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All Tech Considered
11:46 am
Fri September 5, 2014

So, Are You Working On Your Novel? Or Tweeting About Your Novel?

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Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 9:33 am

If you spend enough time on Twitter, you've probably run across tweets from people who are ostensibly writing a novel but manage to leave a digital trail that indicates they may be doing anything but:

Artist and computer programmer Cory Arcangel started noticing these aspirational tweets and began collecting them in his @WrknOnMyNovel Twitter feed. He's now curated that collection into a book called Working on My Novel.

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What Does Animal Madness Teach Us About Our Own?

Laurel Braitman questions what animal madness mean for humans.
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:16 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Laurel Braitman's TED Talk

From compulsive bears to self-destructive rats, science historian Laurel Braitman studies animals with mental health issues and asks what we can learn from them.

About Laurel Braitman

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Do Animals Have Morals?

Frans de Waal explains his work regarding morality and animals.
LeahAndMark.com

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:23 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Frans de Waal's TED Talk

Empathy, cooperation and fairness seem like distinctly human traits. But biologist Frans de Waal explains why other animals might share those same qualities.

About Frans de Waal

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What Do Our Dogs Really Think? A Poetic Possibility

Poet Billy Collins muses on what dogs might actually be thinking.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:13 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Billy Collins' TED Talk

What do our dogs think when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner life of a former canine companion.

About Billy Collins

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Are We Training Dogs All Wrong?

Animal trainer Ian Dunbar says understanding our pets' point of view will allow us to build better relationships with them.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:13 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals and Us.

About Ian Dunbar's TED Talk

Animal trainer Ian Dunbar says we need to see the world through the eyes of our dogs if we want to really communicate with them.

About Ian Dunbar

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Why Do We Care About Some Animals More Than Others?

Writer Jon Mooallem on the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:03 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Jon Mooallem's TED Talk

Writer Jon Mooallem tells the story of the teddy bear, and considers how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.

About Jon Mooallem

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Movie Reviews
8:03 am
Fri September 5, 2014

In 'Rocks In My Pockets,' A Family History Of Depression And Art

In Rocks In My Pockets, a lively animated documentary billed (a touch reductively) as "a funny film about depression," Latvian-American Signe Baumane describes in detail one of her several attempts to commit suicide after she turned 18.

The minutiae of her planning are more graphic than you might care to hear, and the tone, delivered in Baumane's fetchingly accented voiceover, is breezy and droll. "One must be considerate to one's fellow citizens," she says, her voice rising to comic hysteria edged with existential panic.

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Movie Reviews
8:03 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Music Of Memphis And Glasgow Plays In Two New Films

Memphis and God Help the Girl are both musicals of a sort, and portraits of musical capitals of a sort. The first is set in the home of some of soul music's greatest stars, but is too wispy and diffident for the average Otis Redding or Al Green fan. The second plays at being a more mainstream effort, but will appeal mostly to people who are such fervent Belle & Sebastian enthusiasts that they actually think of Glasgow as being in the same league as Memphis.

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Movie Reviews
8:03 am
Fri September 5, 2014

'Kelly And Cal' Alters A Familiar Premise But Walks A Worn Path

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 1:42 pm

About halfway through Kelly & Cal, a question arises about why women mature faster than men. The premise is hardly debated, but Kelly (Juliette Lewis), who is struggling with growing up herself after moving to the suburbs and having a son, Jackson, with her husband, Josh (Josh Hopkins), is not so certain that it's a positive trait in any case: "Growing up is actually really painful," she says by way of explanation, "and women have a stronger threshold for pain."

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Monkey See
7:25 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Toronto, Day 1: David Cronenberg, Drumming, 'The Judge' And Serendipity

David Gulpilil stars in the drama Charlie's Country, the best find on our first day at the Toronto International Film Festival.
TIFF

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 2:13 pm

Critics all have our idiosyncratic ways of handling the scheduling of a film festival like Toronto. There are planners, improvisers, pragmatists and poll-takers, all counting on some combination of research, serendipity, instinct, word of mouth and logistics to put them in the right rooms at the right times to see the right things.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Book News: Catton, McBride Featured On Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

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

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Books
6:03 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Where Have All The Poets Gone?

Critic Juan Vidal wonders why so few modern poets pack the punch of Allen Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda or Amiri Baraka.
Michael Stroud Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 1:48 pm

For centuries, poets were the mouthpieces railing loudly against injustice. They gave voice to the hardships and evils facing people everywhere. From Langston Hughes to Jack Kerouac and Federico García Lorca — so many — verse once served as a vehicle for expressing social and political dissent. There was fervor, there was anger. And it was embraced: See, there was a time when the poetry of the day carried with it the power of newspapers and radio programs. It was effective, even as it was overtly political. What has happened?

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Code Switch
5:38 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

Rosie Perez (above) becomes a regular co-host on The View Sept 15.
Phil McCarten Reuters /Landov

The View just made history in naming Rosie Perez as a new co-host of ABC's daytime chat show.

ABC revealed Wednesday that Perez would join former GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace, teaming with stars Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg when The View's new season debuts Sept. 15.

In hiring Perez, a Brooklyn-born daughter of Puerto Rican parents, ABC did something new: It named the first Latina as a regular co-host in The View's 17-year history.

Which raises an important question: Will it matter?

