Arts

Music
11:35 am
Wed April 30, 2014

A Jazz Journey Around The World

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. There are a lot of things to celebrate today. It's our seventh anniversary on the air, for one thing, so happy birthday to us. And what better way to celebrate than talking about music because it also happens to be International Jazz Day. That genre has come a long way from its birth in the American South.

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Beauty Shop
11:35 am
Wed April 30, 2014

V. Stiviano 'Thunderously Unintelligent' In Sterling Scandal?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time for a visit to the Beauty Shop. That's where our panel of women commentators and journalists take a fresh cut on the week's news. Sitting in the chairs for a new 'do this week are Bridget Johnson, Washington, D.C. editor of PJ Media. That's a conservative libertarian news and commentary site here in D.C.

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Kitchen Window
10:07 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Sweet On Sundaes

Laura B. Weiss for NPR

Finally, the weather is warming up. And that means I'm dreaming about ice cream sundaes.

When I was researching my book Ice Cream: A Global History, sundaes were the ice cream treat I was most eager to learn about. For me, there's no more sumptuous dessert than the classic American combo of ice cream, toppings and whipped cream.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed April 30, 2014

British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71

Actor Bob Hoskins died Tuesday at age 71.
Joel Ryan AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:19 am

Bob Hoskins, the British actor who starred in memorable films such as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 71.

The Guardian cited his agent as saying Hoskins died Tuesday from pneumonia. He had retired from films in 2012, a year after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Here's more from The Guardian:

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Book News: 'Gravity' Author Sues Warner Bros. Over Movie

Author Tess Gerritsen says Warner Bros. owes her 2.5 percent of the profits from the movie Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Warner Bros.

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

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed April 30, 2014

McSweeney's New Latin American Crime Fiction Is Caliente

For its first ever all-Latin American issue, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern has assembled a worthy lineup of writers and translators. Spanning 10 different countries — and featuring contributions from Alejandro Zambra and Juan Pablo Villalobos — this latest offering is as rousing as it is essential. And, true to form, killer on the design front.

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Europe
4:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks

Couples stand on the Pont des Arts, Paris' iconic footbridge over the Seine river, where thousands upon thousands of padlocks bearing love messages are attached to the railing, on Aug. 30, 2013.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:40 pm

Bearing messages ranging from the inspiring to the insipid, "love locks" can be found clamped onto bridges in major cities around the world. But no place has it worse than Paris, where the padlocks cover old bridges in a kind of urban barnacle, climbing up every free surface.

Take the Pont des Arts, Paris' most famous footbridge across the Seine river. Hundreds of thousands of padlocks cover its old iron railings; the light of day barely passes through them.

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Arts
3:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Springfield Choral Society Concerts Include Conducter's Poetry

Credit springfieldchoralsociety.org

Here in town, there's a chorus made up of professional singers, housewives, state workers, and other area residents who audition and make the cut to be part of The Springfield Choral Society. Marion van der Loo has been leading the charge for several years as the music director and conductor. Her poetry will part of the group's concerts this weekend. She recently stopped by WUIS to tell us more about it: The Springfield Choral Society performs twice this weekend - on Saturday night at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Springfield and on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham.

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Art & Design
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Century-Old Jewish Mural Was Hidden For Decades In Vermont

In 1910, Lithuanian artist Ben Zion Black painted the interior of Burlington's Chai Adam Synagogue. Much of the painting was destroyed when the building underwent renovations.
Courtesy of the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:15 pm

There was a time in Eastern Europe when the landscape was dotted with wooden synagogues, some dating to the 1600s. Inside, the walls and ceilings were covered with intricate painted designs. Almost all of these structures were destroyed during the Holocaust, and with them, a folk art. But in Burlington, Vt., a synagogue mural has been uncovered where it lay hidden for a quarter century.

