5:30am

Sun April 21, 2013
Art & Design

When Sculpting Cedar, This Artist Is Tireless And Unsentimental

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 10:42 pm

Michael Bodycomb Ursula von Rydingsvard/Galerie Lelong

Ursula von Rydingsvard makes huge sculptures out of red cedar. The 70-year-old is one of the few women working in wood on such a scale.

Her pieces are in the permanent collections of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. And now they're also part of a new show at Manhattan's Museum of Arts and Design. It's called "Against the Grain" — a phrase that could just as well describe the sculptor's life and career.

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5:28am

Sun April 21, 2013
Author Interviews

Fire, Water, Air, Earth: Michael Pollan Gets Elemental In 'Cooked'

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:56 pm

Penguin Press

In his systematic scrutiny of the modern American food chain, Michael Pollan has explored everything from the evolution of edible plants to the industrial agricultural complex. In his newest book, he charts territory closer to home — or rather, at home, in his kitchen.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation surveys how the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — transform plants and animals into food. Pollan joins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss the merits of slow home cooking and his adventures in fermentation.

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5:23am

Sun April 21, 2013
Theater

L.A. On B'way: Midler, Mengers Take Manhattan

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:56 pm

Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Midler stars as Mengers, a legendary and larger-than-life Hollywood agent whose sharp wit won her both friends and foes in the film industry.
Richard Termine/BBBway

After more than 40 years away, Bette Midler is returning to Broadway. She's playing legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in a riotous solo show titled I'll Eat You Last.

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5:12am

Sun April 21, 2013
Law

Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:39 pm

A dispute over Texas' access to the Kiamichi River, which is located in Oklahoma, has started a longer legal battle that is headed to the Supreme Court.
Joe Wertz for NPR

On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.

The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al. The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.

Keeping Up With Texas

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5:12am

Sun April 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Sunday Night Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meteors

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:49 am

Another meteor shower, the Geminid, sparkled over the Spanish canary island of Tenerife on Dec. 13, 2012.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Keep your eye on the sky Sunday evening; the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak. It's the first meteor shower of the spring season.

The Lyrid shower is caused by Earth passing through the orbit of a comet known as Thatcher, though the comet itself hasn't been seen since 1861. Dust particles from the comet will be seen as flashes of light as they burn up in our atmosphere.

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5:08am

Sun April 21, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

You'll Get It Just Right, Junior

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:56 pm

NPR Graphic

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials "J.R."

Last week's challenge from listener Sandy Weisz: Take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end and rotate it 90 degrees. You'll get a new word that is pronounced exactly the same as the first word. What words are these?

Answer: Won, one; wry, rye

Winner: Ben Austin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

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6:50pm

Sat April 20, 2013
Author Interviews

Kay Bailey Hutchison On Other 'Unflinching' Texan Women

George Ranch Historical Park

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison knows what it means to be a pioneering female figure in her home state. In 1993, she became the first woman elected to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Now, the former senator has written a book about the women who came before her, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.

In the book, Hutchison profiles several women who broke barriers and made history in the Lone Star State. Many of those women left a life of luxury and "moved to nothing," she tells All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden.

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6:17pm

Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Boat's Owner Hailed As A Hero After Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Is Found

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 7:06 pm

An infrared photograph taken from a police helicopter shows Tsarnaev in the boat's cockpit.
Massachusetts State Police

Watertown, Mass., resident David Henneberry's name was on many people's lips Saturday, as the hero who called police to say bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be hiding in his back yard. Massachusetts State Police have now released images that show what the authorities saw from a police helicopter as a wounded Tsarnaev hid under a tarp.

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5:30pm

Sat April 20, 2013
Explosions At Boston Marathon

MIT Officer Died Protecting His Community, In Job He Loved

MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, 26, was shot and killed during an altercation with the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects Thursday night.
MIT Getty Images

The grisly week that began at the Boston Marathon Monday left one police officer dead.

As police closed in on the bombing suspects Thursday night, law enforcement officials say two officers were shot. One, transit police officer Richard Donohue, is in critical condition at Mount Auburn Hospital.

The other, Sean Collier of the MIT campus police, was pronounced dead Thursday night.

MIT says Collier had gone to respond to a report of an altercation on campus Thursday evening. Soon, word came over the police radio that he had been shot.

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4:51pm

Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Watertown Residents Cheer Being 'Liberated' By Bomb Suspect's Arrest

Residents cheer police as they exit Franklin Street, where suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody Friday night. The manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother, who died early Friday, put the Boston area on edge in the wake of Monday's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

After days spent living in a cloud of apprehension and fear following Monday's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, the city's residents celebrated the capture of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night. He was caught hiding in a boat in the backyard of Watertown resident David Henneberry.

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