Arts

The Salt
3:10 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

Truffles are among the many foods infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high β€” already for sale in Colorado.
Luke Runyon/KUNC/Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 11:00 am

Where there's pot, there's pot brownies. But how do you make sure those high-inducing sweets are safe to eat?

Colorado regulators are wrestling with that question now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana. From sodas and truffles to granola bars and butter, food products infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high β€” are already for sale.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:51 am

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film Capote, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46.

A New York Police Department spokesman tells NPR that authorities are "investigating Hoffman's death as a possible drug overdose."

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Books News & Features
7:33 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Amazon Plunges Into Christian Publishing With Waterfall Imprint

Amazon Publishing

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 9:13 am

The online superstore Amazon got its start selling books β€” and it's been getting into the publishing business as well, with imprints for genres like science fiction, romance and mystery.

Until now, though, it hasn't had its fingers in one of the biggest slices of the publishing pie: Christian books. That changed this past week, with the introduction of the Waterfall Press imprint.

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Author Interviews
7:33 am
Sun February 2, 2014

American Muslim Men Balance Faith And Love In 'Salaam'

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 1:16 pm

What exactly do Muslim men want? That's the theme of a new book of essays called Salaam, Love. It's the companion volume to one that came out last year called Love, InshAllah, which focused on the lives of American Muslim women.

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Author Interviews
7:33 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Gothic Thriller Takes Two Young Girls Down A 'Dark Road To Mercy'

Courtesy of HarperCollins

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Twelve-year-old Easter Quillby has learned to keep her expectations low in order to protect herself from more disappointment in life. It's a coping mechanism she developed to keep her and her 6-year-old sister, Ruby, safe after their mom unexpectedly passed away. But when their estranged dad kidnaps them from foster care, they're forced to live in the middle of his past and present mistakes β€” all the while trying to figure out what family is supposed to mean.

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Sunday Puzzle
7:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero

NPR

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 1:17 pm

On-air challenge: For each single letter given, recombine it with the letters in the word "ZERO" to spell a new word. For example, ZERO plus F would be "FROZE."

Last week's challenge: What word, containing two consecutive S's, becomes its own synonym if you drop those S's?

Answer: Blossom, bloom

Winner: Trey Moody of Killeen, Texas

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Author Interviews
6:53 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Southern Sisters Take The 'Dark Road To Mercy'

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:20 am

Wiley Cash's new novel is a southern literary thriller that follows two sisters whose errant father breaks them out of the foster system. In This Dark Road to Mercy, the sisters are on the run from the law, and more sinister forces. Cash speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the book.

Books News & Features
6:53 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Amazon Publishing Launches Christian Imprint

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:21 am

The online superstore Amazon has announced it will publish Christian books under a new imprint called Waterfall Press. Yale Divinity School seminarian and writer Win Bassett tells NPR's Rachel Martin that Christian books are a significant piece of the publishing pie in America.

Author Interviews
6:53 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Growing Up Muslim In Massachusetts

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:19 am

What exactly do Muslim men want? That's the theme of a book of essays coming out this week called Salaam, Love. Writer Haroon Moghul tackles growing up as an Indian Muslim kid in Massachusetts in an essay in the book. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Middle East
6:53 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 1:17 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. When you hear us say Karachi, Pakistan, you might assume we're going to bring you're a story about terrorism or a bombing or a kidnapping - and you would often be right. It is the most violent city in all of Pakistan. But NPR's Philip Reeves found that isn't all there is to the city. In fact, there's often a gap between Karachi's reputation and the reality of the place, as he explains in this letter from Pakistan.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC NOISE)

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PG-13: Risky Reads
6:02 am
Sun February 2, 2014

A Suburban Teen Saw The Sparkle Of 'Edie' β€” But Not The Pain

Donald Bowers Getty Images

At 13, I was a girl frantically itching to get out of her own skin. Growing up in Grosse Pointe, a sleepy suburb of Detroit, a place for which the word "serene" seems coined, I was a perpetual yearner. I became a compulsive reader of biographies as a way of imagining myself into lives more dramatic than my own.

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Author Interviews
5:05 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Anna Quindlen Spins A Tale Of Middle-Aged Reinvention

Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 11:58 am

Rebecca Winter is at a crossroads. The famous photographer had been living off of sales of one particular photograph for years. When the money stream starts to dry up, she reluctantly decides to rent out her Manhattan apartment and move to a small, rural town far from her seemingly fabulous New York life. It is here that she tries to map out her next chapter. No longer married, no longer needed as much by her grown son, no longer as successful as she used to be.

That's where we meet the main character in Anna Quindlen's newest novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

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All Tech Considered
4:17 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music)

Sound designer and composer Steven Baber used state-of-the-art recording equipment to get gorgeous sounds from his bikes.
Devin Whetstone

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 5:45 pm

Steven Baber knows sound. And chances are, you know his work.

The sound designer and composer, who works under the name Johnnyrandom, produces advertisements for companies from Google to Adidas. In fact, he's the mastermind behind the larger-than-life "crunch" sound that caps off the Doritos commercials (How did he do it? Ate two bags of chips into a microphone and layered the audio).

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The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell, Oscar-Winning Austrian Actor, Dies At 83

Maximilian Schell, in a photo taken in 2009. Schell, who died Saturday at the age of 83, won an best actor Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg.
Volker Hartmann dapd

Maximilian Schell, who won a best actor Oscar for his role in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg, has died in his native Austria after what doctors describe as a sudden illness. He was 83.

He was also nominated for best actor for the 1975 The Man in the Glass Booth and for best supporting actor in Julia in 1977, The Associated Press says.

