Arts

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 12, 2013

Debuting at No. 14, Humans of New York is photographer Brandon Stanton's visual census of the city.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 12, 2013

The Gods of Guilt, Michael Connelly's latest Lincoln Lawyer thriller, debuts at No. 9.

NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 12, 2013

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

Barbershop
10:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

If You're Rich, Can You Say You Don't Know Right From Wrong?

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:53 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music
10:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

'Wallace' Grew Up, So What's He Listening To?

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:53 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Movies
10:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Golden Globe Nominees: 'An Embarrassment Of Riches'

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:53 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's switch gears now and talk about your plans for the weekend. If you plan to head to the movies, you might be interested in the critics' picks from the Golden Globes. The nominations were announced yesterday. "12 Years a Slave" was one of the most honored films. That's the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He's played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was also nominated for his role in the film. Here's a clip.

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BackTalk
10:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Learn From Your Grandparents, Says Listener

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:53 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Golden Globe nominations are in. We'll speak with film critic Wesley Morris about who got the nod, who was left out and why we care - if we care. But first, the envelope please - we've got your letters. It's BackTalk. That's where we hear from you about this week's stories. Editor Ahmad Omar is back with us for that. Welcome back, Ahmad. Thanks for joining us.

AHMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Thank you, Michel.

MARTIN: So what's going on today, Ahmad?

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Fri December 13, 2013

1,000 Words: A Pet Reindeer In Nome, Alaska

David Gilkey NPR News

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:44 pm

A pet reindeer in a pickup truck. The reindeer's name: Velvet Eyes.

Monkey See
8:44 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Frozen' Princesses And Character Deaths

NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 11:06 am

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First of all: WOW. We did our live show at NPR HQ this week, and it was wonderful, and all of you who attended made a fantastic audience. You'll be hearing the live show in two segments over the holidays while we take a rest, but in the meantime, we've got a brand-new show to roll out.

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TED Radio Hour
8:29 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

Linguist John McWhorter says there's much more to texting than there seems.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:53 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About John McWhorter's TEDTalk

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting β€” linguistically, culturally β€” than it seems, and it's all good news.

About John McWhorter

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TED Radio Hour
8:29 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

"When employed at the right time, grammar can bring the world into sharp focus, and when used at the wrong time, it can make things incredibly blurry." β€” Phuc Tran
TEDxDirigo

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 12:40 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Phuc Tran's Talk

Phuc Tran grew up caught between two languages with opposing cultural perspectives: the indicative reality of Vietnamese and the power to image endless possibilities with English. In this personal talk, Tran explains how both shaped his identity.

About Phuc Tran

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TED Radio Hour
8:29 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

"It is really peculiar on the face of it that our languages exist to prevent us from communicating with each other." β€” Mark Pagel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:45 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Mark Pagel's TEDTalk

Biologist Mark Pagel says our complex language system is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.

About Mark Pagel

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TED Radio Hour
8:29 am
Fri December 13, 2013

How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

"I think we shape language more than it shapes us. Reality and history shape language and that's the beautiful thing." β€” Mark Forsyth
Paul Clarke TED

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:54 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Mark Forsyth's TEDTalk

Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."

About Mark Forsyth

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TED Radio Hour
8:29 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:23 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

About Amy Cuddy

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NPR Story
8:28 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Spoken And Unspoken

TED speakers explore the power of how we communicate.
Thinkstock

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 2:28 pm

We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Monkey See
7:43 am
Fri December 13, 2013

First Novels: Acquiring Minds

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The first in my series of posts on The First Novel Experience was called "The Romance of Agents." A couple of people wrote me after it was posted and asked if I was going to include in this series any stories of any writers who'd had a bad time with their books. I thought about it and decided no – at least not yet.

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Movie Reviews
6:52 am
Fri December 13, 2013

'American Hustle': Hot Streak Continues For David O. Russell

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's go to the movies now. David O. Russell is a director on a clear hot streak. His last two films, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter" pleased critics and also did well at the box office. Our film critic Kenneth Turan says his new film, "American Hustle," is likely to do the same.

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Movie Reviews
6:30 am
Fri December 13, 2013

A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

A '70s con-artist couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, right) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians.
Francois Duhamel Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:46 pm

David O. Russell hovers at the top of my list of favorite directors. He captures the messy collision of self-interests that for him defines America. In American Hustle, he whips up a black comedy based on Abscam, the late-'70s FBI sting that centered on a bogus sheik and led to the bribery convictions of sundry U.S. politicians. But he doesn't tell the real Abscam story; he adapts it to fit his theme, which is that most of us are busy reinventing ourselves and conning one another.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Book News: Publisher's Charity To Pay $7.7 Million Settlement In For-Profit Case

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman holds a November news conference on a settlement deal with JPMorgan Chase.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 6:13 am

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

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Poetry
4:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

On Dec. 8, three days after Nelson Mandela's death, a girl in Johannesburg lights a candle in his memory. Poet Mbali Vilakazi has written an elegy for Mandela that asks the next generation of South Africans to continue his legacy.
Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:52 am

In his youth, Nelson Mandela cut a dashing figure. He was a revolutionary, an outlaw β€” by the early 1960s, he was living underground. And he had a nickname to match: he was known as the Black Pimpernel.