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Monkey See
12:35 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Craig Ferguson Unmade The Late-Night Talk Show

Craig Ferguson set a very individual course for himself in a field with a lot of standard elements. Now, as David Letterman moves on from CBS late night, Ferguson does too.
Lisette M. Azar CBS

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:42 pm

As has become the recent custom over at CBS, when Craig Ferguson decided to announce his departure from The Late Late Show on Monday, he had a self-deprecating joke ready.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Force Is With Them: Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars: Episode VII on Tuesday with Harrison Ford (clockwise from right), Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan.
David James

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 2:53 pm

Announced, the cast is: The Star Wars franchise has announced the cast for the upcoming Episode VII movie.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will join the cast of the new movie. The three stars of the original films — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, respectively. Also back are Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2 and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

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All Tech Considered
12:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Check Out The Barefoot Wax Sculpture Of Mark Zuckerberg

The public will be able to see the life-size Mark Zuckerberg wax figure in San Francisco.
Kurt Wagner Courtesy of Mashable

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:14 pm

I don't know how I missed this (yes, yes I do) but the life-size wax figure of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unveiled last week.

As you can see here, the wax Zuckerberg is dressed in his signature hoodie, sitting barefoot with his legs crossed and his laptop in his lap. Mashable reports:

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#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor
10:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Caine Prize Winners Close Out #TMMPoetry

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:40 am

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MARTIN MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Right now I am happy, and I'm sad. I'm happy because it's time for Muses and Metaphor, our very own ode to National Poetry Month. This year, as we've been doing every year throughout April, we've been featuring original Twitter poems written by NPR listeners. Thousands of you have participated. New this year, some of our regular contributors have also weighed in. But I'm sad because April is just about over. So it's time now for our final roundup of Twitter poems for this year.

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Theater
8:33 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Audra McDonald As Billie Holiday: The Importance Of Feeling It

Audra McDonald just nabbed a Tony nominations for playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill.
Evgenia Eliseeva

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 10:32 am

Billie Holiday will not be singing unless she "feels it." That's practically her thesis statement in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Lanie Robertson's play about a drug-ravaged nightclub show near the end of Holiday's tortured life. War stories and bawdy jokes are never a problem — and neither is pouring a drink — but if the audience wants a show, they have to wait until Lady Day can give them something real.

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The Two-Way
6:26 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Book News: Harper Lee Agrees To E-Book Version Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:00 am

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

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Books
5:53 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Nothing More To Lose' Forges A Connection To Palestine

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:53 am

Roughly halfway through Najwan Darwish's Nothing More to Lose, wiping awkwardly at tears and trying self-consciously not to sob with my partner in the room, I found myself wondering what someone with no connection to Palestine would make of it.

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Television
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A new documentary explores the life and death of Ruben Salazar. He was a journalist. He's considered one of the founders of the modern Chicano movement and by many a martyr. He was killed in 1970 while covering an anti-war demonstration in East Los Angeles. He was shot with a tear gas canister. His death added to the urgency for Mexican-American civil rights in Southern California.

A documentary on his life airs tonight on PBS and Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch Team has more.

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Parallels
3:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

A Search For Cervantes That Don Quixote Could Embrace

Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, circa 1600. He published The Adventures of the Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 8:52 pm

Nearly 400 years since the death of Spain's most famous writer, scientists are using ground-penetrating radar to search for Miguel de Cervantes' body.

It's believed to be buried in the foundation or walls of a 17th century convent in downtown Madrid — the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians — built in 1612 and now surrounded by 21st century tapas bars and traffic.

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The Salt
1:45 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Poutine Burger

Putting Canada on top of America is both delicious and geographically accurate.
NPR

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:35 pm

Poutine, if you don't know, is a Canadian dish made up of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. And if you don't know, you really haven't been living your life to its fullest. Seriously, what have you been doing? Go get some poutine. Then come back and read about this poutine burger — an open-face hamburger topped with poutine — we ate from Spritzburger in Chicago. We'll wait. We have to. We can't move.

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Theater
12:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

This is the third time Alan Cumming has starred in Cabaret. Each of the productions with Cumming was directed by Sam Mendes. Rob Marshall choreographed both American productions and co-directed the new one.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:20 pm

Alan Cumming has starred in the musical Cabaret three times — a 1993 London production, a Tony-winning 1998 Broadway revival, and a new Broadway revival — and it hasn't gotten old. "It's so energetic, and it just takes up every single element of being an actor," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Cumming plays the master of ceremonies in a debaucherous Berlin nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub. The role was originated by Joel Grey, who starred in the original 1966 Broadway production as well as the 1972 movie.