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Book Reviews
2:43 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

'Hang Wire' Is A Love Letter To Weird America

Hang Wire is Adam Christopher's fourth novel.
Courtesy of Angry Robot

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 6:03 am

The New Zealand-bred, England-based author Adam Christopher has a thing for America. He's built a name for himself over the past couple years spinning fanciful yarns full of superheroes, shifts in time, and a refined pulp pop, starting with his New York City-set debut Empire State. His fourth and latest novel, the standalone urban fantasy Hang Wire, fiddles with that formula a bit without omitting a single element. If anything, Christopher amps up the mash-up on Hang Wire, combining everything from ancient deities to arcade carnies to serial killers.

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Movies
9:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Comedian's Career Is Central To 'Quality Balls'

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:00 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

So a Rabbinical student, a Canadian and a comic walk into Chicago's "Second City." They turn out to be the same person, David Steinberg.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED SECOND CITY ACT)

MARTIN SHORT: So this evening we're very, very glad to have with us the first Eskimo folk singer, Mr. Nanook Smith.

DAVID STEINBERG: No, I'm the second. My brother was the first and was swallowed by a big huge polar bear.

SHORT: Oh, that's too bad. I'm sorry to hear that.

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Pop Culture
9:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:45 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

When the Oscar nominees for best song were announced earlier this month, there were, of course, several well-known titles, including Karen O's "The Moon Song," from the movie "Her"; and Pharrell Williams' "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2." Then there was this...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALONE...YET NOT ALONE")

JONI EARECKSON TADA: (Singing) I will not be bent in fear. He's the refuge I know is near...

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Food
9:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

What's Best To Drink With Pizza And Football?

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:00 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This Super Bowl weekend millions of slices of pizza will be consumed and 51 million cases of beer. But there are a lot of beverages to wash down a slice. Katie Parla is a journalist and food historian. She's from New Jersey, where the game will be played, but she lives in Italy now and has written about beverages that go with pizza for Saveur magazine. She joins us on the line from Rome. Thanks very much for being with us.

KATIE PARLA: Thanks for having me.

SIMON: So what's your beverage lineup?

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Arts & Life
9:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

A Winter Straight Out Of Dante's 'Inferno'

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:00 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We generally think of hell as hot, but with the polar vortex sweeping through the country, many Americans may feel that hell is these bleak, cold days of mid-winter. Sally Franson is a write who's felt besieged in her apartment in Minneapolis. She says, "Dante's hell and winters are the same thing." And that's a direct quote from a blog post that she wrote this week. Sally Franson joins us now from Minneapolis. Thanks very much for being with us.

SALLY FRANSON: Pleasure.

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Book Reviews
6:02 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Through The 'Dust,' Glimmers Of Brilliance

courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:44 am

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's Kenya is a country knit together by secrets. Each character in Dust, her debut novel, owns a share of his land's violent past, a history that longs to be forgotten. They live and love in an atmosphere of mutually agreed-upon silence, a mindset best summed up by Nyipir Oganda, a former soldier: "For the good of the country," he tells his daughter, "we know, nyara, that to name the unnameable is a curse."

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Author Interviews
3:55 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Born Together, Then Torn Apart, In Civil War-Era Minnesota

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:00 pm

Clement and Angel, fraternal twins separated at birth, have very different lives. After being abandoned, both are raised in Stillwater, Minn., around the time of the Civil War. But Clement dwells among orphans and prostitutes; Angel is adopted by a wealthy couple, and she lives in the town's mansion.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Not My Job: A Dinosaur Expert Gets Quizzed On Barney

Dan Dry Courtesy Paul Sereno

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 1:51 pm

Paleontologist Paul Sereno is a globe-trotting, headline-making explorer. He's a University of Chicago professor who has discovered several new dinosaur species β€” and he's also been named to People magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people.

Since he's an expert on the dinosaurs of the past, we're going to ask him about a big, friendly dinosaur of the present. We'll present him with three questions about Barney, the purple dinosaur.

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This Week's Must Read
4:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Performers get ready before the start of a Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong on Jan. 31.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:51 pm

Jan. 31 brings the beginning of the Year of the Horse, and while concerns about air pollution have led to fewer celebratory fireworks than usual in China, Patty Chang Anker says that for her, there is no shortage of traditional food. Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals.

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Code Switch
4:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe

Gund Kwok troupe member Heang Ly takes a break next to her lion costume during a rehearsal in Boston's Chinatown.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 7:14 pm

Lion and dragon dancers are set to parade down Chinatown streets around the country again with the Friday start of another Lunar New Year.

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The Legacy
3:22 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Last Chance To See Hedwig And The Angry Inch’s Gender-Bending Rock

Patrick Russell as Hedwig. Photo by John Muchow of Muchow Photography.

(We're revisiting this year-old interview since the musical has made a return. Friday and Saturday are the final performances at The Legacy Theatre in Springfield. Tickets here.)

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Monkey See
1:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Yes, Jesse Eisenberg Should Absolutely Play Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg during a portrait session at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in September 2013.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

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Barbershop
11:31 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 11:59 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Faith Matters
11:31 am
Fri January 31, 2014

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Antoinette Tuff at NPR's DC headquarters.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 1:46 pm

Antoinette Tuff says her faith guided her through the scariest moment of her life. On Aug. 20, 2013, she was working in the front office of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., when a 20-year-old gunman stormed in with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

While on the phone with police, Tuff calmed the gunman down. More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day; not one was injured. Later, she was publicly recognized by everyone from her pastor to President Obama.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 30, 2014

Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson detail a SEAL mission in Lone Survivor, appearing at No. 4.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:02 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 30, 2014

At No. 12, Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train links together a teenager and an elderly woman.

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