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Movie Reviews
4:26 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Movie Review: 'God Help The Girl'

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:58 am

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

Transcript

DON GONYEA, HOST:

Stuart Murdoch is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian. But now he's written and directed a movie which, no surprise, is a musical. Our film critic Kenneth Turan has this review of "God Help The Girl."

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Remembrances
4:16 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Sharp-Tongued Comedian Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:58 am

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

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Joan Rivers died yesterday. She was brash and outspoken, often offended people but never held back.

DON GONYEA, HOST:

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Poetry
2:31 am
Fri September 5, 2014

A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

Edward Hirsch has written several books of poetry, including For the Sleepwalkers, Wild Gratitude and Special Orders.
Courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:58 am

On a stormy night in 2011, poet Edward Hirsch lost his 22-year-old son, Gabriel. After taking a club drug, Gabriel had a seizure and died of cardiac arrest.

In life, Gabriel was exciting and energetic, but he also struggled, as his father remembers in his poetry:

I look back at the worried parents
Wandering through the house
What are we going to do

The evening of the clinical
The night of the psychological
The morning facedown in the pillow

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All Tech Considered
4:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to sell all e-books for $9.99, while the publisher Hachette wants to vary the prices.
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Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 12:10 pm

Since May, Amazon and the publisher Hachette have been locked in a battle over the pricing of e-books. For customers it's meant that they can't pre-order books from authors such as J.K. Rowling and James Patterson. And it's upset many authors because it's made their work less available. But Amazon is willing to upset some customers and authors as it pursues a long-term strategy for books.

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Fine Art
3:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 5:51 pm

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

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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Arts & Life
3:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

Rivers became permanent guest host for The Tonight Show in 1983, a gig that ended when she left to host her own late-night show on Fox. Here she interviews Miss America Suzette Charles in 1984.
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Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 5:49 am

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Television
12:56 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

In 'The Chair,' Two Filmmakers Make Movies From The Same Script

One of the competitors on The Chair is Anna Martemucci, a graduate of New York University film school who has written and acted before, but never directed.
Helena Lukas Martemucci 2014 Chair One Productions

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 10:18 pm

Here's where I stand on so-called reality TV. All those shows that are built around people misbehaving to get attention and claw for fame — in other words, all those Real Housewives shows, and every Big Brother and any show like it — I have absolutely no use for.

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Hoogland Center for the Arts
12:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Hamlet At The Hoogland, With A Twist

Aasne Vigesaa as Hamlet
Credit Courtesy of The Hoogland Center for the Arts

Hamlet opens at The Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield this weekend. It's not your typical production though. In the lead role is one of the area's most well-known and talented actors, who also happens to be a woman. Aasne Vigesaa joined us for this interview about the production and her role in it:   Hamlet runs at the Hoogland September 5-7 and 12-14. More info is here.

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Ask Me Another
9:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Bachelor Of Yarrts

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

Our Ask Me Another linguistic team figured out how to sound like a pirate: simply put a "Y" in front of words that starts with "A-R." Yarr! How many buccaneer words can you guess?

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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Ask Me Another
9:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Lev Grossman Catches Arcade Fever

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians trilogy.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

Novelist and Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman was in a dark place. It was 2004, and it had been two years since the most recent Harry Potter book had come out.

"It was a difficult time for all of us," he remembers. "And I started playing with the story in that [waiting period] in almost a fan fiction-y way."

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Ask Me Another
8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Get Geeky

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

If you're a fan of nerdy hobbies, then today's your lucky day! Julian Velard breaks out the vocoder and sings the Daft Punk song "Get Lucky" with the lyrics rewritten to be about geeky activities.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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Ask Me Another
8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Random Questions With: John Flansburgh

John Flansburgh, our Puzzle Giant.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is a Grammy Award-winning musician. He's also had his share of unusual jobs, including removing staples from medical documents and counting people on trains. Find out which jobs he left and which he got fired from in a game all about our Puzzle Giant.


Interview Highlights

On the TV theme song that almost was

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Ask Me Another
8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

In The Beginning

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

"Now, the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together, it's..." our first game! Guess these opening narrations to well-known TV shows.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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Ask Me Another
8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Double Trouble

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

What do LL Cool J and e. e. cummings have in common? Not only could both spit a mean verse, their names also both begin with a double letter, as do all of the answers in this final round game.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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Ask Me Another
8:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Celebrity Sightings

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

Celebrities: they're just like us! They shop in malls, eat fast food and play word games. In this round, mash up chain stores or restaurants with celebrity names, like "Betty White Castle."

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Book News: Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Found

Playwright Tennessee Williams, shown in New York on Nov. 11, 1940.
Dan Grossi AP

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

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Lip Gloss, Handbags And Margaret Drabble In 'The Fame Lunches'

Photographe : Louise Brien iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 8:00 am

"The truth is I've been something of a bifurcated, high/low girl from the very start," Daphne Merkin declares in The Fame Lunches, her first collection of essays since Dreaming of Hitler in 1997. This new anthology gathers 45 wide-ranging essays that straddle the high/low cultural faultline with aplomb, weighing in on subjects as diverse as W.G. Sebald, Jean Rhys, Margaret Drabble, Courtney Love, lip gloss, kabbalah and handbags as "the top fashion signifier."

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