied, and her New York apartments were kept up, unoccupied, for more than 20 years.
AP

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 10:16 am

She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.

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Book Reviews
5:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'The Unwitting' Explores The Lure Of Complicity

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:20 pm

I confess that I never did make it past the first few episodes of the universally acclaimed TV series Mad Men. For all its stylistic innovation (yes, the clothes were great), the casual, relentless misogyny, even if artfully crafted, was exhausting. I had read Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls as a teenager, and it always seemed sensible to me that so many women took to "little helpers" to see them through those dark ages.

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Interviews
2:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

Allison Tolman plays Deputy Sheriff Molly Solverson in the FX TV series Fargo. It's a breakout role for the actress who had done only theater and commercials.
Chris Large

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 9:46 am

The season finale of the FX TV series Fargo airs Tuesday. The series is an "original adaptation" of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 film, a dark comedy set in the wintry landscape of rural Minnesota. Nearly 20 years ago, the film won Oscars for best screenplay and best actress.

The 10-episode TV series has a different story and characters, but critics agree that it captured the look and tone of the film, mixing eccentric characters and deadpan humor with sudden and savage violence.

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Pop Culture
2:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:39 am

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Now that the late-night talk show wars have settled down again, our TV critic David Bianculli says there's a talk show we should be watching that's not broadcast by CBS, NBC or ABC or even Comedy Central. It's "The Graham Norton Show," imported by BBC America and shown on Saturday nights. Here's David's review.

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The Salt
2:37 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The B50 Burger

The B50 Burger — as in, you won't live to be 50.
NPR

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 3:04 pm

Ever since Eli Whitney invented the Beef Gin in 1793, hamburgers have basically been the same: an all-beef patty, eaten as quickly as possible. But now, new technologies are allowing burgerologists to expand the medium. Chef's Burger Bistro in Chicago has created the B50 Burger, with a patty that's 50 percent ground beef, 50 percent ground bacon. And then there's a fried egg thrown on top, just for fun.

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Monkey See
12:06 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

For Casey Kasem, A Long-Distance Dedication

Seen here in 2003, Casey Kasem spent much of a long career making music listening less lonely.
Eric Jamison AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 1:53 pm

The fact that Casey Kasem, the 82-year-old co-creator and host of the American Top 40 Countdown, reportedly died peacefully while surrounded by his three children, despite a previous tug-of-war between his children and second wife, seems not only fortunate but apt. It means his death can honor his career's great achievement.

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