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Author Interviews
4:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

2001 Army-Navy Game Marked By Specter Of Sept. 11

Navy players await the start of their annual game against Army, on Dec. 1, 2001.
AP

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 11:59 am

On Saturday, Army and Navy will take the field to renew their legendary football rivalry for the 114th time. The teams are playing in Philadelphia, which is also where they faced off in 2001, just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. The players that year faced a sobering new reality: The nation was at war, and they'd soon leave the football field behind for the battlefield.

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Movie Interviews
4:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Tom Hanks And Emma Thompson On The Magic Of Disney

Chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of the Mary Poppins film, Saving Mr. Banks stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson as Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers.
Francois Duhamel Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:09 pm

Before the movie Mary Poppins, there were the beloved books about the nanny who swept in on an east wind to care for the Banks children at No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London.

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Arts
4:15 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Chamber Orchestra Performs 'Britain's Beauty' Tonight

Alistair Willis
Credit AlistairWillis.com

The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s season opens tonight with the sumptuous sounds of English string music in a performance of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring versatile tenor William Burden and the ISO’s principal horn Stephen Hanrahan.

WUIS' Karl Scroggin spoke with Music Director and Conductor Alistair Willis about the performances...

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Shots - Health News
5:57 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

If You Drank Like James Bond, You'd Be Shaken, Too

James Bond is famous worldwide for his love of martinis and the ladies. But at six or seven drinks a day, the former was likely to hurt his odds with the latter.
Danjaq/ EON Productions

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 9:27 am

We all know James Bond had a hankering for martinis. But it looks like the international spy threw back far more Vespers, his martini of choice, than was good for him.

Dr. Indra Neil Guha, a liver specialist, and his colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital in England spent a year poring over Ian Fleming's James Bond books and tabulating how many drinks the suave spy drank a day.

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Books
4:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Don't Hate The Players, Learn The Rules Of The Game (Theory)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Nov. 13 at the start of a congressional budget conference.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:44 pm

This week, Congress has been pondering yet another deal with a deadline. Congressional leaders have agreed to a bipartisan budget that would set spending levels for the next two years, and if it passes, as expected, it would mark the first bipartisan budget deal since 2011. News of the deal comes again at the last minute, just as Congress begins packing its bags to adjourn for the holidays.

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Book Reviews
4:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

'Permanent' Shows Ordinary Americans β€” And Pets β€” Facing Life's Challenges

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 8:01 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From the author of novels such as "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Cloudsplitter," Russell Banks, comes a new collection of short stories called "A Permanent Member of the Family." It presents ordinary Americans leading difficult lives who are caught in family dramas.

Alan Cheuse has our review.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bilbo's Back, With More Baggage Than Ever

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is back for the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy, this time actually spending some time with Smaug the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).
Warner Bros.

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:49 pm

Peter Jackson's decision to turn the single volume of The Hobbit into a three-film epic β€” with a total running time nearly as long as his adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy β€” was met with considerable skepticism. Did Tolkien's relatively slight book really have enough story to justify stretching it out that much?

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Making 'Mary Poppins,' With More Than A Spoonful Of Sugar

Saving Mr. Banks chronicles Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) long campaign to persuade Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to allow his movie-musical adaptation of her books.
Francois Duhamel Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:42 pm

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live."

That endlessly quoted line from Joan Didion's The White Album echoes with more than the usual resonance for the two adversaries duking it out for control over the movie adaptation of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks.

For 20 years Walt Disney, reportedly on his young daughters' say-so, had tried to wrestle a green light from P. L. Travers, who wrote the original novels about the discipline-minded governess who flew in through a London window to save a troubled family from itself.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
3:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

'Mr. Terupt' Shows What A Difference One Teacher Can Make

Because of Mr. Terupt cover.

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 7:41 pm

Not to judge a book by its cover, but just take one look at the jacket of Because of Mr. Terupt and you'll see it is the perfect book for December. It shows two mittened hands holding a snowball β€” a snowball responsible for a life-altering accident.

Mr. Terupt is a popular fifth-grade teacher at Snow Hill elementary school. And for seven students in particular, he is the center of their universe β€” a sage who gives them advice and confidence and helps them overcome obstacles and rivalries.

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The Picture Show
3:30 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Photo: Where Cars Go After A Flood

Cars line the runway and taxiways at Calverton Executive Airpark in Calverton, N.Y., on Jan. 9.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:53 pm

In the days, weeks and months after Superstorm Sandy, we editors got used to seeing lots of similar types of images of devastation, destruction and loss. Beaches. Houses. Taxis.

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