Arts

Performing Arts
6:42 am
Sat April 5, 2014

History And Faith Collide On Stage In 'Camp David'

Ron Rifkin as Menachem Begin, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat in the new play Camp David.
Teresa Wood

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:18 am

In the new play, Camp David, President Jimmy Carter muses, "Put an Arab and a Jew on a mountaintop in Maryland and ask them to make peace. What was I thinking?"

36 years ago, Carter did get Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin together for two weeks at the presidential retreat at Camp David, where they signed the Camp David accords; the two countries have not been to war since.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

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Willie Perdomo's third collection of poems is sonically charged: he celebrates his Puerto Rican heritage and the music that came out of the Puerto Rican community in New York by narrating the imagined life of Shorty Bon Bon, the percussionist of a descarga (jamming) salsa band in the 1960s and '70s. The character is partly inspired by Perdomo's real-life uncle, who played percussion on two of Charlie Palmieri's '70s recordings.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Cesar Chavez Film Faces Criticism For Not Being Chicano Enough

Director Diego Luna arrives at the premiere of Cesar Chavez on March 20 in Los Angeles.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 3:49 pm

In the little more than a week since the Cesar Chavez movie came out, there have been as many complaints as kudos for the handling of the complex story about the Mexican-American union organizer and civil rights leader.

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Author Interviews
4:40 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 11:59 am

Writing a biography of John Updike is a tricky thing: The acclaimed American writer of elegant essays and elegiac novels and short stories may have been a genius, but he was also disconcertingly normal. He liked to drink, but wasn't a drunk; he had two marriages, but wasn't a womanizer; he could be wistful, but rarely depressed. He was a straight, white, Christian man who liked golf.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

Peter Yang Comedy Central

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:19 pm

We've invited comedian Amy Schumer to play a game called "Play ball!" It's the first week of baseball season, so we'll ask three questions about the House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Fine Art
4:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
Benny Snyder AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:26 pm

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. As Lauren Silverman of KERA reports, the exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Television
3:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melisa Block, hosting this week from member station KERA in Dallas.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.

And as we head into the weekend, here's something to look forward to - a logjam of great Sunday night television. It gets going this Sunday with the new season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GAME OF THRONES")

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Movie Reviews
3:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success

Steve Coogan brings his Alan Partridge character — a conceited, petty, utterly inept broadcast blowhard who once killed a guest on live TV — to the big screen in Alan Partridge.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:43 pm

Say the name Alan Partridge in Britain, and everyone knows who you're talking about: An airheaded, funny and entirely fictional broadcaster prone to saying things like, "You can keep Jesus — as far as I'm concerned, Neil Diamond will always be King of the Jews."

British comedian Steve Coogan has been playing Partridge on radio and TV for more than 20 years. Recently, the character made a successful leap to British movie theaters — and his new movie may make a successful leap across the Atlantic as well.

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Monkey See
12:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time

Chris Evans is Captain America. But who's Captain America?
Marvel

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 1:11 pm

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On this week's show, Matt Thompson sits in as we talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Were we overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Merely whelmed? How hard can I get myself thinking about the shots out the window of the Triskelion? (The answer to that last one is: entirely too hard, I know.) For more about the windows, the postcard views and more, don't miss my review from earlier this week.

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Shots - Health News
12:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Could A 'Barbie' Get Real? What A Healthy Fashion Doll Looks Like

Look familiar? Artist Nickolay Lamm designed a doll to look like the average 19-year-old walking — or running — on the street.
Courtesy of Lammily

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:35 pm

For decades, the Barbie doll has been slammed by parents for promoting an unhealthy female body image. Playing with a Barbie doll for just a few minutes may cause girls to limit their career ambitions, psychologists reported last month.

So why do we keep offering girls bone-thin dolls like Barbie and the popular Monster High crew, asks artist Nickolay Lamm?

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Movie Interviews
11:20 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Anthony Mackie Soars As Captain America's Falcon

Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Chris Evans as Captain America.
Marvel Studios

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:31 am

Movie lovers probably already know Anthony Mackie from supporting but meaty roles in the Oscar-winning films 8 Mile, Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker. But now he heads to the Marvel Universe in the new action film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Mackie plays the Falcon, also known as Sam Wilson, a former military paratrooper skilled in air combat. He teams up with Captain America to face the legendary assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction

The Plantagenets, appearing at No. 13, is Dan Jones' epic history of the royal dynasty's reign.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction

At No. 2, Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings follows six artistic friends from their teenage years into middle age.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction

Media mogul Arianna Huffington searches for a healthy work-life balance in Thrive, which debuts at No. 2.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction

In Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, a bookstore owner receives a mysterious package. It debuts at No. 6.

NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 3, 2014

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

TED Radio Hour
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Maybe the reason that money doesn't make us happy is that we're always spending it on the wrong things. --Michael Norton
Justin Ide Courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Michael Norton's TEDTalk

Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.

About Michael Norton

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TED Radio Hour
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

How Much Does Money Motivate Us?

The solution is not to do more of the wrong things, to entice people with a sweeter carrot, or threaten them with a sharper stick. --Daniel Pink
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Daniel Pink's TEDTalk

Writer Daniel Pink explains why traditional rewards like money aren't always successful motivators.

About Daniel Pink

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TED Radio Hour
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Does Money Make You Mean?

As a person's levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and...their ideology of self-interest increases. --Paul Piff
Margot Duane Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Paul Piff's TEDTalk

Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how wealth changes behavior and how almost anyone's behavior can change when they're made to feel rich.

About Paul Piff

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TED Radio Hour
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Could Your Language Affect Your Ability To Save Money?

Why is it that we allow subtle nudges of our language to affect our decision making? --Keith Chen
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Keith Chen's TEDTalk

Behavioral economist Keith Chen says languages that don't have a future tense strongly correlate with higher savings.

About Keith Chen

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TED Radio Hour
8:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Are We Wired To Be Bad With Money?

Why is it that we keep doing dumb things in the face of bad consequences? — Laurie Santos
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Laurie Santos's TEDTalk

Psychologist Laurie Santos studies human irrationality by observing how primates make decisions — including some not-so-savvy money choices their human relatives often make.

About Laurie Santos

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Monkey See
7:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit

David Letterman announced his retirement on Thursday night, but Twitter got to it first.
Jeffrey R. Staab CBS

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:32 am

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, Hospitalized In Mexico

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez appeared in public during a celebration marking his 87th birthday March 6 in Mexico City.
Yuri Cortez AFP/Getty Images

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

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Movie Reviews
4:14 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's compare two documentary films about two wartime Secretaries of Defense. Errol Morris directed "Fog of War," about a Pentagon leader in the Vietnam-era. And Morris's new film focuses on Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary during the war in Iraq.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE UNKNOWN KNOWN")

DONALD RUMSFELD: There are no knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns. That is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

David Letterman To Retire From CBS In 2015

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

David Letterman says he will retire next year. He'll leave "The Late Show" as the longest-serving late night host in network television history, even longer than Johnny Carson when you add up Letterman's time at CBS and NBC before that. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Letterman reshaped late night TV and succeeded as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it.

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

App Calculates TV-Watching Time

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And our last word in business is: Tube Time.

A new app, tells you how much time you've spent watching TV.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's called tiii.me. That's tiii.me. Tell tiii.me., which shows you've watched, and the app calculates how much of your life you spent. You watched all of "Breaking Bad," that's two days and 14 hours.

WERTHEIMER: With some TV, of course, it's probably better not to know how much time you'll never get back.

Television
6:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

David Letterman, the longest-serving late night television host, is retiring.

(SOUNDBITE OF SHOW, 'LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN')

DAVID LETTERMAN: Sometime in the not-so-distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up and taking a hike.

SIEGEL: Letterman, who is 66, told the audience today during a taping of his late show program which will air tonight. Here to talk about David Letterman is NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. And Eric, why has Letterman decided to retire now?

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Book Reviews
5:27 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Dinaw Mengestu Embraces The Vastness Of Love And War

Eli Meir Kaplan Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:34 pm

Why do love and war go so well together in novels? It isn't only because they're both naturally dramatic themes. Sometimes, in fact, each is so big and overwhelming that they can seem beyond the grasp of words. And so a writer who tries to show the struggle of two people with deep feelings for each other, "set against a backdrop of violence" (as a novel's flap copy might read), can just seem like he's overreaching. But Dinaw Mengestu uses love and war to powerfully explore a third, equally dramatic theme: identity.

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Monkey See
3:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby

A very independent baby.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:00 pm

It might have seemed like an unsurprising thing to do when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took three entire days off to tend to his newborn child, but if you listen to sports commentary, you know that it was not without controversy.

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Author Interviews
3:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In The 1870s And '80s, Being A Pedestrian Was Anything But

Courtesy of Chicago Review Press

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 10:58 am

We may think of baseball as America's national pastime, but in the 1870s and 1880s there was another sports craze sweeping the nation: competitive walking. "Watching people walk was America's favorite spectator sport," Matthew Algeo says in his new book, Pedestrianism.

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