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Television
12:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

John Oliver Does His Best 'Daily Show' Impression For HBO

John Oliver's new show, Last Week Tonight, debuted Sunday on HBO.
Eric Liebowitz HBO

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:37 pm

Fans who worried that John Oliver's new HBO program might somehow diminish his legacy at The Daily Show can rest easy.

Because apparently he's decided to copy it.

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Movies
11:31 am
Mon April 28, 2014

New Film 'All About Ann' Looks At The Life Of A Texan Leader

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It's been 20 years since a Democrat was elected to a statewide office in Texas. And that year - 1994 - also marks the year when the state's last Democratic governor was voted out. But what a character she was.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Book News: Tilting At Windmills? Radar Used To Search For Cervantes' Remains

Technicians sweep an area of the Convent of las Trinitarias Descalzas using ground-penetrating radar to search for the remains of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes four centuries after his death.
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 11:36 am

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Arts & Life
2:32 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Cake Or Death? Gâteau, S'il Vous Plaît!

Eddie Izzard is famous for performing in drag — and in French — though he's given up the drag in recent shows. His latest American tour kicks off this week.
Andy Hollingsworth Archive

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:23 pm

British comedian Eddie Izzard has been thinking a lot about language (no surprise to anyone who's heard him riff on monkeys on branches, mice under tables, and cats on chairs).

And he's had a crazy idea: training himself in new languages — German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic — so when he's on the road, he can perform in his audience's native tongue. Though that won't be a challenge when he hits the road in America this week.

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Arts & Life
4:21 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Fair Or Not, Getting Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 5:23 pm

Pediatric nutritionist Dr. Deb Kennedy, author of The Picky Eating Solution, talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about catering to kids who put up fights at the dinner table.

Movies
1:57 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

'Walking With The Enemy': An Occupation Poorly Rendered

Charles De'ath, Charles Hubbell and Burn Gorman in Walking With The Enemy.
Liberty Studios

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 2:00 pm

By the time the Nazis got around to taking Hungary in 1944, the country was already fatally compromised by its economic alliance with Fascist Germany and Italy on the one hand, and a shaky pact with Stalin on the other. Imagining that its loyalty to a protective leader, Regent Horthy, would save them from the fate suffered by other European Jews, Hungary's highly assimilated Jewish community fell prey (along with the Regent himself) to the extreme right-wing Arrow Cross party.

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My Big Break
11:41 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Without Life-Saving Pact, This Doctor Would Have Been The Patient

Dr. Sampson Davis is an emergency medicine physician in Newark, N.J. When he was 17, he committed a robbery that led to his big break. He's written about his return to the hospital where he was born in his memoir, Living and Dying in Brick City.
Rainer Hosch Courtesy of Sampson Davis

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 5:23 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.

Dr. Sampson Davis is an emergency medicine physician in his hometown of Newark, N.J. He grew up in a rough neighborhood. As a kid, he excelled in school but didn't always stay out of trouble.

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Movies
8:31 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Artist Ralph Steadman: A Nice Man, For A Pictorial Assassin

Steadman's drawing of Hunter S. Thompson's car beset by huge bats illustrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971.
Courtesy of Ralph Steadman/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 5:45 pm

Ralph Steadman is known to most Americans for the surreal illustrations he drew to accompany Hunter S. Thompson's articles and books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

But Steadman has drawn everything from extinct birds to savage political caricatures to wine and beer labels. He's even written an opera libretto.

The British artist is also the subject of a documentary, titled For No Good Reason, narrated by Johnny Depp.

Such A Nice Man, Such Dangerous Drawings

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Afghanistan
7:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 5:45 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Eliza Griswold has reported from Afghanistan for more than a decade, writing news features for the New York Times magazine and other publications. She thought she had a pretty good grip on the country's politics and culture, but it wasn't until she started exploring Afghan women's poetry that she discovered a different side of women's lives there. What she found was a complex world of rage, empowerment, sorrow and sex.

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Games & Humor
7:03 am
Sun April 27, 2014

To Guess A Poker Hand, Look At How It's Held

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:44 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's talk poker. Dealer, let me see those cards.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "COOL HAND LUKE")

WAYNE ROGERS: (As Gambler) King three. You got a four. Queen deuce gets a five, and a pair of sevens gets a john, and the big ace gets slap in the face. OK, you still do the talking.

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